Re: Introducing Rocky Reign

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Hi everyone,

I'm new here to this website.  Kudos to the webmaster, and the person or people who wrote all the great information about Dobies.  It seems like a great site, where people can come to learn, and share information about their special dogs. 

I am a new Doberman owner of an 8.5 week pup, and am having a great time with him.  He is awesome, but definitely high maintenance.  When he is awake, he ALWAYS has to be doing something, and it usually involves chewing ;).  I found out he loves to munch on grass, and just about anything he finds on the ground like sticks, tree seeds, rocks, etc.  I am worried he could choke, so I try not and let him pick up rocks.  My wife and I spend a lot of our spare time with him playing with, and training.  He demands love, and attention; and deserves it.  In a few more weeks, off to obedience school he goes :).  I love my Rocky Reign!  Have a great one, and keep up the good work!

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:) Hi laserstrike.
I agree the site is awesome.
I think dogs learn the word No pretty quickly and its always good to replace the stone/stick with one of your pups own chew toys. I can always take anything out of Q's mouth and have done from day 1 along with the word RELEASE!
Q had a thing for dead birds (we often have them on our west coast beaches) or so I thought but he was really doing it to get a reaction from me. Wanting me to chase him...
Someone suggested leaving him be which i did do and after getting no reaction (this took a little while) he no longer picks the poor things up. :)
Rocky will love obedience classes I think it really teaches restraint.... we are not alllowed to socialise whilst there. Apart from a quick walk around before hand.
I do think its important to have puppy playmates :) once your pup has had all his shots. Q is a very socialable young male and gentle even with smaller breeds.
Look forward to seeing a picture. :)

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Welcome Laserstrike - yes they are so precious at that age. I almost wish we could keep them like that forever, but the adults in their own way are as wonderful, it's just a lot more difficult to pick them up and cuddle them. (A LOT MORE).

They by far do the best in the house with their people. You will see the term on here of Velcro Dogs, and when you sit in the evening and your feet are covered by the full grown Dobe, you will understand. They always seem to crave contact. Each one is different and each one is wonderful. My avatar is of my first - a black female I got at the age of 4 months old in 1982 and lost to cancer in 1989. I have never been without at least one since.

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Welcome, Laserstrike!  First of all, congratulations on becoming a Dobe owner!  I'm not far behind you, but can honestly say to this point I have no regrets.  Our goal is just a family guardian, and maybe a few of the simpler Schutzhund disciplines as time permits.

I have to agree with your assessment of this website.  There is a wealth of info about the breed.

Everything you've described about your little Rocky Reign sounds 100% normal - chewing, energetic, attention-loving.  You haven't told us about your goals for your pup.  Why did you pick this breed, and what do you want to do with him?  Anyways, there will be some rough edges with Rocky (esp. for the near-term!) but these dogs are extremely smart, and quite possibly the most devoted breed, at least to its alpha, in existence.  Do keep us posted!    :D

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Hi everyone,

thanks for the replies.  I want to post pictures of him, but the limit is 128kb per attachment, and most my pictures are 133kb.  I need to compress them a bit.  I'll figure it out somehow.  As for why I got a Doberman... well, there are a few reasons.  First I wanted a dog that was loyal, smart, brave, and good looking.  I have all of that with my Doberman puppy.  I am not going to use him as a guard dog, even though it is a good benefit of having a Dobie.  Even now as a puppy, he instantly warns of anyone coming within 50 yards of my house ;).  I doubt if the best Sioux Indian tracker could sneak up on him ;).   I'm glad my senses are not that accute, I would be too paranoid, lol!!.  I just want him as a companion dog for my wife and I.  BTW, I now know why you call Dobies velcro dogs.  My wife calls him a Daddy's boy, because he is always looking for me.  Even if I just go to the store he whines, and keeps looking out to the driveway.  He also follows my wife and I everywhere around the yard, and house.  It's all good though.  I believe I am up to the challenge, and fun of raising a Doberman.     

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The 128K must be an upload limit at your end (which is quite small) as the limit for both photobucket and this site is much larger.

