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After about a year and a half of studying and talking to to many breeders I purchased my first dobie girl. Her name is Maggie. I am so excited. My husband calls me a velcro owner because I have her all the time when I'm home. We have started socializing her. She has gone over to a friend's house that has havanese dogs and a new havanese puppy. We took her to lowes last night but didn't let her walk around since she is not completely vaccinated yet. I plan on taking her to my daughters piano practice since they have a lot of kids. She LOVES kids. She is just the sweetest pup ever. We have a one year old havanese who she plays well with. They will run and play then Maggie will climb in my lap. They will keep doing this over and over again until Maggie passes out in my lap. We have started teaching her not to chew on us and other objects in the house. She does really good with the correction. I do however have a few questions. I want to make sure she doesn't become possessive of me with me with our other dogs. Any ideas of how I can make sure this doesn't happen? Also any other suggestions on socializing her? I want her to be a very well rounded adult dog. Her parents are raised around small dogs and small kids. I have watched several videos of her parents with the kids. They are very much part of the family. I am usually nervous around dogs that are not mine but I wasn't nervous a bit. They were so well behaved. I was very impressed. I know this post is kinda all over the place but trying to fit a lot in in a small space. Also any ideas for training and any other advice anyone can give it greatly appreciated. I have also already called two people about obedience classes.

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   Sounds like you are on the right track.  If Maggie's parents have a good temperment then she probably will too.  I think you will get a feel for her tolerance for other dogs and people.  My Dobes have been around a lot of other dogs and our grand kids and neighbor kids.  My female gets along great with a bunch of dogs that she knows, and yet she will lunge out at stranger dogs upon first meeting.  Once this initial meeting is over she calms down and will then be friendly.  She has gotten better, maybe more confident, in recent months.  I'm careful with her when she meets strange dogs for the first time.  She will soon be 3 years old so she is still pretty young.   Both my Dobes are friendly with kids but they tend to avoid the toddlers, keep a distance.  I keep an eye on the kids and the dogs and I try to make sure both kids and dogs know the rules.  I don't usually leave the dogs and kids together unsupervised.  We had a good test a few weeks ago when we had a bunch of family over for a get together.  Many adults and kids with the dogs in the back yard.  All had a great time.  I think that getting out and getting used to being around other dogs, people and places is the main thing. 

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We are already trying to get her to meet as many people as we can. Since she has not had all her shots we limit her to only dogs I know are vaccinated. What should I look for in a trainer and what kind of training do I need to get for her? I know of a trainer that has trained police dogs but I don't want her to be a police dog. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks. 

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Welcome Maggie and Volgirl. Any photos?

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As soon as I figure out how to put them on here I will.

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How are your walks coming along? We have a 4 month old male and he's challenging to walk. Tough to work out his extra energy. He's a handful. Hoping for better days.

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  My boy, Zeke , almost had his name changed to Dudly.  I had to practically drag him out on walks on the way out.  He was OK on way back.   All my dogs prior to this could not wait to walk, explore the hood.   Zeke eventually came around.  We did get him in the hottest summer weather we've ever seen.   We only walked early in the morning or evening.  I've always used a basic leash with choke chain.  My step daughter uses the leader that hooks over the muzzle. She has had good success with that method.  

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Maggie is only 10 weeks and she gets so distracted while going for a walk. She either wants to run ahead or try to go another direction. I'm going to try practicing with her on a lead in the back yard with treats. She doesn't have all her shots yet so we aren't in obedience class yet. The treats work great with sit, stay, and lay down so I hope this at least will help. We have a 1 year old havanese with so much energy that she goes longer than our dobie so we are fortunate that we have that outlet for her. Can you up load pics on a phone?