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Yesterday we met Dakota, and she had me immediately!  So beautiful, and the sweetest girl.  We had fun playing, and went for a few walks, getting used to the new smells and sounds.  I've walked her 3 times, and every time she gets on the leash, she wants to try to do what she wants, but I was very impressed by how quickly she figured out she's not boss!  Within 30 seconds she's heeling properly, and even walking without the leash, she tsays in position.  All it took was every time she tried to pull off, (or walk away when she was off leash)  I turned around and went the other way.  A few times she tried to test me off leash, and not come, (you could see that look in her eye, like she wanted to see just how much she could get away with) but I just didn't look back, kept walking, and she quickly came to my side every time.  While walking on leash, it was like she wasn't even there. Let's hope it stays that way! I'm really looking forward to working with her, and becoming a good team.  I've always wanted a doberman, and since we bough our house going on 2 years ago, i've been doing tons of research.  I have to give a HUUGGGEEEE thanks to this website, and everyone that contributes.  There are just so many things that you don't realize if you have never had a dog, and from just reading this site, and watching other people,  I have learned that majority of dog owners suck as dog owners... I didn't want to be one of those.  So a big thanks to everyone here for sharing information and taking the time to answer questions, write articles, and give advice.

 

She's fine so far with the cats, met a few dogs and was great, and I took her to meet my friends dog and play in the yard, they were great together.  

Well, here's some pics!

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Welcome Kevin and 'Kota.. what a precious baby.. and waaayyy smart.. You're doing a great job with her already.. Cannot wait to see more pictures and hear about the wonderful adventures you are going to have with this lovely little girl.. Is that a tail I see? What fun!!Are you in the UK?

Sorry... I sound like a nosy biddy.... just love new pups and their stories.

 

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Nope, we live in new jersey.  And yea, she seems so smart, and just so eager to please.  I hope the rest of the training goes as smoothly as teaching her to heel!  She was so funny playing with the bigger dog, wasn't scared at all, but definitely got pushed around, then came back for more.  I told hunter to get it in while he still can, because there's not too much time left for him to boss her around lol

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Hi Kevin, Congratulations on getting Dakota.  She is really lovely!!!  I enjoyed reading about your training sessions and how quickly she picks up.  I suspect after Dakota, you won't have anything but a Doberman.  There is nothing like them. They are the sweetest, most intelligent, affectionate dogs!  Good luck; I hope you will post other adventures!

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thanks!  I'm a videographer/editor, and i've been thinking about starting a video page for her.  If I do, i'll make sure to post the link, and I'll update our stories as they come.  

 

In regards to other dogs, I put my foot down strong on this one, I told my fiance if we get a dog, it's a doberman, end of story.  This is one of the few times I won lol.  After showing her some videos online, and this forum, she started to come around, and we both couldn't be happier.

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What a gorgeous pup! How I miss kratos being that small...but hey what can you do, all I can say is that you'll have to take lots of pictures because they grow up too fast...Hope to hear more stories from the sweet little gal...

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Hello, and welcome to the Doberworld.  We love our dogs more than we do our kids...  Just Kidding but right up there with them. 

You do have a Pretty puppy, she is going to keep you on your toes for a little while thats for sure.

Snoopy also has his full tail, and floppy ears.  Do you plan on cropping the ears?  I personally like the floppy look, but I do like the cropped ones also.  Cropped and docked dobies look menacing, but this is far from the truth, as long as they are given the proper care and training.

Yea my wife wanted a furry snuggly dog as she put it.  This was also the one time I won. Well two now because I brought home another short coat breed since then.  Good luck and hope to see your pup grow into the fine Doberman we all strive for.

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I love the look of cropped ears, but won't do the surgery just for looks.   Floppy ears for us!

 

She's very small... I'm hoping she adjusts to her new life and starts to fill in.  From what I have read, she's lighter than a 2 month old and she's aprox. 3 months.  a little over 12 lbs...  so I'm hoping she beefs up a little bit

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Yea, I wouldn't worry about her size so much.  If the vet says she is healthy than she is healthy.  Snoopy is also small for his age, but he is a whole lotta dog for someone who does'nt know him that's for sure.  I have been wanting Snoopy to fill in now for over a year and he just was'nt meant to be a big boy. 

My wife calls him the "Gangly Elbow" because anytime he tries to sit with you(thinks he is a lap dog) he is sure to stab you with one of his joints.

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yea, she seems very healthy, and strong... just small lol.  

