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We are still working on the down command to reduce jumping up on people and doors. Sasha has been enrolled in obedience school for a month and is doing great. This is my first dobie and I am so amazed at the intelligence. She makes my day so special. Does anyone know when a female Dobie usually has her first heat???

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Typically anywhere from 8 to 10 months of age. Princess was later with hers and was over 12 months old. She was born 11/19/08 and last year finished just before I left on our Christmas visit to Texas. She was about a week past her first birthday when she started spotting. From that point they will be about every 6 months.

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Freyja's first heat was at a tad over 8 months.  Of course it started right before she and I (my wife didn't join us until later) headed out for a long camping/radio trip.  A couple of months later she went through a false pregnancy, treating her toy tick like her puppy.  Since I got her to be my dog and not to breed I had her spayed not long afterwards.

Yes Dobies are amazing.  Freyja learns things faster than I can think of things to teach her.  But even with that great intellect I think the thing I find most amazing is their "velcroness".  I was out mowing the yard today and everytime I turned off the mower to take a break there was Freyja, right beside me.  Afterwards I went to take a shower and when I got out there was Freyja, on the bed waiting on me.  A friend I hadn't seen in about a year came to visit today and after she made him aware that he was at HER house, he and I went and set on the glider on the front porch to talk.  Here came Freyja, jumping right up on the glider between us, putting her head in my lap.  Yep, Dobies are truly amazing animals. 

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Hi joyinthemorn61, and welcome!  Ginger went to "school" and it was fun for all of us.  Dobie's are so smart.  Like Freyja's Dad says, I love that they are so affectionate to their owners.  I have never had a dog as affectionate as Ginger.  She wants nothing more than to be petted or to be next to me.  She is my snuggle bear. 

Are you going to get Sasha spayed?  She probably is old enough now.  They spayed Ginger at around 13 weeks.  It will settle her down a lot plus keep the animal population down.  There are so many inherent genetic defects in Dobermans that can be passed on if they are not bred correctly.  Thank goodness there are dedicated breeders out there who are trying to eradicate these defects as much as possible through corrective breeding practices.  We got Ginger from the city pound, and I'm sure she and her littermates were the result of someone's dog running loose that resulted in a brood of puppies.  I worry that she may have a congenital heart problem or some other health defect that I don't know about like so many improperly bred dobies have. I would be absolutely sick if I lost her before her time.

Good luck with your little girl!

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Sasha and I have completed puppy obedience class and look forward to the next class in about 2 months. She is finally sleeping in her kennel all night long. We are still working on the housebreaking. Still have wee wee accidents, but no poo accidents in the house. She is still doing a lot of nipping and biting of my hands. Any suggestions to stop this behavior.
Thanks to all who answered my spaying questions. We will probably schedule thos procedure during October. I am a firm believer in controllinhg tje pet population.

Thanks-Keli "joyinthe morning"

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When she nips you, hollar as if you have really been hurt. It will shock her. Then when she does it again, just give her a two finger pop on the nose (you cannot physically hurt her with only two fingers, and that's how mama did it) along with a no. She will get the idea that it is not permitted.

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I am so sad to post that yesterday my little Sasha was hit by some kind of vehicle. We live over 1/2 a mile from the road, she had Never left my little yard when she went out to potty. We started to looking for her and shortly found her, we immediately rushed her to our vets office. After x-raying her it was found that her back was broken in 2 places. She was paralyzed, they called specialist all over the state to see if we had any options, unfortunately there were no choices. I stayed with her when they administered the medicine to end her suffering. This has been one of the hardet thngs I ever haddd to do.l have lost my best friend and companion............................ I have cried so much  I can I can hardly see, so please excuse any misspellings.   I have made the decision that I intend to get another dobbie. She was the first large dog, the first slick hair dog I have ever had.

I know that there will never be a Sasha, just in the short time I have been blessed with her she touched my life as no other dog ever has.


If anyone knows of someone with puppies to sale please let me know.

Thanks to all.  Keli

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I am so sorry to hear of Sasha's passing.. Please accept my prayers to find a way to heal quickly from your loss of your beloved Dobie.. I can not imagine what you must be feeling but know we are all here for you and Sasha will be waiting over teh rainbow bridge for you when the time comes. .

The Rainbow Bridge
inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

 

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So very sorry for your loss. I only hope Sasha did not suffer very long. Such a wise and brave thing you did..Give yourself time to heal.

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I'm so very sorry to hear about Sasha. I can't imagine what I would do if the same thing happened to JJ. Did the jerk who hit her even stop to check on her? Again I'm sorry for your loss. Just think of Sasha running and jumping in doggy heaven.

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Oh how sad.

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Our thoughts & prayers are with you!  We're so sorry for your loss.

Marti, Brinks & Milady

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My Deepest Condolences. Only one who has had their beloved Dobie hit by a vehicle can truly understand the hurt and anger. In my case, Cindy was not killed, but spend three weeks at the vet's. Over time her injuries heald and I had another three years with her. The &$*@ that hit her did not even slow down afterward, and it happened right in front of me.

There is no need to ask for forgiveness of your tears, I would imagine everyone who posts here today does so through weepy eyes, I am.

Sasha will always be that perfect loving pup in your memory. Another reminder to us all, all we have guaranteed is this moment, not tomorrow or even this evening.

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Well said rgreen4.  My eyes started to water up when I read joyinthemorn61's first post about her beloved Sasha.  My condolences go out to her and her family.  I have a very big fenced in yard so Rocky can play out there worry free, but when I take him for a walk on his leash I am always wary.  I live in a semi-rural type of sub-division where there are no sidewalks, and very few street lights.  Even though traffic is light, I always try and walk against traffic, and I move as far off the road as I can when a car approaches.  I need to be smart and start wearing a reflective belt, and put a reflective collar on Rocky when we walk at night.  There are too many idiot drivers out there who drive 20 miles over the speed limit in residential areas.  Personally, I could never just leave an injured cat or dog on the side of the road if I hit it.  I would be overcome by guilt.  Unfortunately ethics are lacking in many people out there, and that is a problem.  The good thing is there are still great people out there who always try and do the right thing.  I'm a firm believer in what comes around goes around.  People may hide from others, but they can't hide from themselves, and they certainly can't hide from God.  

I am sure you will find another special puppy in time, and Sasha will always be your angel keeping watch from above.

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so sorry to hear this,  I can't even imagine how you must feel.  I amazes me that people can be so uncaring anymore.

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You and your family have my deepest sympathy. hugs

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Such a beauty. I'm very sorry that you lost your little one. I also lost my Sage to a driver. I was in the hospital at the time when I got out I thought it was a morphine dream I buried her a week after she died. I hope that you will soon find another pup to love. I know your loss is heartbreaking, but there will another one looking for you