Re: OUR NEW 11 MONTH OLD DOBERMAN DARCY.....

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WE HAVE JUST 4 WEEKS AGO GOT A DOBERMAN BITCH PUPPY ,WELL 10 MONTH OLD CALLED DARCY. WE GOT HER FROM MANCHESTER DOGS HOME AND ARE LOVING EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY WATCHING HER GROW INTO A FIT HEALTHY STRONG DOG.
EVERY DAY IS A LEARNING CURVE FOR ALL OF US INCLUDING DARCY ,SHE HAS A LOVELY NATURE BUT I SUSPECT PRIOR TO HER BEING IN THE DOGS HOME SHE HAS NOT HAD THE BEST OF TIMES. AROUND OTHER DOGS SHE IS VERY TIMID AND TENDS TO RUN OFF WHEN ANOTHER DOG COMES BOUNDING OVER. I MUST SAY THAT SHE SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER BUT OBVIOUSLY WE ARE CONCEARNED THAT SHE MAY RUN OFF AND WE MAY NOT FIND HER :)
HER APPITITE IS SECOND TO NONE AND SHE WOLFS HER FOOD BEFORE IT EVEN TOUCHES THE FLOOR!!!!.
I HAVE PUT HER ON A PUPPY FOOD BY WAINWRIGHTS CONSISTING OF MAINLY SALMON AND POTATO THINKING THAT THE OMEGA 3 THAT IS IN THE SALMON WILL HELP WITH MAKING HER COAT SHINNY AND HEALTHY. I HOPE I AM DOING RIGHT HERE AS I SAY EVERY DAY IS A LEARNING CURVE. ON A POSSATIVE NOTE HER STOOLS ARE OF A MUCH BETTER CONSISTANCY THAN WHEN WE FIRST BROUGHT HER HOME.
ANYWAY I AM SURE THAT DARCY IS GOING TO HAVE A WONDERFULL LIFE HAVING A 3 OR 4 MILE WALK EVERY DAY AND HAVING LOTS OF LOVE AND ATTENTION.
ANY ADVISE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED THOUGH.

HAPPY HOUNDING !!!

GAZ

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A rescued dog is a special needs dog. The special needs are love and reinforcement that she is in a safe and loving home. You seem to have started well, and if you continue what you are doing, you should have a loving wonderful dog. If you have a friend that has a friendly gentle dog, have them bring it over and let the two become acquainted. This needs to be done carefully as you do not want a setback for Darcy.

She needs to understand that all of the other dogs she meets are out to get her. Dogs have a good homing instinct, and if she is happy and safe in your home (apparently the case) then if she gets loose, she will come back if at all possible. I used to have a "catch fence" out front, which I used when I had a dog that was notorious for squeezing past you in the front door. It was only about 8 feet out and the length of the house, just to catch her when she got out on me.

Wolfing food is a characteristic of a dog that was in a large group that had to eat fast or lose out. It is very common in puppies from large litters. My large (125 lbs) red male (Red) is that way. my newest, a 13 week old puppy dawdles and gets distracting when she is fed. He was from a litter of 8, and the puppies may not have been given all they could eat as they were all large (dad was 105 lbs and mom over 90), but Princess (13 week old red female) came from the home of a master breeder who posts in this forum. She was house raised and obviously never knew what it was to go hungry.

Will she grow out of it? Unlikely. (Red is 6 years old). The only way to slow them down is to feed them slowly, so they can't wolf it down, but I'm not sure that really works well as it would seem to me to aggravate the condition.

Does she stop eating when she's full or does she gorge herself on all that you give her, no matter how much it is?

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Thankyou for your reply.

A few more weeks down the line now and Darcy is still a healthy happy hound!
my wife changed her food to a chicken based food and she seems to have slowed down with her eating, i think she now realises that there are no others in the house that are going to pinch the food before she gets to it. we have also started to include half a tin of tuna in sunflower oil with her food as she seems to have quite flaky skin at the moment hoping that the fish and natural oils will help her coat condition.
she is tucking away at a large knuckle bone full of marrow at the moment which i think she prefers to her dinner.
On the point of her with other dogs ,she also seems to be improving in that area as well. we take her to a lovely country park (tandle hills nr oldham Manchester UK) when she comes across other dogs she becomes quite inquisitive and now approaches them .if they come accross in a gentle manner she does not seem to mind to much,if they come bounding accross barking then she runs away but not to far she seems to only now go about 100 yards maximum away from us (which is fine).
we introduced her to my nieces 3 yr old boxer in the house a couple of weeks ago and she played and had a wonderfull time with her,after about a couple of hours we both took the dogs to a nearby Field where they both played and tugged away at sticks for an hour or so,this seems to have greatly improved her confidence around other dogs.
i am off to buy a velvet glove later today as a nice lady i was speaking to this morning in the park said that you should not brush dobermans to much as there coat is only thin so a glove is the best way of getting her coat nice and glossy and remove any unsightly dead skin (what do you think ?)

anyway as i said thankyou for your kind advise and i am sure it will help Darcy to become even more beautiful and healthy and confident.
i hope to speak to you soon.
kind regards.
Gary (UK) .