Early Mistakes: New Parent

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Love this forum and I'm a newbie to it and to our wonderful Doberman puppy, Chaplin. I'm upset with myself, because I made a mistake and I'm praying it is not completely detrimental to Chaplin. I'm hoping someone with more experience could clarify if the mistake can be rectified.

To begin with, He's 15 weeks; we got him when he had turned 9 weeks. I started to train him to walk on the leash; he was a little difficult, but not bad. After my wife took him to his first obedience class, he's been flawless on the leash. Last week, I noticed he was not tired and wanted to walk more, so I took him for a further walk, maybe 15-20 instead of the usual 10 min walk around the block. When we walk, it’s a "walk." I prefer him to pee and poop in our yard instead of stopping and potentially excreting in someone else's yard, so it's pretty much constant walking. Towards the end of last week, I took him for Jog :( and then again yesterday. After vastly reading that this is not suggested until he's at least 6 maybe even 9 months, I feel terrible!! I've only taken him jogging 3 times. Is this really bad? I speak to the Breeder regularly and he said not to at first, but then the dog trainer, claimed, "you'll be surprised what a puppy can do, you can jog with him." I'm quite upset with the trainer for giving me this flawed advice.

In addition, we have gone back and forth contemplating to crop his ears. After the 11th week photos (posted), Chaplin's left ear started sticking up and away, so when he's at the "attention" pose, the other ear looks significantly lower than the left. I know it's only cosmetic, but it bother's me. So, he is scheduled to get his ears cropped this Friday, from an experienced vet here in LA. We like the shorter Military/medium style crop (the breeder said this style would be easier to make the ears stand). I know it's 50/50 with the "standing" in all cases, but both his parent's ears stand perfect. Is it a waste to crop this late? (16 weeks 1 day). Or is it still ok, since we are getting the shorter crop? Does anyone have experience with the shorter crop and this late on?

 My apologies in advance for the extensive post on the site. I'm new parent and I haven't enumerated the great progress I've made with him thus far, but I'm a perfectionist. Thanks so much!  

IMHO 16 weeks is way too late to crop & I personally think that the military crop is unattractive on a Doberman.  Natural ears do all kinds of funky things when they are puppies and his natural ears will most likely even out with time.  Natural ears can be taped down to train them - I don't have any info on how this is done since my dogs are all cropped.

I would not jog with him anymore till he is about 18 months. A 15 minute walk is fine as long as he is good with it. Don't force any exercise. Free running is fine - but not running hard with another dog. 

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18 months. Got it! That's what the breeder recommended. The vacuous dog trainer told me the former.

I will ask the vet about the taping down of the natural ears.

Appreciate the insight.

Thanks

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It will be tedious, but I do believe there's a thread here that shows how to tape down natural ears so they don't have the "Flying Nun" effect.

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Also, 15 weeks is too young to be walking outside of the safety of your yard.  He hasn't had all his shots yet and will be prone to parvo.

And your experienced vet who wants to crop at 15 weeks?  Is not experienced.  I believe its too late to do that.

Don't fuss so much with the ears.  They grow in to them and look just as stunning natural.

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Let the ears be, it's too late to crop....also personally the military crop is not very attractive on dobes.

Fire your trainer!

Stop taking him in public until he has had all of his Parva vaccinations

No more running til he is fully grown

Don't beat yourself up over this, we all make mistakes

Welcome to the group!

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Welcome to the forum!  I agree with everyone on the ears; I just wanted to add that when my dobe Dakota was about the same age as your pup, her one ear started to flop over her forehead and basically covered one eye lol.  I was worried that it would stay like that and look super goofy but it only did that for a month or so and then straightened out.  Chaplin will make a great running partner one day - just not until he's grown! 

ps we like to see pictures, don't be shy!  I know you've got some!  :)

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Seconding the photos!! Would be nice to admire Chaplin


so they don't have the "Flying Nun" effect.

Oh my gosh; I thought I was the only one to see the similarities! My friends will say "Yoda" ears, but I defintately thing of 'The Flying Nun'!

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If the OP has had Chaplin since he was 9 weeks old, and he's 16 weeks now, then he'd have finished his Parvovirus inoculations back when he was 12 weeks, 13 at the latest. In my area, you have the shots twice in the span of 2 weeks, and then wait a week for them to fully 'take effect'. This would make Chaplin 12 weeks. Up until November '09, or earlier, you had to wait 2 weeks for the shorts to take effect, but that would still mean Chaplin is 2 weeks passed his "I can't walk yet" date of 13 weeks.

 

I thought this was the same everywhere?!

 

Sorry Chaplin's humans, I know nothing about cropping, and just kind of wanted to jump in and mention the innoculation thing.