Should I get two at the same time?
Basenji Mix

@YodelDogs:

What I recommend is to just get one puppy and work your hiney off raising it up. Take it to puppy socializing classes, obedience classes, and train it well in household manners. Wait until it is well trained, be it 1-2 years, and then get a puppy. The older dog will help guide and raise the next puppy and if you follow the same pattern as the first, you will have two Basenjis who are pleasant to be around and live with.

This is what I did. Duke was a just over a year old when I brought Daisy home. He was trained well enough to bring in another pup. Except, I'd say that it was easier potty training Duke than it was with Daisy. They are so close in age with the same energy level, so it works out good. Though they get VERY noisy at times. They're perfect together. I think they're both alfa dogs. Is that possible?? Neither takes any crap from the other. 😕

@Duke:

This is what I did. Duke was a just over a year old when I brought Daisy home. He was trained well enough to bring in another pup. Except, I'd say that it was easier potty training Duke than it was with Daisy. They are so close in age with the same energy level, so it works out good. Though they get VERY noisy at times. They're perfect together. I think they're both alfa dogs. Is that possible?? Neither takes any crap from the other. 😕

For sure both can be "alfa"….

@ChristyRutherford:

I would adopt an older B (BRAT?) and then get your pup. This way the older one that is house trained can help train you new little one.
Just an Idea, and I have never tried it, but have heard it works. And since you do want two, this solves a couple of problems:)

It can also backfire. Whatever bad habits and bad behaviors the rescue has will be learned by the pup.

@YodelDogs:

It can also backfire. Whatever bad habits and bad behaviors the rescue has will be learned by the pup.

Then I better not get a puppy :p
Do you think I can get an older B to teach my 4yo some house manners.

I wasn't thinking of it that way, but it makes sense. I would not do that with the loveable, amazing, sweet little piece of terror I have now. He is my buddy, but I wouldnt clone him. His personality I would, but his housetraining I wouldnt. (He was never trained so now we just "manage" his "issues" and try and work on them):)

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@tanza:

For sure both can be "alfa"….

:eek: If both think they are alpha, is that a good for me? I mean, will there there be peace in my home? I am new to this…two dogs. Daisy seems to be front and center to go outside, but Duke charges first. When I come home, they argue for first rights to me. (not too pleasant) Though you confirm both can be "alpha", I deep down hope one will submit. Daisy is now only 8 months old, Duke, 1 yr. 7 mos. I was figuring the bitch would rule. What are the odds at this stage for an alpha order? I realize it's tough to speculate but would make life easier. I hope Duke submits b/c he's so stubborn and hard headed. KWIM? I would not hope for a dual at every turn. :eek:

If they both fight for attention when you come home…. take the lead and ignore both of them until they settle down....
If both alpha IMO... they will always be alpha... remember the pup is still trying to figure out her place at 8 months and trying her "wings" IMO....

@tanza:

If they both fight for attention when you come home…. take the lead and ignore both of them until they settle down....

Yes as hard as it is to ignore them, they can be cute.:D Greeting multiples can cause little power fights for attention. I've seen my wife come home, read mail, do some dishes and then acknowledge the b's.

Basenji Mix

Ahhh! Thanks for the advice and support on this. You know I've complained about it before. Waiting out the maturity factor seems unending. I have ignored them upon coming home, taking shoes off, going thru mail, emptying lunch box, change of clothes and dishes. Sure wish they'd understand that crowding my feet and legs sometimes results with a stepped on paw…I will pay more attention with having a consistent routine, since sometimes I greet them immediatly when I get home. (depends on my mood when I greet, I think) They'll learn to "wait".

I got my boys when they were 4 months old, they're from the same litter, and I have really had no serious trouble with them. They are about 8 months old, and their personalities really keep each other occupied. The reason we got to is cuz we didn't want them to be lonely. It didn't cross my mind that two would be more of a handful than one.

When I get home and greet one the other sits patiently looking up at me waiting his turn for love. Ok, this shows just how pathetically smitten I am over my pups, I try to always make sure that I greet a different boy every time so the other boy doesn't feel like I have a favorite. Wow, what an insight on myself.

@myie:

I got my boys when they were 4 months old, they're from the same litter, and I have really had no serious trouble with them. They are about 8 months old, and their personalities really keep each other occupied. The reason we got to is cuz we didn't want them to be lonely. It didn't cross my mind that two would be more of a handful than one.

When I get home and greet one the other sits patiently looking up at me waiting his turn for love. Ok, this shows just how pathetically smitten I am over my pups, I try to always make sure that I greet a different boy every time so the other boy doesn't feel like I have a favorite. Wow, what an insight on myself.

Are they still in-tact? If so, be prepared… breeding season is about to come on us... and 99% of Basenjis know when it is breeding season regardless if you have bitches or not... so keep your eye on them.... And it can take till they are a yr or 2 old for same sex siblings to begin having problems...

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