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Old 05-26-2011, 06:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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when do dobes settle down?

i have an 8 year old boxer who i would say just settled down, a little, at age 7...i have a 5 year old boston who hasn't settled down yet and an almost 2 year old dobe who is more settled than either! is this normal for them to get a routine, play and walk and then are super settled and calm in the house, how i picture an 'old dog' at 2 years old?? i know it's difficult to compare to a boxer and boston but if he's settling down into his routine and is calm and chill at 2, this is awesome! lol

what are your experiences as dobes get a little older??
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Kojo my first male Dobie settled down at 2 years. Magnum on the other hand is just starting to settel down now at 4 years.
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Seems like, my boy has been settled since he was 1 yr old... We do lots of outdoor activities, so anytime we were home it was because we were both beat...

But even on Lazy days, he is perfectly fine with just laying right next to me on the couch
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It took a lot of work to get Shanoa to learn to settle. As a puppy and adolescent she had no idea how to settle outside of her crate. If we weren't active she was pacing around. We reinforced quiet, settled behavior whenever she displayed it, and also actively worked on it using Dr. Overall's Relaxation Protocol. Now, at 2 1/2, she's great! She's absolutely ready to go whenever I am, but is content to hang out in the house quietly when I'm relaxing. I think it's partly age, but more the work that I've put into teaching her to relax.

Simon, my new rescue boy, is 8 years old and is a total couch potato
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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murdock is a total couch potato when he is allowed on the couch and lately i've given up...he would lay on teh couch all day long if i let him. when i was keeping him off of it he would lay on his bed, get up, pace, check on me and pace the house. now i let him on his side of the couch he doesn't move unless i get up or the other dogs or he hears something.

i'm really liking it! he is also ready to go play/walk/etc whenever i am.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think it may depend more on the specific dog vs the breed. My Boston settled at about a year old. Finn(our doberman) is already settled and he is only 4 months old. Of course he may get to be a little different as he matures. Our Basset Hound has been settled since day 1.
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