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Here are a few random questions with answers generally available on the internet. I hope it gives you food for thought but please do as much research as you possibly can before you go looking for your doberman puppy and make an impulse buy.
Trust me, you will fall in love with all doberman puppies you visit but puppies, doberman or not, should never be bought on impulse.
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Abbey St. Bathans, Ashkirk Broughton, Burnmouth Cockburnspath, Coldingham, Coldstream Denholm, Dryburgh, Duns Eddelston, Ettrick, Ettrick Bridge, Eyemouth Galashiels Hawick Innerleithen Jedburgh Kelso, Kirk Yetholm Lauder, Longformacus Melrose Newcastleton Newtown St. Boswells Peebles Roxburgh Selkirk, St. Abbs, Stow Teviothead, Town Yetholm, Traquair Walkerburn, West Linton
What are my responsibilities as a new Doberman puppy owner?
Do take your puppy to puppy playschool and obedience training classes and do your homework for these classes. Behaviors that are cute in a 15 pound puppy can be dangerous in a 75 pound doberman. Socialize your puppy with people (especially children) and other dogs frequently (after your puppy has completed its immunization). Your doberman puppy may go through a period known as “adolescent shyness” when it reaches 4-5 months of age. This period can last until the puppy is 12-18 months old. Socializing your puppy from an early age will help minimize this shyness. Expose your doberman puppy to a variety of experiences, but do so gently. You don’t want to traumatize your puppy. Be careful of heavy physical exertion directly before and after eating, especially if your Doberman is a “gulper”. Dobermans puppies can suffer from bloat. If your dog’s abdomen becomes distended and rigid and it can not seem to belch or pass gas, gastric torsion may be the problem. This is an urgent health concern and puppies, doberman and other breeds, should immediately attend the vets.
Are they good with children?
The breed is usually excellent with children when raised with children. This is due to their high level of intelligence and their innate desire to function with and for people. They seem to understand that infants and very young ones need care and protection and tend to be tolerant of little ones play. This is not to say that an exuberant pup will not knock a toddler down in play or accidentally bite to grab a toy.
When visiting a new litter you may find the dam aggressive and protective of her brood and should respect that for what it is. You also may encounter a Doberman alarmed at the antics of small children which should be explainable by asking if the dog has ever been exposed to youngsters. Aggression toward or fear of people of any size or age is not typical Doberman temperament and should be avoided in any dog you may have in your home.
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What are the grooming needs of a Doberman and how often should they be done?
Maintenance of the Doberman is minimal compared to many other breeds but there are still some areas that require attention.
Good dental health is also a must. Teach the dog early to enjoy having his teeth brushed with a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs. Also, encourage him to chew on toys that are designed to clean teeth and stimulate gums.
Toenails should be kept short. It is best to do them once a week. Long nails can be hazardous. Also, if they are too long the dog will be walking on the nails, as opposed to walking on pads of the feet as they are supposed to, resulting in sore, splayed feet.
Shedding YES, their dark hairs do get on clothing and furniture! There are some things that can be done to help minimize this. Baths with a good quality shampoo that is mild on the skin, as well as regular, consistent grooming with a rubber grooming glove will keep the skin stimulated and the hair healthy plus it will remove the dead hairs before they fall off on the furniture. A good way to cleanse them without bathing too frequently is to make a mixture of 1/3 Listerine Mouthwash, 1/3 glycerine and 1/3 water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the dog daily and wipe down with a soft cloth. This will keep the dandruff and shedding to a minimum and give your dog a sleek, shiny coat year round. A healthy, parasite free, clean Doberman will shed the least possible.
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Where should they live/sleep?
A Doberman that gets a lot of exercise and interaction with family makes an excellent housedog but he must have a secure area to run and play in or he should be taken on very regular romps to let off some steam. A Doberman that has been cooped up and not allowed to play rambunctiously may be too active to enjoy in the house. Because of their curious nature and high activity level it is best if young dogs sleep in a confined, secure place such as a crate. This assures that the dog does not accidentally get into trouble during the night when he wakes up and is unsupervised. Older, mature dogs that have proven themselves trustworthy housedogs can be allowed to sleep loose.
Doberman Puppies Scottish Borders
Abbey St Bathans-Scottish Borders (near Duns)
Allanton-Scottish Borders (near Chirnside)
Blyth Bridge-Scottish Borders (near Peebles)
Bonchester Bridge-Scottish Borders (near Hawick)
Donaldsons Lodge-Scottish Borders (near Kelso)
Ettrickbridge End-Scottish Borders (near Hawick)
Hendersyde Park-Scottish Borders (near Kelso)
Kings Muir-Scottish Borders (near Peebles)
Kirk Yetholm-Scottish Borders (near Kelso)
Kirkton Manor-Scottish Borders (near Peebles)
Mountain Cross-Scottish Borders (near Peebles)
Nether Blainslie-Scottish Borders (near Newtown St Boswells)
New Belses-Scottish Borders (near Ancrum)
Newtown St Boswells-Scottish Borders
Nine Mile Burn-Scottish Borders (near Penicuik)
Old Belses-Scottish Borders (near Ancrum)
Rhymney Bridge-Scottish Borders (near Peebles)
Roman Bridge-Scottish Borders (near Peebles)
St Abbs-Scottish Borders (near Berwick upon Tweed)
St Boswells-Scottish Borders (near Newtown St. Boswells)
Steele Road-Scottish Borders (near Hawick)
Talla Linnfoots-Scottish Borders (near Peebles)
Town Yetholm-Scottish Borders (near Kelso)
Upper Houndlaw-Scottish Borders (near Berwick upon Tweed)
West Linton-Scottish Borders (near Penicuik)
Wilton Dean-Scottish Borders (near Hawick)
Yarrow Feus-Scottish Borders (near Selkirk)
Will protection training make my puppy doberman vicious?
Protection sport training is probably the most misunderstood training in existence. Many people think that sport protection training makes dobermans vicious and aggressive towards people. The dogs are not taught to bite the person, but to bite the fabric. In the basic training the dog or puppy is taught to play with a burlap sack, sort of a tug of war. The doberman (or puppy) is then graduated to seizing a tube of burlap/fabric and stuffing. Then the dog is graduated to a leg sleeve and then to a decoy suit or sleeve. If the decoy, the man in the suit, were to take off the suit and shake it around, the dog will grab the suit and start a tug of war, in the same manner as he/she did with the burlap sack. If the decoy were to run away holding the suit, dangling from an out stretched hand, exposing the rest of the man to the dog, the dog would grasp the suit and pay no attention to the man. The doberman is taught to grab the fabric. The decoy is friendly towards the dog and many times, in training, the dog will climb up in the decoy’s lap and lick his face, immediately after the protection session is over. Puppies, dobermans seem to be particularly keen to start young, can start in a very small way from an early age but of course a puppy needs to mature into adult before progressing.
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