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Old 09-28-2017, 09:40 PM
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Im new here and I love all your post very helpful.i got 2 of the most gorgeous boys 3 weeks ago they will be 10 weeks on Sunday and yes I'm very disappointed to see that the breeder sold them to me way too early ? has anyone ever gotten littermates and raised them successfully? And Is it normal for them at that age to be constantly playing and not paying attention to us. They both sit,shake can walk on the lead? proud mama but it seems at night they will prefer to be alone in their beds then with us on the couch. I know its very early on but I just want to make sure that we will have 2 loving boys that want to spend time with us aswell and could it possible be just the age? And how do you stop them from playing 99.9%of the time. I spend alot of time with both training,playing,grooming, loving. Sorry for the long post
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:53 PM
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Research Littermate syndrome.
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I have researched it thats why im asking if anyone has raised chi pups successfully as we all know there not like other dogs. There has to be a way to raise them.
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I have researched it thats why im asking if anyone has raised chi pups successfully as we all know there not like other dogs. There has to be a way to raise them.


Raise them the same way you would any other dog because they are dogs.

Taking into consideration physical needs such as coats and possibly booties for winter and care not to step or stumble other them, they are dogs and should have the same rules, expectations, and rewards as other dogs.

I just adopted my first Chihuahua after 40 years of owning large breeds such as German Shepherd mixes, border collies, and golden retrievers.

This is what I did.....first got him healthy by removing several rotten teeth. Introduced kibble in his food once his mouth healed. Introduced discipline as in “no, you will *not* growl at me,” no, you will ABSOLUTELY NOT hump other dogs, set the expectation that no, I would not carry him anywhere, introduced him to being buckled in a car seat, introduced him to Petsmart, Best Buy, Lowell’s, Home Depot, introduced him to puddles in parks, introduced him to other dogs, let him learn how to play with other dogs, introduced him to marrow bones, introduced him to the end of a raw chicken wing.....in short, every single thing my goldens already know and have known since day one at home. I have already enrolled him in basic adult obedience class.

You treat your puppies like dogs because that’s what they are. If they’re going to be well mannered dogs then they need to *be* dogs.

Now, as far as littermates, you’re experiencing the well known problem of bringing home two babies who have lost everything they have ever known and all they have left is each other. They will seek each other for comfort, for play, for guidance.

My suggestion is to separate them and do things with only one at a time. Take one to Petsmart and then the other. Put
one in his crate and play with the other. Take one to McDonalds and share a soft cone and then the other. And yes, crate train. They will be able to fly in the cabin with you, go in a train with you, go to a hotel with you if they know that a crate is their own little private den. Remember, they’re dogs. They like their dens.

I have two golden retriever cousins. They’re five years apart but they’re from the same breeder and have the same grandparents. I’d SWEAR they know they’re cousins. SO bonded. But I have made sure to always take one out for bonding time alone with me; go to the river, go shopping, go on a walk in the woods. So they’re bonded with each other but they’re also bonded to me.

So I would separate them and do “Mom and me” time with each separately.


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I have researched it thats why im asking if anyone has raised chi pups successfully as we all know there not like other dogs. There has to be a way to raise them.


I have sister. That is were I got my information on how to raise them. My two are bonded with me and not each other. I did not even know about Littermate syndrome until it was mentioned on this site thank goodness.
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Congratulations on the new family members.
I bought a brother and sister litter mates many years ago, and had no issues with them bonding with us. They played together like all puppies will, but bonded with us as well. Their personalities were completely different from one another.

Seven years ago I raised two sisters, again litter mates, and had no issues with them either. Both were lap dogs and my constant shadows.
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Did yours play 24/7 when together? I don't know how to stop them it only works for 10 seconds and then there at it again. They love eachother but play time is out of control. If only ever had a Frenchy who was soo mellow and chilled swear he thought he was human loll. Should I separate them most of the day in 2 separate playpen in the lounge room kitchen but out of each others sight? As we spebd most our time there. I know they are puppies and all they want to do is play but my question is do they settle a bit as they get older? We have puppy kindergarten on Tuesday hope that helps. We don't know what to do anymore they are out of control when together
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Yes, they played constantly with each other as babies, but they definitely settled down as they matured. I spent individual time with them a couple of times daily for about 30 minutes each time. This was snuggling, talking to them by name, giving small bites of treats, rolling /chasing a small ball, etc.

Other than these "individual" sessions each day, I did not separate them. They grew up healthy, happy, well adjusted, and very attached to our family.

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