My Late Introduction

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I have been on the forum for a couple months now but I never really made a formal introduction.  I have had Lucian since he was about 7 1/2 weeks old.  For a very long time I have wanted to have a doberman.  Once the opportunity came I took it and it's been a very good learning experience.   I have never owned a brand new puppy.  My last dog was a springer spaniel and I got her when she was 6 months old and already trained.  She was a very loving dog but sadly she was extremely jealous and aggressive towards my son who was under a year old and bit him and I tried to rehabilate her but she only seemed to get worse.  I ended up adopting her out to an elderly woman who lived by herself and had all the time and attention to fully focus on my springer.  She is in a more properly suited environment for her.  I have researched dobermans for a long time before I made the final decision to purchase one.  I wanted a dog that could be both protective and a great family pet.  

Lucian is proving to be a handful but with the advice from the books I bought about dobermans and the great advice I have been receiving from this forum I know he will become a great companion.  He is now 4 months old and about 45 pounds.  He loves to go running with me and is a great motivator for me to keep running even if I am completely whipped out.  I have been having a few problems with him being naughty lately but I have enrolled him in some obeidence classes that we go to every Saturday.  So far he is improving his behavior.  I know he is still a puppy and requires a lot of time and attention.  I would just like to say thanks to everyone for welcoming me into the Gentle Doberman Community!  I will keep adding new pics of Lucian as he grows up! 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Jena

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Hi and welcome.. It's good to have you here..You've got a good looking pup there!

 Be careful though, about running Lucien.. he's still a growing boy and some damage can be caused by running when they're still growing.

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Also keep a close eye on Lucian when he is swimming. Most dogs are very good at swimming, and of course among the best are the Labradors (they actually do have webbing between their toes) and among the worst are the Dobermans.

The reason for this is they have a very slender build and when young have very little body fat. Body fat is what gives the bouyancy. Right now he still has some puppy fat, but when he is about a year old it will be gone. If you go to the lake often and he enjoys swimming, invest in some bouyancy pads for dogs. Yes, they do make them and some members have photos of their dogs wearing them.

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Jen3493, I love your avatar you captured of him sleeping! It is so sweet!