Hello, Isabelle and I are new here!

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Hello everbody! I just wanted to post up and introduce ourselves. My name is AJ and our pretty girl's name is Isabelle. She is just over a year old and ohhhh boy is she a handful at times... lots of issues and a hard time with any training. Luckily we found you guys, i thought most of her issues were just her haha. I always wanted my own doberman since i was very young and used to play with my grandfather's guard dogs on the estate he worked at. They used to follow me everywhere and i remember having such a good time with them. Isabelle (Izzy for short) joined our little zoo in late october as a birthday gift from my fiance and is now soooo spoiled and loved by our whole family. But anyway, hello! We are glad to be here and the advice we've read so far is great!

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Hey there, AJ and Izzy.  Welcome to the group.  Sure would love to see photos of her, and please tell what sort of "issues" your girl is having.  My doberman, Ziva, is almost 15 months old right now, and she is far from being 'mentally mature'. LOL  I have had at least one doberman in my life for the past 30 years now, and I can't imagine life without one.

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I have a few pictures but have a very hard time.posting them, my only internet access is from my phone right now. If someone would be willing to host them for me, i would very much appreciate that. As far as issues go, she eats, shreds or destroys everything she can find. Clothes, shoes, books. Everything. I am the only one that can walk her on a leash because she pulls so hard she knocks the rest of the family over. She gets semi-agressive over her food with our other dogs. I have two birds ( a blue and gold.macaw and a cockatoo) that she likes to."tease". I'm afraid one of them will bite her one of these days.
I have been trying to work with Izzy one on one just to get her to sit and stay. Hasnt been going so well. Unless i have some sort of treat in my hand, she wont bother. She has gotten out of our fenced yard twice and holy cow can she run! And, not come back. She will stop and look at me when i call her name... then bolt again. Ugh!

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Hello AJ and Izzy. I'm Jensen and my pup is Ella Sue. As for posting pictures, if you have an iPhone or Droid, Photobucket has an app where you can host pictures from your phone. Have you thought about bringing her to classes? Maybe a trainer can give you tips on her behavior issues. And for the chewing, Ella has chewed through my bathroom door. And recently has decided to move on to my coffee table. Just never let Izzy out of your sight.

Ella is 13 weeks old and a complete handful. But she's the love of my life!

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Izzy and Dad, Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to getting to know you and the little Miss Izzy!  She sounds like a true Dragon Slayer!!  Be sure to see the recent post on Doberman Property Laws!

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Hello and welcome AJ and Izzy!  Please tell us more about Izzy's background, ---and fasten your seatbelt!

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I would step up the training, and get her into a class... Sounds like your typical not-so-trained doberman.  Luckily, it's a simple fix, if you can have someone show you what you're doing wrong.  Most of these behaviors can be changed overnight, if you are willing to put in the time.  I would look up a good class, or call a good trainer asap.  You will wonder why you didn't do it a long time ago!

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AJ and Isabelle!! A great  big doberwelcome to you both.. Don't fret about posting pictures ///

soon, you'll be up top speed and as obsessed as the rest of us.

We look forward to hearing more about you and your girl

Kate and Sofia

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Welcome AJ and Isabelle!  Can't wait to hear more about your new girl!  Good luck with the training, dobermans are smart as snott and a huge handful!  The upside is, once you have her convinced that it's more fun to listen to you than not, those smarts will work in your favour and hers! 

Glad to hear you had such a positive experience with your grandfather's dogs.  Our first experience with a dobe was also a guard dog - a few summers ago we were swimming in a private quarry and got caught by the security guard and his doberman lol.  But my husband (boyfriend at the time) was so impressed with how obedient that dog was that it sparked our interest, and, well, the rest is history!

This is a great bunch of people here with oodles of experience between everyone!  You will be so glad you joined!

Janelle and Dakota

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Thanks for all the warm welcomes and stories everyone. I will look into the droid app for pics. Its nice to know i'm not alone and not the only one to have been through this. Classes or a trainer are in our very near future as soon as the OT at work picks up. Hopefully pics will be up soon!

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Ahh Welcome! You will love this site. It is so helpful and makes you feel not so left out when you can't understand your Dobie at times! :)

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And here is a pic of Zoopy the macaw. She was a rescue and had almost no feathers when she got here and wouldnt let me even get near her cage. Thankfully she is better now and can pet her like the dogs now. She isnt spoiled either hehe.

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There you are AJ.. quick post your picture on the "getting- to- know- you- names- to- faces thread"

That way we can keep track of everyone..  Isabella is lovely girl.. makes a great pillow for the little fluff budget.. Nice to meet you Zoopy..

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Awww, she's beautiful!  The parrot is looking like he's coming along too.  I have a 22 year old cockatiel that has trained yet another round of dogs.  A lesson in as Ceasar says "calm assertive" energy.  It's a kick to watch, raising the wings, hissing, presto!

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Haha my cockatoo does the "upside down flappy wings" thing towards Izzy. I will see if i can get a pic of that. But seriously, i love the warm welcomes here. This has to be hands down the best doberman forum going!

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Welcome AJ & Izzy!!!! You will love it here - Warm and Friendly advise and a lot of  fun and sharing as well!

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Welcome to Forum...Enjoy!

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Hey AJ -- want to know what is super awesome for a budget-trainer? youtube!! I search "clicker training" and go through the posts... there are some really great people out there posting behaviors for you to teach.  If you can start Izzy in some more advanced tricks than sit & lay down, her brain will start churning, and hopefully you can redirect some of her energy before you have to hit the trainers.  That's what I did to up Steve's training from the things I knew how to teach.  It's been really fun to do.  Now that I have some extra money -- we're doing a Nose Work class!

If you don't want to do a clicker, you can bridge the commands with a simply verbal cue like "yes".

Welcome to the group!

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Welcome to the site!   Chewing is often just something they do when they have too much energy or get bored.  Make sure you're keeping her mentally stimulated with toys like Kongs and stuff that you put treats into so she has to work to get them out.  Get her plenty of exercise too.  That helps a lot with some of the excess energy for sure.

 

Does she do most of that chewing when youa re gone?  or when you are at home with her?  if you're at home, you just need to keep a better eye on her.   If it's when you're gone I highly suggest investing in a crate. 

 

Either way -good luck and welcome!