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Hi everyone! I have a 1 year 3 month (estimated) doberman/german shepherd mix that we adopted in June. I originally thought his personality would be like a German Shepherd but it seems like he acts much more like a doberman!

He is an awesome dog, but sometimes a total booger! He had two owners before we got him, and one time he was abused and the second time he was returned to the shelter because he was too high energy. (He is super energetic! However we hike with him and run with him and play with him a ton and he has started to calm down recently). Thankfully, besides a few quirks (like eating our couch), he doesn't seem to have suffered any long term temperament issues from his rocky past.

Right now we have just started the advanced dog classes at petsmart and hope to take the canine good citizen test! Afterwards, I would like to get him involved in some sort of advanced training, but I'm not quite sure what. This forum has been a wonderful resource for us in learning how he thinks and how to work with him, so thank you all for allowing me to lurk these past few months! :D

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Welcome to the forum :) thank you for rescuing him:) just to cents of advice you might wanna hold off on running on lead or any crazy jumping just cuz his growth plates haven't full developed yet. They won't till about 18 months :) lol Our dober boy is in schutzhund and absolutely loves it. We just recently adopted a 3 year old shepherd mix and now that she's healthy we are going to start agility training with her :) if you have any questions we are all here to help you :) dobes require lots of mental stimulation and it tires them out faster then physical exercise ;) I think that might help with his abundance of energy lol

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Thank you so much for responding! I saw some of your pictures and both of your puppies are so beautiful! I want to put pictures of Stryker up soon, but my computer is out of commission at the moment, and uploading from a cell phone doesn't seem to work for me! Hopefully I can this week.

I knew that having Stryker do much jumping is unhealthy, as he's definitely still growing! However, I'm wondering what you think about the running? I will jog with him in the woods (so on soft surface) no more than 3 miles, at a 10-11 min/mile pace (because mom is slow, not him!). My vet said that was fine, but she might not have much doberman-specific knowledge, so I'm definitely interested in a second opinion from Dobie owners!

Schutzhund is actually something I'm eventually interested in with Stryker! I thought he might like doing some nose work 'in the field' lol. I want to wait until after he gets his CGC, but that's about as far as we can go with the cheaper petsmart classes, so I'll eventually need to branch out into something! Thank you again for your help!

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Personally for me I'd hold off with on leash running. I like to flirt pole Ares when he's being obnoxious lol yes I said it obnoxious lol this wears him out in about ten mins of stop and start bursts I go slow with it and do make him go go go. We go he catches it let him enjoy for a second then over and over again till he tired lol.

Schutzhund is a great sport if your dog is cut out for it. It takes a dog with a solid temperament that won't crack or shut down under pressure. The dog is ususally evaluated. Some dogs make the cut others do not. Such as Ares my dobe loves it but it's not something Boo girl is cut out for, and that's fine with me. I chose agility for her instead of luring cuz it's fun and won't increase that prey drive she has that we've been working on since I have a small dog and a cat so far so good. There are plenty of sports you can get into. Nose work is one of them and something I use to tire Ares out we play track the hotdog or toy in the backyard all the time. This incorporates his obedience since he has to sit and stay sitting till I tell him to go look for whatever it is lol
They are a lot of fun once you both learn how to communicate :) lol I swear Ares is a child with fur and four legs lol he's incredibly smart but a tired dobe is a good dobe lol

Thank you for the lovely compliment of my fur babies :) to post pics it's the little button that looks like a sun and mountains

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Okay, good to know! Thank you so much for all of your help so far! Maybe I'll hold off for a few more months before continuing to jog with him.  According to his semi-arbitrary birthday, he's already a year and three months, so that won't be too long.  We'll see about the schutzhund! Stryker is at the top of his doggy class right now, but given that the classes are through PetSmart, it probably isn't that high of a bar. :P I'm not sure yet how he'd do compared to other schutzhund dogs. Nose work sounds pretty interesting, too! We do pretend nose work when it's rainy-- I hide treats in our spare bedroom and have him hunt them down (I think I may have actually gotten that idea from this website!). I also play a stupid game with him where I tell him to go into our mud room and then I hide somewhere in our house, and when a kitchen timer goes off, he has to 'hunt' me down.  He seems to enjoy this the most, even though I'm not exactly sneaky prey!

And thank you for the photo tips! Hopefully these pictures will work! If not, I think I was able to get some in our photo gallery.  Anyways, here's my puppy!

Here, he is saying, "Mom, I think this treat isn't really worth such an outstanding display of doggy discipline."

And here he is spoiled with just a smattering of his many dog toys.  (I make weird bird noises to get him to cock his head at me lol)

Here he is sleeping in a very cute way (ignore my toes lol!)

And here he is sleeping like a lunatic!

 

I don't know why I have so many Stryker-at-rest pictures, given that 90% of the time he's in constant motion! I'll try to get some 'action' shots lol.

