Is she done growing yet? Lookin dainty

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I am probably going to come off as a prude but I think most people around me also comment that she is pretty small but by the numbers, she is spot on. She looks short but measures 24.5" at the withers and about 60lbs at 10mo.  Looks like a puppy for sure!  I know she will fill out but I guess the other dobies I have been around were males and bigger.  I wanted a female because of leg hiking and territorial concerns but now I have a puppy that eats poop!!!  Even worse than our Goldy!  She actively goes shopping for it.  I scold her any chance I get and she has always been prompt and obedient with scoldings. 

On another note, she is still a high strung puppy.  Runs hard when out but we are getting some decent training in and she is coming around.  Just not jaw dropping performance yet.  Recall is MUCH better but at the worst times, she struggles with it. 

I have two young sons.  They all interract perfectly and I have never seen an agitated hair on her head.  She has a low growl when inside and someone is outside but that is a nervous growl, not an "i wanna bite you" growl.  I have put her through countless tests with other dogs and people.  She just wants to play and make friends and I invite the encounters as it is building her social skills. 

I did have some lady out walking her untamed ankle biter off leash and sure enough, that dog came bolting into my yard and I figured "this is a perfect test" so I sort of just let it happen.  Even though the ankle biter was just going off, my dog was cautious and playful, never did she act like she would attack.  I know that might see as careless training, I want to know she is stable with stress. 

I am always amazed at how people perceive my dog compaired to my Goldy.  They usually try to approach my Goldy with "she is such a sweetie". My Dobie just makes people walk the other way!!!  All this dog wants to do is meet and lick everyone!  I am curious how she will do later in life but I am always watching her. 

Had a neighbor at a friend's place come banging on the door saying she was in her yard and was going to eat her small dogs....  Her dogs were yelping and digging under the fence and my dog was just hanging out.  Told her I would put $100 on her dogs biting mine first. 

 

Are there any other stress tests or training I can do to make sure she is stable?  I realize some probably lean more on shielding dogs from interaction but I would rather see the concerning behaviors before they flare up. 

I do usually have her off-leash in the yard and wait for people walking by.  I tell her to stay and she will hold where she is just watching people walk by and will not go. 

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Yay You!! Sounds as if she's coming along.. and as for her size, I think she's hitting the standard perfectly. She will fill out and be absolutely perfect!

The only other 'stress test' I would encourage you to try. is transportation.. getting in and out of vehicles, street cars.( trains, planes and automobiles if you will.)

Being on a busy street with lots of traffic. Feeling the vibrations of passing motorists.giving her the opportunity to be around congestion. So just in case you ever want to travel with her.. she'll be prepared..

So far so good.. and oh.. yeah... we do want pictures and names.. names are good.. lol

Good job!!

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I will do more of that.  However, I do travel with her in the back of the truck now.   Have since about 4mo.  no restraints, highways all the time.  She loves it.  Never wants to get out.  I jog a little next to a 4 lane road.  She is pretty well trained to stay right with me w/o a leash.  No concerns for dashing off, just likes to stop sometimes and sniff something but realy seems to do best jogging rather than walking.  Leash is always in hand for corrections. 

 

 

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What do you mean by no restraints?  In the back of your truck?

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Hi Viper, 

 Yes I was caught by that remark as well.... It's quite unsafe for even a small dog to be riding around in the back of an open truck. You could lose her on a sharp turn and she could die.

About her size, if you are curious, you can look at my profile here and it tells the pattern and weights of our Bella while she grew from 10 months to adulthood.

 

good luck! we would love to see pics

 

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Oh my yes the back of a truck is not a good idea, my collie Goofy's mom was put in the back of a truck by Goofy's previous owner and she went around a turn too fast and the dog fell out of the truck by the time she stopped and got out a semi truck had killed Goofy's mom; even if they do not fall out there is always the worry of debris flying in and blinding the dog or worse someone throwing something at them at a stoplight or stop sign....or just that freak thing where they jump out in the middle of traffic cause another dog "said" something nasty as they drove by....

Case in point - Ben our previous rottweiler loved everybody all animals all people, but one night as I was picking drinks up at a drive thru window I saw Ben get upset and try to break the window which was open 3/4 way down and it took all my might to get him back in, seems there was a yappy little dog in the vehicle behind us that was apparently smart mouthing Ben and Ben was just going to get out and go handle it.....

He would have never done that or so I would have thought, it does happen so at a stop light or just slow traffic another dog could piss your dog off and poof your dog is out of the truck......

PLEASE don't put your doberman in the back of the truck

working with rottweiler rescue we get some rotties in that are "truck" dogs and they have been injured at some point in the back of the truck. Typically here in the south the big dogs ride in the back but that is getting less and less

If it is a have to case to have him in the back the only safe way is to have a halter with D rings on the sides and to have a restraint hooked to each of those D rings and then to the side of the truck you can allow SOME movement but you MUST make sure that he cannot slip over the side of the truck and hang himself so it's imperative to have both restraints so that movement is confined to the center of the truck bed only

now I will worry till I know he is restrained

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Realistically, even restrained in the back of a truck is not a good place to put a dog unless they are in a kennel. I saw a dog in my town being dragged behind a vehicle. The owners finally stopped when enough people were running and shouting at them. They had to take the dog to the emergency clinic. They thought that the line was too short for the dog to jump out, but it managed to get its hind legs over the bed and was essentially hanging itself. Not a good idea without a kennel. There is always something that might spook or interest them.

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yes that's why if you have to have a dog in the back (don't know what that would be but just in case) you have to make sure the dog cannot ever get his body to the edge of the truck or get tangled in the leashing that has him/her tied to the sides.

I would never put a dog in the back of a truck ever.....

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Greetings! I agree with others...your dog is safest when in a car harness or at least a strapped in crate if in the truck bed. Size wise...sounds like your girl is perfect.