Re: Introducing Rocky Reign

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Watch him closely. They will mark in the house if not trained otherwise. It may not be as much of a problem without a female around and once you have him altered, but they will claim their territory if not controlled. Even females will do it if your not watchful. I let Princess in this morning and she walked over in front of my female Schnauzer's crate and squatted, I hollered and she stopped and looked at me. I immediately put her back outside by her self for about an hour. She has been real cuddly ever since.

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:D Happy Thanksgiving laserstrike and to everybody else on here I hope you are all having a great holiday? Your boy looks stunning, and yes i agree it looks like he will grow a bit more. I think Q stopped growing at 78-80lbs which i am happy about as im probably only 20lb heavier than him :)
Glengate ??? a dog peed on Q at class once...and the owner didnt do anything about it.
Q is mainly off leash now apart from mini training sessions and we have just finished level 3 at our obedience classes. He only pee's/marks 'off leash' when he is running about...not sure how to stop that? I like him to run.
rgreen..Im watching Q like a hawk :) no further marks inside house...i wasnt aware that females did it?

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It's not common, and it actually may be for spite not marking, but the effect is the same.

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Thank you Q Tip!  happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and everyone else out there!  Thanks for the heads-up rgreen4.  I will watch him.  My wife should be a detective or work for CSI, because she is the most perceptive person I know.  If Rocky so much as sprinkles a drop inside she will probably know first.  As far as house training, Rocky is outstanding.  He learned very early, and has had no problems since he was very young.  I do know that taking care of bodily functions, and marking territory are two different things though, so I need to be aware.

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I agree with that... Q has always done his business outside...It makes me wonder if i have got a bit slack with being The Alpha and getting complacent as he has been doing so well.  :DDigs out alpha hat from underneath the bed 8)

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Just a few more pictures of ole Rocky Reign.  He turns 8 months old on 24 January.


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Good pictures of a good looking boy. Thank you for sharing them with us. Nice looking green grass, mine has long since turned brown with the cold weather, even in South Georgia.

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Isn't he fabulous!! He looks very fierce doesn't' he. How is the "marking" going?
Happy month-a-versary Rocky Reign.. Loved watching you grow!!

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Thanks rgreen4 and Lady Kate!  He is quite a boy!  People around here must not see many Dobermans, because I can't even count the number of people who out of the blue tell me I have a gorgeous dog when we are out walking.  You guys probably get the same thing.  Rocky is quite a character.  He can be pretty fierce, as Lady Kate says, :).  Some people are intimidated by him even though he is only a puppy, but he really is a good "kid".  He likes people when I introduce him properly, especially kids, but he doesn't like it one bit when a stranger just approaches.  I can tell the protective instinct is VERY strong in him, and I do need to stay aware of that.  I can also see what you all mean about Dobermans having a sense of humor.  Rocky is such a clown, and can be a little wiseguy at times.  He certainly keeps my wife and I laughing.
BTW, he still tries to mark trees and post when we are out walking from time to time, but I won't let him.  We have had no problems with him marking anything in the house, or furniture in the yard.  I hope it stays that way  :D.  Take care, and have a great weekend! 

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laserstrike969 wrote:

People around here must not see many Dobermans, because I can't even count the number of people who out of the blue tell me I have a gorgeous dog when we are out walking. 

They are simply stating a fact, he is.

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Sofia is a real head turner no matter where we go. People will stop, and point, gasp and sometimes ask me if she's a deer.. Her Royal Majesty is not amused.

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Now you understand how truly rare they are. As I said earlier, in 25+ years, I have only see 10. Mom, Pop and 8 puppies (one of which went home with me) and that was over 20 years ago.

They do have the same coloring as a Deer.

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Thanks rgreen4, I hear you!  In my opinion, Dobermans are one of, if not THE most beautiful breed of dog God ever created (with a little input from Herr Doberman of course ;).

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Laser, he's gorgeous!!  So much expression in his face.  His ears look great too... did you continue to tape?  Or, did they straighten up on their own?  We had the same issue with Xander's ears (only it was his left that flopped a bit on the end) and we decided to leave it alone and accept that it was just part of his character.  It has since perked up by itself and it looks good.  Looks like Rocky's did too.

Is that a blanket he's chewing on in the last photo?  ;)

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Thanks XandersMom!  He is quite a character.  I did continue taping his ears for a while, but they seem to be standing just fine now.  From time to time the right ear will flop over, and the left one stays straight, but mostly both ears go up or down in unison :).  i think it was just a matter of the cartilage getting a bit thicker. 

