A coworker of my SO's is adopting a rescue pup/pups, after spending 3 hrs. with the litter (7) he has narrowed it down to two but can't decide from there and is considering adopting both (a male and a female) from his visit they appear to have very similar personalities although the male tires out quicker and they are both ADORABLE (as puppies tend to be) so here's were the ?'s come in...
If he does take both which is a better situation crating (together or seperate) or x-pen in the kitchen. Does it make training that much harder with two (I have read this but you can not always trust what you read)...

Anyone who has been brave enough to do the two pups at once thing please advise...
TIA, Michelle
A coworker of my SO's is adopting a rescue pup/pups, after spending 3hrs. with the litter (7) he has narrowed ... you read)... Anyone who has been brave enough to do the two pups at once thing please advise... TIA, Michelle

It's only doable if there is a stay at home person to deal with these infants. Otherwise, it's doomed to failure twice as fast. And yes, it does make training harder because you are usually dealing with a pair instead of individuals. That's why it's important to create separate identities for the pups, including separate crates, and individual trips to potty, and individual times for training. It's as much work or more work than twin human children. At least humans can be diapered and don't genrerally cause too much damage from chewing the furniture.
Anyone who has been brave enough to do the two pups at once thing please
advise... TIA, Michelle

I didn't have any problem with it. There is a month difference in the ages. I crated them together at night during house training and now they both sleep with us. They are still crated together when we have to leave. They are just to young and busy to be left with free roam of the house.

They seem to really enjoy each others company.
A coworker of my SO's is adopting a rescue pup/pups, after spending 3 hrs. with the litter (7) he has ... trust what you read)... Anyone who has been brave enough to do the two pups at once thing please advise...

You didn't mention what kind of puppies, and whether they will grow into small or large dogs. IMO, that can make a difference.

We have two chihuahuas who are littermates, a male and a female, now 13 years old. We crated, fed and trained them together. I'm sure it was more difficult than dealing with a single puppy, but it certainly wasn't insurmountable. They were (and still are) adorable together, and they provided company for each other while we were at work. We worked close enough to home to allow a couple of visits home during the day.

That said, I'd be reluctant to take on two simultaneous puppies of dogs that are much larger.
FurPaw
A coworker of my SO's is adopting a rescue pup/pups, after spending 3 hrs. with the litter (7) he has ... tires out quicker and they are both ADORABLE (as puppies tend to be) so here's were the ?'s come in...

Having two puppies at the same time often shortchanges both of them. It takes a lot of work and time to give just one puppy quality attention. Developing a solid relationship with any being requires spending time together, without distraction or interference from others. So with two puppies, in order not to shortchange them both, you must make time for each individual away from the other every day. One to two hours each. Of course it is possible to do, but it is usually more successful one puppy at a time.
Anyone who has been brave enough to do the two pups at once thing please advise...

I've done it. I wouldn't volunteer to do it again.

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A coworker of my SO's is adopting a rescue pup/pups, after spending 3 hrs. with the litter (7) he has ... trust what you read)... Anyone who has been brave enough to do the two pups at once thing please advise...

what breed are they? two puppies can be fun, but two adolescents is a PITA, as i found from experience. i got my female at 12 weeks and my male at 8 months. both are the same age (nearly two), and life in our house is a constant struggle between the two to stay off the bottom of the pack. not that it isn't a joy to live with the two of them, just that while one adolescent dog can be a handful, two at once is a heck of a lot of work.

also, it's harder to give each dog the individual training attention they need, and they will need it. :-)
-kelly
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You didn't mention what kind of puppies, and whether they will grow into small or large dogs. IMO, that can ... the day. That said, I'd be reluctant to take on two simultaneous puppies of dogs that are much larger. FurPaw

The mother is a Labxcocker, I have no idea on the male influence... he (the adopter) is looking at two that the foster mom feels will be the smallest but still about 40 lbs..
He will not be able to go home during work (45 min. commute) so the dogs will spend some time at my home (he works in the town I live in) and when they are a little older daycare dates too..
Michelle