A Doberman in my lifestyle?

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My family used to own two doberman boys when I was real young. We kept them at our plant nursery, they had five star lifestyles haha. 55 acres to roam and play, fans in the kennel when it was hot, heated indoors when it was cold and a never ending flow of water and food. They were amazing dogs. I am much older now, I have recently graduated college and working on taking over the family nursery and would like to possibly get a Doberman as a companion, both at work and at home. 

So the question to you more experienced owners would be how would a Doberman act to people coming up to me to talk, truck drivers coming in and out of the parking lot, or me walking around the nursery and having employees around everywhere. Would they take an assertive/protective stance and be unapproachable? Would I have to keep him/her on a leash when I am walking around the nursery? Would they run after any squirrel or rabbit in sight or would they stay by my side and not bothered by that? I know they are considered Velcro dogs, but when does that Velcro break apart? My parents always took the cautionary side of things and left them in the kennel or in the office during the day and they could roam the property after the employees left and all night. A lot of the employees were deathly afraid of them which is kind of why they were sheltered from the employees, but that is something I will have to work on because ideally I would love a dog that is by my side all the time. 

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Hi,

Sounds like a dream job and a dream life for a Dobie:)Mine is 5 months and I got him at 14 weeks. After 7 weeks I am still working on Rex not messing with my two cats. From what I understand some Dobermans are more of a prey stockers than others. If you can get your dog from a breeder who might have a cat around so the dog is use to small critters running around. That might help with the squirrels chasing.

If you can get him young like 8-10 weeks. This dog grows so fast that it gets harder to control and train if you getting him bigger. Very intelligent but clomsey and if you don't have the basics down like sit, lay down, don't bite and so on he will be a hand full with customers and employees.

They like to bit and nibble and pinch you behind if you turn your back so make sure you teach him early and give him plenty things to chew so he does not chew on you or anybody coming in. People do not like bad mannered dogs. Hate for you to loose any business over that.

One thing I have found, is that if your dogs ears stay natural and you do not have them clip, the dog will appear a lot less intimidating and people and your employees will be a lot more relaxed around him. Of course this is your choice completely but I can tell you from my experience it was to late to get Rex's ears cropped so we left them floppy. My neighbors and even small children come right up to him and are not intimidated at all. Cropped ear Dobies look gorgeous but appear always on alert and that makes people nervous. That is why your parents employees were scared of the dogs.

In any case this is truly amazing breed and I think if you work hard and teach him manners very early on you will have a fantastic partner by your side:)

M

 

 

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Honestly if you socialize them to all sorts of things you should be perfectly fine having a dobe walk with you and your customers or truck drivers. If they know from an early age they aren't just going to randomly lash out at someone. Velcro dog is a true thing my 5 month old will look all over the place for me when I have to do something else around the house lol he's very wanting to be stuck to my side at all times. I don't recommend off leash unless property trained and can recall like nobodies business. 

 

All in all socialization will be the key and lots of positive training! I think it sounds like you could be a great dobe owner. They are a lot of work and very hyper and the teething stage sucks but it's worth it they are such a fun and interesting breed.

My fur baby I swear is almost human ! 

Research and try to find a good breeder along with a good trainer and you will do great :) 

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I think the key here is proper training and desensitizing to chaotic movements and noises; finding the time and having the patience to "create" the dog you need is what you need to think about - do you have the time to really invest in your dog to train them to be what you want? if you have that patience and the time to devote then you should have no problem working your dog......if you get lazy before your dog has reached full potential in the capacity you want then you will notice your dog misbehaving and maybe becoming a dog you didn't want.....

Time, patience and proper training......

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Thank you all for the replies, you are making me feel much more confident about having it around all the commotion of a nursery, and in my life. I was definitely contemplating the idea of having him/her uncropped just because of the intimidation factor, and maybe while doing so change any possible stigmas people may have of dobermans. I really do like the cropped ear look though.. So it'll have to be something I have to think about. 

I know training will be really important, and I will make sure to spend the time to properly train. I plan on having this dog by my side all day every day, be a Velcro owner if you will haha. I know I won't be able to have him/her off the leash right away but in time I would like to really work with it so that it can be around the nursery. My parents are dog people so I will make sure to bring them around the other dogs from the beginning, and have the employees socialize with him/her as well so hopefully all will be well.

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I'd probably keep on leash during the work hours maybe a different collar to associate it's work time dobies love working lol socializing will be the key get everyone involved with the puppy as it grows and you'll have a great dog :) we take our boy everywhere we can he's a joy and does very well. If you like the cropped look and have the time and patients for the process I'll be the first to admit harder then I ever expect but I wouldnt trade it for the world he looks so handsome :) were still posting though but he's getting there. plus you could educate people on how sweet the dog is with his ears up :) we have and many people can't wait to ask us questions about our dog.... You don't see any where I am from :/
I'm rambling lol I think your puppy will be just fine but these dogs are lots of work, time , and energy plus tons of love and training :) but give them that and you'll have a great kid :)

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   I like cropped ears but my two Dobes have natural ears.  As others have said this seems to make a big difference in people behavior.  People feel more at ease with a friendly looking dog and I think dogs sense this and are more at ease with people.  Many people don't realize my two are Dobes.   Socializing your pup is the most important step.  My three Dobes have been fine around strangers and crowds but they are not the kind of dogs who seek out affection from strangers or acquaintances.