8 week old female keeps us up at nite....

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we have two puppys one is a 8 week old female the other is a 10 week old male.they each have there own pen to sleep in while training.at nite she will wakeup 4-5 times a nite and start to bark and cry to the point that we cant get any sleep.she will do this wanting to be in with him .but if we put her in with him she will stop crying and barking and keep us up most of the nite playing with him.we have had other dobermans before .been about two years since our other one passed away.been a long time since haveing a puppy.anyone have any ideas?? we really need some sleep..thanks Dan

return one of the puppies - raise one and then get another about 2 years later.  Not a great idea to raise two puppies together. As a breeder I would never sell two puppies to someone and if they already had a puppy I would not sell them another. If I found out that someone bought another puppy 2 weeks later I would ask for my puppy back - I'd give them their money back too, because that is not how I'd want a puppy I bred raised. JMHO

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I wonder why you chose to have 2 puppies at once, talk about a handful!  I am a confessed failure at crate training so I really don't have any advice or than if you're using hard sided crates, you might try to put them face to face at night, and tough it out.  A puppy really needs to learn how to settle themselves down on their own in order to gain confidence.


Welcome to the forum!  We'd like to see pictures.

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Welcome to the group.  Wow, two pups at the same time, huh?  That will take a lot of time and patience to deal with to make sure that they get individual time and attention and training. A little more work than I would be willing to give, but that's just me.  No advice on the crate thing---I have never used a crate with any of my dogs...just wanted to say "hi" and welcome to you and your pups.

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we had only picked up one puppy at first from a frnd but when her brother called us a week ltr and told us that his sister had passed away and he was takeing the mother and her last puppy to the shelter we took the puppy and her sister took in the mother..we knew it would be alot but didnt want to see her go to a shelter..just wanted to see if anyone had any ideas.

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I'm sorry, I'm confused.  The way you said that sounds like you have litter mates, but then you say they're 2 weeks apart age wise.  We really do want to help you and give advice.  It sounds like the dam went to the shelter, what a shame, I hope a rescue finds her.

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Doesn't sound like they came from a good situation.

You are already seeing the co-dependence on each other and not you starting. And it sounds like some seperation anxiety from the female. Id google "raising litter mates together" and "seperation anxiety" to become familiar with the issues you face with these two.

Certainly rescuing the female shows you have a big heart but youd them an even better service if you found one of them a new home. The hardest part of rescuing is saying goodbye, but that's the best part.. Knowing they found the best forever home.

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Hi and Welcome to the forum.   I was in a very similar situation to yourself over 30 years ago when we got our first dobermann, Cass, we had picked out a bitch puppy and when we went to see her at about 6 weeks, we were told that all the puppies had been sold except the 'runt of the litter', a sweet little boy who was much smaller than all the rest.   When we asked what would happen to him we were told that they could not keep him so if he was not sold he would be euthanised.  Well we immediately said - oh no don't do that, if you can't find a home for him we will have him - from that day on he was ours.   All I can say is that you are in for a bumpy ride.   I don't regret it for one moment and they were our first dobes, not our first dogs, but we were not ready for the havoc that followed.

The difficulty was that they took no notice of me or my husband when we were out and about, they were only interested in each other.   The little boy, Dino, was always a baby and really bidable whereas Cass was a very strong willed girl and whatever she did Dino followed.   Training was almost impossible, they were just not interested in us, only playing together.  We tried training them separately and that went well but as soon as they were together again they only 'listened' to each other.   

We loved them both dearly and both had very different personalities and all I can say is 'hold on to your hat' you are in for a bumpy ride!!   They were really great fun watching them play together and were absolutely fantastic with our 3 boys when they came along, no problems whatsoever. 

I would like to wish you good luck, its not impossible but it is difficult to raise two littermates.

(Didn't put us off though as we have had 6 dobermans over the years since then - but never again two puppies together !)