Adopting a 7th month old?

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Princess Goober's picture
Joined: 2008-09-10

Hello I'm Whitney and I am adopting a 7th month old Doberman (Dutchess) next weekend.  This adorable puppy is great I've meet her twice; I am concerned about making the transition easy. What if she doesn't bond with me. I'm also receiving her blanket and favorite toys and such, but is that enough? I mean my parent have always bought their Dobies as puppies so they grew attached to us rather quickly.  I just want to make sure that I'm taking the most proactive approach to adopting an older puppy who has already bonded with her current family (current family is extremely nice, they are having to down size due to job loss).

Any advice? Tips?

AlphaAdmin's picture
Joined: 2010-01-18

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Dobermans love people, and they usually bond to the one that makes them be good. So, if you keep after her training, and don't let her get away with being bad, she'll see you as her leader (alpha) and bond very close to you.

Walking her in the heel position is also very beneficial. If she's good in the house, you can let her sleep next to your bed. I wouldn't start out with her IN the bed, but next to the bed can be bonding and maintains your alpha role.

SweetSoma79's picture
Joined: 2008-04-24

I got my doberman back in April, and she was already 4yrs old. she bonded with me instantly, as opposed to the other people at school that were working with her as well. she would growl and jump at them but never did that to me so they gave her to me because they could not get her to do anything, and she tore her nose up trying to get out of her pen. i was the only one who could get her in/out and clean her nose up. she stuck to me like glue from the first time she laid eyes on me and to this day i am so glad she did because i see now that she needed someone and she knew i was the best choice for her. come to find out her previous owners (before she came to school) left her out in the yard all the time, so she never had any socialization with people or dogs. they had to muzzle her to pick her up and bring her to school when the owners sold her to them. she was trained as an area protection dog, basically running around the yard and barking at anything that moves, until it goes away. she does this now too, never stops when shes outside unless im out there with her. i can't seem to break her of that habit.....but anyways now that i have gotten way off fair and firm with your dog and it will love you and obey you instantly. it took me 3 days to teach bonnie her obedience, and she was already 4 yrs old, had a few litters, and never had any obedience training. you and your new pup should be fine.  ;D

teufel63's picture
Joined: 2008-12-17

Female Dobermans are very loving and protective naturally. It is vital that you train with her every day for awhile until everything is second nature and she obeys every command without hesitation. Make sure you take time to play with her after every training session as well. Both training and play will cement you as the Alpha and I assure you she will bond with you completely in every sense. I have never had anything but Dobies, and I can tell you females are by far the more protective, so if she is not well socialized with other animals or people you need to take care in situations where she may feel the need to protect you. They are especially sensitive when they are on a leash and people or animals approach you.

I would highly recommend that you take her to get socialization training if you have people over alot or she is exposed to strange animals or people on a regular basis. Dobies are protective NOT vicious!!!!!

Finally congrats on taking her in, she will give you years of love, devotion and joy...

rgreen4's picture
Joined: 2008-10-26

When I was living in Virgina and had my first female Doberman, I noticed that about her, but it did not really register with me. Then I got a male puppy, and she was very protective of him until he got to one year old and they became playmates and then mated. About this time I had occasion to take both of the to the vet for their checkups and made the mistake of taking both in at the same time.

I was standing there with both on leads talking with the reciptionist, when the door behind me opened and I heard "Oh, my God", followed by two black female Dobes comparing notes on denture arrangements. No biting, but a good deal of growling and display of dental excellence. Actually both reared up being restrained by leads. My male during all this? Standing there looking at the girls like they were crazy. He was the docile on, and my female was the house protector, until she had her first litter, during which he took over the patrols and was first to bark, once the puppies were weaned and on their own, she took back her spot as protector.