However, if you will open the photo in Windows Paint (All Programs -> Accessories -> Paint) you can then use the resize/skew option (stretch/skew in XP) under the image heading at the top to reduce your photo by a percentage. (Be sure to save the reduced photo with a slightly different name to avoid messing up the original. I actually save with new name before altering).

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He'll be your shadow and protector all right.  He sounds just like mine - and probably rgreen4's as well.

You'll also get a lot of compliments on him, as everyone knows and respects the breed.

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Oh, and looking for those pics soon :)  Again, welcome.

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I must be technically challenged, but this is the only site I have had problems with uploading pictures to.  Facebook, Snapfish, and sites like that have never been a problem.  I have a Mac, so paintbrush is not an option.  Below is the text I see when I go to upload a picture, and the text I see when I go to actually upload a file.  It is not my computer or isp, it is this site.  How do you all upload pictures here?  Thanks for any assistance!  :) 

Attach: (choose file) (more attachments)
Maximum attachment size allowed: 128 KB, per post: 4

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Your file is too large. The maximum attachment size allowed is 128 KB.

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Well, you host them on another site (photobucket, etc.) and then use the url keyword.  The nomenclature looks like this:

where between [img] tags you would insert your URL address.

I'm not aware of any attach option, and would actually be curious as to what you are doing (what button you are clicking in the post).  Such a capability would mean gentledobermans.com would need  web space dedicated for user photos.

Let me know if this makes any sense.

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Thanks OmegaWolf!  I will definitely try that.  What I am talking about is when you reply there is an option called "Additional Options" right under the window where we write our text on the left hand side.  When you click the plus sign next to "Additional Options" it allows you to choose a file to upload.  It only has a 128 KB max so it is obviously useless for pictures.  I wasn't sure how other members upload, but now I at least have a clue.  Thanks for the info., and have a great one!

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Photobucket has an "edit photo" option where you can resize it.

But, I use irfanview for all of my photos. It allows a user to resize, crop, rotate, etc. very easily.  I have a PC so I'm not sure if it works with Mac, but it's worth a shot.  Just resize it to 600 x 800 resolution and that should shrink it enough to post here.

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I hear you XandersMom, thanks!  I will definitely try that if I am still having a hard time.  Have a great Sunday!

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Ok, let's try this.  Rocky at 8 weeks.

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Another one.

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Okay. The links work but they don't bring the image into the post.

Go onto Photobucket and mouse over the image you want to post. It will open a box underneath that has a listing of different type of links.

Clicking on the last (IMG) link it should give you the word "copied" in a yellow box. At that point change back to the Gentle Doberman website where you have the posting box open. Put the cursor where you want the picture and click post. Then click on preview below the text entry box to check the post.

I always post the first picture on a new line, and if you insert a space after the first link and post a second link the two photos will be side by side (better for smaller pictures). If you click enter after the first photo and enter the second link on the next line, then the second photo will be below the first.

Nice looking pup by the way. I know you are enjoying him, and he looks like he is enjoying his plushies. Princess is into squeaky toys.

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I scrolled through and looked at your photos.  He is absolutely adorable!  Your Rocky and my Xander are just about the same age.  How long ago did he have his ears cropped?  Xander is on day 3 and has really been testing us with his nippiness.  Did you notice any behavior changes in Rocky when he had his ears done?

We've been working with Xander on some basic commands and so far he has "Sit" and "Come" down pat... but, he's struggling with "No Bite" especially when it comes to the sofa or the children.  I'm trying to teach him "Shake" but that's slow in coming.  Did you crate train Rocky?  How is his potty training coming?

I hope you don't mind all my questions, but since we are in the same stage of puppy rearing I'd love to hear about your experiences.  This is my first experience with a puppy, but not with a doberman.  They are the most incredible dogs and I can't wait for Xander to outgrow some of his puppy behaviors (although, his sweet little face is hard to resist sometimes).

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Thanks for the tips.  Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks! :)

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Let me try one more.  This is The day we brought him home from his ear cropping.  We had it done last Thursday, so it has been over 4 days now.

