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Hi everyone,

We are new to this site and about to be new dog owners!!! Our doberman was born on January 29th, so he is pretty new to say the least! He is a red male, and we bought him through Jurassik breeders out in Edmonton, Canada. Right now we have 2 cats, but have been eagerly awaiting the day we finally had a big enough yard for a dog. We were originally interested in buying a german shepherd, but it wasn't until we saw the true beauty and grace of the doberman that we immediately became sold on one.

We are very anxious and eager to bring the little guy home! For those of you who have been in the same situation as us, are there any tips you can give us in terms of toys or treats or anything similar that your puppies loved?! Any tips to prepare us for our new addition would be great!
Thanks, and we look forward to all the info and finds on here!   :)

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Fist off congrats on your new baby.. We too have a new baby in the house and she is a red as well.. Take the time you have while you are waiting on him to come home to do all the research you can..  Have you considered sleeping arrangements and /or crate training? I only ask because I have one who wants to sleep with me and even though I know its fun now as I have been told they will kick you out of bed sooner than later once they get bigger.

Tos are a must and lts of them..  ;D Our Bella (13 weeks) has tons of tons and they keep her busy when she isnt chewing on us but variety is a must..  Kong toys are sturdy, plush squeekie ones she loves and she just figured out how to make them squeek on her own, Rope toys she isnt fond of yet, tennis balls she loves and of course a good nyla bone keeps her very busy as well.

Pet bed or blanket.. Bella has a fleece knot blanket I made to line her crate and she drags it around the house to lay on throughout the day.. Plus she loves to chew on the knots in the fleece edges..

Just some thoughts.. Good luck with your new lil one.

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Congratulations. I received the pleasure of a little red female from horseeatingweeds litter and she is a dream. Princess was 13 pounds when she went for her first vet visit at the age of 9 weeks, 17.6 pounds two weeks later and 20.6 pounds last thursday (2/12) when she went in to get her ears done. Right now I have to keep her separate from Red (I was real imaginative with that name) my 6 year old red male. (I do not intend to breed them).

Princess has just about to outgrow her Schnauzer crate, since I also have a few Min. Schnauzers (don't ask), I used a spare cage for her. But tomorrow I will have to go get the larger crate (30" x 19") down and set it up as she is almost too tall to fit in the intermediate crate now. She also likes the soft rubber squeaky toy. The problem is that red had decided he likes them too, and there is nothing as ridiculous as seeing an oversized 125 pound male doberman wandering around the house with a squeaky toy in his mouth.

My first Dobie, 26 years ago was a black, and my second a nice red male. I have liked the reds ever since and Princess is my sixth. I made the mistake early on of not crate training, but now would not go back. All my dogs are in their crates at night when I go to bed, and when I am away from the house.

While in their crate, they will try not to go. This will actually help them in strengthening the muscles needed to control that. Immediately after releasing from the crate, take him outside to piddle. Then bring him in and feed him. Wait 5-15 minutes with him either on your lap, or in tight control (don't take your eyes off of him) and then outside to make a deposit. In over three weeks with Princess, I have only had one gift, and I had gotten distracted and it was over 20 minutes since she had eaten. Piddling has occurred only once about every 3-4 days because I have the opportunity to take her out so often. Initially with cool weather, it was out, go, and right back. But now that the weather is warmer (I live in S. Georgia) she dawdles a bit.

You can't spend too much time playing with them and holding them in your lap. It won't take long for them to bond to you. When I went to pick her up last Friday after her ears were cropped, as groggy as she was (sedated to keep he from scratching) her little tail was going 90 miles an hour when they brought her to me.

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Thanks for all the tips!!! We are so excited and really appreciate the help!

Right now we are definately planning on crate training. While he sleeps at night, and also when we are out of the house (of course no longer than a few hours at a time). How much will the new puppy whine and cry at night when he is first introdced to his crate? And how do you know if he is whining for attention or really has to go outside?! I don't want to positively re-inforce an unwanted behavior of whining and crying. Should we just ignore it as hard as it may be? Hehe, I think that will be the biggest challenge because of course you have a little pup you feel like you should go in and pet and give him the attention he wants, but obviously want him to learn not to continue that behavior.  Any tips on how to handle the new crate situation??!!

Thanks  :)

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That's hard to know. But, at this early age, it's unlikely that they will really whine to go outside. If he whines when you first put him up, that's separation. The first night or two will be the worst, as they are not used to sleeping alone, after all it's hard to puppy pile with yourself. With my recent addition, I was fortunate, in that she came from a Master Breeder and was house raised. Not only house raised, but crate trained and had experienced separation from her litter mates, so when I picked her up and we spent the first night in a motel (she in her crate), after a few minutes she settled down.

Like any parent, you will become accustomed to their voices and their cries. You will be able to tell when they want to go out, and when they just want to get out of the crate. As puppies, they want to explore, bound about and of course get in trouble. Immediately upon letting him out of the crate, outside. When he has taken care of business (usually just piddling) then bring him back in to play. If it time to feed, then a few minutes after he eats - outside again.

They will then begin to association whining with going outside. And of course relieving them selves outdoors as well.

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Most important things for new Dobie pup:
1. Crate!!!
2. Chewies (rawhide, nylabones, squeaky toys, ropes, tennis balls, kongs, etc. Get creative! Never give her anything she shouldn't have, i.e., if you give her an old sneaker to chew on, she will eat your $150 Air Jordans too lol)
3. Vet! Find one BEFORE you bring baby home, make sure he is experianced with the breed, ear crops, etc.

Have fun!!!