So, Can You Train More Than One Dog at a Time? This Question Answered!

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I am the proud owner/momma of multiple dogs.  I like having more than one dog and I have had at least 2 since I was 18.

As a child my parents first barely let us have a dog for more on that read My Dad Hated Dogs!   So when we finally got to keep our Chow Chow I wanted another 😉  of course I did; I did grow up to be a dog trainer after all!

But my mom always said “Then she would be part of a pack and would love and need us less”.  I think this was just an excuse 😉

So when I moved out and got married, it wasn’t long before I got dog number 1 (as soon as we moved into a house) and then came dog number 2.

I, personally, like my dogs having another dog or two to play with!  Although I do believe that they bond to each other, I have never felt that I was unloved.  And, they keep each other entertained when I am gone and teach each other all the naughty things I wish they wouldn’t pass on!

At one point I had 4 dogs and that was way too many!  I have 3 now and think that maybe one too many, but such is the state of my house right now.

Dogs can be taught to behave while they are together.

Dogs can be taught to behave while they are together.

But, let’s face it the more dogs you have, the more work you have to do to keep them well trained and make sure that they do bond with you and not just to one another.

One of the most frequent questions I get about dog training is “How do you train more than one dog at a time?” and so that is what I want to focus on today; to help you multiple dog owners with training at your home!

Understanding Dogs

Dogs are like toddlers with fur; they have an excess of energy and they have a hard enough time concentrating when there are NO DISTRACTIONS.  You really have to work to build a good foundation to get control of your dog’s behaviors in distracting environments.

And, dogs are super competitive (just like toddlers) they really don’t like, nor do they want to share.  And when you put a couple of them together and try to train; they aren’t thinking about what they are doing they are anticipating you rewarding the other dog.

Dogs just can’t learn something with another or other dogs present; it just isn’t fair.  Even if you do train them this way it is going to take twice as long and not be as effective or build that strong foundation you are looking for.

Take those toddlers to a zoo and try and teach them something difficult like math or reading… do you think that would be an effective place for learning?

You never see a police dog trainer, or an assistance dog trainer trying to train a new dog with another new or even experienced dog (socializing is different).

We Professionals Know Dogs Can’t Learn Together

But they can snuggle together!

But they can snuggle together!

That is they can’t learn together while sharing the same handler, nor can the handler (or owner) give more than one dog the appropriate timing and attention.

I often giggle when I rewatch some of the videos I have shot for this program since I often let all my dogs hang out while I work with one of them.  I might ask for eye contact and focus or for the dog to sit and I see in the background my other dogs staring wildly at me or sitting when I ask, and yet I don’t see them at the time.  I am too busy focusing on the dog I am commanding.

In a dog that knows the command, this isn’t a big deal and he/she knows with whom I am working but when I am teaching a dog this is too distracting and confusing.

So What Do I Do?

I separate my dogs when I am teaching one of them something new.  I put everybody else in a crate or outside or separate into another room and I work one dog at a time.  This way they have my full concentration and their little minds aren’t spinning about who else might steal “THEIR” cookie.  They don’t have to worry about giving stink eye, or stiffening or growling when cookies are shared; they can simply concentrate on the command I am teaching.  And later, once they have learned the command they are much less possessive over treats.

And, I can give my full attention to one dog and notice the millisecond that he/she makes a positive step toward the behavior and this gives the dog clearer communication and the ability to succeed.

It also allows me to bond with each of them separately as individuals.  I don’t want my dogs to be overly reliant on one another.  I have had several dogs come and go and get cancer and die and I don’t want my other dogs to not know how to function without the other.  This training gives them individual attention and shows them how much fun spending time with me can be!

Do my other dogs throw fits when I take another out… sometimes… but I don’t mind; to me that tells me they are excited because they know their turn will be next!  If I really hated it, I could teach them to be quiet when I leave with another dog.

Can I Ever Train Them Together?

Yes and no.

No, I cannot effectively teach them something NEW when I have more than one.

Yes, I can put them together once they have learned the behavior and understand what I want and then I can ask them to perform the behavior together.  I often take all 3 dogs for a walk, but I taught them leash manners and heel separately!

competition can be good for some behaviors once they know them.

competition can be good for some behaviors once they know them.

Can I Use Them Against Each Other?

Hahaha  YES!!!  Let me explain.