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O boy did we have a good, productive, and fun training day!  Last night we had 2 'visitors', kittens sitting outside our house crying.  Of course the fiance was crying too!  We have 3 cats and the new pup, so had to stay strong and put the foot down.  I don't know who was more sad, the cats, or fiance.

 

On the positive note, Dakota had a great chance today to learn some new things.  We learned how to heel off leash with 2 kittens running after us, and she did awesome!  After about an hour of play/training with the cats around, she only went after them once in the beginning, and stopped when I told her to.  We learned leave it, how to listen with big distrations, (they followed us over the whole property, and were within a few feet the whole time) how to heel off leash with the cats around, and she now knows how to sit!  I have a feeling I am going to be constantly amazed by how quickly she learns.  In my book, a dog that learns to sit after about 6 minutes of training is pretty good.  Don't have much to compare it too, but i'm proud of her.  Goes to show you that doing your research before getting your pup is well worth it.  She stayed very attentive, we would work in an area of the yard VERY quickly, for maybe 15-30 seconds.  I would then have her follow to a new location, work on sit, and then move again.  We did it all over the yard, and doing it that way she had a MUCH bigger attention span than just trying to do it inside, or even in the same area.  By moving around, we were able to learn a few things at once instead of sit.  2 times while off leash she tried to test me, told her to come, kept walking, and next thing there she was.  I'm very happy with her, and very proud of how good she did with all the distractions.

 

I took a bunch of pictures, and will post them in a little while once I get them off the camera.

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What's this critter that keeps chasing after us?

 

 

There's something moving in the woodpile... or is there?

Ok, i'm sitting, now what?

 

You can see the cat on the edge of the patio.  The cats stayed with us the whole time.  

 

I sat all by myself this time!

 

 

 

Learning to stay.  Not bad!

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WOW; she is a good girl to hold her commands, especially in the presence of such tantalizing distractions!!!  It must be clear to her that you are Alpha and also a sign that she enjoys her exercises.  Would love to see videos! She is a doll!  Maybe you can train her to be the ring bearer - if fiance agrees!  

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I am flat amazed!! Congratulations!!

Sofia will sit, when there's a really juicy treat involved.. Will stay when she's bored... lay down when she's tired and play dead when she's our bed!

Last night she chased a wee mouse ( maybe the size of a tablespoon) all around the yard, completely tumbled the wood stack.. got herself stuck under the BBQ.Destroyed what was left of the nasturtiums.... made such a ruckus that security came over with flashlights.

Leave it? Are you kidding? Stay? Not a rosy chance in heaven. The poor little guy finally took flight up the wall to the bird house, terrorized the orioles and now you can only imagine the mess I have to clean up..

I think we went wrong somewhere during Dog Whisperer 101.

But lo and behold, today she walked right along beside me as if she'd been trained by Cesar himself. ( Probably too tired to pull)

You're doing wonders with your darling Dakota..thanks for the pictures! Buy stock in Kleenex for the GF 

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thanks!  Maybe it helped that I started training right away, made sure myself and my fiance knew what to do/not to do, and showed her I was alpha immediately.

 

Here's what I did... In the last pic with the cat, you can see the leash is on the ground, I wasn't holding it.  I wasn't really holding it at all in any of the pics I don't think. (but I was right there just in case)  When she started to display the signs that she was about to pounce, I called her, took her attention off the cats, and we left and went to a new area.  A few times, she was more intrigued by the cats, so I started walking off, and called her, (Only Once!!!!!  very important!) and then completely ignored her until she was back at my side, then she got a treat and lots of praises.  I didn't stop, I didn't look back, nothing... just kept walking  Worked every single time.  (she gets into position quickly most times when I start walking and tell her to come)  She will watch me to see what I will do, and if i'll give in or not... by not looking back, and keep going, I'm telling her you better get over here, or else i'm leaving without you!

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Sounds like you will (are) be a fantastic Dobe owner. An obedient Dobe is a happy Dobe. They like the work & must be kept busy. BTW, my wife had never been around Dobe's before we got Sage. He is my third Dobe. Susan is now very attached to Sage. I'm the Alpha & Susan is more like a playmate to Sage. Sage follows me around everywhere but when Susan work's late he will constantly keep looking out our windows for her to come home. So, point being your fiance will soon become a Dobe lover like yourself & all the rest of us.

Curious though, why did you decide to stay with the floppy ears rather than the beautiful, and symbolic Dobe look of cropped ears?   

