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Margaret P. writes, “We have two dogs and we are able to help take in a 4-month-old puppy. All of them are male. When training a puppy, is it okay to do it in the presence of the other dogs or should I make sure they are separated when training?”

We applaud you for taking in a foster puppy. Fostering can be very rewarding. In multi-dog homes, we find that it is best to initially train all the dogs individually. Sometimes when you are training a group of dogs, one of them can become frantic and have trouble focusing on you. Training a dog alone also allows the dog to think about what you are asking him to do. Once your canine companions are well-trained and know what each cue means, you can try to work with them in a group.


Our dogs are cherished members of the family, sharing our lives and providing unconditional love. But dog owners know that our canine partners have different perspectives on life than we do.

If you have ever asked, “Why does my dog do that?” then this feature is for you. The AKC GoodDog! Helpline training team will answer your questions about dog behavior and offer training advice to help you and your pup have the best relationship possible. The AKC GoodDog! Helpline is a seven-day-a-week telephone support service staffed by professional dog trainers. For more information on the service and how to enroll, go to www.akcgooddoghelpline.org.

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