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    Exclamation Severe Over-Excitement Issue

    We recently adopted 2 puppies that would otherwise lose their home. They're really calm, don't make too much noise but there are 2 big problems right now.

    1. Potty training. We are doing good considering its only been 1 week since we adopted them, for the last 2 days both of them pooped outside but they sometimes don't pee and do it in the house, but we're working on it.

    2. Over-excitement. My brother and i are taking care of them, and when one of us leave the room and enter back in, they get excited, trying to jump and kiss. And if they're left alone for even a few minutes, when one of us enters the room they get super excited And i do mean super because it's so much that if they didn't pee recently they pee on the floor/drop little poots of pee. They jump high and scratch us with their nails, run around in room and do it all over.

    We tried not making a big deal of us leaving, rewarding calm behavior, not caring when they're greeting us, even minimal physical reaction(pushing them down/slight flicks etc.). How should we approach the issue?

    edit: they're from the same litter and around 4 months old

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    Re: Severe Over-Excitement Issue

    I'd be aware of littermate syndrome developing- but it's preventable, since you already have them.

    It's hard to tell exactly from a post, but a guess is at least part of the issue might be both puppies are reinforcing each other's excitement/behavior, which would explain why your training methods aren't working as well as it should be (even though what you're doing is right). So I would start with keeping and training them in different areas of the house, especially when you aren't home/you're coming home.

    "I think the standard advice is sound here: Don’t give the puppies free and constant access to each other. (I just heard from someone that her breeder recommended she never EVER let the dogs even see each other. Do I need to mention that I think that is a bit extreme?) Let them sleep in different areas (okay, make them sleep in different areas) and do lots of one-on-one training. Spend a lot of time playing with each pup by itself, and use play as an important part of your positive reinforcement."

    http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/the...ttermates-dont

    So the excited peeing might be prevented by separating them too, because it will lessen the excitement level. But it's also possible that they are just young dogs and can't hold their pee as well LOL, and they eventually grow out of it.

    - about the potty training, are you guys crate training? That's key to potty training. Once they're out of the crate, the first thing is bring them out to potty, even if they just went 10 minutes ago. It's to build the habit. Also, be sure to use enzyme cleaner to remove all previous pee smells on the carpet.
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    Re: Severe Over-Excitement Issue

    We are aware of the littermate syndrome, but for now we can't treat them as 2 seperate dogs, so we will consider rehoming one if problems becomes unmanageable.

    Potty training is going good, pup #1 is getting quite used of it, only poops/pees outside(sometimes pees herself from excitement but i've heard other people had this problem with young pups too) but #2 poops outside and doesn't pee, instead she holds it as long as she can and just does it inside, and prefers bathroom(when we first got em we let em do it in the bathroom). Any reason why #2 is used to it but #1 is not?

    Also #2 has a licking problem: she licks us anytime she can, so much that its not possible to get face-to-face with her. #1 occasionally licks, but stops after few secs but #2 just licks all the time. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Severe Over-Excitement Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by ogicevik View Post
    We are aware of the littermate syndrome, but for now we can't treat them as 2 seperate dogs, so we will consider rehoming one if problems becomes unmanageable.

    Potty training is going good, pup #1 is getting quite used of it, only poops/pees outside(sometimes pees herself from excitement but i've heard other people had this problem with young pups too) but #2 poops outside and doesn't pee, instead she holds it as long as she can and just does it inside, and prefers bathroom(when we first got em we let em do it in the bathroom). Any reason why #2 is used to it but #1 is not?

    Also #2 has a licking problem: she licks us anytime she can, so much that its not possible to get face-to-face with her. #1 occasionally licks, but stops after few secs but #2 just licks all the time. Any suggestions?
    You really really want to treat them as two separate dogs now. Because if the "problem becomes unmanageable" as you say, it will be an absolute nightmare to separate them. Right now, it will likely just take an hour or two a day separate from each other, maybe 3 hours to get them over the hump in terms of being apart. But if they become too tightly bonded, you are talking about a dog that will hurt itself trying to escape confinement to get to the other dog, one who will be beyond mentally distraught.

    Does it happen every time with littermates? No. However, when it happens it is BAD. And when it doesn't happen, you can't always say how much someone did to intentionally or unintentionally give them their own space and training.

    If you started them out using the bathroom as a toilet spot, then I would expect that a dog would learn the bathroom is the toilet spot so you will need to block access to that completely.

    Licking person a is generally simply excitement and consistent, gentle redirection will help. It can be a slow thing for a dog to grow out of. If you are OK with her licking your hand or arm, you can allow that but redirect from the face area. If you don't want any licking, distract with a toy and stand up/move away. Over and over and over.

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