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Hi Everyone,

I hope this is an acceptable place to introduce myself and Obie. He is now 9 weeks old and we have had him for one week. Hes doing very well... (so is the cat)

This forum has been invaluable in providing research in advance of getting him, so thank you all!

Im going to try and not be a taker in these first few weeks and bombard you all with questions. What I have learnt in the one week we have had him is that a problem on one day, isnt usually a problem the next... I hope that makes sense?

House breaking is going ok, with only a few accidents although there are at least 1 a day but only weeing no doodies yet!!

We are crating him. Nights and mornings are all good but day time is sometimes good, sometimes bad. He also wont be seperated, he needs to know where we are. All of that is ok, accept we both work from home, so in one respect thats great and why we got him, but on the other, he needs to know that if we do go, we will come back... so its finding the balance!

Any way, time to get gushy parent on you!! (as soon as I can figure out adding pictures)

Thanks

Nick

 

 

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Hi Nick. Welcome to the group.  Obie is gorgeous! Quite a muscular little dude! Makes me miss DJ's puppy days, just seeing his photo.  It's wonderful that you both work from home and are able to spend so much together, but as you say, you need to let him learn that he actually CAN survive without you for periods of time.  Balance is the key to having a very bonded dog without having separation anxiety.  Sounds like you are aware of this and have it under control.  Looking forward to more photos of that sweet baby, and if you have questions, bring 'em on....there are a lot of very experienced doberman people on here, and Im sure someone can answer --and relate to--any questions you might have.  Again, welcome to the group.

Paul and DJ

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Welcome - Obie is a very handsome pup and we look forward to watching him grow up. Questions? Ask away!

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Thanks for the kind words! He is super handsome and im just amazed at how smart he is... its kinda scary!

The only real question I have right now I think has been answered in a few places on here about seperation anxiety (and the fact we work from home) night time crate is fine but daytime, even if hes behind a baby gate, the shouting begins.

Two days ago he was quiet within 5 mins (my neighbour told me) today, he shouted the whole 45 mins I was out. I am going to practice in smaller steps and keep at it, but I guess any advice around that would be great.

What I do know is this... he is a baby! By that I mean, I know he is young...and will adapt, change, get worse then better...

Thanks again for such a nice welcome!

NP

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      When we were raising our Dobe pups, who are now 3 and 5 years old, it seemed like it would never end.  Now it seems like a distant memory.   We found the Dobes pretty easy to get through the puppy stage.  Take plenty of pictures.  You will have a full grown Dobe on your hands before you know it. 

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One way you can slowly adapt him to spending time alone (even 10 - 15 minutes at first) is to give him something that will occupy his time.  I've found that Kong toys stuffed with treats to eat are great for keeping their minds occupied for short periods of time.  You can even fill them with peanut butter and then freeze them so it takes longer for the pup to totally clean them out.  You're right on the mark when you say he will adapt, then things will get better, then worse, and finally best.  About that 8 to 9 month mark is usually the defiant times.  That's why you should have a really good basic obedience routine way before that comes along.  :)