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Thanks again rgreen4!  I think I have the hang of it now :)

XandersMom, thanks for the compliments also.  Yeah, Rocky is a cute little guy, except he's not so little anymore.  He was born 24 May, so he just went over the 10 week point.  He really isn't any more nippy now that we have had his ears cropped (thank God!).  It has been over 4 days now.  I think he is learning a little better that no is not good, and it is better to hear "good boy" when he chews on his toys instead of our hands, and feet.  Of course he still bites, but not quite as bad as a few weeks ago.  I have trained him to sit when I snap my fingers, and he knows what come here means basically since we got him.  I need to work on the stay, and wait commands though.  He is just a baby though, so I just need to be consistent and have patience.  Sometimes with a stubborn Dobie pup it is easier said then done.  He really is a good boy, with a great personality. He has his moments though when he gets way too hyper, but that is too be expected.

As for crate training, it is going pretty good.  He will never mess in his kennel.  He takes a nap usually every 2-4 hours tops, so when he wakes up I rush him outside, and he goes pee on the grass.  He has never pooped anywhere but on the grass, so that is good.  Sometimes when I let him in too early, he will pee on the kitchen floor.  The house has AC and the floor is cold, so I wonder if that has anything to do with it.  He rarely pees on the carpet anymore.

I feel bad for him having to wear that lampshade on his head.  It really cramps his style.  He always bumps into things, when he is in a hurry because he can't see off to the side.  He would certainly tear the stitches out of his ears if he didn't have it, so oh well, it has to stay for a week or so longer.  Both he, my wife and I can't wait until he can get that thing off.  I hope his ears stand easily, he has a medium crop.  I can see him already make his ears stand up taller when he is trying to hear something.  That is probably good.  We will see how hard they are to stand.  Well,  I'll talk to you later.  I will be interested in hearing how your pup Xander is doing too.  He's a good looking boy.  Take care.
   

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Interesting the different takes vets have on supporting the ears immediately after cropping. I notice Rocky has some thin braces under the tape. They should stand fine as they were cropped just about on the normal schedule. (10-12 Weeks).

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Xander had his done last Thursday too.  He isn't wearing a dish and we have to constantly tell him "No Scratch!"  The dish pushes on the cup that is glued to his head, so it isn't a good thing at this point.  He's figured out if he rubs just right on the grass the cup will move.  We can't let him out in the yard unsupervised or he'll have his cup off before we can blink.

I've also noticed that his ears perk up straighter now.  I'm hoping he's making them nice and strong so they'll stand quickly and easily.  We also went with a medium crop.

We weighed Xander at the vet today and he's just shy of 20 lbs.  He'll be 10 weeks tomorrow (born May 27).  He's strong too... not sure who takes whom out for a walk.  Can't wait to get him into some obedience classes.

It will be fun to see Xander's milestones as they compare to Rocky's and Lou (Blue Dobie's dobie) since they are all the same approximate age.  They won't be puppies for long, will they?  ::)

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Hi Angie,

yeah, I don't like seeing Rocky with the lampshade on his head, but at least it protects him from tearing his stitches out when he scratches.  He gets his stitches out Monday, but am not sure if the lampshade comes off too.  The vet is giving us two free tapings, so we need to pay attention to learn how he does it.  It is $28 bucks a pop to re-tape them after that.

Rocky is getting very tall too.  He likes to stand on his two back feet now and reach things up on the table.  He is funny, but you gotta keep your eyes on him like a two year old child.  He will always try and get into things.  As long as his mind (and teeth) are occupied he is good.  My wife and I spend a lot of time with him out in the yard playing with him.  He likes to chase tennis balls and bring them back to us.  He wrestles with an old basketball sometimes too.  it is hilarious.  He will get on top of it and roll it around, growling the whole time.  He is definitely a character ;).  Last time I weighed him was the day he was cropped.  He was 17.6 then.  I would say he is easily 20lbs now.  He gains about almost 3 pounds a week.  I feed him only super premium food (no IAMS, Science Diet, or Purina garbage) only EVO, Innova, and California Natural dry food, and Paul Neumans organic chicken wet food from time to time.  I also will give him baby formula for a few more weeks.  I don't want him to be fat, he will be all muscle and teeth ;D.  Well, have a great one and I'll talk to you later.

