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So it definitely wont be happening for another year or so, but I am thinking of getting a second dog eventually. I have been researching breeds, and I am currently leaning toward a Bernese Mountain Dog. I have emailled a couple of breeders already and have set up a time to go and meet her dogs, to see if the breed is right for me.

Anyway, I am curious about whether or not littermate syndrome can eventuate if only one of the dogs is a puppy? So if in a year or so I got a puppy, and it spent more one on one time with my current dog than with me, would it be likely to bond with my current dog more, and potentially damage my relationship with the pup? Or because my current dog is already heavily bonded with me, would it be less likely to happen?

Of course when the dog is a very small pup I will keep them seperated when unsupervised, but when the pup is a bit older, I would likely keep them out together.
 

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Thanks for all your replies! I would definitely be walking and training them separately, especially while the pup is young and still learning.

My current dog is relatively well behaved, but I would like her to have a bit more impulse control before I got a new dog. She is pretty good until she is on lead and there is a person walking by almost within patting distance - because then they might want to pat her, and the best way to get pats is to pull on the lead to smooch up to people and show them your butt - right? And if I get another large dog - that could end up being two strong dogs pulling on a lead - which could create some problems....

But I dont plan on getting a pup for at least another year, so we have plenty of time to practice!
 
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