New Member - Laith!

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Hey everyone!

I am very happy to be joining the forum. I love my puppy more than I think I have loved anything and can not wait to have some guidance on the lessons learned in raising a Doberman puppy.

Laith was born in July of this year. Since living with us at the end of 8 weeks of age, he has "pee and poo" on the carpet, chased after leaves, refused to go pee in a thunderstorm, bled on his toys while teething, slept through 8 hour trips across the state, on his way to completing his first puppy class and on to the next one, passed more gas than any male I know, snored, picked out his own Kong toys, vet visits out of the wahoo, and having better eating habits than me! He takes up 96% of my time each day. He does not have his ears cropped and I am so happy with the decision. He is very laid back. Loves to play but is not "rowdy" with people or other dogs. Whew! He likes to use his mouth, which can cause a little confusion. He loves to play bite and has been taught "No Bite" and then followed by "Kisses" where he licks you to death instead. :)

I want to make sure I am training him the correct way to ensure his happiness. I know he will be a sweet giant in the years to come and only want the best times and clear communication -- which is crucial to develop now. So help me if you can! Please. :)

Allee

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Welcome to Forum ALLEE,....You are in the right place and good luck with pup!!

 

 

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Hey Laith and Allee.

You are so welcomed here. Your Laith sounds like a great pup and from the looks of him, yes, he will be a gentle giant.. ( what's with the big foot kids lately?)

What part of the country are you in? What are you feeding him? Looking forward to more photos and lots of stories

Kate and Sofia

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Welcome Allee and Laith!

Your boy is a beauty! @kate- I know lots of big handed fellas and gals on here!

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Welcome Laith and Allee,

I really like his name.Does it mean anything in particular?My Brody is the same age as Laith,born 7-10-10.I'm going through the same ups and downs as you right now.It's all worth it though.

He was playing with his little Westie sister Maggie this morning and lost his baby canine tooth.Well,Westies are small white dogs and he was bleeding all over her.I got nervous,thinking he accidentally bit her.When I couldn't find a mark, I checked his mouth to find a big hole in his gums.Best of luck with your boy and welcome again.

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Welcome!  Let us know what questions you have, best of luck!

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@Nupe & @KevinK: Thank you. I am looking forward to it!

@Lady Kate: I am in Georgia, near Fort Benning right now. What about you guys? He is finally on a stable food schedule. We tried Organix -- which he loved but it gives him horrible gas. So we switched back and forth from that, Blue Buffalo and BilJac. We finally settled on the Blue Buffalo Wilderness. He eats that 3x a day, usually dinner is mixed with raw/cooked meat. He eats carrots, apples, peanut butter and some other things every now and again. And his favorite treat is steak that I dehydrate! He is spoiled. And he is on a new vitamin supplement that our breeder recommended. We hope he is eating enough!

@Cisco: Thank you! I love watching him grow.

@Patriot: He looks so adorable! I love the pups at this age but he drives me up the wall at times! Laith means Lion in Arabic. It is my favorite name and perfect fit. When picking him, he was considered the "alpha" who loved to steal his brother/sisters food and never gave up on tug-of-war. Fell in love with his personality. But now I am paying for it!

Thanks for the welcomes everyone! Happy December. 

 

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I got the Alpha bully too and am paying for it also! But wouldnt trade him for anything!

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@Cisco9510: I wouldn't trade mine either! His personality is awesome.

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I'm a little late but Welcome and congrats on the new addition.