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He is getting a good start. There is absolutely nothing like watching a puppy play with items and learn about the world. The tussle with the basketball must really be something to see. I looked back at Princess' records, and at 9 weeks, she weighted 13 pounds. At 12 weeks when she had her ears done she weighted 21. Of course various pups grow at different rates.

Her growth rate slowed slightly following the surgery and at 13 weeks she weighed 23 pounds. Then she picked up her growth again. The last time the was weighed was June 1, a little over 6 months old and she weighted 54 pounds. I would estimate that she is now closer to 70, because I can still pick her up. She's not happy when I do it though. She is definitely not a lapdog either as she likes to keep her four paws on the deck. She likes the affections, but after a few minutes, she's ready to get down.

Taping the ears is not difficult. Of course that is easy for me to say after doing it for over 25 years. Many of the techniques have changed a bit, principally in the area of the brace. The basic is that you want to support the ear upright and maybe stretch it a bit (not much, just a bit). Some use foam rods, I use skewers. These can be found at most larger grocery stores, are about 8-9" long, 1/8" typically in diameter and pointed on one end. Cut of the points first. I learned from my first vet who used wooden Qtip handles (after she cut off the Qtip itself). You take three and with 1/2" adhesive tape you run it around them the long way. The three should be in a triangular pattern, not flat. This wrap is only to keep them together. Then you take a paper towel, fold it so it is a little longer than the rod and wrap it tightly around the rod so it is about 1/2" or so in diameter and pads the rod nicely. A small piece of tape will hold it in place. Another piece of tape around the bottom and then you start wrapping around the post from the bottom until you get about 1/3 to 1/2 the way up. You then reverse the tape so the sticky side is out and keep wrapping. If your climbing circular wrap overlays about 1/3 of the previous wrap, the tape will stick nicely to itself.

When you get to the top that post is done and you make another. You then need 2 pieces of tape about 4" long and 2 about 6" long and 2 about 8" long. Insert one post with the non-sticky side in the ear and pull up gently to size the post. Remove the post and cut it so it is just at or very slightly above the tip of the ear. It will not hurt for the upper end to have the towel and rods exposed. Re-insert the post and this time after slightly stretching the ear, stick the ear to the post. You may want to clean the ear good the day before when your remove the previous post. Then take the 4" piece and start about 2" below the top of the post go up and over, coming down on the outside of the ear. Then take the 6" piece and wrap gently around the middle of the post and ear. Then take the 8" piece and wrap gently around the base of the ear and post. You want to wrap the ear slightly around the post and you want to tape it to hold, but do not wrap too tight or you will cut of circulation and will harm the ear quickly. The idea is to hold the ear gently in place.

It is better to be too cautious and have Rocky maybe get to post out in a few days (it does happen) and have to re-post an ear, than to cut of circulation with its after effects. The second ear is done the same way. You may choose to brace across the top in order to further support the ears. A breeder taught me trick on the brace, he wrote the date he posted the ears to remind himself when to take them down. Of course at times he had as many as 4 litters and he cropped the ears before they went to their new home. If you choose not to do that, at least mark it on a calendar. I never leave mine up more than 6 days. I let them breath and the skin recover for at least one, sometimes two. Princess was a rare exception. I took hers down after the first week, and waited from them to droop. I'm still waiting. The tips have a slight curl outward which to me is not worth re-posting over (even at 8 months it will work for a slight trim).

Here is a shot of her in her posts:

That's not the best shot, I really thought I would get more. That is the vet's post and he put a lot more tape on than I do. (It makes it more difficult to get off). On the last day she got the base of the post in her right ear out of the bell. As she was going to the vet anyhow, I did not fool with it. This last shot is a few days later:

This last shot is a few weeks ago. I think she has turned out just fine.

