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We have two Poms both less than a year old. They're from different litters and were acquired at different times.

They've bonded very closely.

They are being taken separately to different puppy/training classes.

We were told that we should keep them separate several hours each day. However, we weren't really given substantive answers as to why.

I'm looking for different thoughts, pointers, and implications regarding this advice.

I have been involved in medium {45 to 85 lbs} sized dog rescue and have had multiple dogs for a number of years. This is the first time I've received this kind of advice.
 

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no need to separate them. Just make sure each has one on one training and play time with you so that they bond with you and not just with each other.

When people give you wierd advice that that don't hesitate to question it.! :) there is alot of bad info out there and people who give bad info tend to not be able to explain themselves.

Congrats on your poms!



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We have two male pups, brothers from the same litter. We try to seperate them as much as possible, otherwise if one needed to go to the vey for example, the other one would go bonkers because they aren't used to ever being apart.

They need to learn how to function by themselves as well as with a mate.
 

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I would separate them if you are crate training but other than that I can not see a possible reason to separate them.... As long as they are doing their own thing from time to time (ie one sleeping and one playing with you, or going off to play with a toy alone). This obviously will give them a sense of self but I dont think you need to put one in one room and one in another.... Never been given that advice nor heard of it in all my years of animal experience.
 

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If you google a search on 'littermate syndrome' you can read all about it.

They list the same reasons my mum was given 38 years ago when my twin and I were born - they need to create and develop as individuals and not be 2 part of a whole!!
 

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The OP said they are not from the same litter... I still personally think theres a difference between crating separate, feeding separate etc. and completely separating most of the time...they need the interaction together... children play together in the same family, eat together and some even share rooms..i dont think you should go out of your way to separate puppies...
 

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The original OP asked why they had been given that advice - I simply replied with the info on why they might suggest it.
It made no difference to me and my sister we are still 2 peas in a pod. We even live across the Atlantic from each other and still are as close as ever.
 
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