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Rileysmama's picture
Joined: 2008-06-13

My name is Jess and Im going to pick up my first Doberman pup tomorrow. I have a 7 year old Siberian Husky female and have recently moved out to the rural country and being a stay at home mom, I'd like another dog in the house for a little more security and peace of mind. I've looked into several breeds and from what I've read a Dobie best suits us. I was referred to a breeder and tomorrow is the big day!

Im very aware of the pack structure and playing the alpha role. My Husky, Ayden, challenged me quite a few times in her youth. The pup is 9 weeks old and we are not agreed on a name yet! It's narrowed down to Jericho, Elliott (we are die hard Law&Order junkies), Beckett (Go Red Sox!), Shea.. maybe a few more. I dont want a wimpy sissy name but Im afraid with Jericho he'll turn into a "Jerry"! (no offense to any Jerry's out there)

I have a 2.5 year old daughter. My husky is very tolerant of her. I try to teach her to be gentle and respectful of Ayden but it's hard. We are at that "difficult" age! I forsee many "time outs" for my daughter when the puppy arrives. Maybe I will just separate the two of them until the pup feels at home. I don't know.

We also have chickens in an enclosed pen. Im interested to see if anything else with a Dobie has chickens and if so, how did you train them to ignore/resist any prey drive.

We plan to get his ears cropped in the "working" cut but we live out in the boonies and Im a little nervous about trusting a local vet to such an important task...

Anyway, I'll be back with pictures soon!
Wish me luck and patience (and lots of calm assertive energy!!)

AlphaAdmin's picture
Joined: 2010-01-18

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Hi Jess, welcome!

Calm Assertive Energy? It sounds like You're a Cesar fan too.

If you've raised a Husky you'll be better prepared for the evils of a Doberman puppy. It's very good you're approaching the child/dog interaction problems from the right direction - the child. One thing you don't have to worry about so much with the Doberman is the child doing anything to harm or upset him. If properly raised and cared for, a little kid will have a hard time making it fear - which is when problems occur.

The puppy will be really rough at first though, so you'll need to work with him and redirect his play biting with those needle teeth to some chew toys.

With regard to the chickens, with will be like cats or small dogs - you just need to redirect and correct prey behavior toward them. The puppy will see the chickens like he sees everything close to his size - a litter mate to wrestle with - so you need to keep and eye out for that. I don't imagine chickens like being dragged around by their tail any more than cats do.

I look forward to seeing your pictures!