1+ yr. old boy from shelter- so many questions...

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Hi everyone :)

I've read through alot of the posts here trying to learn as much as I can before our new buddy comes home, hopefully this week.
He was at our local shelter, came in with a female doberman. The female found a home, and he is missing her terribly.
We took our dog-(2 yr oldshepherd/terrier female) to meet him, and then the next day brought him home for a play day. It went fabulously. We got pictures of him sleeping on my lap on the couch :)

He is such a sweet gentle boy. I feel so bad for him all the changes he is going through right now, shuffled from the county shelter to a doberman rescue house, then coming here. Alot of people want to see him taken care of-such great people who love these dogs.
We don't even know his real name.
He gets neutered in a few days, then he gets to come HOME! (tears)
I am busy getting things ready for him, and surfing on here reading up.
Any tips on how we might make his adjustment easier, please share!
I'm excited to be here and thankful for all the great support you all seem to give each other:)

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HUGE kudos to you for adopting this boy!  It sounds like your girl will be good company for him, and help him get over his grief in losing his girlpal and home. 

See Bet's posts about Zoe - Zoe settled in fairly quickly, and is a happy girl to be in her new home. Let's hope your boy does the same.

Welcome to the forum!

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I love that you are adopting!  The bonuses of adopting are great.  I copied this from another site:

 

"When you're acquiring a Doberman Pinscher PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Doberman Pinschers who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

Save a life. Adopt a dog."


I basically recommend treating him like an 8 week old puppy - don't assume anything. While he may be house broken, he may have accidents in a new home.  When you get him home, take both dogs for a walk together first before he comes in so that they have a chance to be around one another without being in the house first. 

Hopefully he is crate trained - most rescues do this. 

If you don't already have a good book on training dogs, get one. Even though he is not a puppy, he is not far from it.  I recommend "How to raise a puppy you can live with" you can find it on Amazon.

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Bless you for rescuing.  One thing to keep in mind is that rescues are different than a dog that has been with you all it's life.  They take awhile to make things 'fall into place' so that they feel truly comfortable and let down their guard, so to speak.  Most rescues have been through a couple of different places, and at this point, he may think you are just another temporary home.  Give him lots of love, but dont let him get away with anything you dont want him to continue doing, because you feel sorry for him....they learn very quickly how to take advantage of sympathy.  LOL

Good luck with your new boy.  Be sure to keep us updated on him.

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Post pics!

Or make a least gallery... thats easier ...all I have figured out so far.

 We have had Bella for 2 months and are probably at least her 3rd home. She is feeling quite secure and bonded with us now. But they say at least 6 months for them to be settled.

 Thats the best advice not to allow anything you dont want your dog to do in the future. Its worked for us, but I must say her former owners instilled good manners and basic obedience so we are very blessed.

Thank you for rescueing! I imagine when he comes he will soak up alot of attention and be ready for it after his neuter.

Happy woofy New year

Julia and Bella

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Our boy is HOME!! <3

We have agreed he is a 'Jack' :)

Jack had a nap, some lunch, a little play time, and then a bath because he smelled stinky like the county shelter-sheew!

It took 3 of us to get him in the tub-but once in there he was fine.

He's sleeping now.

The biggest issue we have already is jealousy.

Our other dog, Ruti, has been staring at the new huge Kong for a half hour-with her own Kong right in front of her! sigh.

We also are trying to figure out how to deal with Jack's post water-drinking slobber...wow, a river.

He is such a baby, not crate trained, underweight, not housebroken, but he knows how to sit.

BTW, my daughter says Jack is a good name for him...because he lumbers. haha :)

Thanks for all the tips and well wishes! I'll be checking in regularly.

 

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Water slobbering is a Doberman thing lol. Everybody has their own way of dealing with it from getting a thats a couple of inches high and putting the food dish and water bowl in it so the water bowl stays put lol.  I personally have a dog feeder that has a water dish in the bottom so the water has to stay put, but Axel still manages to leave a trail. Someone said that if we could attach a mop to the tails of our Dobermans, that all of our floors would be spotless lol.  Good luck with Jack. P.S. I love the name.  I also have a Jack.. a rat terrier.

 

Tess

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I would recommend not "feeling sorry" for him; that will translate to him and he will take advantage of that weakness, don't worry about what he's been through concentrate on how to move forward guiding him into being the best he can be regardless of his past.

We rescued a 7 year old rottie a year an half ago (has it been that long??) and it took us about a week to figure out what he knew and what he expected and from there we have moved forward with what WE expect. I took treats and did the basic commands to see what he actually knew and he knew ALOT so we worked daily on his commands so he knew he wasn't just moving in and doing his own thing, I worked him every day so he didn't have time to really rest and take over, he loved it and began to look forward to whatever I would ask of him.

You already have found the areas he needs to learn and that will give you both a goal to reach just don't let that "feeling sorry for the past" creep in when he refuses to do what you ask, be firm but not mean and once you give a command you must follow through regardless of the time it takes you have to have patience, patience, patience.

You guys should be fine......

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*yawn*

Jack is definitely a huge puppy....it was a long night.