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I hear you rgreen4.  Your dog looks great!  Apparently the ear cropping went very well.  Thanks a lot for the posting instructions.  That is some very good information!  I am going to print that out and use them after my two free tapings are finished.  My vet also used barbecue skewers to post Rocky's ears after the operation.  I guess different vets have different methods.  I think he did a good job on Rocky.  At least it seems that way so far.  I guess I will be able to tell more soon.  He has cropped the ears of hundreds of dogs, and his wall is full of pictures.  It looks like 95% of the dogs he crops are pit bulls though.  I only saw like 6 pictures of Dobies he did, a few boxers, and one or two Great Danes.  The Dobies I saw looked good, and he appears to have some artistic talent ;).  Four more days until he goes to get the stitches out, but I am not sure when the lampshade goes.  Hopefully that will come off soon too.  Have a great weekend!

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Yes, in some ways it is artistry. The vet has to be able to envision the ears and the dogs head as an adult, not the 10-12 week old puppy on the table. Mine wants to see the pup as early as possible and see them again at 10 weeks. Then he schedules the operation. Red unfortunately by the time I got him to the vet, my vet was unsure whether the ears would stand because Red was over 14 weeks old when the ears were cropped. He left the decision up to me. One stood, the other has a crease. The crease is caused by a fold after the ear cartilage starts to harden, and his had. I still love the big lovable lunk.

You might let the vet do one ear posting, preferably while you watch. Look at the construction of the posts, although he will probably already have them done by the time you get there. Then when Rocky is ready for the second post, try it your self. If you have problems, you can always take him back in for the second free one.

Just remember not to leave the posts in too long. I recommend 6 but not more than 7 days. The tape on the skin irritates the skin and it needs the 24 hours without tape to recover. The posts when you remove them will be nasty where they have been in the ear. When you see what comes out, you will also understand why the dogs ears do better when cropped, because they have a chance to air out. While it is fairly common for dogs with long floppy ears to get ear infections, it is very rare for a dog with cropped or naturally short pointed ears to get an infection.

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Wow rgreen, she has really turned out nice. She looks a lot like her mom, the same coat color, that deep red, and she has those human-like features similar to her dad. Great crop too!

Maybe we can use some of your pictures on the site after I rebuild it?

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No Problem. Of course now you have let the site know who bred her, and a good job Drayko and Jewell did. She is an almost constant companion for Red. In fact in the morning when I let him out of his crate, he stops in front of hers waiting for me to let her out to go outside with him. About the only time they are apart is when I separate them at night or nap time during the day.

Of course her early socialization and training made our trip and her start here much better. Thanks.

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horseatingweeds wrote:

Wow rgreen, she has really turned out nice. She looks a lot like her mom, the same coat color, that deep red, and she has those human-like features similar to her dad. Great crop too!

Maybe we can use some of your pictures on the site after I rebuild it?

Horseatingweeds, I had a thought which works well given the breed's quality and German heritage.  Might be a nice theme:

The Doberman Pinscher:  "The ultimate canine machine!"

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Here I am again, chillin' on a hot summer day.  ;D

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He looks very handsome, its great to see some boy puppies coming along.
Here's my wee flower Q taken last week 8 months old.

They grow very fast ;D

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A new one of Rocky Reign.  He is 11 weeks old now, and had his first ear taping after stitches came out.

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One more, what the heck ;)

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Lookin' Good in the Neighborhood! Check out those paws.

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Hi rgreen4, thanks!  He seems to be doing great so far.  Yeah, he does have some pretty good size "mitts"..lol! ;D  Everyone that meets hims mentions his paws.  He's strong as an ox already, and runs like a horse, and he's still a baby.  That's the scary part  :)     

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But I know he is just a joy to have around. I would be very lost without my two. They are addictive you know, I got my first one in the late summer of 1982, and have had at least one ever since.

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Hi rgreen4,

roger that!  They are definitely a joy to have around.  Of course there are moments when he makes a person's blood pressure skyrocket, the pros outweigh the cons.  I am absolutely glad I have him  :)

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Yes, they are definitely a challenge at time. Red has been on a restricted diet for almost a year after his thyroid condition was discovered and he started on medication twice a day. His weight has dropped from 147 to 108 at his last weight check. He is more energetic and looks a lot better.