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I love the look of the cropped ear to be honest, and would have preferred it.  We got mixed feedback regarding her age (a hair over 3 months) and my fiance likes the floppy ears...  at least i have my dobe! 

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I don't think 12 weeks is too late but not sure. Sage's breeder takes care of the ears/tail/dew claws prior to being released to new homes. Sage was around 10 weeks old when we took him home and the stitches were already gone.

You should definitely consider a pictorial book write up on the growth & development of Dakota thru the years. Love your Dobe passion!

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I'm very excited to finally have one.  I've always wanted one, I just didn't have the space or time to get one, and rather than have it live in poor conditions and not get the attention they need, I held off for a long time.  Now that I have the space and time, I couldn't be happier!

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She is itty bitty my dobey was 5 weeks when we got her.  The mom was a nervous mom and they had to be weined early.  Shelbi weighed 12 lbs. at 5 weeks the picture on my profile is 6 months and 50 lbs. right now she is 7 months and 65 lbs.  I am going to add some other photos I look at others pictures and can not believe how abnormally large she is.  Your Dakota is adorable I wish you the best of luck sounds like you are off to a great start.

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thanks! yea, she's tiny...  We got her from a shelter that rescues animals from a kill shelter, so she has been locked in a cage pretty much her entire life, and she has worms.  So between the lack of exercise (I wouldn't be surprised if the first real walk she has been on was when we got her) and being locked in a kennel all day, who knows what they fed her and the worms to boot, she just hasn't grown like she should.  We're taking her to the vet tomorrow, so we'll see.  Otherwise, she seems 100% healthy and happy, she's not too skinny, she's proportioned well for her body size.  

 

 My fiance just called and told me a funny story, and this shows the clever thought process of the doberman perfectly.  My morning routine has been let Dakota out of the kennel, show her the food and water, after she's done we go out in the yard.  After she does her business, we go back inside, she eats more, (for some reason she doesn't like to eat till after she goes outside) then we go for a walk.  She usually doesn't do any business while we're walking, just when I bring her in the yard.  So my fiance calls yesterday crying, telling me that she thinks theres something wrong because Dakota is having a problem peeing... she would squat, let out 1-2 drops, wait 30 seconds, let out 1--2 drops, and keep doing that... turns out, my fiance was giving her treats after she peed!!  LOL  So Dakota learned that every time she pees she gets a treat, so instead of just going, she was delaying it as long as possible as many times as possible.  Should have seen the look on fiance's face, I let her tell me the whole story and starting laughing and told her she was tricked by a lil baby pup lol.  Was a great learning experience.

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I think Dakota might be one of the smartest pups I've ever met.. She amazes me.. You certainly have a special girl there. Keep sending stories and pictures..love 'em!!

 

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I have to agree!  She's the best, and we're so lucky and thrilled.  We worked on Come today, and it took her 4 practice tries to be able to do it consistently!  We did it maybe about 12-15 times, 1 time she got sidetracked by one of our cats.  But super, super impressed.  My and my fiance were laughing so hard because we were in such amazement, again, at how quick she learns.  We're 3 days in, she knows her name, sit, come (i'm sure we'll need more practice with come) and paw.   I'm going to start taking videos soon, it's just hard to do it with a new pup that needs alot of direction. 

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We have to keep working outside with all the distractions, inside she's near 100% with her commands.  The only distractions inside are our 3 cats, (which is a big one!) but she knows to ignore them most of the time.  She does go after them on the rare occasion, but stops after I call her...Getting her to listen to a command after she chases the cat will need some work too.  What I need to do better is to recognize her behavior before she chases the cats.  Majority of the time I can spot it, call her attention away, and she's fine.  But sometimes when I'm grabbing a treat for her, or picking up her ball, or tying a shoe, she just books it.  Considering the 3 cats are always around, not bad so far especially for just a few days.  She ran into the neighbors yard once today, but that was because their 3 year old girl called her lol, so guess I shouldn't be too mad since she listened to the command lol.  We had a bear in the area, all the neighborhood dogs started barking, not sure if it came out on the video.  I was quickly able to call her away though.  She saw a bear the other day, there was no stopping that one or getting her attention.  We're going to continue working outside so she can get more used to dealing with everything that happens and focus more on what she's supposed to do.  Everyone that comes across her is beyond impressed, even the vet commented yesterday about how he couldn't believe we'd only had her a few days based on how good she listens, and how she was walking on the leash with the other animals around.  I plan on getting more videos, my problem is that I'm a bit of a perfectionist with the video stuff, and putting the camera on a table and just letting it go usually ends up in crappy footage, which means after I watch it I won't want to use it lol.  But I think I got some good stuff this morning.  We're going to go for a car ride today to pick up my brother, then we're going to stop by my mother's office so she can meet the pup.  Will be a good experience having a bunch of people she doesn't know around, and seeing how she reacts.  More to come!

