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Hi everyone,

 

I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Katie and I've been lurking on the forums probably over a year now reading all of your posts and wanted to thank you all for the information that you have given; it's really helped me to find a well bred pup and given me the confidence I need to raise her :) I would love to buy you all a drink or some cookies but can't so I've brought the next best thing I hope- puppy pics!

 

This is Leica (like-a). She's an 8 week old pedigree KC registered dobie girl. We picked her up on Monday and are already in love! She's so clever, already recognises her name and knows that her crate is her safe haven. We've had no poops in the house, a couple of wees on her first day but she knows to go in the garden. I'm from Liverpool UK so she will not have her ears cropped as it's illegal here. She is my first puppy as my family have always rescued animals (from dogs/cats to lizards and ponies!) so it is somewhat of a learning curve.

 

6 weeks old at the breeders (credit: Dobehaven/ Jane Ryman):

 

 

 

 

8 weeks old in the garden, 2nd day home

Chewing on her natural Anco root chew

One question I have, I am asking her to sit before giving her her food and she does this beautifuly now when she sees me with her bowl without me asking, but as I am placing it down she tries to jump at/in it! I'm not sure if this comes from being 1 of 11 pups who were fed together and having to compete a bit for food but I would like to teach her to wait until I say to eat. Does anyone have any tips for this?

 

Thanks in advance :)

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Oh my gosh, she is absolutely adorable!!  Welcome to the forum!

Good for you on doing your homework, and then posting photos for all of us puppy lovers to see.

She's really young to control that "OOOH!  Let's EAT!" impulse, and I'm sure 10 others to compete with had an effect. Could you maybe work with the "sit" at other times as well, working up to a longer sit before she gets a treat?  Just a thought.... I think it's just going to take time and patience because she's such a wee one.

In the meantime, gee, those photos just weren't enough. LOL! 

More, please. 

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Welcome to the forum. We dont crop here in Oz either.

I've never found a dog that doesn't get 'chow time'. Just persevere with sit-stays. Dobes will pick this up superfast. Put her in a sit stay and dont drop her food bowl until she is in the sit position. Drop the bowl gradually, and if she breaks the sit stay, pick it up again. Wait until she is sitting and waiting, then put her food bowl down and work gradually on staying before you release her to eat. Trust me, she isnt going to starve herself.

If you can get her to wait until she makes eye contact with you before releasing her, this is doggy training nirvana, I would work toward this, over time, before feeding.

Ideally, the food will be in the bowl on the floor, with her waiting for you to give her the OK before she can chow down.

Thanks for the pics, she's a real stunner :) At this age its the giant head on four massive paws with the body playing catch up..I love it..

I'm wondering if my bartender (maybe I should get one) has a paypal account lol...

 

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Hello Katie (GREAT NAME!) and Leica ( Like-a).

What an adorable little girl. And oh my what a stunning dober-girl she will grow up to be. Love her conformation and solid little body.. and no poos in the house.??? Good for Leica.. or maybe we should say Good For Katie.. ( I oft times thought it was US who got house trained)

So happy to know you've been with us for the last year. You're way ahead of the game and of course you know that we're all here for you.

Can't wait to see the next installment of photos.. she will have changed so much and we all get to watch her grow

Cheers from Mexico!!

The other Kate

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Thanks for the lovely comments :) we have been 4 nights at home now and gotten to the point where she is sleeping through the night apart from me setting an alarm for about 4am for her to go pee! She sleeps in a crate with the door open in our kitchen. Still no poops in the house- I can't take much credit for this I think the breeder did really well with praising the pups when they went toilet in the garden and saying "get busy" to them. Now when we're in the garden if I say "get busy" she fairly quickly pees and of course lots of praise! Just one pee accident yesterday when I wasn't on the ball.

 

I'm glad you enjoy the pics I'm sure my Facebook friends are sick of me posting them already so here are a few from yesterday: 

snoozing in the morning 

Leica loves monkey

sleep licking (hilarious)

crazy eyes

she sure does like to sleep  :)

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Oh Wow!! These are wonderful.. love the one with her eyes popping open as if to say:

Ready...... set..... GO!!

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Thank YOU

 She is such a looker

 Beautiful markings

Looks like she has doubled already!