I always feed the Dobies first, Red get two cups and Princess gets two to start and then another when that's gone morning and evening. Princess also gets two at mid day. The Schnauzers get one cup in the morning. Everyone except Red has a cup in their crate and that's where they eat to keep them separate. Well, yesterday I let the Dobies out and filled their food bowls. Then when they came back in and were eating, I let the Schnauzers out and filled their food bowls. I did not latch the door into the front room and Red got out. Before I discovered it, he had eaten the Schnauzers food down to the last crumb. He had scarfed up 5 cups of dog food in about 10 minutes.

And of course he had no shame about it. When I scolded him, he just looked at me. He has always liked his kibble, which is of course part of the reason he go so big. I know he thinks he is starving, but I still don't see any ribs at 108, but he does have a waist now. I have to keep the dog food in the pantry or he will even open the bag.

But he is such a lovable lunk.

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That's hillarious!  ;D  Red probably would have kept going had there been even more bowls.  He sounds like quite a character, with a great sense of humor. 

I feed Rocky one cup of Evo Red Meat dry food in the morning, and one can of Neuman's Best Organic Chicken after he scarfs that down.  For lunch and dinner he gets about 2 more cups of food mixed with water.  He just turned 12 weeks old, and his appetite is getting better.  He is a little picky about types of food though.  He only eats chicken and beef.  A few weeks ago he would leave some food in the bowl.  Now he licks the bowl clean as a whistle.   

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You may have to be careful about feeding your puppy Evo, since they are formulated for adults. It is one of the best dogs foods, but as puppies they have different nutritional needs, and the red meat may have too much protein for a puppy. You want to manage his growth and be careful that he doesn't grow too fast or you will have skeletal and other health problems. This is just a suggestion, but look into some other high quality formulas that are made especially for large breed puppies. I feed my puppy Wellness, there is also Inova Large breed puppy food and maybe someone else has some other suggestions.

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Hi Blue Dobie,

thanks for the advice!  I just heard that from someone else too.  I was feeding him California Naturals Chicken Meal, and Rice formula for puppies but just ran out.  That is another A+ rated food with high quality, but minimal amounts of ingredients.  I just ran out, so I started feeding him EVO.  I will probably go back and get him some more of that stuff, and wait until he is older before going back to EVO.  He has excellent bone structure right now and is growing fast, but I obviously don't want him to grow too fast.   

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Here's a new shot of the little rascal hanging out with me.  His ears are up in these, but the right one droops a little after a while, while the left one is always straight.  He's 5 months old now, and getting close to 6o pounds now.

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One more of him looking for treats in the kitchen.

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Chillin like a villian  :P

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Oh wow!! He is AMAZING!! Just look at the size of those feet!! He'll be running like the very wind before you know it.. Thank you for posting Rocky Reign's picture.. he does indeed reign. I too am new to this site and have learned more in the short week that I've participated than in the two and a half months I've had our Sofia.. Keep reading and you will soon learn that there is nothing like a Doberman. They are by far the most incredible animal on the face of this earth. Enjoy each and every stage of Rocky's development and growth. Love him, cherish him and he will return each a hundred fold. Good luck and please keep us involved.. this is a family! Kate

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Thank you for posting new pictures of Rocky!  I've thought of him and how big he must be getting as he is just two days older than my Xander.

Xander's ears are just the opposite of Rocky's - his right ear stands beautifully, while his left ear tends to flop.  We'll tape him and it will stand for 2 days and then start to droop again.

Silly pups.

Rocky is so handsome.  It's clear that he is well-loved too.  What a lucky dog.  :D

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Thanks for the replies, and compliments!  Rocky can be a real handful at times, but I really love that (not so little) rascal.  He really is a good "kid" most of the time.  Of course he is sometimes naughty, but he's so lovable, I can't stay mad at him for long.  I just need to reinforce his training, and always keep teaching.  My wife says he looks like a horse :).  He sure runs (gallops) like one.  I am seriously impressed with how fast he is already.  He moves like the wind.