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I think you are doing a fabulous job. You have the keys down pat. If she goes ahead, turn around go the other way and ignore her. They can't stand that, so they come.

You have also discovered that Dobies are by nature very intelligent. I was floored one evening when I was playing with Red and a ball. I tossed it an it went behind a love seat that was against the wall. Now Red did not see it go in there, but when he could not see in in the open, he stuck his nose under the love seat checking there and then stuck his head between the love seat and wall and came out with the ball.

You Fiancee now know how smart they are too!

On the ears, I would agree with you, leave them long. With the undocked tail, I would think that cropping the ears would leave an unbalanced look. Tails are normally docked at 4-5 days old when the dew claws are also removed. At this point it would be a surgical proceedure, not just a clip of soft cartilage. Just remember not to leave anything fragile on the coffee table, she will be able to clear the table with one swing.

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thanks!  I'm glad I did my research, and I would def. make sure that anyone that is going to be a first time dobe owner does the same.  Well worth it. 

We're both pretty firm at this point about not doing the ears or tail...  If we got her younger, and she had a docked tail, I would have worked on convincing steph.  But like you said between the age and tail, we're going to leave it.

Had my first example yesterday with the doberman stereotype, my brother was up for the day.  When I picked him up, my mother wanted to meet the dog, so I took her to the office which is only a few blocks from their house.  She was on her best behavior.  Walked up and down about 25 steps perfectly, we got in the office, and all the girls came out to give her attention.  One woman was commenting on how beautiful and well behaved she was, couldn't believe a puppy wasn't running around tearing the office up.  She asked what kind of dog, I told her doberman, her attitude changed, she simply said "Oh...." and immediately went back to work without saying anything else.  You could tell the "dog people" because they didn't flinch, and knew what a loyal and well behaved dog she would be with continued training.  Steph had her out for a walk around the lake, and another dobe owner saw her and came running out the door.  She asked if it was ok to go get her kids, since Dakota looks exactly like her pup did when she was little.  The kids came barreling out to give her hugs and attention, and boy did she love it!

She's put on a lil over 3 pounds this week, and is 13.5 inches tall.  She didn't eat much until maybe wednesday, when she starting wolfing down the whole dish. 

We were working on "come" today all over the yard where she couldn't see us.  She did pretty good, she would start running as soon as we called, but we had to call her twice because she couldn't quite find us.  I'm sure once she gets better with her ears and location she'll be great at it.

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I tracked Princess' weight gain from 9 week to about 10 months and she gained an average of 2.5 pounds per week. He worst week was when she had diarrhea for a couple of days, and she still gained one pound that week. She will grow fast so take lots of photos.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNx6MIrPQdw

Lots of pics, and lots of video.  Here's the first video i did, forgive the crap quality it was early in the morning before work as I had just come out of bed.  If it's nice, i'm going to get one tomorrow as well to show her progress.

 

   

 

 

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So after about a week and a half of good exercise and plenty of food and treats, Dakota is starting to put on some weight.  Her paws went from tiny, to looking like the big goofy puppy paws that are too big for the body, she has grown 3/4" in height (i'm not sure what typical height growth rates are, couldn't find any info) and her chest is starting to fill out.  She likes to test us here and there, pretend she doesn't hear us and go about her business lol.  She loves everyone she meets, and wants to meet everyone she sees.  Such a sweet dog.  

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Here's a cell phone vid of dakota listening from a distance.  Just tilt your head, youtube won't let me rotate it lol

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFTGLmneOis

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Can't believe how much Dakota is learning!  She amazes us every day with how smart she is.  Yesterday my jaw hit the floor when she picked up a stick from the yard, and brought it to the woodpile all by herself.  I have showed her that maybe 3-4 times last week, couldn't believe that she just did it on her own like that.  I took a short cell phone vid of her listening to her commands, i'll post it in a few.

Here's the link.  sorry for the crap quality, was with my cell

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KevinK, I think it is fabulous how much you are teaching her and that you started right away.  She obviously loves all the things she is learning and acknowledges your place at the top of the pack.  They are so smart, and on top of that the most affectionate dogs!

