New Puppy into a house with a Yorkshire Terrier

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Hi

I have just bought a Doberman puppy which I collect on Saturday, we already have a Yorkshire Terrier (8yrs old) before I introduce them do I need to get the Doberman fully vaccinated?

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How old is the Doberman puppy?  The puppy won't be fully vaccinated until it's 4-6 months old. 

If the yorkie is fully vaccinated, it should be protected. 

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Hello and welcome.  Congrats on the new puppy, I hope the yorkie is ready for the ball of energy that's about to enter his life.  Tell us more about the pup, how old is he/she?

A puppy is not finished with their vaccines until they've had a series of shots ending at 16 weeks.  There is a thread on this forum about parvo, and why we vaccinate that you could read.  It's very informative.

We will be awaiting pictures!

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thanks Glengate

the Doberman will be 9 weeks old, and the Terrier is fully vaccinated. That eases the first worry, only about another 999 to go!!!!

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Hi Happydance

I am originally from England, moved to the Czech Rep 2 months ago with my wife (who is Czech).

I had a Doberman in England, quite simply the best dog/friend in the world, he was amazing, soft and stupid (defiantely missed the intelligent gene), but thats why I loved him.

The puppy will be 9 weeks old when I get him, I have called him Sunny (like Sunshine) 

I promise to post pics as soon as I have him :) counting down the hours to Saturday

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I've never known a stupid Doberman. What kind of behaviors did he show that made you feel that way?

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Oh OH.. do I hear a worm can being opened..??? Stupid Doberman??

lingsuest...

honey....

that's an oxymoron!

But welcome to the Forum. we are getting so international..looking forward to meeting Sunny

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It's not stupidity it's EVIL GENIUS!

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There are also some threads about having a doberman puppy around smaller dogs. I would read those as well.  Start getting prepared with baby gates, tie downs, chews, crates, toys (other than the yorkie....).

Yorkies are terriers so they have a little spunk to them, but a doberman puppy can easily hurt them while playing.  Harley cornered a 5 Lbs yorkie puppy that was barking at him and the poor thing peed all over himself he was so frightened!  He is learning to be gentle around smaller dogs, but it takes time and you don't want any accidents.  As of right now, I do not leave Harley and Ellie alone together.  I know he doesn't want to hurt her, but in his exuberance it could happen by accident.

If parvo is super prevalent in your area I would also recommend putting a cleaning tray outside your front door to wipe your shoes and the yorkies feet.  It can come in so easily on your shoes.

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Hi everyone,

Thanks HarleyBear, everytime we take the Yorkie out we always clean his paws before coming back into house.

BBroyles: its a kind of term of endearment, he was my boy, and in my opionion quite simply the best dog in the world, to give a few loving examples, he would trip over himself, walk into things, bang his head, I tried the smell excercise placing chocolate in my hand, he always got the wrong one, tried putting under a tea towel, idea, he lifts the tea towel off then gets the choc, he just chomped the choc through the tea towel. He was a big Doberman weighing in at 8 stone, I had only ever head him growl once in his whole life, he was soft, he was adorable, he was mine :) and I didn't want him anyother way, and it wasn't just me thinking that, I will give you a line from my best man at my wedding last year

"alex had a dog called Bow, unfortunately he can't he here with us, but I remember when he went to choose him,he looks big and stupid, must be easy to train, and Alex thought that about the dog too"

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Lingsguest---you used CHOCOLATE as a reward?  Whoa....not a good idea.  Chocolate can be very harmful to dogs. 

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Hi Ziva's Dad, I knew that too much was harmful, but I thought a little bit now and again would be ok, but thank you and I will ensure when Sunny arrives Chocolate is off the treat menu :)

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Long legged animals go through gangly stages. Body awareness can be developed through training. Please search Ziva's dad's comments on agility training. Also, Lady Kate has posted a list of dangerous foods. You may be surprised to learn items listed! Read this site and look at Doberman Pincher Club of America. Read, read! There are some breed specific issues that Doberman owners should be aware of in order to be responsible and kind, loving owners. I have learned so much in the last year and continue to search and read when I have questions. Prepare yourself for a great relationship with your Doberman.

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Alex... Do you give your Yorkie chocolate too? ( even  "a little bit now and again" ) can do severe harm to one of your littles..

 

Please do not subject any more dogs to poisen.

Please read a little more before aquiring you new Sunny.. He deserves a well informed owner and a safe place to live.

I don't doubt Bow bumped into doors. I don't doubt you considered him 'dumb'. look to see the effects of chocolate and other toxic substances can have on our animals..even "a little bit now and again"

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Well, I have had a lot of Dobes, and they have been a lot of things, but stupid is not among them. They can be real klutzes at times, and when choosing hands, please remember that if you handled the choclate, you may have had the smell on both hands. As to eating the choclate through the towel, most likely he ate the towel and the choclate, since the towel smelled like choclate.

Princess is very bad (as was Red before her) about digging snack wrappers out of the trash and shredding them to lick the residue off the inside. Their noses are many times more sensitive than ours and go more by smell than by sight. That is why when you see your Dobe outside, more offten than not his nose is to the ground. If they are right on something, it's amazing how fast they can move with their nose to the ground. Of course when in a full gallop they are not. Many times when I am out with Princess her ears are up and her nose held high. She has heard something and is sniffing the air. Although movement catches their eye, smell and sound are their primary senses.

