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Hello all! I am new to joining this site but have reading the discussion forums for quite awhile. I am currently in the process of adopting a 4 year old male from a wonderful gentleman who realizes that he just can't give this boy all of the love and attention he deserves. Does anyone have any good advice on how to make his change into a new home as seamless as possible? We will be keeping his food/vet/feeding schedule/etc the same as it's been- but I don't want him to have any "unnecesary" stress (I know there will be some) but I will take all the help I can get! 

 

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Welcome and congradultions,just give him lots of love, patience and above all else make him mind you,praise and reward for good behavior, ignor for bad,what a great journey you are about to embark on.         Dodie & Hoss     

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I agree with mackers; also don't feel sorry for him; bring him in and behave as if he has always been there in so much as obedience, commands etc. don't let him "get away" with stuff in hopes of making him feel better that will just teach him stuff you will have to undo. He will do great I love adoptig older dogs, they are out of that rowdy stage and ready to pay attention and be a part of the family.....keep us posted and send pics!!

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Thank you so much! We are so excited to welcome him in to our home and to become a family :) As soon as we get him home I will have tons of pictures to upload!

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Congrats!  I agree with mackerboys mom and talisin.  I would try to establish quiet dominance from the beginning.  Maybe don't allow him on the furniture for a while (if you are ever going to).  If he gets on the furniture or bed, call him down.  When you feed him his breakfast and dinner, ask him to lay down and wait until you release him and then sit before you put the bowl down.  Make him sit to go out and sit to come back in, whenever you give him a treat or put his leash on to go for a walk or in the car.  I read somewhere that to require a dog to sit is comparable to them saying "please," and I agree with this gentle reminder that you are in charge.  Also, wait for him to be calm and act polite before you give him affection.  He will soon show you why we are all so crazy for our dobes.  Can't wait to see him pics!

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Hello All. My name is Les and I too am new to the site. At this time I don't have a Doberman but I want one really bad. I have been reading the forum for about two weeks now to get information on the breed and boy did I. I'm in the Metro Detroit, MI area and was wondering if anyone out there could vouch for a good breeder in the area? Health and temperment are my big concerns. 

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Hi Rasles1,

can't help you with your question just wanted to welcome you to the forum and congrats on deciding to add a dober dog to your home...hope the forum really has helped you to understand the breed better but I would take longer than two weeks in this forum before looking for a breeder....there are posts on what to look for etc. on the Breeder section of this forum look for that "forum" here and read read read, lots to learn there.....and by all means read everything you can in the health section so much to learn and not enough time hahahaha

Ben the rottie welcomes you too....