Dogs often get to a place in their training where it is almost as if they challenge you to “Make Them” perform for you; and this is when I like to bring in another dog.  First I must know that they understand the behavior but are simply choosing not to perform it for me!

Then I bring in dog number 2 (who needs to know the command) and ask them to do it for me, and if he does he gets jackpotted and a whirlwind of praise and affection (provided there will be no dog fight instigated over this).

When I trained Service Dogs they all had to learn to retrieve and retrieve basically anything including metal which tastes icky.  And, so when they decided they really didn’t like that item and would not do it I would bring in NIX.  He would do anything for a cookie and he would immediately retrieve the item and give it to me and I would very blatantly give him a HUGE treat and love on him for compliance, while ignoring the other dog.

I would then have him do it a few more times until the other dog was frustrated and leaping for the fallen item.  Problem solved!!!  This almost always made these obstinate dogs decide they wanted to work for me!

Sometimes you just need to take a step back and look at it from their point of view and understand how much individual attention they need!  Once you do that, your dog training gets so much easier!

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Comments

  1. Canine Paws Abilities says:

    I’m a behaviorist and trainer and have trained six Doxies at the same time! Was a great time with them and their owners! Including, teaching their ‘dad’ how to walk them all on the same walk… 🙂

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    Minette Reply:

    Then you should know that it is harder for dogs to learn together. They likely would have learned better solo.

    This is why many training classes don’t allow one person to bring several dogs to class.

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    Canine Paws Abilities Reply:

    I can certainly understand that some people would not be equiped for such a task. I had no problems, actually they began to compete with each other for who could sit, down, stay, etc. the quickest! LOL… I was lucky with this group of smart little ones. 🙂

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    Don Pereira Reply:

    My dogs will not listen to any command, but will play alot.

  2. Rob says:

    I have owned dogs for many years, and I actually find it easier to train my two dogs at the same time as they learn from each other. If I tell one dog don’t do this the other one see’s it and doesn’t do it and vice versa.

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    Minette Reply:

    That is very unusual and okay for simple basics but not good for complicated obedience.

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    Gail Reply:

    I think it depends on the individual breeds. I had a border collie for 10 years who could demonstrate and help teach other dogs and never get confused. She was a real help. She taught our malamute many tricks and manners but teaching a malamute is a more difficult proposition. Some breeds are just easy and some are harder. You are lucky to have two work like this.

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  3. Jack says:

    I really enjoy your reading blogs and have a special request. We only have one dog, and just started taking him to the dog park so he can socialize with others. He was nervous at first but after a few trips he has learned to relax and enjoy playing with other friendly dogs. The other day a guy showed up with two dogs that looked like lab/pit mixes, one was friendly but the other was trouble the second it stepped out of the car. The minute it hit the ground it was up against the fence in full attack mode while the owner just casually strolled over to the gate to let the beast in. The rest of the story turned out just like you could predict, with his dog attacking ours while the owner sat on the bench with his arms stretched out making no attempt at all to call his dog off.It looked like the guy was actually getting off on watching his dog attack. After a short but heated exchange on how to control your dog ,we ended up leaving. I was just wondering if you had any advice on how to handle a similar situation like that?

    BTW, our dog is really quick so he never got bit or anything but you could tell his feelings were hurt.

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    Jen Reply:

    I also have had the same problem at a dog park. After doing a lot of research on them and all of the negative things that happen to dogs, I no longer take mine to one. My dog became timid of other dogs and even started to bully another dog the same way she was bullied. I ended up getting another dog but another solution I have found was to go to the dog park and watch how owners are with their dogs. If they are in control of them and I see no aggression in their dog I ask them if they would be interested in a play date. Unfortunately we cannot control other people and how they raise their dogs. After reading about deaths that happen at dog parks and the changes it can make in your own dog I simply stopped going there. I hope this helps.

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    Minette Reply:

    Just an experience like this can scar a dog.

    I have no problem seeing a dog like that, getting my leash and leaving with my dog. I don’t care if we have been there less than 5 minutes it is better than having a dead dog or one that is traumatized. I also carry aggressive dog STOP spray so I can spray it at the dog if I can’t get out quick enough. I don’t care what others think.

    You can’t control other people or their dogs you can only control you and your dog. I like dog parks and I use to go all the time with my old guy, but I was very clear if I saw a dog on a choke or prong collar I would leave and if anything else made me nervous I would leave.