The Doberman physical structure is actually somewhat awkward for them. They basically have three movements, the walk, trot and full gallop. They move a lot like a horse because they have a similarity. Their legs are (by the standard) the same length as their spine. Some Dobes even have a prance. All gaits more common with horses than with dogs, especially littles.

Dobermans are very intelligent and wiley. They will lull you into a false sense of security so they can then get what they want. As you probably also know, they go through a counter surfing stage. That is when their legs are long enough to allow them to put their forepaws up on the counter and check out the goodies. In the case of my Red, he was big enough (30") that he could get to anything on the counter. The only safe places in the kitchen were in or on top of the refrigerator, in the oven, microwave or pantry. Even as young puppies, they learn to use their long legs quickly and stretch up to get something. You have to stay alert and watch them like the proverbial hawk to make sure that they don't get something. Princess killed a keyboard when she was a pup, and Jake has already gotten the cable to an external drive. Replacement arrived via UPS yesterday.

Jake has already found things I have been missing for a while. He is getting too big now to get under much, especially with his new "hat" (he just had his ears cropped and is wearing the cup on top to brace his ears).

Enjoy your little one. Take lots of photos, because they grow quickly.

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Hi guys

You seem to be getting the wrong impression of me, I called my previous dog dumb out of love and affection, it may be the English humour, but I seemed to of caused some upset with my comments, if I have I am sorry.

I take on board the choc advice, and the advice on the comments to read, so thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

My previous dog was loved and cared for better than a lot of humans, and it was only 3 years ago since I lost him, and time has not healed the pain, I think Sunny will though.

Rgreen, Princess may of been trying to post a comment on this forum of how wonderful you are :)

Lady Kate, I have read plenty on this forum, and I can't believe how much help it has given me, along with great people who clearly love their Doberman's.

I won't let you all down, and you will soon see pics of a very healthy, adorable Sunny.

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That sounds great! Listen and Learn! I understand the humor thing! I call my boy a dope all the time out of love as well! We just get a little portective of the breed here! Cisco is far from a dope (probably smartest dog I have owned) I call the "acting dumb" evil genius as I think I mentioned! Welcome aboard and PLEASE no more chocolate!!!!

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Fun, and congratulations! Definitely post pictures :D Haha, my family calls our little dog dumb ALL the time. Is she dumb? Nope. Goofy? Yes.

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Welcome!  and yes we must have pics....no worries on the dumb comment,  we all just get a little senstive about our babies :)  Rocky can be a complete moron at times and can have zero awareness that he's huge and weighs 80+ lbs by the way he runs into things at times too but they are def not dumb.  I think the little buggers out-smart us most of the time. 

 

we need pics!

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Good morning Guys,

 

Sunny has arrived :) pics to follow shortley, I just need to upload them from the camera.

A few words of advice if possible, the breeder where we picked him up from said we need to feed him raw beef of the bone as a supplement to his puppy food, anybody else heard of that? she has been breeding Doberman's for 30 years, with a couple of prize winners too, so I don't want to doubt it but would rather get the backing of this forum. The breeder also ensured that Sunny had his first Parvo injection before we picked him up, other injections are to be done on Friday.

House training is going well, one wee yesterday when he got excited and that was it in the house, I think when he whines loudly normally is a sign that he needs to go, Puppy training cage's are one of the best inventions ever, he is learning quickly.

He loves to bite and nibble, at the moment its a sharp No and a flat hand shown, slowly but surely again it is sinking in, already able to climb the stairs (one of us behind him to make sure he doesn't fall backwards).

One other problem is the Yorkie, he is very stand offish, and show his teeth when Sunny goes near, and advise on this??

He has just woke up (again) so its wee and poo time

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one more thing I forgot to add, I have just read a forum comment where it says dont feed the puppy after 6pm, we got told by the breeder to feed at 7am, 12pm, 5pm and 9pm again, are we doing the right thing, should I decrease or increase the times of feeding.

 

and a picture underneath, how about this for a good looking boy :)

 

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ok, another question, ears, I have some ear solution, when should I start using it, and any helpful tips?

sorry about all the questions, I just want to get this right

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Ellie acted the same way as your yorkie.  She would do a low growl, show teeth, and air snap.  She wants nothing to do with him.  We were advised by our trainer to let her tell him what is okay and what is not.  That dogs learn much faster from other dogs than from us. 

HOWEVER, Harley soon learned that she wasn't going to do anything to hurt him, so after she gave her warning and he still didn't listen we backed her up.  He went into time-out (worked for us).  Start teaching gentle and leave it.  Please don't leave then alone together quite yet.  A doberman puppy not quite so sure of his/her limbs can easily hurt a little dog by stepping on them.  Also, Harley liked to open mouth bite her on the back which was not okay with her or me. 

Ellie and Harley are getting along much better now, but the relationship is not perfect.  I still tell him leave it when he tries to play with Ellie.  And I still do not leave them alone together.  But this morning both of them were  snuggling up on the bed while I was getting ready for work.  It was quite cute and a glimpse of what their friendship will be in a year.