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Well, when my handsome little devil woke up this morning and did his STRETCH and CRAWL out of the crate - I noticed that he had scratched a pc of the Zonas tape off his ear.. No Worries right... Took him to potty and came back in for breakfast... I put his food and water down and went to find said pc of tape in crate... It is NOWHERE to be found! I am assuming Hoover ate it. It was probably a 2" pc. He didnt really eat his breakfast but he is still his playful fiesty self and he ate his treat and his last little peice of his Bully Strip... He also didnt drink his whole water bowl. He did have dinner later than usual last night and nothing else seems to be wrong... I guess I will just monitor him and see what happens!

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That size and material most likely will pass through so don't worry.  Worry when you notice him not eating, not drinking, laying around lethargic and looking miserable.  It's no fun but best way to make sure it comes out is to check his poop.  Get a stick and root through his poopies for a few days.  It might break down and you may not find it.  You can add a little pumpkin puree (like pumpkin pie filling) to his food for a few days just to bulk up the fiber content to help if you're nervous about it.

I'm pretty sure Steve had snacked on some tape and other things at that age.  So long as its not fabric of plastic, generally it will come out.  

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I think he may have gotten a tiny pc of plastic yesterday too... It was smaller than a pencil eraser... I tried to get it out before he swallowed- It was out on the driveway! He is hard to keep up with since he is constantly on the move! I am moving his potty breaks to the fenced in area so I can monitor him better while he is this little (well young lets say cuz he isnt so little anymore!)

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Well he was fine at lunch ate all his food - pooped 2x and though I didnt see it in there yet - I have a feeling he just wasnt hungry this morning! I am still gonna look out for the tape and monitor him the next couple days!

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It most likely will show up soon.  I thought you meant 'tape' like a VCR tape or a cassette tape, because my last doberman, Darmok, actually got ahold of an old cassette tape when she was about 4 months old, and cracked the plastic case and ATE the tape.  I didnt know it till I was walking her in the yard and she started heaving like she was about to puke something up, and lo and behold, here came a HUGE wad of music on tape in a balled up mess out of her mouth....I didnt even know what it was at first, I just never expected anything like that.  As soon as you think you have puppy-proofed your entire house, they let you know that you slipped up somewhere.

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Oh yes! I am realizing that at every turn...  W/ his ear infection he is getting he is not allowed to scratch (when I am around that is) He somehow got the tape off and since it isnt in the crate or his bed in the den I am assuming he ate it! Will keep looking (OH JOY!)

On a side note he met the neighbor today and he would not go near her... He would get down close then get in play stance and bark and wag his tail but would not get any closer than like a yard... then he would run to me and look at me like is she ok... and I wld say yes and off he'd go down the hill and repeat the whole little dance! He's too cute!

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Just like Ziva's Dad said, they find a way to show you you've missed something :|  I didn't know until she pooped it, but Roxi ate a small piece of carpet.  I FREAKED out.  Needless to say we're now looking into putting wood floors down :|

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I turned my back for a split second and JJ ate a 6 in piece of tape. The next day he pooped and the tape came half way out. I had to pull it out the rest of the way. Also he got ahold of 2 pieces of backer rod I used for his ears but he also pooped them out. It's impossible to watch them every minute of the day. You have to be so careful where you put things. The bigger they get the higher they can reach, LOL.

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Thats what I am afraid LJ!

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Well... there is a thread lurking around here where I told the story of what Maynard my friend's doberman ate... so, anything is possible!

Honestly, puppies test you every step of the way.  I really am lucky with the arrangement of my house.  We have this weird addition of a sunroom/breeze-way from the kitchen to the garage and when we moved in Eli got asked by some neighbors, "So, what'd you do with that room?"  People looked at him funny when he said it was for the dogs, because at the time we had two small dogs.  Well, this puppy room is the best thing!  I have a baby gate up and there is nothing but a wall for him to chew, but windows let me watch him in there when he's in there.  So if I can't watch him, sunroom or crate he goes.

But they will eat things.. growing up I had a shepherd puppy that ate five legos.  I don't know what it is.  Teething or boredom.  When we first got Steve he thought it was REALLY COOL to chew on concrete... ;)

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Cisco wants something in his mouth at all times - Even when he is sleeping the blanket or edge of his dog bed is in his mouth!

I am having alot of difficulty w/ corrections... Nothing seems to work. He thinks we are playing w/ him no matter how stern we are! When he is super tired is the only time he isnt play biting or trying to chew then once he starts to fall asleep, the mouth latches onto something!