Yeah, that is one of my old comforters that I gave to Rocky to sleep on.  I think he considers it more of a toy.  He dragged it out on the grass one day and started tearing it to shreds.  I figured what the heck, let him have fun.  He now likes to drag it around, and wrestle with it.  Most of the filling has since been pulled out LOL!

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Have been thinking of that picture of Rocky with the comforter.... The caption can only read:
"GET OFF MY LAWN"[b][/b]
Funny thing about the stuffing.. That's usually what goes first with the stuffed toys.. Do you suppose they think that it's "guts"

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Laser, Rocky is one good looking boy!  How's the marking going??  I'm starting to get concerned about this with Dallas.  He's hasn't marked yet he's on 4 1/2 months but I want to be armed and ready. I  want to wait til he's at least a year to have him neutered.  I've only had girl dobies and had a boy Dalmation once but we never had that problem with him but we had him neutered at 5mo.

Love the sign idea Kate.  We have one on our fence that says 
I can make it to the fence in 2.8 seconds.  CAN YOU?

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When I was visiting my friends in Texas, The Princess managed to eviscerate a couple of her Schnauzers stuffed toys. We went into the living room once and there was stuffing everywhere and a stuffed toy with a gaping hole in it's middle. She didn't chew the outside, just opened up and cleaned it out and the proceeded to tear that into little bits. She was sitting in the middle of it just as proud as she could be.

Apparently this was not the first time as Jane sat down, pulled out a basket with stuffing, re-stuffed and sewed it back up. This time we put it up high. Soft fluffies don't last long with Dober teeth.

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Just a few more of ole Rocky Reign catching some rays, and indulging in his favorite past time; chewing something up of course  ;D...

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Love  the picture of him basking in the sun! He's glowing with the sun on his coat!

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Thanks!  He loves to do this from time to time.  I keep the air conditioning in my house set to pretty cool temperatures most of the time, so he probably likes to bask in the sun to warm up :)

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What an amazing dog. So regal and I love the way the sunlight bounces off his coat.. he just gleams!!
Gorgeous.. Do you add anything to his meals to keep him so shiny?

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Thanks Lady Kate!  He is quite a character ;D.  He definitely keeps my wife and I laughing.  I am not sure why he has a shiny coat, but am glad he does.  Maybe it is his brand of food.  I don't put any additives in his food, but I was told a teaspoon of olive oil now and then is good for the coat, so I may start doing that.  It could also be his shampoo as we bath him every 7-10 days.

 

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That may be a big part of it. I know that both Red and Princess shine when I pick them up at the vet after a weekend (they always get a bath). Of course they always tell me that the handlers attempted to drown them but they managed to survive. They are shiny for about two weeks, unless they go out and roll in the dirt and then of course the shine is gone.

After about two weeks they have accumulated enough dust from outside that the shine has started to go away.

I really like the picture of the three kids in the snow, they are all having a great time. Dallas is really going to be a good looking Dobe. (Of course I have a weakness for the reds).

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He is looking very fit and contented, you must be stoked with his progress. :D

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Thanks!  He is doing quite well so far.  I try and get him as much outside exercise as possible.  He really loves to run, and I can't keep up with him anymore.  On weekends I let him off the leash at the beach, and let him just run like the wind.  He has a total blast just chasing his doggie friends around, and around the sand flats until they all get tired.  If the other dog gets tired before Rocky does, Rocky will bark at the other dog like he is saying "come on, that's all you've got?  Let's run some more!" ;)  He is not dog aggressive though, he is friendly to almost every dog he has met.  He makes friends pretty easily.  I want to socialize him as much as possible, because I got him at 8 weeks, and he didn't have much contact with other dogs for a while.  He was a little shy at first, but now he is gaining confidence fast; almost cocky at times.  I sometimes call him "Cocky Rocky", or "Rowdy Rocky Reign" :).  He really is a good "Doberkid" though.  Everyone who has met him so far has liked him.   

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"Rowdy Rocky" has a nice ring to it. It sounds as if he is a good Ambassador for the Dobies.

Red is a good one as well and Princess is becoming one. Not that she is aggressive, she is a little reluctant at time to meet people.

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Aren't they all so interesting in their differences?? Sofia is the opposite of Princess..After the initial sniff and snort, she is aloof and disinterested in other dogs. But people? She will come up to almost everyone for a hello and some petting, lean against them and snuffle their hand til she gets the required adoration. I love to hear about the different personalities and characteristics of our doberkids. Bottom line is they are wonderful animals and equal to none in the dog-world. Hmm guess my husband is right. It IS a Doberworld!
Cocky Rocky.. I like it!

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Just a few more recent shots of good ole Rowdy Rocky Reign having a good time at Aloha Aina Park  :)

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I am sure you didn't make too many friends letting him drink from the fountain. Knowing the chemistry of a dog's mouth, I would have taken a drink after Rocky, but not 99% of the (un-educated) populace. But then there he is doing a good turn cleaning up the dried of dead palm fronts. He was cleaning up wasn't he?

Looks like the two of you had a good time, was the park that deserted when you arrived, or just after HE arrived?

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OMG he's gotten so big.. What a spectacular dog!! His confirmation and regal bearing is a thrill to see. Thank you for posting his pix.
P.S. GO SOX!! Loved watching Steven Tyler at half time!! We are True Blue Dodger fans but the Sox rate right up there in our hearts as well.

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LOL!  Yeah, I hear you rgreen4!  I try and not let him drink from fountains when there is a crowd around.  Sometimes when people see him they just laugh, and say your dog is hillarious.  Others just give a look like OMG I can't believe he is doing that.  Rocky started doing that on his own as soon as he was big enough to reach.  He knows when he is thirsty he just needs to go jump up on the fountain and I will press the button for him  :).  There was not many people there that day because it was early evening so that was cool!  As for the palm fronds, that rascal always does that.  My wifes calls him the trash collector.  He will try and pick up almost anything he sees on his walks.  branches, sticks, tennis balls, plastic bottles etc.  Sometimes he will pick 3 things up at a time.  I let him carry them for a while to humor him, but make him release when we come to a stop.

Thanks for the compliments Lady Kate!  He is only 10 months old now, so I have no idea how big he will be.  He weighed 85 lbs at the vets office a month ago, and assume he is a tad bit heavier now. I believe has reached breed standard height as well.  I imagine he will bulk up a bit as he is a tall, gangly teenager still.  Maybe another 15 lbs or so to go, who knows?  I tell you though Rocky is quite a character.  He keeps us always laughing  ;D.

P.S As for the Sox I have been a fan since 1975, so I have seen the ups and downs with them.  Mostly the latter, so I take nothing for granted.  Whether or not they will win another WS is anybody's guess.  I do know they will be a decent team for the forseeable future, and are fun to watch.  I hope the Dodgers can get back their mojo.  I remember when they had guys like Hershiser, Kirk Gibson and that wild dude Mickey Hatcher (that guy was a trip).  They were also a fun team to watch.  Good luck to the current Dodgers this season! 
   

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As for the palm fronds, that rascal always does that.  My wifes calls him the trash collector.  He will try and pick up almost anything he sees on his walks.  branches, sticks, tennis balls, plastic bottles etc.  Sometimes he will pick 3 things up at a time.  I let him carry them for a while to humor him, but make him release when we come to a stop.
 

Just make your stops near a trash receptacle and before long he will pick something up and take it to the trash bin. I think you are right about him bulking up and he will also add another inch or so in height. He is a fine specimen though.

You have the pleasure of the Sox beating the hated Yankees on opening day though.

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Laser and Richard.. more baseball fans..Yippee
It's going to be a good season..
Have been a Dodger fan since I was a tiny little girl.. Listened to their arrival at Chavez Ravine on the RADIO.. My husband played in high school and college and has gone on to coach for 30 years.. He used to sneak into Dodger Stadium and in fact, played there during the CIF Championship.( Still has "Dodger Dirt" from his cleats..)
Unbeknownst to us, we were BOTH AT THE SAME GAME when Warren Spawn had his famous no hitter.. and I'm sure this has nothing at all to do with dobermans, but it's always great to talk to another baseball nut!!

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I hesitate to post this because it will disappoint you. Do not confuse me with a real baseball fan. It has been years since I watched a baseball game on TV. I am the son of a real baseball fan though. My late father really loved baseball, and I have some signed baseballs. They are from an exhibition game between the Yankees and their farm team in Toledo, Oh, the Toledo Mudhens. My father was the office manager and the team manager was a fella name Casey Stengal. This game took place in 1928 or 1929 and the Yankees signed a number of baseballs for employees of the team. One baseball has a single signature because of his fame.

Growing up in Houston, Dad took me to an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and their farm team the Houston Buffalos. This was in the late '50's a few years before the Colt .45's became the expansion team in Houston (later re-named the Astros). I don't think the 45's/Astros played a single game that Dad did not listen to on the radio or go to in person. In fact, we went to some early games of the Colt .45's in their open air bleacher stadium next to the Astrodome undergoing construction.

Dad's disappointment was that I grew up a football fan but not a baseball fan. I used to watch a number of Braves games on TV when there was nothing else on, but they are not longer a staple on TNT like they were. I guess the team I am really closest to is actually the Cincinnati Reds. I was born there and lived there from the age of 3 to 7 and can remember Dad taking me to games in the old Crosley Field. I don't remember the games, but leaving the parking lot and having to cross the railroad tracks and how rough the crossing was.

I did happen to catch the Sports headline about the Sox beating the Yanks, but I think that is the only opening day game I know the results of. I will watch an occasional game, but I think it would be remiss to call me a fan. However, there is one team for whom I cannot root. Remember, I grew up in Houston, and the Great Satan Baseball Team as far as Houston was concerned wears Royal Blue and moved from Brooklyn to LA.

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Hmmmm... All is forgiven, but only because you are died in the wool doberlover!!
We too are football fans, soccer,golf.. anything that has to do with sticks, bats, balls of all shapes and sizes, courses and fields. Being married to a coach just means ESPN year round.
Sofia says the earthquake after shocks are over for a while.. She stayed as close to the ground as she could except for sneaking upstairs on our bed.. She deposited herself smack dab in the middle and didn't want to get off.. Must have felt safe there among the half dozen pillows and velvet duvet.. She is SUCH a diva!! She was acting so strange, I will certainly pay more attention if it happens again and make sure all the books are safely attached to the shelves, pictures nailed tighter to the walls and dishes stacked safely in their cupboards. HATE earthquakes.. Give me a good tornado any time.. at least they give you a warning with the green sky and the hail. Now I'll have to depend on Sofia skulking about the yard ducking under the ferns.

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He's gorgeous, Laser! 

Question:  How do you like that spikey collar?  We have looked into one for Xander, but I'm wary thinking it might hurt him.  But, Xander still has a tendency to pull on walks, even with his choke collar, and he's getting too strong for me to control him.  Tell me about your experience....

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If Xander pulls when waling, turn around and go the other way. Every time he gets ahead of where you want him, simply turn around. He will shortly get the message.

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If Xander pulls when waling, turn around and go the other way. Every time he gets ahead of where you want him, simply turn around. He will shortly get the message.

Does that work well?  my Rocky will most times walk just fine but once in a while he'll have a day where he just pulls like crazy and doesn't.  I usually stop until he stops pulling and repeat but man it takes 20 minutes to get home doing that some nights...was just about to read up on some tips to walking without pulling.  Any other thoughts?

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rgreen4 wrote:

If Xander pulls when waling, turn around and go the other way. Every time he gets ahead of where you want him, simply turn around. He will shortly get the message.

Does that work well?  my Rocky will most times walk just fine but once in a while he'll have a day where he just pulls like crazy and doesn't.  I usually stop until he stops pulling and repeat but man it takes 20 minutes to get home doing that some nights...was just about to read up on some tips to walking without pulling.  Any other thoughts?

Yes it takes time, patience and doing it over and over until it is ingrained in their minds. Here is an awesome utube clip I've posted before. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFgtqgiAKoQ If you are CONSISTENT with it, it will work! The key is consistency! It is far more easy to relapse in training rather than taking the 20 extra min you mentioned to get home, but what you don't know is the goal you are working for will take much longer to accomplish if you give in and let them pull you home.

if the stopping doesn't work than try going the other direction, as it shows in the utube clip. My dogs learn real quickly they are not going to get to go where they want until they are right with me. If you have to keep your walks shorter so he is doing it consistently then that is what you do. Do not give in to him or it will waste whatever time you have put forth in training. Again the key is consistency every time you walk out the door. Also just want to mention although the trainer in the clip uses clicker the same thing can be accomplished with treats or voice only.

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When they pull, they are trying to take charge. You have to demonstrate that you are in charge, and you do that by changing the direction of travel that puts you back in front and Xander behind.

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thanks, i did a little reading myself on the subject and this morning I started going the other direction on him when he pulled.  We'll see how this goes....I refuse to have a dog his size pulling myself or anyone else around when he's bigger.  Things like that are huge pet peeves of mine...

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Rocky Rein is spectacular!!!  :D