Munchausen syndrome, is a factitious disorder wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention, sympathy, or reassurance to themselves.
Apparently there are increasing numbers of inept, inexperienced, and what appears to be very lazy LGD owners lurking in many Facebook LGD forums these days afflicted with Munchausen syndrome, in that they all seem to think something called "Littermate Syndrome" really exists.
It does not.
"Littermate Syndrome" is a myth, concocted by a dog trainer who refused to take the time to try to understand sibling pups and couldn't train dogs. So he/she concocted up a "syndrome" label to use, to get themselves off the hook and put all the blame on a sibling pair of pups.
The Internet by the way, is loaded with bloggers bemoaning "Littermate Syndrome." In fact there are so many blogs with "Littermate Syndrome" posts on them as to make you gag.
The anti-sibling "Littermate Syndrome" rants are usually posted by "dog trainers" with many letters after their names (read my lips: usually a huge red flag.) In a few of them that I've read and replied and posted to, arguing against the anti-littermate BS, I have been flooded with Emails from people who read my side of the story and said "Hey wait just a minute now, this lady sounds like she's done it, and done it a lot, and done it really well, and she actually makes sense..."
Well, after rearing up - let's see, is it 12? 13? 14? or more? sibling pairs of LGDs here - I kind of could almost say I wrote the book on running LGD siblings.
These anti-sibling people, instead of holding up a mirror to themselves and asking themselves why it is they can't raise and train and successfully run sibling LGDs, LGD owners instead point the finger at the dogs and use the excuse of "Littermate Syndrome" as to why they can't work.
Running siblings has been and always will be my specialty. I've done it successfully going on a decade, because it's the only way to go. And many, many of my customers have followed suit. And the ones that turned around and bred my dogs that they bought from me (for good or bad) in turn promoted using siblings to their customers. Well I'll be darned. So I guess I can say, I convinced, corrupted and/or ruined a lot of people for life. Funny thing is, they, and their own customers, don't have sibling pair issues with LGDs.
So if they can do it, so can you.
Stop listening to the wrong people. And you'll find those wrong people packed in most Facebook LGD groups.
Just in the past 30 days, three separate consulting customers of mine with - you guessed it - sibling pairs of LGDs - contacted me for advice and support after they heard or read on these Facebook groups that they "screwed up" buying siblings (they didn't.)
One informs me that worse yet, there are actually people in these Facebook groups encouraging people with sibling pairs to rehome one of the siblings so they don't "fight, play, or chase stock." If that don't beat all. Gads. Thank God they came to me before taking such bad advice from yahoos.
Meanwhile, all three consulting customer's sibling LGDs are going great. Beyond great. They are amazing their owners with their calm ability and guarding instinct, their keen interest in livestock, and as the millennial types like to say, are "rocking the guardian dog thing."
Folks, running LGDs in the right numbers is key to success. One of the quickest ways to effect strength in a dog pack is to purchase sibling pairs or trios of pups. This in turn, supports the family pack dynamic and - you know I'm going to say this because I'm working on my book and getting it done - it's The Way of The Pack.
From five years ago, a short article I wrote for Goat Rancher Magazine on Siblings: