New to Dobermans :)

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We have researched and researched and decided a doberman is the best breed for our family. we have plenty of room and space for one to run and exercise and as a stay at home mom, i have plenty of time to devote to training and attention. we have two young children (2 years old and 7 months) and our 2 year old is fantastic with dogs (my mom has 5 of them). he has been wanting a doggy ever since he knew what they were.

we found a rescue puppy on a site and are going to check him out on saturday. from what we've seen and heard, he's going to be a great dog for our family. he's 14 weeks old and is living in a foster home. he's being trained and such and has a great personality. we want to see for ourselves though first before bringing him home obviously.

i've read through pretty much the entire site in order to prepare for him, but nothing speaks more than first hand experience. 

so, any tips that aren't mentioned on the site?

what about feeding? i've looked through the different kinds of dog food, but how much/often do they eat?

training? do we have to go with what the foster mom is doing? 

what about "guard dogs"?  don't want him to be mean or anything, but they are for the most part naturally protective once they're a part of your family (which i know might be complicated in itself) correct? 

And we chose not to go through a breeder because there are many dogs that need rescuing. i'm not really looking to hear about how i should go through a breeder. we want to help this little guy find a home and not end up being put down which is the next step since the foster mom can't keep him. 

 

thank you in advance!!!

First off welcome to the site and congratulations on joining the Dobie family!! And I hope he works out for you! Can't wait to see pics. 

I reccomend feeding him two small meals a day instead of one large one to stop him from wholfing it down so fast he gets sick. Thats what we did with Brutus as to how much, it depends on the puppy his weight and his activity level. 

As for training if what the foster mom is doing is working and you are comfortable doing the training she is then stick with it.

Dobermans are natuarlly protective that does not mean that they are violent it just means they will be your protector against bad things. If they are not mistreated and properly taken care of they are gentle loving animals. However like any other breed of dog if not given proper care or training they can become violent.

Good Luck!!! A Dobie is a wonderful pet :) 

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Thank you so much! And thank you for the tips.

Strangely enough, the little guy we're getting is being named Brutus, lol. (after the ohio state mascot haha)

I love the name Brutus our Brutus registerd name was Premier Maximus Brutus he was a black rust and was the light of our family. We miss him terribly :( We are eagerly awaiting the day when we can bring our newest edition King Titus aka Tiny home :)

 

Best of Luck!!!

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Be warned - you're not going to want any other breed once you have a Dobe! They are the best dogs I believe I have run across, and I will have one for the rest of my life.

Welcome to the forum. You'll find all the answers you need and there are some really helpful people here. Congratulations and thanks for choosing a rescue!

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Thanks! :)

can't wait to see pics of your little guy :)

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Make sure from the start your 2 yr old is part of the training.  Don't allow your small puppy to do anything to or with your kids that you wouldn't want him doing at 80lbs.  Jumping, play biting, etc....he needs to learn to be gentle around them.  One of the most common issues people post even on this site about is that their dog dominates their kids.  It's a training issue that needs to start from day 1.   Very soon your dog will tower over both of them and you need to make sure your dog doesn't mistake them for litter-mates and treat them as such.

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Smith congrats on the new addition! I have always owned Dobies but for the most part I was a child. Apollo is my first Dobie as an adult and he is just amazing. There is never a dull moment when we are home and he actually provides us with a lot to do. Apollo trained very easily (as far a s potty training), but I learned that consistency is very important. I feed Apollo Taste of the Wild and he absolutely loves it. I love this site because all of the users are so supportive and never make you feel like you asked a dumb question so I recommend asking as much as you can here. I was feeding Apollo 3 times a day (per my vet) and today was advised by a GD user that I can go to 2x a day now. Apollo is great with my kiddos as well. I did have to get my 5 year old to be directly involved with training because he had a jumping problem when he saw her but that was corrected quite fast. Apollo is a great addition to the family and I am sure you are going to love the time you have with your Brutus!