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They are mouthy by nature.  The only thing that worked for Steve to stop chewing on me was when he latched onto my hand I'd squeeze the upper part of his mouth REALLY hard.  And I wouldn't let go until he registered it was not comfortable.  Fastest way to correct it and I never did verbalize anything.  I actually do a lot of non-verbal corrections.  I've had trainers tell me that the constant "blah-blah-blah-blah" we do with them can tune out really quick so its better to do physical corrections and emphasize it with a sharp, "NO!" if we need too.

You'll figure out what will work for him.  One thing I've noticed is they are hard-headed and thick-skinned.  A verbal reprimand has always been enough to send my chihuahua off sulking... but Steve just looks at me like I'm inferior.

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Yes! I am starting to see this! My last dobe was older when we got her and she was my sweety- My ex did all the work on her.

We are in private puppy classes and start tomorrow- Funny thing is the 2 times he went to see Mr G. he was the picture of perfection! I swear they sense Mr G is a force to be reckoned with!

My Akita was hard headed and also gave me that look like yeah right not happening when he didnt want to listen... He was definately the pants wearer in our relationship!

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Jeshykai~ The non verbal commands makes so much sense.. I try to tune into the Dog Whisperer when ever I can and aside from his famous "Tsssch" rarely do I hear Cesar utter a single word.

I've tried using signs with Sofia. (She just bats her eyes.) and while we're on the subject, do any of your Dobes do that?? It's like a cat blink, very slow and I swear she's batting her eyes at us.

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I am going to try the non-verbal corrections w/ him. Mr g said to pinch his scruff... but that has become a game... My little devil/clown <3

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I think males are a little harder to discipline with gentle touches and non-verbal.  I know Rocky couldn't care less abuot me yelling Ouch or giving him the nose tap.  All that does it get him excited that you want to play more rough...

 

You'd probably be amazed at what those little critters eat that you don't even see.  Rocky gets a spoon of pumpkin most mornings as his treat.  It helps with digestion whether diarhea or constipated it solves both pretty quickly

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 You'd probably be amazed at what those little critters eat that you don't even see.  Rocky gets a spoon of pumpkin most mornings as his treat

 

Can I be your puppy, too? :D  Hahaha

 

Roxi wants my attention 100% of the time.  Currently, I'm attempting to get forum time/eat dinner...and she's barking.  I'm still trying to find obedience classes for her.  I hate small towns :[  There's nothing, but this one and it's $89.99.  Who can afford that a month before xmas???

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Thats actually not bad mine is 50$ for puppy socialization and basic commands 4 wks and 160$ for obedience for 8 wks....

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I'm assuming that Roxi ate my Esc key from my laptop.  I honestly didn't even notice the button until now, so I'm worried it's been day or so.  I tried looking around and I can't find it :/  Hopefully it will come up somewhere and she DIDN'T eat it.  I'm pretty worried about it :[  I'll just keep watching her and checking her poop as I have to pick it up anyway.  Her favorite spot to poop is the neighbor's yard xD

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Good Luck w/ ROxi! Cisco got my delete button last night! I got it from him though! It doesnt work anymore!

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Too funny that our dogs are so jealous of our computers!  Don't they realize that we are just talking and bragging about them or posting pics of their beautiful mugs??  Fancy will sneak up and before I know it she's got the laptop cord in her mouth.  For some reason she's facinated with it.  Dangerous yes (I catch her immediately) but could be expensive too!

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It so is too funny! I got him away from the cord now he just jumps up and eats the side - taking keys w/ him like last night! or he will now lay across it legs stretched out both ways! I will try and get a pic tonight since it is becoming a daily occurance!

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They don't like anything that takes our attention away from them!  little buggers...haha

 

Rock woke us up Monday morning puknig up bits of plastic.  He apparently ate a plastic piece off a boot at the MX track Sunday.  Tye said he saw him with it and took it from him but he either found another or managed to get that one back.  I think most things they just pass or puke up....so I don't worry too much but I def paid closer attention to him yesterday and today to make sure he was eating and using the bathroom properly. 

 

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Oh he wants everything in his mouth - He ate a slug this morning! YUM! Protein I guess LOL!

I just watch him and try as hard as I can to make sure it is nothing that can harm him! I am only sticking my hand in JAWS mouth when absolutely necessary! He is getting better daily but anything including my hands is something to chew on! If its within his grasp it's in the mouth!

We go to the vet today for shots and check-up.... I just feel so bad for the poor little guy his ears are a mess! Ear infections, and 2 cuts from him scratching at the bridge (we were using popsicle sticks - done with that route).

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Teach him 'leave it'  trust me it will be very helpful, especially on walks when he just scoops something up off the ground as you walk by.  If I don't know what it is I tell him 'leave it' and he will drop it and keep walking.  Saves having to stop and remove it yourself but at first that's exactly what you have to do...