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Awwwww he's adorable :)! Sounds like one smart cookie :) 

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 good morning and welcome to the forum ! stryker is a cutie pie , and what disipline to leave that treat on his nose like that !i like the pic. of him on his back sleeping ! sunna loves to sleep just like that most all the time . does he make all the dober sounds [grunts , whines and mones like most other dobes ?

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Welcome to the Forum.. Wow.. you've come a long way in a short amount of time with Stryker.. he sounds like a wonderful boy,

I can't agree enough with AresMyDobe about mental exercise. It's interesting  how quickly it tires them out.. running and exited play seems to do just the opposite.. they get wired and cannot seem to shut down.

Your 'find it' games are wonderful.. does he REALLY wait for the kitchen timer bell to ring?? A.MAZ.ING!!!

Bless you for giving this guy....not only a great home... but a chance to show the world what a fantastic dog he is..

Smooches to the Pooches

Katie, Sofia and Bella

 

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Thank you all for the compliments-- I'm super proud of him!! He has been so, so much work but it's totally worth it- especially now that he seems to be maturing a little bit... between 8 and 12 months, he was a psycho baby! (He still is- just not constantly lol!). Aresmydobie- he is soo smart! But sometimes he uses his smarts for evil lol. Karie and Lady Kate, I looked through both of your galleries and your puppies are so beautiful!! Karie, Stryker thinks the same thing about sticks-- the bigger sticks/logs/small trees are definitely higher value lol! And Lady Kate, it's so awesome you have rescues too!! I kind of feel like rescued dogs know that they were given a second chance at life, and make the most of it! (Although I will say that all Dobies seem to have this zest for life attitude, especially on this forum where everyone is so passionate about their dogs!).

Haha the "hunt mom" game is so silly but great when the weather is bad or he just needs to burn extra energy. I use an old fashioned kitchen timer to let him know to come find me. Originally I would just yell "Stryker come find mom!" to set him off, but that didn't work cuz he could just pinpoint me from my voice -especially since our house isn't that big! So then I would yell when the kitchen timer dinged, and now we just use the timer! I have a funny story about that though. I only use a digital timer on my microwave for normal timing. My husband didn't know to ONLY use the digital timer thoigh, so he used the kitchen timer once when I wasn't home, and called me freaking out because Stryker kept tearing around the house and wouldn't calm down lol.

Stryker makes so many funny sounds!! I actually didnt know that was a dobie thing! He barks only very rarely, but he groans and whines all the time! I have a 15 yr old golden retriever, and Stryker is more groany than that old man! Also, sometimes he'll just be sitting in the family room, and I'll hear a really small high pitched whine, and I look at him and he's just staring at me and whining. Probably saying, "mooooom I am sooooooo bored!"

I definitely want to do more mental games with Stryker! He gets lots of training all day, only geta treats for doing stuff, and eats basically all his dog food from kongs and mental stimulation toys. But I always need more ideas! If he gets bored, he starts looking into ways to cause trouble lol.

Thank you all again for welcoming me to the forum (especially since we are a mutt family!)! I'm so excited to be a part of it and learn more about my puppy!!

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Here are some shots of him in motion (excuse my crappy photography, haha!). This is what he's normally doing, not calmly lying down lol.

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Hahahah he looks like a happy boy :)

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oh you most definately have a dober pup !! he is so cute !

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Thank you Karie and Ares! Haha, yes, when I adopted him, I was told he was a rottweiler mix, but his friend from the dog park (who has had both dobermans and rottweilers) told me he was definitely more doberman than rottweiler, and I kind of agree.  He is a super skinny hyper guy.  I thought about getting him DNA tested, but I've been told that it doesn't tend to be very accurate, especially if the dog is a cross between 4 or more breeds.

I'm sorry I haven't been on here very much, too! This poor puppy has had some health problems!  Last week, I took him to doggy day care 2 times, and on one of those times, he contracted what I thought was kennel cough, but the vet said was pneumonia.  The poor puppy has been so miserable! He spent 2 1/2 days at the dog hospital, and we were able to pick him up on Christmas Day morning.  He's on antibiotics now, and doing much better, but still not quite himself.  I'm hoping he has a quick recovery!

While there, the vet also diagnosed him with a type of mange (Ahh!) called demodectic mange.  He had a little bald semi-bald spot on his tail, which I just thought was from one of the other dogs at the day care.  I showed it to the vet while we were there, and she took a scraping, and it's definitely mange! (Just saying 'mange' freaks me out, haha!).  Thankfully, it is not the contagious kind, so my other dog can't get it.  Stryker apparently got the mites that cause the mange from his mom when he was first born, and as a result of being immunocompromised from the pneumonia, had a flareup.  So the poor guy has had a lot on his plate!! I feel so bad for him right now (and, to a much lesser but still significant degree, my wallet-- ouch!!).  Thankfully, he seems to be getting better every day, though!

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oh sorry to hear stryker is'nt feeling well ! give him a big hug for us all with well wishes ! have a great new year !