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  4. Cherie Rafter says:

    Do you think it is possible to change or train an aggressive dog. I have a 7 year old part brussel griffon part terrier who tries to kill my older brussel, male. He is not neutered but have been told at this point it might not help. I might have to give him up but am afraid a shelter will put him down and a no kill. shelter put him on the bad list and he might not get adopted. I feel guilty that I did not neuter him when he was a pup. Any suggestions.

    Thanks
    CR

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    Minette Reply:

    I would still neuter him!! You may also save him from dying of prostate cancer. “Might” would be good enough for me.

    And until you know if it’s working you need to keep them separate. And, work on basic obedience.

    I am sure if a shelter saw that kind of aggression they would put him to sleep.

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  5. janet amighi says:

    I have been training one dog while the second one is in a crate. The dog in the crate- 11 month old puppy- turns his back on us- as I interpret it so as to not suffer seeing us so much. The other sticks her nose out of the crate wire and looks pathetic. Someone suggested giving the crated dog a bone or an occasional treat. Well, that worked maybe too well. The bone was really an attractive nuisance and distraction, but the working dog got over it and decided working with me was better than a bone! Yay

    Anyway it all made me feel better and worked out ok. Your thoughts?

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    Minette Reply:

    I like my dogs getting excited to be worked so typically I don’t give them treats.

    I usually reserve bones etc. for when I am going to leave them for a couple of hours.

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  6. asha says:

    You most certainly can teach two dogs together. My younger untrained dog quickly learns by my older, trained dogs example. I’ve also had successful training sessions with pairs of untrained dogs. I actually have more focus from multiple dogs because I seem more interesting and they are competing for my attention. Yes it is true that some dogs learn better one on one and most new trainers cannot handle or focus on more than one dog at a time but for those people who are more experienced and have sociable competitive dogs to teach it is certainly possible and not a hard task. Know the dog you are teaching. To avoid confusion between your dogs when giving commands say the name of the dog first before the.command or use different command words. Also practice putting one dog in a stay while you do a few commands with the other then switching them out (and treating the other dog for staying) You can have a whole pack in training that way, so long as they know stay, which any dog can learn within a day. Of course I always recommend private sessions with your dogs as well but is it is not at all impossible to teach more than one.

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    Minette Reply:

    I never said impossible I said more difficult and I was never referring to professionals (although I still dare you to see a K9 trainer or an Assistance Dog trainer trying to TEACH two new dogs at once.

    And, it is nearly impossible to teach two dogs to give you eye contact and focus while heeling which is becoming more the norm in the competition world.

    Not everyone is a professional and most people have a hard enough time with one dog. I write for the masses and most have little to no experience with dogs

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  7. Jackie and Roxy's mom says:

    I adopted 2 puppies from animal control – they are sisters. I had NO idea how much harder it was going to be to raise 2 pups at the same time. I have had them for about 3 months and they still have some accidents. It is frustrating but it happens when I walk into the kitchen for 2 min – I come back to find one of them peed on my couch uggggg. We (my son and I) were walking them to go to the bathroom (a lot) cus they were too little to let outback with my big dog and this began to be very pain staking – we tried to get them on the same schedule … not too easy. They are starting to learn – but I never had it take this long. I can let them out with the big dog now and so it is a bit easier…. on me – but I am afraid that they will never learn that they must go to the bathroom outside – not just whenever they feel like it.
    Thank you for this blog – this was some good information for me – the new mom of twins.

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  8. Tanzi says:

    Minette, I enjoy your posts. One thought – I would love it if you might, if you haven’t already, consider using the word “cue” in place of “command” when writing. Your training seems so positive and “command” reminds me of old school trainers who treat dogs like soldiers.

    Recently I attended a workshop led by Kathy Sdao who commented that, as a marine mammal trainer, she never had the luxury of training one animal at a time so she developed amazing aim when throwing treats. I have terrible aim and would probably get crushed in a walrus stampede. 🙂

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    Minette Reply:

    Most people don’t understand “cue” because they are use to being taught command. The words are synonymous and if you are kind a command is just as positive as a cue, but I need the layman to know what I am talking about 🙂

    And marine mammals are different from dogs in that we don’t expect eye contact and focus and some other difficult one on one training like we do with our dogs!

