Archive Monthly Archives: September 2018

Linden – 1 yr old Labradoodle

Linden came to us a pretty good girl, but she needed polishing. Her owner wants to use her as a therapy dog, so she needed to be able to be greeted by strangers and sit nicely for petting. She also pulled on her leash and was easily distracted. After her boarding training, her owners are pleased with the results. She now walks nicely at your side, greets strangers more calmly, and she can be out in public without being a wild woman. Check out her amazing video!

https://youtu.be/mH5KNgRgYhw

Charming – Corgi Mix

Charming came to Nebraska Dog Trainers because he pulled on his leash, jumped on people and was little dog aggressive. This happy little guy loved his training and excelled at it. his Owners love that he is a well mannered dog that they can take with them on family activities.  Check out his before and after video.

https://youtu.be/9VsvUgoKq6Y

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Brandi – 6mo old Australian Shepherd

Brandi, a 6-month-old Australian Shepherd, came to Nebraska Dog Trainers because she was nipping, counter-surfing, barking and pulling on the leash, barking for attention, chasing the family cat, and jumping on people. Her family knew she was already a good dog, but they wanted an awesome, well-mannered part of the family that they can take to all their activities. They are so excited with her results!  Check out her video.

https://youtu.be/uXJJ74KATlc

Apollo – 1 year old Husky

Apollo is a 1 year old Husky Mix who came to us because he didn’t know how to control his jumping, he pulled on the leash and just didn’t have a lot of manners. He is such a loving boy who did great during the training and loved every minute of it! He no longer jumps on people, he walks wonderfully on a leash and has great manners! His owners are so excited to have him back and to continue to work with their loving dog! Great job Apollo! Check out his video below.

 

Sadie – 1 yr old Golden Retriever

Sadie is a sweet one year old Golden Retriever who didn’t always know how to control her excitement and love for attention so she would constantly jump on people, had no impulse control and loved rushing the door. She aims to please so did wonderful during her board and train and loved improving her self control! We are all so proud of her, especially her mom! Great job Sadie!  Check our her video.

https://youtu.be/fPQHkfm4qkw

Littermate Syndrome in Dogs | Problems with Littermates

Littermate Syndrome in Dogs | Off Leash K9 Training | Problems with Littermates

Dogs, Puppies, Play, Two, Group, In The Free, Nature

Bringing a new puppy home is an amazing experience that will change your life, but some breeders may try and encourage you to take a littermate also. Some people would be able to handle such a commitment of two puppies, but littermates can come with a whole set of challenges you may not be expecting. In this article we will talk about what littermate syndrome is and how it can cause multiple behavioral issues littermates can develop.

What is littermate syndrome?
Littermate syndrome is when two puppies from the same litter are raised in the same home and develop a bond with each other. This early bond to one another can cause dog on dog aggression in the future and prevent the puppies from bonding to you. Additionally, these two puppies can become so bonded that when they are separated from each other they can develop severe separation anxiety. Sometimes when puppies of the same age are adopted and raised at the same time, but are from different litters, can still develop littermate syndrome. Other behavioral issues that can develop are:

  • The failure to learn simple commands because the focus on each other.
  • Fearful to unfamiliar stimuli
  • Fighting amongst littermates later in life

What if you already adopted a pair of littermates?
Now not every pair of puppy siblings will develop littermate syndrome, but there are things that you can do to prevent it from happening that won’t harm your puppies’ development. The goal is to keep the puppies from developing emotional dependence with one another. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Crating is a great habit to develop at a young age to get your puppies comfortable with them and it also provides them with a safe place that is their own within the house. Each puppy should have their own crate that they sleep in at night. For the first night, you can set the crates side by side, so each pup can start to adjust to being alone. Increase the distance between each crate incrementally until the crates are far enough apart that the puppies cannot see one another.
  • Separate the training and playing sessions and work with each puppy individually so they can focus on giving you their undivided attention. This allows you to also become the leader to each puppy because you are the one giving the commands and the one in control of the treats. To keep you other puppy occupied have another member of the family work or play with that puppy in another room or in the backyard. If this wont work, you can use a treat-release toy with the other puppy while they are in their crate. 
  • Lastly, if you notice a major increase in issues, I recommend that you give one of the puppies to a friend or family member.  Sometimes, this is the best solution for everyone involved.

Littermate syndrome is not going to happen to every single pair of puppies that are raised together. Sometimes genetics play a role but the most important thing you can do is to make a commitment to your puppies and raise them to be well-socialized balanced adult dogs. If this might be too much for you to handle, just adopt one puppy, train it and raise it, until it is an adult and then add another puppy into your household.