My ladies are 18 weeks outdated. I introduced them house nearly two months in the past. Had NO concept about littermate syndrome (the rescue simply needed to eliminate them, so that they by no means talked about it). Boy have I been frightened ever since I hit the Search button!! I’ve taken as many precautions and steps as I can based mostly on what I’ve learn. I nonetheless have some unanswered questions and inevitable fear, so I am on the lookout for some recommendation (or reinforcement?).
I had them in the identical crate for the primary week they had been house, then I separated them into two crates. They did not lose a wink of sleep over it. Slowly, I began transferring the crates aside in order that now they’re as distant from one another (in the identical room) as will be. As quickly as I make room in one other bed room, I am going to strive transferring one out of the room. They go of their crates when instructed and by no means ever strive to resist. They love their crates and their very own house!! They eat out of separate bowls, normally each of their crates. Generally, I feed one in her crate and take the opposite within the toilet to eat (simply to ensure they’ll eat with out seeing one another). I allow them to play within the morning and night however I am all the time shut by to supervise. If I am not in the identical room and I hear a “yip!”, I rush into the room they usually each freeze like statues – watching me. I’ve gotten in between them a couple of instances throughout play, however I feel it was as a result of I am so paranoid about one getting damage. I’ve NEVER heard both of them growl, no low barks, no hackles raised, and normally they take turns chasing one another – I am simply all the time frightened it is going to get to *that time* and I stop it earlier than it does. We take a bunch stroll after I go house on my lunch break, after which I take them for particular person walks within the night. Each are very cautious of different folks however LOVE to go face to face with different canine. They’re pending their final vaccine and each recovering (once more) from giardia so we have been very restricted the place we are able to go. My plan is to enroll them in separate obedience lessons and begin taking them on outings one by one ASAP, however after all their well being points have been an enormous obstacle.
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One of many trainers I reached out to instructed not permitting them to play with toys collectively. I used to be permitting that in the first place however took them away. I assume it is a main explanation for resource-guarding and will be one thing for them to get aggressive over? I really feel like that might occur with any set of canine – littermates or not – however I am not attempting to push my limits right here. So, I arrange a divider of their bed room and I have been letting them play with toys individually, however they’ll nonetheless see one another. They every have the identical precise toy and similar precise Nylabone when they’re individually taking part in, however they’ll see one another by the divider and sometimes strive to bust by to get on the different. Am I egging on aggression by letting them see the opposite have enjoyable? Or do they want to simply get used to it?
I take them out for potty breaks on the similar time after they have been within the crate for some time – very first thing within the morning, very first thing after I go house on lunch, very first thing after work, midnight. The remainder of the potty journeys are separate all through the day. One among my ladies hasn’t had an accident in two weeks so I all the time take her second. The opposite is having an AWFUL time. We had two accidents simply this morning inside a half hour. She’s been examined for a UTI and given antibiotics for vaginitis so I am pretty constructive this isn’t a well being concern. I feel she’s consuming extra water than she wants as a result of she’s frightened there will not be any left for her? She is going to take a drink, then her sister will take a drink, and he or she goes to take one other drink. They had been homeless early on so I feel there is a shortage concern in there someplace. She additionally tries desperately to eat poop. Anyway, she wants extra frequent potty breaks than her sister however the one method I do know to do that’s to confine her sister to a crate or the bed room – in any other case she is dying to observe us outdoors. I simply don’t desire her to really feel like she’s being punished for having good bladder management. Ideas?
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As well as to separate walks, I’ve been engaged on separate obedience coaching alone after which we follow the instructions all through the day collectively. They’re studying very well – sit, down, paw, excessive 5, stand, off, come, wait. Sadly I’ve been doing lots of the separate obedience coaching outdoors as a result of after I take one and depart the opposite in her crate, she cries for some time. It is not each time however more often than not. Normally I can hear it taper off after a couple of minutes however typically it goes on till she hears us come again into the home. I do not know if it is them being separated as a lot because it’s her being fully alone, as a result of the one I am with NEVER acts upset about being away from her sister. Though whoever I’ve with me typically will get so involved that her sister is crying, that she is going to do every part she will to get again to her. I used to be taking one down in my basement (it is completed) to play with toys with me, leaving the opposite in a crate with both a stuffed Kong or a bully stick. The novelty of the “busy toy” wears off rapidly or does not work in any respect in distracting her from our absence. Nobody has made themselves sick or been harmful whereas I am out with the opposite, however I do know they each get upset and it makes me unhappy / makes it troublesome to actually get pleasure from bonding time with the opposite. I’ll take ANY ideas on this one. If I can get this down, I feel we’ll be golden.
Anybody know at what level we are able to stop the separate every part? Is there an age the place, in the event you hit it, you are principally within the clear? Will these puppies ever settle down and stop riling the opposite one up? Lol. I might love to hear some hopefulness!!!