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  9. Brenda McGowan says:

    Hi
    I have three dogs, came to our home one day apart. My golden (Chance) is 2yrs 3mths and the Chocolate labs (Sugar/Daisy) are 1yr 2mths today.

    Chance has been helping me bring in Sugar as she will not come to anyone when outside if there is any kind of toy/stick/rock to keep away from everyone. I like Chance’s help but want Sugar to learn to come on command. She has to be kenneled anytime we go out the front door with the other two, she runs away in a heartbeat.

    I can command all three to sit/wait/come in the house, Sugar takes a lot of coaxing even in the house. She likes to be by herself where the other two would rather be with us. Sugar has learned to get my attention when she wants something by climbing on top of me and pestering until I figure it out. Sugar belongs to my 13yr old. Daisy to my 15 and Chance is mine.
    any suggestions?

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    Minette Reply:

    First stop with the your dog my dog thing, if you live with them they are all your dogs.

    Some people just stop caring if the dog is somebody elses in the family.

    Although I call one of my dogs my husband’s dog (because he will be competing with him) he is still my dog and I love and care about and train him just like the others.

    And kids aren’t reliable trainers!! You will need to take that over!

    She needs more obedience read this http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/top-5-12-reasons-dog-called/

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  10. Julie says:

    I have a 8 month Goldendoodle that seems to think barking is the thing to do when she is afraid….she is a chicken so this barking takes place often. What can you do to stop a dog from barking? She runs out into the yard and just runs and barks and it is driving me nuts.

    Thanks

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  11. Raul says:

    I have a 10 month old Female Bull Dog, the question I have is if there are any type of bone or chew toy I can give her for a few hours that I do not have to worry that she will splinter & choke. I have tried Rawhide bones, but she shews them quickly & seems to choke on them. They get very slimy

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    Minette Reply:

    Try a sterile bone and give it to her out of her kennel so you can see how quickly she chews it and make sure it is safe.

    Also a kong with peanut butter, but again keep an eye on her at first.

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  12. Scott&Sky says:

    I have two well behaved dogs, (an Aussie, and a German Shep) that know their commands.
    Trouble is getting ONE of them to do something (come, wait, etc) while the other does the opposite.For example..Two dogs in a small room, or back seat of a car. VERY frustrating.I have tried using names and hand signals only, and that works pretty good but would like a better way. Any suggestions?

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    Minette Reply:

    If they all know the commands then you work on “proofing” them.

    So at this stage I like to take them all outside and work on two dogs’ stays while I work with dog #3 and then rotate.

    Once you can do this start giving specific commands.

    Sky Sit

    Fury (my dog) Down

    Etc until they learn this new game!

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  13. Kathi Kelley says:

    I had have a 10-year-old male Miniature Schnauzer foster dog for about a year. He came to rescue when elderly owner died and family took his brother but not Jeffie because he “bit their child.” He is well house trained and very fond of me now. However, he is very jealous of other dogs in house — growls and snaps when they get too close or rough. And he is very sensitive to touch sometimes. This is inconsisent and not logical. He wants to be next to me and to be petted, but sometimes when I’m petting him, he suddenly snaps at me. He has only broken my skin once and that was minor. Then sometimes he is very apologetic but other times, he acts aggressive to me for several minutes. I have tried just talking calmly to him or removing him from my side (off bed or to crate or turning my back to him). He just seems confused and doesn’t understand why I’m rejecting him (in his eyes). In frustration, I have even lightly slapped him but this makes him worse, so I try not to. I can’t find any particular place that touching causes this. I pick him up (carefully) each night to put on bed (he demands this) and be fine, then one night he snaps as I’m picking him up. I find myself being reluctant to pet him (though I still do) and on guard when I do touch him. This is not good as I know he picks up on my concern. But he still wants to sleep against me and often stands with his head against my leg when I’m sitting down. How can I help him deal with this? What should I do? I’m getting desperate!

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    Minette Reply:

    Read this http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/feel-pain/

    Take him to the vet asap

    And, read this one http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/dogs-petted/

    And stop catering to his demands. I would never sleep with a dog like this, what happens if you roll over on him and he decides to bite? He may bite your face. One man was mauled to death by his Doberman when he touched him in bed.

    Sleeping with you is a privilege and he has not earned that!

