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    I am just so very pleased that I do not have issues between the male and female siblings and their mother that I have here.
    There were issues with another female sibling with my female when she was rehomed back here after a year away here and that did not end well.
    There has been great advice given. Good luck.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I have raised 3 young dogs of the same age, one a planned puppy the other 2 rescue working pups. I had them all together at age 6 months.
    I have to say it was alot of work. I spent a lot of time individually with them as there were issues. The timid female kelpie lacked confidence and became transfixed on one of the males and the males had issues with each other battling it out for top male. Oh it was fun! Not something I am ever gong to do again. However we have all come out the other end and I compete in herding and agility trials with all 3 of them and there are very few issues at home. I just have to manage the 2 boys to a certain degree and the kelpie has become much more comfortable with working with me and even enjoys it especially when we head out to do sheep work. Once she would have run for home at any indication from me that she had done something wrong or cowered like a quivering wreck. Now she toughs it out and bounces back and I have well and truly gained her trust. It took quite a long time really.

    I think the key was the individual training. I did quite often train them in the prescence of each other. The ones not being trained being contained. I also did a fair bit of work with the kelpie separately from the other 2. For her I found that she loved sheep work so that was a good place to start for her and her training away from the other dogs.

    Good luck and how is it going?

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    I agree with Nekhbet. You have to separate them as much as possible because I jave also read in expert dog trainers that dogs that are close to another dog doesn't get along with individual trainings.

    I also agree to some that you have to give them time at first. Do not rush on training them. Let them become comfortable in your place first and you have to observe them on what are their habits. I think a week or two will already give you thins on where to start. Of course it will always be helpful to get some professional advise about these things.

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    Opening Poster (OP) hasn't been back since the day they made their post.

    So no idea how things have gone for them.

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    I always assumed OP stood for Original Poster (and always say it the style of Offspring in my head) ... well there you go, I learnt something. :P

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    Could be "original poster" or even "original post" - although that makes me think of original sin - ie the original post is the very first one in the history of this forum, not just this thread. I tend to read it as Oh Pee - which means something else when you're talking about puppies.

    Funny how we never write "FP" or First poster... or TS - thread starter...
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 09-02-2014 at 09:58 AM.

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    I know the OP has not been back. But i want to second, that in all my years as a multi dog owner, MY attention has always been higher valued than attention of another dog.

    I have just housed my sons 2 pups, where this is an issue. The dogs are inseparable, and seek each others company over the owners and have been difficult to train.
    Immediately, dogs were separated and worked on individually. I cant train 2 dogs at once. So its always 1:1 training for me. I just ensured what we did 1:1 was far more interesting than staying with litter mate BFF

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    Seperation and training is the way to go...........all the links you have been given are great to follow. I also ended up with an abused youngster at 8 months (Harry), he loves my own pup, Yussie who is the same age. We do let them have time together, but all the training is done as individuals and also we take him out on alone trips and he comes to training alone. We mix all our dogs and they live together, but we train them as individuals, except when we go water training. They love the time you spend with them alone. It takes quite some time to get an abused dog to have confidence in you. It is therefore important to be totally relaible and constant and that is what good training brings to an abused dog, it gives them confidence and fun.....make training fun
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