Good to be here! Meet Mr. Jax!

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Hello everyone!  This is a great website and I've been looking for a while now at all your precious babies and getting good advice on multiple occasions so I decided to join so I can talk about one of my new favorite subjects.  ;-)

Jax is our 1st dobe and he's quite the handful (to say the least)!  My husband and I weren't fully prepared for what owning a dobe entails.  We have an 11 year old pug who is extremely mellow. That's what we've been used to.  Then comes Jaxie!

Even though we did research on Dobermans, we didn't truly comprehend how energetic and mischevious a dobe pup can be and how fast they grow!  My husband had wanted one all his life so we made the plunge and our lives have been flipped upside down, albeit mostly in a good way.  It has definitely been an adjustment, but in addition to the things he does that make us crazy, our little Jaxie is also very loving and loyal, funny, and we wouldn't trade him for anything.  We've just gotten accustomed to watching him like a hawk and training him whenever possible! 

We love the little guy so much!  He has extra large paws so everyone is telling us he's going to be pretty big. 

Oh, and he likes to consume anything and everything so it's like having a toddler again trying to keep the house "doggie-proofed", except this toddler can run like the wind and I can barely pick him up anymore (he's 45 lbs now)!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

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Lol would love to see pics :) how old is he ?

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He's 4 1/2 months now and getting bigger every day it seems.  It's crazy.  I'm gonna take some more pics of him playing with his friends at the dog park and post them.  :-) 

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Welcome to the forum and enjoy the adventure!

Good news, bad news ... bad news is he will be like having a toddler in the house for quite some time and good news is it will be worth every minute of energy and effort.  We are 2 years into our first doberboy, it has been a BLAST.  He has taught me the value of effective communication, the value of clean countertops and has made me a better person in the process. 

Best hint: training and interactive thinking games are far better to achieve a tired/relaxed puppy than running and playing with other dogs.  A tired puppy is a good puppy. Every. time.

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Wanted to add be careful about dog parks. I stopped going because there are to many people who don't know anything about dogs and to many dog fights...

 

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Yeah funny story about that.  The last time we went to the dog park there was a man with a small dog, looked like a Jack Russell mix.  He started chasing Jax immediately growling.  The guy tried telling us that we needed to leave because Jax was too big.  (It was the small dog side.) We tried to explain that Jax was only 4 1/2 months old, just a baby.  He said, "My dog is aggressive and is going to try to fight him."  My husband said, "Well maybe you need to leave then."  LOL 

Jaxie is at that awkward age where he's a little big for the small side but we don't like taking him in the big dog side because some of the dogs pick on him a bit before he settles in and feels comfortable. 

Well the man held his dog on his lap for the longest time so we eventually broke down and went to the big dog side and Jax did okay.  He got slightly punked by a 9 month old German Shephard that was huge.  Jax would just cower down to him at first (I don't blame him) but they ended up being friends.  Once more dogs showed up, Jax blended in nicely.

This may sound funny but it works:  I take my stun gun to the dog park because dogs DO NOT like the sound it makes.  I haven't had to use it yet but I will if there is a bad fight (sound only, no touching, LOL).  I take it out when I run because I've had strange dogs follow me that looked like they were up to no good and as soon as I  push the button on the stun gun, they run in the other direction.  It's a scary sound.  I'm always afraid I'm going to use it on myself by accident, though.  LOL

 

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I probably just avoid the dog parks in general honestly because you don't want much to happen to him he's so young and is learning. Dogs need to learn how to be around other dogs but there are safer ways. I'm just saying dog don't need dog friends so why jeopardize your dog.

 

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JaxsMom.. WHERE do you live??

I can't imagine a stun gun being allowed in a dog park..must create quite the conversations..

Not a fan of dog parks.. and from what I've read.. dobermans are not all that thrilled with them either..

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I know what you mean about the dog park being slightly risky.  It is a little intimidating being around all those dogs for me AND for Jax, but within a few minutes of being there he's running with them and having a great time.  Oh, and the stun gun is only for noise in case a fight were to happen.

So far we haven't had any problems at the dog park but I understand your concerns with Jax being so young.  Definitely something to ponder. 

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I'm on my 3rd Doberman and I was just complaining that she's too good :) My males were a handful for the first 2 years and about another year to settle down. I think it takes Dobermans a full 3 years to reach adult maturity. I'd stay out of dog parks. a lot of footies and he is young!

For the most part, dog parks are not a good atmosphere for a Doberman - puppy or adult. 

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I would also like to say that dog parks are not for doberman's, there are just too many people out there with dogs who have know idea what they're doing.  You want your doberman to grow up to be a healthly well adjusted dog, well a dog park could ruin that if it causes them too much undue stress when they're young.  I personally wouldn't take my doberman to a dog part, I will take him to hang out with my friends dogs who I know to be good dogs.