He had to pee 3 times, and barked once to gou back out a fourth time-4am to poo. Yay!

He had to be touching someone all night. Such a sweetheart.

Have a great day everyone:)

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Jack sounds like a keeper! The 'need' to touch is sort of a dobie thing.  Velcro dogs, you know.

Doberlakes and Dobersteams....just seems to be another dobie thing.  I have a slightly raised water bowl on a pedestal thing and I keep a towel under it to catch MOST of the drippage....but she manages to keep enough water on her mouth to make it to where I am sitting so she can wipe her face on my leg anyhow. LOL

If Jack knows the command 'sit', use it lots.  Have him sit before he gets his food dish, before going outside, before getting a toy to play with....it's just a really good basic thing to get them used to listening to you, and when you start to add other commands, he will know that you are serious about wanting him to listen.  (Hope that makes sense.)

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Good luck Jack and family!  What an exciting Christmas present for everyone.

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Don't let him get away too much with waking you up in the middle of the night.  Have a routine feeding schedule.... say 7 and 7.  Then right before bed let everyone out to potty.  Waking me up in the middle of the night is only for emergencies, and the dogs know it.

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Oh Yay!! Jack! You're home!! So happy to hear you've rescued such a keeper.. Yes, they do come with a bit of baggage, and yes, we do tend to 'humanize' them too much.. ( Just yesterday I caught myself asking Sofia " "What was your name? Where did you come from? How did you get to Mexico?" ) when in reality, she's been with us for over three years and probably has no memory of her past. She's ours now and if the nightmares she has ( another quirk with rescues) it's of the rabbit that got away.. NOT something horrible that happened to her in the 'ago'. They are remarkably resiliant.

You'll find that Jack will read your mind at times.. anticipate your every move.. other times they turn stone deaf and you want to get their hearing checked. Your patience with him will go a long way.

There's been a whole lot of suggestions given here and they're all great. Especially Tals' "Patience."

Welcome to the Forum.. It's a wonderful place to grow with your kid.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of rescues!  Its always easier if you already have a routine in place with another dog - just keep it up and Jack will adapt to it.  Forget about sleep for a couple of nights at least.  I have always found it fascinating to watch a rescue's personality develop as they settle in.  Ziva came to us in March on the day she was to be euthanized at a county animal "shelter".  Lots of baggage, but such a loving dog. 

DJ's Dad is right - don't let your feeling sorry for him effect the way you treat him.  I hold Ziva and tell her she'll never be hungry, or cold, or scared or alone again, but we do insist on manners and obedience.  Once Jack settles down, take him to basic obedience classes.  It'll help his manners and develop more of a relationship between you.

We put the water bowl in a large plant pot saucer - it catches most of the dribbles. And towels, lots of towels.  Harrigan likes to drink then dry his face by plopping it into our laps.  Just great right before leaving for work.

Bless you for saving Jack, and good luck with him.

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We have even tried a boot / shoe tray under the water dishes.  It does catch some, but I have just resigned to keep a mop in a handy place nearby. Unfortunately my socks seem to find the trail of water more often than the mop.  My husband laughs at my wet sock pile in the laundry and just says - "what ever works" 

hopefully he settles into your routine quickly. If he was in a pen at the rescue, he may have forgotten house manners temporarily and potty schedual, but one last potty break just before bed each night as a routine should help him to know what is expected.  Make sure outside first thing in the morning so he isn't uncomfortable.  He should learn from your other dog as well.

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We have decided he is too much for us and the dobe rescue will take him back tomorrow.

Thank so much for the thoughts youve shared.

Take care.

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wow

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Okay.. here's where I'm hoping for lurkers who have not officially joined the Forum.. but are reading and hopefully learning.

Dogs are NOT disposable objects.. They are living, feeling creatures that deserve a chance at life.. To pass one around like this makes my heart ache.

Please please who ever is reading this, take the time to research and know as much as you can about what you're getting yourself into by adopting an abandoned dog. They will have issues and problems and so will you.. Be prepared before, to avoid this sad sad situation

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Four days? Really?  During the holidays?  Give the poor guy a chance.  Short of seriously injuring a person or your other dog, four days is way too short a time to know wether a dog will fit in or not.  Poor Jack!

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This is heartbreaking, I have been reading (lurking) and was truly hoping you would give poor Jack a chance to fit in. As one who rescued and was challenged daily for the first 2-3 months, less frequently as time went on, I know how hard it can be dealing with the baggage that comes along with rescues, as much as I wanted to I refused to give up and send him back to be once again rejected. Four days is not enough time to judge whether he would have fit your family. The first four days I had Loki all I received was a spasmatic coughing, messy pooping puppy who was afaid of all men! Kate - agreed, animals are not disposable and better care and research should be first and foremost in anyone's thought for purchasing, adpoting/rescuing any animal. Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best but don't do it if you have any doubts, it only causes more suffering to the animal.

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:( not a happy ending this time but im sure he will find the "right" person(s). best he was sent back sooner than later.

good luck buddy

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Okay, sorry. Anyone think "troll "?