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    Kathi Kelley Reply:

    Jeffie has been thoroughly checked by vet. That was the first thing I did when I got him. There are no physical reasons for the touching problem. He is fine sleeping on bed. He does not bite as much as snap his teeth to indicate anger momentarily. He does this when I touch him with my hand. Otherwise, I can move him around, bath him, handle him without a problem. What I need is what to do when he does snap. Thanks

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    Minette Reply:

    unless you had full body xrays and a full blood work up, he needs to go back to the vet.

  14. Gail says:

    Three years ago my malamute got knocked up by a bull arab in my lounge room in the night and produced 12 puppies. 11 lived and I bought each puppy into the kitchen one at a time and taught them to sit and shake hands. As they got better I did two at a time and then three (of course I alternated the combinations). By this time I could get the food out and say all sit and all eleven puppies would sit and wait. It was pure magic. They could walk down the stairs by six weeks because they were so big and all eleven would walk slowly behind me. I don’t believe I could have taught them without separating them in the beginning. I found homes for 10 of them at 8 weeks but I still have one who lives with her mum and me and I still take her into a room without her mum when I want to teach her something new but make them do whatever I ask of them (things they understand) before food when they are together.

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  15. Beverly Blair says:

    I have 5 dogs. I tried to train them all at the same time, in order to SAVE time. But I found it nearly impossible for reasons stated in this blog. The biggest problem was the impatience of some over others. For instance, my Lemon Beagle, at 40 lbs., outweighs the others and tramples her way between the cookie and any other dog. So instead of instantly rewarding a dog for completing the trick/task (that crucial nano-second), I have to spend the “reward” moment fighting off the chubby one. So, now I train slower but more focused. We concentrate on one trick a week. Monday thru Friday, I practice with each individually every day for only a few minutes, using the treat method. On the weekend, we bring it all home in a group setting, no treats – just praise. It seems to work…..for now. 😉

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  16. Lee says:

    I have two boxers, brother and sister that are almost 2 years old. They are perfectly trained at feeding time. But i am having trouble on walks and integrating them with my two cats. If i walk them separately he/she usually settles into a gentle walk, but with both of them its like a competition or lets take turns in pulling. Very frustrating and puts me off walking them all together. I have just bought a clicker and have been reading up on clicker training, so hopefully that will work.. Oh i do have a question on licking, I hate it!! Can they be trained not to lick?

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    Minette Reply:

    Read this http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/caution-dog-control-licker/

    And remember that you train separately and then you have to TRAIN them together before you can expect to walk successfully! Once they can pay attention to you and heel together during training 95% of the time then you can try and conquer a walk together!

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  17. Cindy says:

    My husband and I have a 3 year old Siberian Husky who has been trained to do simple tasks such as sit, down, paw, high five. We have struggled with the stay and come command. We just recently got a German Shepherd puppy who is almost 11 weeks old. Since we have brought him into the house our Husky has not been coming when called at all and does not stay when we ask her to. I do have to admit that when we trained before we did spank/swat her for doing something wrong because it was the only way that we were ever taught how to train a dog. After reading many of your blogs and Chet’s training technique I feel awful for doing that and have started to do the positive reinforcement training with both dogs. But it has been hard. For my husband she still is not coming even for treats but she has been doing fairly well for me.

    How would you suggest to train our 3 year old away from our 11 week old? Our 11 week old is just now getting used to his crate but whines and cries when he goes in after awhile. We usually try to wear him out before putting him in the crate but at times that is not always possible (when myself or my husband have to leave for work.) Would you suggest putting him in the crate while we train our 3 year old husky? (we cant leave him in the house alone)
    Can we start to use clicker training on our 3 year old now? We would like to do the clicker training with our 11 week old too.

    I know that this is going to take time and patience with the clicker training but one other question I had was, since our 3 year old knows simple commands such as sit, when we say sit to her and she obeys should we click the clicker and give her a reward? Even though she knows the command for sit and what to do?

    Thank you for any help that you can give us!

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    Minette Reply:

    yes, start at the beginning with your Husky and spend some one on one time with her! You can absolutely start clicker training.

    Yes, separate them for training. And make sure to work with your 3 year old. She is jealous and needs to feel important to you 🙂

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  18. Bianca says:

    Hi 🙂 I only have one dog and I am getting another one…
    I want to train them together but since i read this article above I won’t …
    My dog that i have now bites me a lot (puppy bites)
    if i get another dog will that stop my other dog from nipping me and
    my family?
    Thanks,
    please put my name
    Bye

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    Minette Reply:

    My guess is that you will have two puppies nipping you if you add another before teaching your first dog this is not okay!

