08-25-2014, 09:04 PM
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Welcome to the forum!
I am sorry to hear about your animals passing, but it's exciting that you're looking at getting more. I have some questions for you to help make your search more fruitful. Because you're in high school, what are your plans for the lifetime of the dogs? Will they stay with your parents if/when you go off to college and get a job? Who will be the primary caretaker? Can you afford two dogs and will you be able to house them during school or just starting off in a job?
Take care when adopting two dogs. They are having to adjust to their new homes as well as to each other. If you are adopting two already bonded dogs, they may have problems bonding to you or may have developed an unhealthy attachment to their sibling/housemate. If you are adopting two young puppies, you might have to worry about littermate syndrome, which is very difficult to go through in addition to normal adolescent behaviours.
You had two dogs that presumably were in your family for some time. They were trained and knew how the house runs. It will take time, months perhaps, before your new dogs get comfortable and learn the new rules, so this might be quite a frustrating time. My advice would be to get one dog, then wait until you've bonded and the dog is quite settled before you look at getting another. That usually gives you the best chance to make sure that one dog isn't getting eclipsed by the other, and you're not going through the enormous amount of work of training two new dogs.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you use this forum to ask any questions throughout the process! This forum has a lot of really great advice, and I hope that you enjoy your stay!