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Puppies only play with each other and not with me - they don't know how to use toys

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So 3 days ago I got 2 boys - White Swiss Shepherd.

They are from the same family - brothers.
When me and my wife train them - we separate them to teach them.

Do we need to play with them separately too? They cannot play with us - whenever one starts to play another puppy comes and they start play fighting. It is almost impossible to stop them. Also, if one takes a toy - other drops everything and they start play fighting again or just running after each other.

Important note - I don't need this for myself :) I want to teach them to play toys, that it's fun to bite some other things, not just your brother. Also, so later we could play on the outside.


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Raising littermates, or two unrelated puppies that are close in age, isn't twice the work, it's more like four or five times the work, since they need to be separated more than they are together. Crated separately, fed separately, trained separately, walked separately, pretty much everything separately, to avoid them becoming overly bonded with each other, and not their humans. Also, with having two males, there is the possibility of same sex aggression as they mature. Returning or rehoming one of them would probably be a good idea.

And yes, if they don't know how to play with people, they can be taught. A friend of mine recently got a working line Belgian Tervuren puppy, and has some videos posted of him. He is a sport prospect, so he is very bitey. In this one, she is mainly just playing with him, bit there is also a bit of beginning heelwork.

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