oh wow...and here we thought they would be better off together. lulu was the runt but i see that trixie does shy away from us. but thats the only downside i see right now. is it too late to take them to separate trainings? they seem to enjoy walking together....should i walk them separately?
Walk them separate for now. I used to walk them together once they were older.
Feed them together if possible ... but separate their bowls with a bowl of water between them. They do not have to be right on top of each other... as it makes potty training easier ... they eat at the same time ... they potty at the same time. Take them out to potty together if they do not get side tracked and want to play instead ... which could happen. If so ... take them potty separately.
Train them to share together by taking "turns" .... have them sit beside each other and say "This is for Lulu" ... give a treat ... then ... "This is for Trixie" ... then treat ... and repeat. Be sure to use their names when doing this.
You can teach them to share toys the same way. You can also teach them to play with toys together such as chasing a ball ... and if one becomes overly crazy about wanting to be the "ONE" to get it ... stop the game. You do not want one to become the bully and the other to become the outcast. Play separately with them if this occurs.
Sooner or later you will find what works "together" and what works "separate" ... as no two dogs are alike.
I allowed them to play tug together ... that they loved!
Now ... these are the things I did to train my Boy's ... but not every dog is the same ... this is just a general idea that you can tweak to fit your ideal and your own dogs personalities.
This is just a very very tiny amount of what all I did to begin training my dogs.
Obedience training was done separately.
Leeo was also the runt and took longer to potty train due to his possible smaller bladder.