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    So Rox and Snoop are together 99.9% of the time, my question is anyone with experience with two puppies know if its more effective to train individually or together? Or does it not matter? They are 4 months old now and as long as I don't forget to let them out regularly there is not much of an accident in the house and if it is its usually #1. They sit very well and respond to the come command, however they are a little more stubborn on that one. If Snoop is into what Roxie is doing he wont come right away, when she comes he follows. They do fairly good though and are getting better. I was wondering though without the distraction of each other if it would be more effective to train them individually? Ideas?

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    I think I would be tempted to train them both separately. As long as you use the same commands for both! And then when you think they've really "got it" and won't be distracted by other, I would try the same commands with them both at the same time.

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    Two at once, my hat is off to you. lol! I have one and am getting a second one in March; my logic was Amber would be a year old and know the ropes and "maybe" the puppy would see Amber and get some of the commands down by watching her. If I did have two I would divide and conquer, meaning train one at a time so they don't get confused. I have never had two puppies at once but I have had to rescues at once and I always work with each separate and once they get the commands down then I work with them together. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    I think I would be tempted to train them both separately. As long as you use the same commands for both! And then when you think they've really "got it" and won't be distracted by other, I would try the same commands with them both at the same time.
    ^^^ agreed. When I worked at a day care facility, the trainers there always recommended they be trained separately and i they were in the same class... there had to be a human for each pup.
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    Good info and thanks! I kind of thought it might be better just never tried it. Going to start tomorrow, then we hit the skateboard =)......

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    having been through this in the past, my best advice is to do a separated training in the beginning for each then as they learn more and completely understand commands finish with training together, I found that once my dogs understood the basic stuff I was teaching them I was able to incorporate the training with them together with great results.
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    Thats how we did it @2BullyMama. My bullies are only 2 months apart. We took them to the same training class. I said "we," Fernando and I. We were the only 2 in the class. I noticed that they did watch each other, but they trained separate. Even at home they are still sort of separate. When I treat them, I use their name, tell them to sit, then treat. Sometimes the other one has already figured out I want her to sit.
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    Depends on what type of training you are talking about. Potty training, do them together, other training as in sit, stay, come, it may be better to do them separately.
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    I think they would distract each other if u did it together. Let us know how it goes!

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    Default Re: Training effectiveness with both puppies together or apart?

    Haha welcome and welcome to the world of two puppies at once! Mine are a year and a half now. We would take them around separate sides of the house and each do a training session separately. Then after about 10 minutes we would " reunite" because lol Wilbur would "learn" from Layla, especially leash walking!
    we took them together to puppy basics class, but our trainer suggested that in adulthood we could have them in diffrerent classes. She also suggested that we teach them to be apart in addition to crate training. This was invaluable, as I have posted before, when Wilbur needed knee surgery.

    Good luck please keep us posted!

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    Default Re: Training effectiveness with both puppies together or apart?

    I also have 2, they are litter mates, 9 months old. I find the same problem, they are together all the time, and want to play all the time. I trained them together when they were small, but as they got older , I take them out for their duties separately, because otherwise they just jump on each other, tug at each others leashes, and take forever to go. If I take them out separately they both do their duties right away. We do walk them together though, but then there are two of us, and we each take one.
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    I think you got all the advice you need, just wanted to say good luck and post lots of pics of your two little furbabies.

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