New Dobie Pup Help

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Hello I am new to the site. I signed up due to this little 8 month old Doberman that I have fostered.  I already have a 5 year old male doberman named Bane(the gentle giant) he is very sweet to people and is great to be around. I also have a lil mixed dog Chole that is about 8yrs old. All the dogs are fixed including the puppy.
I used to be a volunteer dog handler at my local rescue squad so I love working dogs, but little Roxxy i am concerned about.  My vet called me and told me that a man brought two doderman puppies to the vet and if they did not find homes for them they would be put down. We found a home for the male, but Roxxy came home with me. She is crate trained very well so that is a plus. I have had her since tuesday of last week, and has bonded with me very well. The problem is she does not want to have much to do with the rest of my family two kids and wife she retreats back to her crate anytime one of them come around. And when i tried to introduce her to the other dogs, she was very aggressive toward them and i was more worried about bane bein the aggresive one and he didnt seem to care one bit. I am just wondering if it is still early in her adjustment as far as bonding with the family because of the trama of the vet going to new house ect... or is starting to show some behaviors that she might have gotten earlier in life, like lack of socialization. Sorry this is long but you need the details to help right. Thanks alot

How long have you had Roxie? What have you tried so far?

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Lets see i have had her since tuesday night so just about 4 days. I have just tried to get her to settle in. She was in the kennels at the vet for three or four days before I got her. I have tried to get her to meet my dogs and tried walking her on lead around the subdivision, both were bad with her ruffing up and showing aggression. I took my kids out last night and my wife was here with her alone. She said that when they were inside she stayed in her crate nothing to do with her but when she let her outside Roxxy would play and run around with her so I thought that was a good sign. I just thought by now she would warm up to my kids and wife, 11 yr old boy 6 yr old girl doesnt show any aggression toward them just cows down and runs to her crate, and was doing some submissive urination but stopped that for the most part? Thanks

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Oh and I just found out today from the vet that the reason the man had to get rid of the two dogs were because his new live in girlfriend didnt like them. I guess she had to dogs that beat up on roxxy and she said that they had to go? According to the vet, The girlfriend has two kids, but dont know any real details? thought I would let you know what i am finding out.

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Sounds like she was traumatized by her prior situation. You seem to be handling it well. Let her come around to recognizing the benefit of the new situation.

One thing you wife may try when she is one on one with the new pup, is to bribe her. If you have some human snacks that the dogs like, Honey Nut Cheerios work well, when the pup is off away from your wife, have her drop a few in front of her and then go sit down. Toss a few more toward her, with each toss a little closer in, drawing the pup in like reeling in a fish. If you will will use patience, she will eventually have the pup eating out of her hand.

I have found dogs will sell their honor and dignity for a sweet tasty snack.

bhunt wrote:

Lets see i have had her since tuesday night so just about 4 days. I have just tried to get her to settle in. She was in the kennels at the vet for three or four days before I got her. I have tried to get her to meet my dogs and tried walking her on lead around the subdivision, both were bad with her ruffing up and showing aggression. I took my kids out last night and my wife was here with her alone. She said that when they were inside she stayed in her crate nothing to do with her but when she let her outside Roxxy would play and run around with her so I thought that was a good sign. I just thought by now she would warm up to my kids and wife, 11 yr old boy 6 yr old girl doesnt show any aggression toward them just cows down and runs to her crate, and was doing some submissive urination but stopped that for the most part? Thanks

She is an older puppy and it may take quite awhile for her to adjust. She has missed out on great learning periods during this time frame, in essence you will be starting all over from scratch. At the same time you are correcting someone else's mistakes with her so have LOTS of PATIENCE. We have taken in dogs that took weeks just to settle in. It sounds as if she didn't come from a very good situation and was probably never properly socialized. To start with I wouldn't take her on walks around the neighborhood yet. She needs to feel comfortable with your family first. Anytime the hackles go up it means they are fearful and are trying to make themselves appear larger. If you have a training center around you I would take her to classes. Does she like toys or treats? Whichever of the 2 she likes I would start using them. This may take some time, don't give up.

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Reading this over again, it does not sound like she got very much TLC in her previous situation. Situation is a good term Rnd, as she obviously never got very much love and affection, otherwise, she would be going toward people to get the pets and affection.

Bhunt - be patient, give her lots of love and affection. When she becomes comfortable in your home, and gets lots of TLC from the family, you will have a very loving companion. She is in effect a rescued dog, and rescues always remember what it was like before. Some people say dogs don't have a long memory, but they do, and they are very appreciative of a good home. There are several members on this forum with rescued Dobies, and they all have the reaction of being very appreciative.