supplies and preparation for my new puppy?

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what all supplies do i need to purchase before bringin my new dobie home?

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WELCOME~

You'll need a crate large enough for your pup to stand up and at least turn around in, possibly a dog bed or a thick rug to sleep on, lots and lots of chew toys, high-grade dog food....just to name a few.  I'm sure some of the members that recently brought home a new puppy can add to this.

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1) A large bottle of your favorite adult beverage...

2) A large bottle of your favorite aspirin...

 

All joking aside, is this your first dobe?  Like said above, you will need a kennel, toys, food, treats, leash, collar, tag, food & water dishes...

In terms of what you will do at your house, most people would recommend "puppy proofing" your house.  Meaning put anything you don't want destroyed away or at least out of reach, get rid of those loose wires, secure the garbage can, whatever you can think of.  Walk around the house, and look for anything that can be dangerous, and get rid of it.  Depending on what kind of training you plan on doing, (daily training, mental stimulation, exercise, and interaction are an absolute must to have  a well behaved, balanced dobe) I would start thinking about clickers, or agility setups, or coming up with some type of plan so that you're ready.  

If you can tell us a little about your experience with dogs, and specifically dobes, I'm sure we can give some better answers as well.  Is this your first dog?  First dobe?  Have you had 10 dobes, but never a puppy?  All that stuff will play in to some of the answers, so let us know some more info when you get a chance.  Welcome to the site, and best of luck!

I would like to add to the list a VERY GOOD book that will help in training your puppy the minute you get him or her home, it is called "The focused puppy" by Deborah Jones and Judy Keller. This is a training system for raising a great companion or performance dog. I HIGHLY recommend it. Very easy to understand and practical advice and games to play this is not only for a beginner but seasoned dog competitors such as myself. Their is something for everyone in this book.

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Hi Keri0815 and welcome to the Gentle Doberman Forum.

I was so saddened when I read your profile on Jake. It must have been extra hard to lose your 'best friend' in such a cruel way.

I don't want this to sound negative, I promise I don't.. but it's only been a little over a month since you lost Jake.. Are you sure it's not too soon to try to replace him ?

That is sad, I just read it also. I cant imagine anyone purposfully hurting an animal.

I don't think anything will replace Jake and I'm sure she knows that but it can help heal! We just put our oldest girl down this summer very sad and I still cry when I look at her pictures, but  I cant imagine not having the other dogs to help ease the pain. Life would seem so empty if I didn't have another dog to share life with.

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i've had dog's every since i was a little girl. big dog's little dog's old and young. jake was my first dobe he was a rescue. i got him when he was 3 months old. there will never be another dog in this world that will replace jake. this will be my first experience with a dobe this young. and its not that i'm tryin to replace jake. i've actually had this puppy reserved since before the dam was bred which was a few months before i lost jake. this puppy will actually be a brother or sister to my jake. i just wanna be a more prepared than last time. because i would love to prove to the world that the dobe is not a vicious breed. but a very loving and caring breed.

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damn lol...

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sorry internet malfunction

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Anyway ... Sorry to hear about your Jake. That saddens me to know that just because someone doesn't understand a breed of dog they automatically assume the worst. As for what to get for a new Puppy ..

*Asprin as stated-They can get on your nerves sometimes.(And I have only had mine 2 weeks)But I love her to death.

Alot of what everyone else said the usual. I would highly reccomend puppy proofing as Kevin stated. All wires and anything you don't want destroyed. (I now know why they are devil puppies). Myself however besides what is stated I got alot of extras for later. I bought 2 collars and 2 different leashes. One for now and one as she gets older. Also LOTS of CHEW TOYS. Pandora hasn't gone through the ones I have got her yet but she is slowly working on the rope bone that she loves. I think I will end up replacing it every couple weeks. If I can think of anything else that isn't mentioned I will post it.

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what kinda puppy food should i feed my new puppy i know i should use what the breeder uses but that's not available where i live so she is gon2 give me a small bag and i know that i should gradually wein him to the new food to spent a tummy ache i just would like to know some good recommendations. i was thinkin about pedigree.

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Please don't use pedigree. It's the worst you can give your dog. This is what dogfoodanalysis.com wrote: "this is one of the lowest quality products reviewed on this site. It receives a 1* rating due to the unavailability of anything lower". Full review here: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1885&cat=all

 

Take a look here: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/, and see if you can find one of the products that revieved 5 or 6 stars in your area.

I'm not sure where you live but if you are in the US you can probably order most of them over the internet easily and get them delivered to your door.

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wow Ziva is beautiful! what kind of ear crop did you have done? her ears stand beautifully.

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@keri0815, Thank you!    Ziva has a 'medium' crop, and I had it done when she was 8 1/2 weeks old.  I had no intentions in showing her, and didnt want to mess with the longer show-crop for that reason.  My vet leaves a little more 'bell' to the ear base than a lot of vets do when he crops, and I never thought it looked bad at all...it helps the ears stand soon after the stitches come out.  I've re-posted her ears a couple of times for a few days at a time, but pretty much, they stand really well on their own.

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hi lady kate! thanks for your advice. i've got another question lol what are the dobe$ 4?

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Hi Keri.. Wish I knew about the Dobe$.. seems like I'm collecting quite a few.. want some??

How is your search for a pup coming along? Can't remember the last time I had a puppy.. I'm sort of a "rescue" type.. But it sure sounds like fun!!

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RGreen has fed Pedigree for years with no adverse effects on his dobes...  IMHO most of the dog food "reviews" that I've found are financed by & are promoting a certain brand of dog food.  To me what is most important is finding the best food you can afford that the pup likes & will eat.  Just remember that he will be on puppy food for awhile.  Some people say 6 months, my vet recommended 1 year for Brinks...  depends on you, your vet & your dog.

The reason I suggested a food your pup will eat is that Brinks will eat just about any type of dry dog food (I call him "the circling land shark" at feeding time!).  I got a small bag of Blue Buffalo but he turned up his nose...  ate all of his regular food but left the Blue stuff untouched.  Reminded me of my dismal attempt to feed them peas, carrots and green beans!

One last thought...  When you "puppy proof" your house make sure you lie on the floor & look around.  You'd be amazed at the things you thought were up really aren't up far enough!

I am so sorry about Jake.  The new pup will never & should never replace Jake, but will certainly bring much love & laughter (& yes, some stress!) to your life.

Good luck, & remember we all want to see pictures!  :-)

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Hi There Dabbles!! It's always so good to see you on the Forum.. Yes.. I remember the 'keys and parrots..' you HAVE to post that picture again.. it's waaaay too funny.. For anyone who hasn't seen it.. it's worth hitting the 'search button!

Keri, did you get Jake as a pup?

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@ lady kate.
lol it doesn't seem like anyone knows what the dobe$ is for. as about my new puppy my breeder is excepting the litter to be born on the 17 of this month, and ready a week after christmas i'm so excited! and jake was 3 months when i got him my new puppy will be o first experience with a dobe this young.
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i also read the comment about pedigree i believe that is what i'll go with. hopefully my new puppy will like it. lol

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Keri0815 - for everyone's information, I did not start Princess on full Pedigree. She came from her breeder with a large plastic bag of pre-moistened NutroMax Large Breed Puppy food. I went up with a small bag of Pedigree Puppy, but it stayed unopened for a while.

Those who have been on the site know that almost two years ago I traveled 900 miles in between regional snow storms to the upper midwest to pick up Princess. She was the best prepared puppy I ever got, she was already crate trained and was the next to last puppy to leave (she was 9 weeks old). I was delayed a bit because my first choice dates were blocked out by a major winter storm in the area.

Our first night was spent in a motel room and she got her name because she was a little Princess. She did not whine or cry that night. She went right in the crate and went to bed. (She had already traveled about 4 hours in the crate to this point. (I had a motel room in Covington, Ky for two nights. On the day I picked her up, I traveled through the entire state of Ohio, spent two wonderful hours talking Dobermans with her breeder and holding her most of that time. Then traveling back to the motel. She did cry in the middle of the night to go outside, and I carried her out inside my jacket to protect her from 17 degree weather. When she did her business, she traveled back inside in my jacket, got a little petting and back to bed we went. She was a very true Princess and by far the easiest puppy I have ever been around at that point.

Of course when we got home the devil horns came out when she decided that I was a better chew toy than the store bought ones. That is something you will have to watch out for. When your new little one bites, hollar as if you are hurt, it will startle her. Then work on getting her to chew something else. Puppies like to chew on their litter mates (and mama if present) so they want to transfer that to you. You should not let her.

I fed Princess NutraMax Large Breed Puppy for many months, and in a previous discussion about foods Canidae was recommended highly and I could get it at a local feed store, but it runs $50+ for a 30 pound bag. I was willing, but Princess didn't really care for it although Red eats anything. I found another food last year on a trip to East Texas that she liked for a while, but it is not readily available outside East Texas, so everyone is back on Pedigree.

Another decision you will have to make is - Ears. Cropped or Uncropped. Start thinking about it now, and if you want to crop, investigate the available vets, and ask to see photos or references. Some areas are fortunate to have skilled vets, others not so much. Do not expect every vet to be able to crop ears, it is not really taught in vet school.

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luckily when i was 5 my mother worked for a vet and watched him do many crops. and my mother and i recently went and asked to see pictures of his previous work and i'm pretty confident he can do a good job. i'm hoping to have a medium crop done and ask if he can leave a little more of the bell on like kevin's vet did for Ziva. and i also plan on goin back in a few days to ask about the mole foam technique.

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Keri:

I might have missed it in one of your posts.. Where do you live?

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Sure your dogs won't die from the day you start feeding pedigree. I know humans as well who eat a seriously crappy diet and still get to live to well over 80. But just because they get to live a long time doesn't mean the diet they're on it optimum. I've studied human nutrition and performance extensively for the last 8 years, and I know how much of a difference a good diet make. I would never eat grain all day myself, and neither would I allow my dog to do the same. I perform at my best when I eat nothing but meat, healthy oils, different vegetables and some fruit. I'm sure my dog does the same. If you don't want to feed a natural diet to your dags,  a least find a product that mimics it closely - a product that is primarily grain based is simply way too far away from what's best for the dogs :-)

I would watch asking to leave more bell on. Most of the vets leave AMPLE bell on because they don't know how to crop anyother way. If you ask to leave extra on you are going to end up with a dog that looks like a bat or Micky Mouse in most cases.