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What a wonderful little girl.. SUCH a darling... I can tell how much you love each other.. Good job with the wood pile.. next trick... have her bring you a beer!!  

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thanks to both of you!  Bring a beer, lol that would be awesome!  Only thing better is if I could teach her what I drink, what my friends drink, and haver her bring the right one! lol

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You've done an absolutley AMAZING job with her. Any thoughts of agility training? She'd be a natural!

P.S. LOVE the pink collar..

ever since we got Sofia her 'royal' purple collar, she's been like a different dog.. talk about a gal with a new dress.. she struts around with that sideways show pony prance and thinks she's just about the prettiest thing on four legs.. ( we agree)

Please get some film of Dakota and the wood pile.. we'd so love to see it.. and anything else she does.. big fans here!!

KT & Sofie

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Fifteen weeks and understands "Stay". Fantastic. Maybe I should ship Princess to you for some remedial training.

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KevinK, what a honey bear you have there.  I agree about agility training.  I think you both would be great!  I think you would really love it because you enjoy training Sage and you get a lot of gratification at how well she responds and over how smart she is. Do you have agility facilities in your area? 

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I'll have to look into that, I bet it would be fun!  Thanks to the advice here, I have been trying to just let her do her thing more when we're outside.  She seems much more eager to come when called now that she's allowed so much exploration time.  We'll see how that goes in time.  Inside, she is now very close to 100% in listening to her commands immediately, and responding quickly.  Outside we're getting better, but still gets distracted.  I don't remember if it was in this post, or a different one, my main concern outside is that bears are almost a daily occurence in my neck of the woods, so I absolutely NEED the come or heel command to be listened too, so I think one of my immediate training goals is to figure out how to get her to work better around distractions.  She's so fearless, and will go right after a bear, which would obviously be bad.  

Inside, I can now get her to sit, and stay while I throw a toy, and she won't go chasing after it. She'll drop anything she's doing to heel, next is to get that to happen outside around all the fun stuff.  Any suggestions or ideas on that?  Should I put the TV on loud, or have my fiance run around in the kitchen while we're working in the living room?  These will still be very short training, just a few minutes once or twice a day.

I'm going to weigh her again today, last time she was 16lbs.  (a hair under 12 when we got her) so she's growing quickly, and has grown about an inch and a half taller so far.  She's hard to measure by myself, because she likes to eat the tape measure lol.  But I tell her everyday how proud of her I am, and I'm glad some of you guys like hearing about her, because I could keep going forever lol

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I am jealous.  I taught sit, shake, other paw, whisper, speak, down, and dead dog.  Unfortunately not snazzy enough for the other stuff so I sent her to a trainer for a 4 week stay, this was mostly for obedience heel; stand stay; sit stay, down stay, how to ride in the car or truck (front or back seat only, not the bed) correctly, how to heel in the house for chores, which then goes on to how to act in public.  However, then I will send her back when she is 10 months old for polishing.  I can't wait for her to go and to get her back she is so big that she has become a handful fast.  She likes to argue with me like a teenager drives me crazy, no one else gets an arguement only "Mom"

Anyways you are doing wonderful, hopefully after working with my trainer, if I ever get another Dobey I might be able to train that one by myself.

By the way do not know where any of you live, not much on checking up on profiles, but my trainer is a K-9 trainer, search and rescue trainer, service dog trainer, and lived on one of the military bases training dogs for the government.  Should any of you live in my area and need her assistance she is wonderful.  After two weeks she has Shelbi sit stay at one corner of an intersection with traffic, while she walked around the entire intersection.  This was two lanes each direction and Shelbi never offered to move.  I will tell you that my trainer told me later that she was tied to a hook, but you can see in the picture that Shelbi wouldn't have known she was tied unless she tried to move.  I would upload them but they are not the right format for downloading here.

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so far she's been good with learning, very fast.  I showed her Lay 4 times this morning, I'll see how she does tonite after work.  She's up to 18 pounds now, so growing nicely.

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steph said she got her to lay last night, she wouldn't do it for me... got some video this morning of a little work around the living room, i'll post it later.  I got the whole training session on tape, the only thing i'll cut is the inbetween stuff where she's eating a treat or something.  I got her to stay while someone was walking past the house, she wasn't very happy about it, and tried to make a dash once or twice, but corrected her quickly and she stayed.  The guy walking got a kick out of it lol

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jeria13 said: I would upload them but they are not the right format for downloading here.

