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Please take at look at Sage's Profile http://www.gentledoberman.com/pet-profile/soldierrn/sage-de-britton & Gallery http://www.gentledoberman.com/photo-gallery/soldierrn .

I joined a little while back and recently revisited. Love the changes, site looks great!

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Your dobie is quite gorgeous!  You must be so proud!

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Appreciate the kind words. Of, course we have spoiled him rotten. We could have named him velcro with the way he likes to stick to our side.

BTW, your red & rust is handsome, too, and YES, I'm biased towards that color for Dobes.

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Welcome SoldierRN and Sage.. How handsome and regal he is!!

He is a big guy, will be curious to see just how big he gets! ( As I'm sure you will be too)

WHERE does he sleep? What does he eat? Oh my his pictures are fabulous. I know what a joy he must be.

Once again welcome to the forum. There are many of us who are here to answer your questions and lend any support.

SoldierRN? Does that mean you're an Armed Forces Nurse? If so.. a heartfelt thank you from all of us for everything you do!

Kate and Sofia

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No cries here, I am all the about the reds, they are just so gorgeous, and I don't know if it's my bias talking but I think they definitely look meaner too!  I love my pup and thanks for taking the time to look!  I can't wait until Kratos is full grown!

Oh and I was wondering the same thing Kate is?

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A lot of us have a weakness for the reds. My 7+ year old male is appropriately named, and Red is currently around 108. His peak was 147 when he was diagnosed with thyroid problems. He is now on treatment and we got him down to 95. At that point the vet and decided he was too skinny and increased his kibble ration a bit.

My first male was a red (Hans) but he was a bit smallish, never getting much over 65 pounds, but I had him for almost 12 years, losing him in '95.

My other "child" is 19 month old Princess who is more normal sized at 70 pounds. She loves to bug Red who would rather just lay on his pad.

Love the photos of Sage and look forward to hearing stories of him.

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Thank you for the interest.

He sleeps in a 48" Double Door MidWest i Crate located in our bedroom near my side of the bed. Purchased the wire kennel at our local Pets Mart but found this link with an excellent description; http://www.forhappydogs.com/c-13-double-door-icrate.aspx . In his Dog Run, an extension of our 6' tall backyard fence on the side of our house, XL Indigo Igloo-Style Dog House.

BTW, don't worry he is inside the house more than outside. His breeder used Royal Canine, which we continued for awhile until we switched to ProPlan Large Breed Puppy. However, a few months ago his paw pads were so dry they were cracked. We now feed him Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Adult. Not long afterwards the cracks were gone. NEVER human food! 

Yes, I'm a RN Captain in the Army Nurse Corps. In fact, while deployed to Iraq for 15 months [provided health care for over 22,000 detainees] I found the breeder's website where we eventually got Sage.      

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I must say we dobie owners do have them very spoiled, I have owned different types of pups ranging from Chinese Sharpeis to Pit Bulls, but it seems to me that once you are owned by a doberman you rarely ever go back.  You might choose another breed as a companion for your doberman, but either way you don't go back to not owning a doberman.  Kratos is my only son, he is such a baby and he knows it.  He sleeps in his crate all night downstairs, but as soon as it hits 7 in the morning he is ready to get up and go.  He loves to snuggle, give wet kisses, and lather us with love.  The term velcro dog is true to the breed through and through.  He is still my 3 and a 1/2 month old pup, and quite a pain sometimes because boy does he love to chew on ANYTHING he can get sink his teeth on.  Even so, I love him to death as I'm sure you all love your pups!

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hey dobieluvr, I can relate to the chewing. Take a close look at my profile pic. Notice Sage's right paw holding something. It is a knuckle bone. He loves chewing on those and will literally make them eventually disappear. Thankful Walgreens has them for $3. LOL, at the pet stores around here they are double the price. Also, we buy his beds at Costco for less than $30. Of, course the pet stores charge double.

BTW, HAPPY 4th of July!

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I think I might go to Walgreens a pick up a box! LOL  Right now Kratos is teething, so anything that is chewable he wants to bite it, I can't wait until his full set of teeth grow in because man he is chewing through bones as if they were nothing.

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this is so interesting to me.. Sofia never chews anything.. She can make a raw hide strip last a week. She will pick it up and wander around looking for a place to hide it.. sometimes she digs a hole and noses the dirt back over it, only to dig it back up a minute later and look for a more appropriate place. Sometimes she will bury it under her blanket.

We've tried Kongs, she just looks at them.. Tennis balls.. we will toss them and she just watches them drop. She never learned how to play and it's rare that she shows any attempt to fetch, chew, surf, tug..or any of the other things I read that your doberkids do.. She will chase seagulls for miles on the beach and go right into the ocean after them. Her prey instinct is strong. But other than that she is a mellow- momma and extraordinary gentle.

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Kratos loves to chew his toys, kongs, bones, and well pretty much anything he can sink his teeth on...I love my boy, but his doggy teeth need to grow in already because it seems like I can't keep up with his chewing.  Luckily though, we just found this stuffed piggy that is layered for just that purpose...teething puppies.  He loves, and what do you know he picked it out himself!  So far, he has not been able to chew it to shreds, he's so rough with it but it seems Mr. Oinkbomb (the stuffed pigs name) can take it just fine.  I think I am going to buy him the elephant one too.  Anyway, if you guys want one you can purchase it at your local Pet Smart.

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Welcome SoldierRN!

Sage is very stately and a handsome boy - I think it is so excellent how much we all love our dogs. There is no connection like it.