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  19. Jeannie says:

    We have six dogs. Addressing several of the other comments in this thread, all of them recognize both humans in the household as being at their hub, but I do the majority of the training. I don’t find the word “command” offensive in any way; I adore these dogs and respect them, and I also fully expect them to follow my lead and do what I expect. I don’t use any negative reinforcements other than the withholding of a positive one. But I absolutely do consider that I command them. We aren’t a democracy, and a command isn’t a suggestion.
    Having said that, they are basically most often free to just be dogs. It’s why I have them in the first place. They don’t do obedience competitions and aren’t trained for protection. But they all understand basic verbal and hand signal commands and for the most part will just follow my lead and intention without any direct command at all. In that respect, it helps to have a pack – as long as they know they’re part of your tribe and you lead them.
    I haven’t found that it works well with my dogs to train a new skill or new dog in the pack context. It frustrates everyone and undermines their view of me being in control. One on one training is a great opportunity to have an individual interaction with each dog. The only exception has been my two standard poodles, who can train together, but I give them one on one time too. So maybe some of the commenters who have found that training multiples works happen to have a couple of dogs who work well that way? But once they have a skill, I expect them to use it in pack context, and they do, and the rest of the dogs reinforce it.
    Thanks for the great article.

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  20. Katie says:

    I am an assistance dog trainer, and I concur that training two dogs a new task at the same time is counterproductive. However, I do find social learning an invaluable tool. New dogs are paired with dogs that are a little further a long in training and I have trained many complex tasks by having the older dog demonstrate and compete with the new dog for treats. I do not do this until after the New dog has been introduced to the task solo, (because otherwise it creates frustration and can shut the learning of the new dog down.) but in a dog that has been introduced to the command but doesn’t quite get it or have enough motivation to complete the task quickly…it’s a phenomenal tool.

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    Minette Reply:

    I always socialized my new dogs with dogs that were further along when I trained service dogs 🙂

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  21. Brooklyn says:

    I have on dog who is five years old and trained, and I would like to get another dog the same age. My parents don’t want to get another dog, saying that our current dog already respects us and if we get another dog neither of them will listen. What would be the best way to train the two of them so that they still respect us over each other?
    Thank you!

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    Minette Reply:

    Read the article and work on training 2-3 times daily with both.

    Dog training should never stop, it should be a continuous adventure where you are polishing skills, working on games and rewards for obedience and teaching new things.

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  22. Heather says:

    I agree – new tasks are best taught separately. Teaching them together just is an exercise in frustration but it can be done if you have one pup much more dependent on you and eager to please you. But druthers be druthers and with limited time, with my two, I would want to teach the more compliant pleaser dog first and then have her demonstrate her new skill to the more independent pup, who then will comply for treats. I’ve found that refining a leaned skill with both together still works if I work more directly with the pleaser pup, the independent one will then jump in and comply just to join in the fun and earn the treats.

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  23. idom INYAMBE says:

    We have
    two 7months old Neapolitan mastiff puppies and a mongrel. We unfortunately did not know the mongrel is on heat and only became aware when we found the male mastiff locked with the mongrel. What can possibly be the effect.

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  24. Jillian says:

    Hi my min pin knocked up a Chihuahua a year ago by accident(definitely not on purpose) and with our luck we ended up with two yes two sets of twins. I didn’t even know that existed. We tried everything to find homes each family member took one and we kept one that lasted a few day .. they were crazy. The vet explained that it maybe impossible to separate them so my husband and I kept them all.. I know we’re nuts. But I’m a stay at home wife and could give them the attention. The past year has been crazy .. but we have survived I crate trained and they are potty trained. Well that’s the problem the the 3 boys are daddy and two sons.the girls were but this winter we had so much snow that they now will only go on pad. I had to have surgery on my back this past Nov and now the boys keep peeing on my ottoman or couch. I know the change in schedule is probably what happened but I need HELP how to I fix this they go out regularly and Pete but will come in and hit my couch anyway the second I walk away . What do I do. How do I fix this ?can I ? Vet has given them a clean bill of health.

