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    Quote Originally Posted by tiff-689 View Post
    My two are only a few weeks apart in age and i wouldn't have it any other way. We got buckley at 9 weeks and Abbie at 6 months, so a little different to the situation you're in.

    We originally wanted a puppy rather than an older dog but Abbie's breeder convinced us otherwise. Buckley has a really rough play style (which would have been too much for a little puppy) so in the end, it was a godsent getting a dog of similar age and size. We haven't had any issues with them bonding with each other more than us. To be honest, they spend almost no time apart but Buckley seems to prefer laying outside on his own and Abbie sticks to you like glue. They have a few squabbles here and there but are happy to sleep on the same bed at night and eat from the same bone.

    I'de maybe wait until at least 6 months old. You're dog should be pretty switched on to how he should behave by that age and the bonus is that he will help to toilet train the pup amongst other things. Or you could consider getting an older dog?
    The difference is your dogs grew up away from each other so they had time to develop separately and be their own dog, hence they are not over bonded to each other.

    I have seen dogs in the classes I have been in (1 pair was a Boxer and a Lab and the other pair is 2 German Shepherds) so bonded to each other that if you walk the other dog away the 2nd dog completely stops paying attention to the humans and will stare off in the direction the other dog went, bark and try to get to the other dog. It is intense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    I have seen dogs in the classes I have been in (1 pair was a Boxer and a Lab and the other pair is 2 German Shepherds) so bonded to each other that if you walk the other dog away the 2nd dog completely stops paying attention to the humans and will stare off in the direction the other dog went, bark and try to get to the other dog. It is intense.
    My two dogs do this, only Bella came along when Harley was already 1 and a half. Harley is able to be separated from Bella with out to much huff, he still barks and carried on for a while. But if you take Harley away and leave Bella she is beside herself, she nearly hung herself on a fence once trying to get to him... lucky I was there to pull her off.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    My two dogs do this, only Bella came along when Harley was already 1 and a half. Harley is able to be separated from Bella with out to much huff, he still barks and carried on for a while. But if you take Harley away and leave Bella she is beside herself, she nearly hung herself on a fence once trying to get to him... lucky I was there to pull her off.
    Did you leave them along together a lot when she was a pup?
    This is why separate training and separating the dogs is so important. My dogs still do not spend entire days together and probably never will.

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    Yeah they have spent all their time together (except for vet visits etc) since we got her.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Did you leave them along together a lot when she was a pup?
    This is why separate training and separating the dogs is so important. My dogs still do not spend entire days together and probably never will.
    Really? How do you separate them?
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    In response to the first post.
    I have nothing super constructive to add other than to reinforce what was stated earlier, wait a year or two so you can focus your energy on one.
    It will be much easier on you.

    I'm not a breed expert but from what I've observed at dog training both staffies and rotties can be really boisterous at young ages (some don't out grow it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    Really? How do you separate them?
    One inside, one outside
    Crates
    Different rooms of the house
    Puppy in a play pen, older dog free roaming the house. Obviously puppy play pens no longer work for Phoenix, she can jump the play pen with a couple feet to spare.

    There are lots of ways of keeping them separate during the day.

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