Ginger is a dobie mix. She is the child I never had.  She loves to chew, too, however she is long past teething stage.  Now we give her rawhide to keep her teeth clean. It really makes a huge difference. For ten years we had a german shepard mix who was a love also. Her teeth were pretty bad and we took her to the vet to have her teeth cleaned.  She had a reaction to the anesthesia (actually, I believe she died because they gave her too much) and passed away 48 hours later; it was beyond awful. Since then, I'll do anything not to have my dogs' teeth cleaned. Got to have rawhide, but it is so expensive - especially for bigger dogs. Personally, I don't think it needs to cost as much as it does - I mean, look at what it is. I would imagine the supply is endless (I'm figuring it comes from the meat industry [?]), so I think it's way overpriced.  Got to have it, though.

I commend you for your service to our country; we have so much to be grateful for here. I cannot imagine being a military nurse in Iraq - or anywhere. Thank God there are people like you.  My father was a WWII veteran. I think it was very hard for him and that he saw a lot; he never talked about it.

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gingersmommy, thank you for the kind words! 

BTW, most certainly appreciate your father's military service, too.  War is Hell, no way around it.  That was a time of clear & unequivocal victory with great American public support.  WW II so many lives were lost but today's delineation of the battlefield makes for such difficult objectives to be met.  The Vietnam War had it's own political challenges, which towards the end brought distance between the American public and the individual troop.  However, public support for our troops today, post-9/11 [boots on ground], no matter the political agenda, has not faltered & remains genuine and strong.  For this I can vouch, we are truly grateful.

Oh yea, Sage says thank you as well.

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Sage in a 48" crate, he must be a big boy. Red is in a 48" and I have trouble keeping a pad in there as he eats them. I keep telling him they are not nutritious, but he does not seem to car. Once day in Sams, I found 48" x 30" thick heavy carpet pads (not throw rugs) and he has so far left it alone. Princess has a 42" crate, but she is smaller and only weighs 70 pounds. But she has the same habit of eating her pads. They seem to last her a month, but she only gets a new one ever other month.

Rawhide bones last her all day, but they only last Red about 20 minutes before being completely gone. He is a real problem chewer. He used to destroy the black Kongs in about 6 weeks.

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Hi rgreen4 and SoldierRN,

Do you shut the door on the crates when you are out?  If so, are they okay with that?  Right now, we have our dogs confined to the kitchen.  Ginger has an ample crate and sleeps in it on her bed when we are away, however, we have never closed the door. She is five and a half and I don't want to start now. Whenever we get a new dobie, however, I need/want to train the new dog to be okay in the crate with the door shut. I'm sure it will be okay if I start the new dog young and am consistent.  I hope it will be okay in the crate, however, if Ginger has run of the kitchen (which isn't huge, but she is loose). So much to worry about!   :)

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Well, I have started mine from day one with the door closed when I am gone and at night. However, now that Red is mature and settled, many times I will leave the door open, or swing it closed but not latched. Many times in the evening when I am watching TV or on the computer, he will get up and go to bed without my intervention.

What ever works for you and Ginger I would not change. Dogs are not like children in that however you treat the older the younger wants also. You are alpha and the new member will have to defer to you and Ginger. So, you can leave Ginger's door open and the new addition's door closed. That should not be a problem.

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I crate both my dogs at night with the doors closed.  My dogs are fine with it, they like their crates.  Not a peep unless someone starts honking outside or something out of the ordinary happens.  My dogs love their crates and sometimes they go in there completly on their own without me telling them so.  When I do I just have to say "Go Crate" and in they go, laying down before I can even make it there to close them.

On the 4th of july they both did this when they started to hear fireworks, and they stayed in there with the doors open and went to sleep for a couple hours naptime.  I think that they feel safe in their crates.

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Snoopy has a good point on their feeling of safety. This is even more pronounced with a plastic crate rather than the wire crate (which both of mine have) as the top is solid and the sides almost so. Dogs as all canines are denning animals and the crate is a den substitute.

I once kept several Dobies in a pen out back and even though they had a doghouse each, they all liked to gather in a den they had dug under a storage building that was inside the pen (70' x 100') and after a major rainfall, I had to jack up one corner of the building to get the dogs out because the entrance was full of water up to the beam they had dug under.

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Hi SoldierRN I remember when you first introduced Sage as a puppy. He is looking gorgeous and very grown up these days :) Love the new shots. As for chewing....its just blankets these days...and i replace them when there are more holes than material.  Q loves his crate door is unlocked but he takes himself off to bed as soon as it starts to get dark. Sophie..my non dobie also loves hers but mainly as protection from Q when she wants time out from him. But she is also growing up and can bring Q down by knocking her head up into Q's groin when they are running. I'm hoping to stop this behavior asap as im scared that Q will end up breaking a leg or something.

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"Well, I have started mine from day one with the door closed when I am gone and at night. However, now that Red is mature and settled, many times I will leave the door open, or swing it closed but not latched. Many times in the evening when I am watching TV or on the computer, he will get up and go to bed without my intervention." -rgreen4

DITTO!!! LOL, those could have been my exact words. Although, Sage (20 months old) has not matured. He loves his wire crate, which we refer to as "kennel". When someone comes over the house that is not family, or not a regular visitor, I look at Sage and say "kennel", then he trots into our bedroom & into his wire crate. Then, I secure his kennel door. However, lately he seems really concerned with who is at our front door and he obeys my command with hesitation & begrugingly (sp?).

 

Almost forgot... Hello Q Tip!  

oh my gosh I wish mine trotted over to the bedroom and into the crate. I can get my 7mo old boy in it but he cries forever to get out. His Crate is surrounded by xpens that have been zip tied together. He is in this pen as we call it when I work or go somewhere. So it's not like he is a stranger to it or that it is abused. Right now with my middle daughter moving back home and my youngest out of school for the summer he hardly ever has to see it. He has toys and things to keep him occupied but is extremely loud, I'm sincerely hoping he doesn't take after his mother!