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She's a doll!  Gotta love a Dobie. :-)

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My rottie Ben was trained to do the bowl sit/stay thing before I adopted him he was 7 years old so I don't know if the foster had to teach him ALL those commands or if he knew some before her, the key here is the stay - stay is kinda hard as it's a natural thing for the dog to want to come and be with you so it's a hard concept, but once you get the stay to connect to doggie brain then it will be a breeze.....
sit is fairly easy but put food and the stay command together and it's such a hard temptation to resist for a dog.....keep working on it,

I know my current rescue rottie is 9 years old and was a bit spoiled apparently so we are having issues with minding.....he is learning the sit for the food pretty fast but the stay is really hard, he DOES know stay, but combining it with food is really hard to keep his attention, he is doing better, but one other thing we noticed with this rottie is that if he has to wait for the food he tends to be more protective over it, whereas Ben was just a bowl guarder, this new guy is good with the bowl and we have about decided it's detrimental to him to force him to wait since that makes him run to the bowl and play "keep away" with it. If he is allowed to stay close and just eat at will he seems to ignore the other animals and pays us no attention.....I think I will accept that he is ok without sitting and staying for food.

We are having major issues with the door though, when he wants in he wants in, just a few inches of the door open and he is knocking or pushing me out of the way, doing the head bullying thing and shoving me out of the way then the butt moves in, right now I am observing his body movements to assess my safety and how to work with him then he will get a rude awakening hahahaah.....so we are going to work on that when I can figure out a safe way to do that on crutches.....

Just be patient and if you feel you need to have your dog wait for the food, practice with treats away from dinner time and stay up close and then move further and further back it might help

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What a beautiful puppy. As for the house breaking , you are well on your way . I have had many , many dogs over my life time and the breed that sticks out ( I'm not bring partial , just honest ) is the Doberman for ease of training. Axel just turned two and I can count on one hand how many times he had accidents in the house. Pretty much the same for my other dobe, Diesel. They just are so smart and are so eager to please. They love us so much and it shows . Keep posting pics. We never tire of hearing or seeing pics. Welcome.

 

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Thanks everyone, love her to bits!

We have now mastered her waiting patiently before I say to eat, although she does drool on the floor while waiting!


She started sleeping through the night of her own accord recently- one night it was raining and she refused to go- kept running back under the house, and the next night she was too lazy to get up so the following nights we have left her and shes been fab.

Last night we had a little mis-hap I woke up this morning to a puppy cow-pat on the floor and later found that she had also wet her bed, I'm hoping this is just because she wasnt feeling well as usually if she did have an accident in the night before I got up it was by the doors not in her bed. Not sure what has caused it, I raw feed her and we have slowly been introducing new meats, she had cod for the first time yesterday so perhaps that one doesnt agree with her? She also like to chew plants in the garden and spent a lot of time there this weekend, there arent any that are deadly to pups but a few that may not agree with her so perhaps it was that :( Hoping she feels better soon!

Here she is enjoying a meaty lamb bone on Sat:

 

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Pretty Pup!  Enjoy this (little puppy) stage...it goes by REALLY fast.  lol

Hi , yes enjoy her !!! Very pretty girl . Where did she come from ? Her breeder or blood lines ? Ime in Scotland . Beautiful little pup , won't stay that size for long ! Love Paola & Mina x

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Hi Paola and Mina,

her dam is Branchhouse Spanish Lace, it was her and the breeders first dobermann litter, her kennel name is 'Dobehaven Pure Devotion', the sire is Aritaur Philosophy who are  v. experienced breeders and gave lots of help and advice to my breeder.

 

Here's Dad: http://www.aritaur.co.uk/Jagger_page.html

 

Mina is beautiful :)

Hi sorry I never saw your post before . Yes I know of Aritaur , in fact Mina's breeder bred one of her dogs with them . How are things ? Is she a good puppy ? Lots of energy or more laid back ? Beautiful little angel . Mina is plugged into the mains !! Very lively girl , typical euro working Dobe. ! Ile try post more pics on lap top . Love Paola .

Jagger the dad is beautiful. ! Xx

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Ah thanks Paola, she is fab! She doesn't sleep as much now at 12 weeks as she was sleeping as a pup and can spend hours playing. She's good in the sense that she hasnt chewed anything in the house other than her toys (and us!) but she's quite high maintenance, if I'm not giving her attention she will bark at me or try to remove whatever is taking my attention away from her (usually mobile phone or a book!). She's very clever though she has learnt sit, down and the names of 3 of her toys.

 

My friend came to stay last weekend and took some pretty pictures with her proper camera rather than me using my phone camera but she didn't sit still much and it was (typical north UK) raining outside so we didn't have much light. Here's one of my favourites:

 

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Sigh....she's just gorgeous!!!

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what a sweet little face!!! she is gonna be a looker when she grows up!!!