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    Minette Reply:

    if they aren’t neutered, neuter… but they are also fighting for dominance and signing their name and with so many of the same age in one space it is pretty normal. You would have to keep them with you and constantly monitored to make a difference.

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  25. Judy Weikum says:

    I foster puppies/dogs,I don’t know what to do with my dog when people come to adopt, I tried putting her in another room. Chewed a lamp cord. Next time door. In crate ripped up blanket. Tried nothing in crate, crawled to a rug and tore it apart. Other times whines constantly. She just wants attention. (I had even put her on my lap and she is better, but I can’t do that if the people bring their own dog.) I will take any suggestions.

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    Minette Reply:

    Get a more suitable crate and stick to your crate training.

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  26. Michell says:

    We have an adult Dachshund that is 95% puddle pad trained. I have just started working more with her every time I am home to get her to start going outside instead.

    In 4 weeks, we will be getting a new 6 week old lab. I want him to stay in the house also, so of course, I must work with him on going outside as well. Any suggestions? Should I take them out at the same time or would this be too distracting?

    I plan to keep them both in their crates beside each other while I’m gone at work until they are both fully house broke. This will be new for my Dachshund since she normally runs free during the day with a puddle pad to use.

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    Minette Reply:

    I am not a fan of potty pads.

    Also I am a firm believer that puppies need to stay with their mother and littermates until they are 8 weeks or older.

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  27. Shirl says:

    Hi , I have 2 rescue dogs , both about 1 year old , one of them is the most lovable little pet indoors but turns into a demon when out walking and meeting other dogs or animals, he seems to completely loose all control and gets hysterical and attacking , over tried getting his attention, treats , scolding, carrying him past , now the other dog is starting to copy him , I don’t know what to do

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  28. Linda says:

    I have 2 dogs and am having difficulty getting them not to play roughly inside my house. The instigator is trained. Any ideas?

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    Minette Reply:

    They are not trained if they don’t listen under all circumstances. Put a leash on the “instigator” and teach him that when you say “stop” or “down” you mean it. Until you do, they will both ignore you 😉

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  29. Jane b says:

    Hi, any advice on stopping dogs leaping all over callers when doorbell rings? They are brilliant at sitting and waiting to go out of the front door, but we are dreading the doorbell ringing as they go berserk and jump all around the person or bark at them.
    Thanks

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    Minette Reply:

    Put them on leash and require them to sit nicely when people enter

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  30. Tricia says:

    Minette I have read several of your blogs on training and they are great! You really have a true grasp of what to do for training to work. I haven’t gotten as far along as I like with my 2 dogs and after reading this now I know why. It’s time to separate my 2 and I’m sure they will get it much better now that I get it.
    Thank you

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  31. Ella says:

    Earlier I saw you say “kids aren’t reliable trainers” but I’m thirteen and I raised my dog indy from when he was a puppy without any help or training classes. I did read a lot of dog books though. He now knows multiple commands and tricks including sit, down, stay, come, heel, go to your mat, shake, spin, shut the door, speak, high five, play dead, roll over, and sit up. He is also reliable off leash, and our yard doesn’t have a fence. I kind of want to be a dog trainer when I am older 😊

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  32. Laura says:

    I’m hoping you can help me as I’m getting confused from other trainers. Everyone is saying to train all three of my dogs separately. I am working with the “smartest” dog 15 minutes everyday. The biggest issue is barking at the doorbell. I will work on our lesson and she doesn’t bark at the doorbell at the end. After we are done and just sitting around with the two other dogs, if the door bell rings she goes right back to before even when I am trying to get her to focus. One trainer suggested I keep my dogs permanently separated until one is completely perfect. I can’t really agree with keeping my other 2 locked up in another room until the other is trained. What would you suggest?

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  33. Susan says:

    Minette

    What is an optimum amount of time to dedicate to training and working with our dogs each day? I have a 3 month old lab puppy and a 6 year old terrer X rescue dog. I really appreciate all your suggestions for training. Haven’t been working with them alone enough. Could you suggest a schedule for the day and about how long in each time period? thanks. Also, how long and frequently would you allow your dogs to play with each in a day? I want to make sure that our new puppy thinks I’m either as exciting or more exciting than our terrier. So a little concerned I may be letting them play too often. Don’t want their play to be the main activity of their day.

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    Minette Reply:

    5 sessions 5-15 minutes each session a day

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