April 04, 2011 09:00 PM

As host of Lifetime’s Seriously Funny Kids and mom to four children, Heidi Klum is surrounded by youthful energy all day.

Recently, she added a bit more to her life when she and husband Seal brought home two German shepherd pups.

“It’s like having two more babies in the house!” Klum told PEOPLEPets.com at Nickelodeon’s 24th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday.

The decision to get the dogs, named Max and Freddy, was made because of – who else? – the children. “The kids really, really wanted to have dogs, so my husband and I decided, ‘Okay, we’re going to go out and get the kids some dogs.’ “

Klum, who is herself of German descent, has always loved German shepherds for their intelligence.

“When you are a big family already, if we had dogs that would be running all over the place and don’t listen, and don’t understand the kind of rules, it would be too hard,” she said. “They’re very obedient in that way, and they love rules.”

Her 6-year-old daughter Leni helped pick the two pooches from a litter when they were small puppies. Now that the fast-growing dogs are larger, Leni hasn’t figured out what happened.

“She doesn’t understand why they’re so big already,” Klum said. “I think she thought that they would stay like that. She told me the other day, ‘Wait a minute, they don’t look the way they looked when we first met them!’ “

As for who gets the chore of picking up after Max and Freddy, the entire family shares the burden. Supermodel or not, even Klum gets involved. “We all do!”

Read more about Glee stars and their pets on PEOPLEPets.com:
Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. Has an ‘Almost’ Dancing Dog
‘Glee’ Stars Have Lea Michele to Thank for Their Pets

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