The Story of Tat (pics to come soon)

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Bits & pieces of my Dobie dudette's story has come out in my forum posts, but not everyone knows her full story, so I thought I'd share it with y'all. It'll also tell why I had to give Tat up.

There was an ad in the paper for a fourteen-week old purebred Doberman pup. Me & my parents went to visit the little pup & get to know her. Tat's (then named "Roxie") owner was young-ish woman who worked most of the day. Her older daughter & son (?) lived with her. The owners lived in a small home right off a busy highway. There was no fenced yard, so Tat was tied out with some food, water, & one of those Igloo dog houses. Tat was super super hyper from being tied up & not getting to run, so all I thought she'd need was a lot of good exercise & some training to help her calm down. After Thanksgiving, the adoption fee was paid & Tat came home. Her name Tat comes from Tatiana, which is a Russian name (I just happened to like the sound of it).

Tat started out her walks on a no-pull harness. We had mixed results with it, & Tat could never graduate to a regular leash & flat collar (not until I mastered the walk with her^^). The major mistake I made was that Tat did not get enough of the intense exercise needed to drain a lot of her pent-up energy, so that hyperactiveness didn't go away. That was a big contributor to her issues.

A second component to her issues was a lack of consistency. My mom doesn't want dogs on the furniture, so in the beginning, Tat stayed off the couches. That rule changed, & Tat was suddenly allowed on one couch. Me & my mom believe in the power of physical touch & how it relates to a dog's emotional state & behavior. Basically, I paid no attention to Tat when she was amped up & excited so her behavior would not be reinforced. My dad, however, did not believe in the power of affection, & he unintentionally ended up reinforcing Tat's excitability.

I recall a time when I was re-reading a chapter in one of Cesar's books. He was talking about defining & creating calm-assertive energy, & something in that chapter just clicked for me. I tried this out on Tat, with excellent results. For the first time since I brought her home, Tat went off her harness & walked beside me, no fancy tools or harsh corrections needed. She just automatically fell in right next to me. After mastering the walk, Tat's hyperactivity began to diminish a little. We no longer had issues with her zoomies in the yard when she'd get too excited.

Tat's whole demeanor changed after that day. She seemed a little bit calmer, more relaxed. But even then, her biggest issue remained, & that was her berserko evil twin that came out when the sun went down. At night, something in Tat would change. Her drowsiness from her evening walk had worn off (considering her evening walk was like fifteen minutes), & something would trigger Tat's bad behavior. It was usually a correction. After that, Tat went into berserko mode & zoomed around the house in psychotic circles. She'd run up to you, nip you, then tear off again. It drove everyone crazy. 

I bought a prong collar, hoping maybe, as dog trainer Ed Frawley would put it, "take out her fight & drive", & calm her down (& help with her jumping up issues). The cheap thing broke (not during Tat's berserko mode, but for strange & unknown reasons.), so that went down the drain.

I know what caused Tat's berserko mode, & I could've fixed it if I wanted. But at the time, I didn't have the time nor the right information to deal with her issues. Tat was given to a close acquaintance with a Doberman & a good deal of experience with the breed. She now lives on ten arches where she can run her fool heart out & no one will care. I want one of her puppies if her owner decides to breed her, now that I am more knowledgeable on the breed & the general handling of dogs. I want to name it either Starr or Tiberius:)

Pictures of Tat to come if I ever get the chance to upload them to the site.

So, that's Tat's story in a nutshell. Despite her issues, she was one of the best dogs I've ever had. Her loyalty & love were unsurpassed.

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from PBT: ...I know what caused Tat's berserko mode, & I could've fixed it if I wanted. But at the time, I didn't have the time nor the right information to deal with her issues.

Well, you got my curiosity up now.  What were her issues?

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Besides her berserko mode that came out when she got too excited, Tat had separation anxiety & destroyed things when we where gone from the house (that's what happened to her crate, she tore the mesh door off). She also liked getting into things. It was my fault mostly, it was too tempting for her not to chew on my mom's shoes when they're right there in front of her (we put the shoes in the downstairs bathroom so she couldn't get them). She also had this bad habit of disobeying the release command right when we nneded it. She had a fondness for one of my hats (probably 'cause it smelled like me), & she'd come trumping down the stairs with it on her mouth. When I'd tell her to release it, she'd take off running around the house. 

Oh my, I was never bored with that dog in the house!

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So now that you are bored, what do you do?

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Why are you not posting pictures of you Dobermans? You talk a good game, but anyone can read from Google then cut and paste.. so far, all we've heard is regurgitation...

post a picture or two,.  give us some validation other than your constant reintegration of what's been posted so many times prior to yours..  All we think of is ""TROLL" and it hurts your reliability .. . come on. we're trying here..

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Cross Posted from another thread.. you're killin us here PBT!!

 

 

PBT.. You've been providing us all with BOUNDLESS information and extremely provocative advice.. One thing we request.. 

just to make you a slightly more  credible...

is a few pictures..
Im not saying we think you might be,,,, oh.. .. how you say in your country...???

 

 a TROLL.

but you are following the best description of one..

1.)  Endless chatter about mostly... nothing,

2.)  Advice we've all read about for several years..

3.)  Natter on (and on )that has been regurgitated from something you( and we ) have Googled.. ( that's Jess's word, not mine, but sure does fit the bill)

Do give us something original and something valid where we can take your posts in earnest. until then We bid you a fond adieu..  

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One thing strikes me as odd.You clearly spend quite a bit of time with all your stories and 'Experienced' advice.Yet, you can't get around to posting a single picture. 

                  "Pictures of Tat to come if I ever get the chance to upload them to the site."

It is so incredibly quick and easy to post a single picture.Not to mention,we have 'technology challenged' members doing it all the time.

One thing is clear to us all.You are a young kid/teenager who must be craving some attention.Maybe you've always wanted a Doberman,or you even briefly had one.If you want to be welcome here just start being honest with yourself, and all of us.I guarrantee you will be received in a much more positive manner.If this is a game to you then it's time to look elsewhere for attention.

 
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After the "training website" you essentially stole and passed off as your own, I have a hard time believing any more stories.