 

You might try opening the photo in Paint (part of Windows) and then save in a.jpg format.

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here's an updated video, filmed this morning.  

 

 

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Wow;... very impressive.. does she do hand signals with you as well?  Cant' beleive you got a pup to "STAY" as quickly as you have with her.. ( the only time I can get Sofia to stay is when she's napping.) lol..not really true.. Sofie is an angel.., but there was a baby bird who got stuck under a grate on the side of the house.. Sofia, just dipped under the fence to go rescue it... She knows "stay" and she knows she has to "stay" in her yard.. but the bird called and she can't refuse a request for help. 

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I always do hand signals when I give the commands, but we're still working on doing them without saying anything, just giving the signals.  She loves attention more than anything, so when we're training and she does something good, I go a little over the top with the praise.  If she does a new command, I sit there for a while telling her how good she is, and how proud I am, and she eats it up.  seems like it helps speed things up, because she's getting a reward that she really likes.  with stay we did it in super baby steps though spread out over a bunch of days.

She went out to steph's mother's house for a barbecue, did great, everyone loved her.  My brother in law is trying to convince everyone she's a rottie because of her markings lol.  Been pouring these past 2 days, so trying to come up with ways to tire her out is getting tough...

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Hey... K~ Here's a rainy day adventure for you and 'Kota..

"Hide the treat". I watched a video of this once and it was very impressive... Line three plastic cups up in a row..Put a treat under one of the cups and tell her "Find it".

Betcha she 'gets' it in just a few mins.. then you can play 'find it' with other things as well...Who knows what she'll find.. Remember that old running shoe you misplaced several months ago?? I'll bet Dakota will retreive it for you and anything else you've 'lost'.

I still like the idea of a treadmill for her. She has soooo much energy and you can only watch Homeward Bound so many times....

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Steph took Dakota to the vet yesterday, got her final distemper, and all is good to go.  She's up to 19 lbs now, her body has totally transformed over the last month, going from a skinny lil pup (Steph was convinced she was a min pin when we got her) to a not so skinny, but still lil pup lol.  She's up almost 3 inches in height, and starting to fill out nicely.  Like others have said, since we're not sure what if anything she's mixed with, we have nothing really to compare her size to.  Vet gave her a clean bill of health, said she seems extremely healthy, only thing he was concerned about was her underbite.  He said if it doesn't work itself out naturally, we'll have to take a look into getting it fixed.  Anyone have experience with that and what was involved?  Also, when does everyone spay?  I've been doing some reading with mixed answers, some say do it before the first heat and give reasons that seem to make sense, and others say to let her go through the first heat, also with answers that make sense.  So what did you guys do?  Thanks!

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Hi KevinK, this is the first I've been able to view Dakota's training clips.  I can't access YouTube from the computer I am usually on.  I am amazed with her progress and can tell she loves the attention you give her and her training sessions!  What a doll!  You are an inspiration that there are no bad dogs, just untrained ones.  I am doing better with Ginger.

We got Ginger from the pound and according to them she was 12 weeks old (although she only weighed 12 lbs.; she's now 45).  Anyway, they have a policy where they won't release a dog or cat for adoption without neutering it first.  So, they neutered her at about 12 weeks, and believe me, she was just a tiny baby!  I was shocked and it was a little disturbing because she was so young, but I figured they know what they are doing.  She didn't miss a beat, though, and healed very quickly.

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thanks, yea, she's a blast, everyone that meets her says how good she is, I love it!  We're not sure how big dakota will get, but whatever size she is we're fine with.   We had her playing with my friends lab yesterday, and man is she fiesty!  the labs paw is the size of dakota's head lol and she's really no match for him yet, but she got in a few good shots and tackles!  Was very proud of my lil girl.  I love when we get together with other dogs, it's such great exercise, she loves it, and it poops her out.

Can you see facebook videos?  If you have facebook and you're interested I can send you the links when I get new videos.

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KevinK, I'm really going to sound dumb, but do you know I have never been on Facebook, not even once!  I wouldn't know what it looks like.  I'm sure I would be blocked from that as well, but I could view Facebook and YouTube from my home computer.  Please do send me the links because I get a lot of tips from you.  It inspires me to work with Ginger. She is a sponge and welcomes the mental stimulation, plus she loves the quality time with her mommy! 

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P.S.  Gag, puke.