As for taping the ears, I guess we just have to have patience, and perseverance.  We didn't put our "Doberkids" (and ourselves) through this cropping process for nothing....

To try and speed up the ear leather thickening process, I am giving Rocky one packet of Knox gelatin a day for 2 weeks to see if that helps any.  Guess it can't hurt ;).

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laserstrike969 wrote:

My wife says he looks like a horse :).  He sure runs (gallops) like one.  I am seriously impressed with how fast he is already.  He moves like the wind.

Not many pick up on the fact that they do move like horses. They have a trot and a definite gallop. The official description calls them a "square backed galloper" because their spine and legs are the same length. And yes, they are fast. Red can no longer catch Princess unless she wants him to. She is about 75 pounds and almost a year old, and he is 6 1/2 and weighs 100. He has never been really fast, because of his weight, but she has served to trim him down a bit.

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Well, Rocky is 6 months old today, and I can't believe how fast time is moving, and how big that boy is getting.  I weighed him last week and he was over 61 pounds.  I suspect he has about 30 or 40 more pounds of muscle to pack on before he stops growing.  I don't know why, but  he is not much of a Kibble eater (yet), he would rather play, and chew things up then eat at this point.  I feed him 4 cups a day, and a few carrots and small treats when he behaves.  That will probably change when he grows up though.

The little bugger is starting to lift up his leg now, and seems to be starting to get more aggressive to other dogs.  One walk I counted 14 times  he lifted his leg in a 2 mile span  :o.  I want to wait until he is almost a year to get him fixed though.  He is always on a leash at heel when we walk, but as soon as he sees another dog he wants to hi-tail it towards him, and I have to pull back on him to heel, and tell him to leave it.  I don't know if he wants to be a friend or foe, but don't want to find out.  The bad part is I don't have any dogs for him to socialize with. 

It is funny, because he is still a big baby in the house.  He whines all the time.  Once he goes outside, or in the yard though he assumes the Doberman "role".  Anyone that comes within 100 yards of my property he starts barking at.  I do need to train better him not to bark at people that he knows.  I am sure it can be pretty annoying for them :).  For a puppy his bark is way too loud.  It sounds like a full grown German Sheppard police dog.  He really cracks me and my wife up.  He really is quite a character, and we love him so much. ;D. 

Anyways...May you, your families, and especially your Dobies have a great Thanksgiving!

     

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It doesn't sound like it bothers you, but I don't really like it when a dog marks every tree and post on a walk, and I've found that it translates to problem marking later. 

If I'm setting out to walk my dog, I make sure he eliminates before we go, and that's it.  I don't allow them to pee everywhere.  If it's been a while I think they may need to go, I give permission, play out some leash, allow a pee and then we're off again. 

One of the puppies that I sold marks *everywhere* non-stop and it's beyond annoying.  When he was brought to a Temperament Test, he slipped his lead and ran over and peed on/marked a collie that was just lying at its owner's feet minding its own business.  Completely unacceptable.  He marked or tried to make the pylons throughout the course, and the evaluators were not very happy about that.  Rightfully so.  I've seen dogs mark merchandise at vendor booths at dog shows.  So not cool.  I've even seen dogs mark / pee on their owners.  It's just such a problem behaviour and the dog doesn't think twice about where it's going. 

Anyway, imo, it's a training issue and easy to prevent in the first place so I just don't let them get started.  They can pee and mark all they like in their own backyard.  That is the only place it is acceptable for my dogs. 

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Yeah, I hear you.  I wouldn't say it didn't bother me, but I was kind of surprised since it was his first time doing that.  It let me know that he is really starting to become an adolescent now, and not the tiny pup he once was.  So far the only thing he has peed on are light posts, and hydrants.  He hasn't tried to do it to any other item and I WOULDN'T tolerate it if he did.  The problem dog you spoke of is pretty extreme, although I am sure it is not rare at all.  I do need to nip it in the bud before he even tries marking anything else.  It sounds like what he is doing now can escalate if it is not stopped.  Thanks for the advice.  I take note, and will remember that.