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Just wanted to say hi to everybody, new puppy Damien has arrived, tough first couple of nights in crate, slowly getting better. Good to see we all have same questions and concerns, im sure there are some challenges ahead :)

Welcome to the forum Damien and owners. Cant wait to see photos of him! It is nice to have a place to share your photos brags and concerns.

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Welcome, Damien and Damien's Dad

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Thanks Rnd, looks like you are a seasoned owner, may be asking you some questions lol..beautiful dogs !! interesting training pics..so actually I have one for you right now, I want to train him myself I have done extensive reading and research about different methods. Do you suggest owner training or obedience school?

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Thanks Ziva's dad ! she is a beauty, love the one where she is on the doggy bed, her facial expression is priceless lol

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Welcome DobieDaddy!  The training actually never stops, dobermans thrive when they're learning and are mentally stimulated.  After he's through ALL his vaccines, socialization is crucial and an obedience class is a great way to start it.  And you have a trainer to catch little mistakes you make.  Let's see some pictures!

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Hi and welcome.  Looking forward to seeing those photos of your little guy !

I strongly suggest owner training but with the direction of a good training facility. This will build a good bond between you and the dog. Dobermans are one of the easiest dogs to train and are usually the top dog at any class. I train mine in all kinds of different venues such as agility, tracking, obedience, conformation, rally and schutzhund. I have a few schutzhund photos in the photo files only because I love the action shots. I just don't want you to think that is all I did lol.The schutzhund is actually a new sport that I'm learning with my youngest male right now.

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Welcome sorry I'm a bit late!

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Welcome!

As far as training, if you have a solid understanding of training methods, and understand canine body language, and know how to effectively communicate with your dog, training a doberman is about as easy as it gets...  If you are not up to speed on one or more of these things, because of a doberman's intelligence, it can be quite a challenge!  But for your average doberman, with a good trainer, you should be able to teach most basic commands quite easily.  I find positive reinforcement, negative punishment, luring, free shaping, and marker training to be very effective.

If you train at home, just make sure you have plenty of ways to socialize.

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Hi All!  DobieDaddy at work and DobieMommy here trying to feed almost 12 week old Damien his dinner. The past couple of mornings and nights he only eats a little bit at a time and whines in between. doesn't care to finish all his food. I want to keep him on schedule! it's way past 5 now and he just ate a handful and fell asleep in his crate. we only brought him home friday. the first couple of days he gobbled up all his food and licked the bowl clean! why is he doing this now? thanks : )  

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Thats his mommy freaking out lol.. I finally got around to upload a couple of pics.

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He looks like quite the character! Great looking pup. Congratulations and welcome to the forum.

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Hello and welcome!~


Pretty new here myself so I can keep you company in the learning fields! Our pup came to us at 6mo. so it's interesting to read what you're currently going through that we bypassed. Keep the updates coming!


Love that picture of "Nice day to be outside" , he's so bright in that photo!

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Great looking little guy.. I don't have a bit of puppy advice as we adopted Sofia when she was at least four or five.. but I do know they grow faster than weeds and you might want to get a back up camera for when your current one gives out..

Welcome to the Forum.. it's one of the best around for suggestions, stories and support ( and alliterations!! LOL!)

Kate and Sofia

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Welcome!

As for the feeding and his hunger tendencies, my Zelda used to inhale her food when we brought her home from her breeder. After a few weeks, she wouldn't finish her food, so just use Damian as a measuring cup and put as much food as he'll eat. If he doesn't eat, tough nuts for him, he doesn't eat until the next feeding time. My family and I have multiple dogs that eat the same food, so we just leave out measured out food for them and they all eat it at the same time (Ashe, our GSD/Lab/Maybe Chow mix, being the one that eats the most. I have to feed her separately now to have her lose weight).

Hope that helped.

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Thanks Zelda family, he is doing a lot better now. Our breeder suggested to mix a little wet food in with the dry and a little water and he is gobbling it up. He still gets a little distracted sometimes and has to be nudged a little. I can see him growing by the day lol..

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They seem to grow overnight don't they?  Sometimes I would do a double take on Harley to make sure he was the same dog as the day before!  Incredible!

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Yes they do, his legs looks like they are growing longer right before my eye's lol..So we had our first scare and had to run Damien to the Vet, he threw up mulch and did not look good, he was wobbly and lethargic. Vet gave him the once over, and he looks like he will be fine, he is sleeping it off. He is at the stage that we all know to well, bites, chews and eats everything!! Short of removing all the mulch from my backyard, does anyone have any advice how to keep him from eating mulch?? We have just started spraying him with the water bottle.

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Spraying witht he water bottle is a aversion technique. Won't hurt him, but he doesn't like it. If the water bottle is too cumbersom, a kids water pistol will work, especially one of the battery powered super soakers. Of course if you get him too wet, you will have towel him off when he goes in the house.

On the food, were you feeding him dry kibble or moistened kibble. Moistening the kibble with warm water to creat the tasty liquid helps in two ways, it makes it more appetizing, he get a good amount of water with the food, and if you allow the food to expand a bit, he won't over eat. If you feed him too much dry kibble at this age he will go more frequently as he has to process it faster, hence looser stools.

I was pushing Jake a little too fast, and actually had to cut back the amount per feeding, but he now gets fed four times a day. Each puppy is a little different.

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Well I had to remove all the mulch from my backyard because it had cocoa shells in it, which by the way gave Damien a very close call. Yes he got sick from it and he had a 105 degree temp by the time we got to the vet. He spent the night on IV and just finished a round of antibiotics !! He is doing fine now, two and a half weeks later...has his weight back and eating like a little monster. I will post some updated pics soon :)

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I'm glad to hear he's feeling better.  I was floored the first time I ever heard about cocoa mulch on one of those DYI tv shows.  Why on earth would they even make that?  Someone that doesn't like dogs much I would imagine.  I'm sure you didn't realize the potential of harm with it down in your yard.  I have some sago palms that I wanted to take pups from and put in my back yard around the pool until I found out how deadly they are!  Whew! I had to convince my husband NOT to do it.  I googled poisonous plants to dogs and was surprised by some of the things on the list.

We would love to see some new pictures.  How are his ears coming along?

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I went to the poisonous list too and was surprised by apples!  We used to give Harley our apple cores all the time.  But I read on the ASPCA website that the seeds, stems, and leaves have arsenic in it.  I was shocked!

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Yes thank you now I have a mulch free backyard and thats fine with me. His ears are looking good, at least the few days I actually see them not posted to let them air out before reposting. I see you didnt get the ear cropping done, you saved yourself a little work but I think its worth it...still a beautiful dobie!!

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Thank you DobieDaddy.  And my choice to have her ears done wasn't anything about the work involved on my part.  She's as much a Doberman as any other, ears and all.

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Some people prefer to leave their ears au natural, and they are jsut as beautiful as any of the cropped kids!

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Yes Happydance she is very much a Doberman :) its a personal preference. I have added a couple of new pics of Damien. Hope everybody is having a good holiday season !