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Hi All!

 

I am thrilled to have found this forum with such kind knowledgeable users!

 

My wife and I just picked up our first Dobe male this past Saturday, Zsasz is 10+ weeks old. His ears were cropped at the breeder at 7 weeks and we areof course learning how care for his ears by digesting more info everyday from all different sources.

 

I wanted to make a quick post to receive feedback on how we are raising Zsasz while it is still early so that we can adjust fire on any changes that need to be made.

 

Quick Notes:

 

- Currently feeding him 3-4 times a day: Diamond Naturals Large Puppy Dog Food adding broiled chicken and white rice to the hard food for dinner chow

- We did our first posting on our own yesterday using the tampon method which seemed to work fine (guidence on how long we should leave the ears unwrapped in between posting would be appreciated!) We are planning on re-wrapping every 3-5 days or if they get wet or dirty

- We have an office room which is really just our puppy room now with crate, toys, and training pad in case we can't rush him outside fast enough

- We have an additional crate in our bedroom so that we can transition him upstairs easily for bed time

- We have two male cats

 

The past 2+ days with him have been fantastic to say the least! He is already climbling stairs (not going down them) and we feel that he already is beginning to know his own name. His stools have been very wet, which I was told will typically happen the first few days you bring them home based on water change?

 

Thanks in advance for welcoming Zsasz, my wife, and myself into the Dobie Community! Any advice, questions, or simple reminders are ABSOLUTELY welcomed and APPRECIATED! Thanks again!

Looks like you got a Kimbertal boy - if you are local, they will usually help with ear posting. I generally change posts about every 5 days unless the posts get wet. The crop that kimbertal uses usually stands fairly fast - it has a wider bell at the bottom and is a medium crop. 

I live in the Collegeville PA area - so if you are local and have questions, let me know.

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Thank you Fitzmar! I will definitely take you up on that as we want to ensure the healthiest happiest life for Zsasz. Right now we are socializing him in our neighborhood in Sellersville with other dogs and humans to help ensure there will be minimal problems in the future.

Quick question for you if you don't mind: his ears still seem to be healing on the edges of the bell part of the ear; do you recommend any healing ointments or anything like that? What about calcium? I had read that some people add a calcium supplement to their Dobe's diet while posting until the ears stand on their own. 

Thanks so much!

Don't give extra calcium as it can cause bone growth disorders. The healing areas on the edge of the ear should not be covered so that they are exposed to the air till they totally heal. As long as those spots don't seem to be infected, just keep them clean. If they seem to be oozing at all, then just a tiny bit of neosporin is fine. 

Since Kimbertal Dobes tend to be oversized, be careful what you feed to try to avoid bone growth issues like Pano. A quality all life stages kibble is better for him than most puppy foods - you want to keep the protein percentage at 24-26%. There is a local dog food company that makes truly excellent kibble - Annamaet. I feed one of their grain free formulas - which has too much protein for puppies, but they have a nice mix that is corn and wheat free that would be good. 

 

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Welcome to the Forum... How we all look forward to watching this lovely boy grow up

Katie, Sofia and Bella

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Hi Fitzmar,

Thanks again for the info! I had a training question:

My wife and I want some training for Zsasz with the future goal of having him earn the CGC cert. Zsasz is of course very young, but we really want the start now with personal 1 on 1 training. 

Do you have any recommended trainers? Thanks!

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Thank you Katie! My wife and I are so excited. We've had Zsasz for a little over 3 weeks now and everything has been great!

 

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Hey Everyone!

 

Just wanted to leave a quick update on Zsasz.

 

He is now just shy of 5 months and weighing in around 42 pounds (as of last week). We just switched our kibble from a Diamond Natural large puppy formula to the Annamaet Encore Formula, but are still giving him his kibble, rice, cottage cheese, and broiled chicken mix dinner meal once a day.

 

My wife and I have him pretty well potty-trained (it's been about 3 weeks without any accidents in our home), he loves playing fetch, and is fairly disciplined to where he will only take/eat a treat or dinner with verbal permission from us. He's still jumpy when it comes to other people, which seems to be the largest behavior we need to break.

 

Unfortunately, Zsasz is still diagnosed with cryptorchidism as his testicles have not dropped down to the scrotal area. We are not going to start worrying until closer to 1 year, which seems to sometimes be the case for when Doberman's have their "drop".

All in all, we are so so happy to have Z in our life... we are both completely in love. Zsasz continues to impress me with his smart and caring personality and attributes.

 

Here are a few updated pics:

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He's beautiful. ...   hopefully all will go well. ..    :)