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11-14-2012, 06:43 PM
Dogs Name: Zelda(siberian husky), Optimus Prime(doberman)
Titles: CGC, Certified Therapy Dog
Dogs Age: 7, 4
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You can find adult or older puppy re-homes from good breeders. I would go that route or fostering/adoption
I am 26 and go to school full time. My Doberman is my social life, everything I do in my free time revolves around him. My ex fought with me all the time about spending so much time socializing and training him. But hey, I'm not with that douche bag anymore and I have one awesome and obedient Doberman who is a therapy and agility dog.
I got Prime at 5 months from his breeder. He was already house, crate, and leash trained. He was also used to getting his ears posted and his nails grinded. Not mouthy AT all. Easiest puppy ever, but that was all thanks to his awesome breeder and me getting a little older pup.
__________________ Optimus Prime, Ninja, Zelda, & foster dog Jack
Train, don't complain.
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11-15-2012, 07:00 PM
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Location: Portland, OR
Dogs Name: Foxfire's Mystic Mars: "Silas" and Scout, Frenchie/Chi X
Titles: Silas, CGC & Delta therapy dog
Dogs Age: 10/22/08 & 7/8/09
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They are intelligent but not as biddable as you might think - this I think is in part due to the fact that they are thinkers. They are also very pushy and will try to push limits continually as youngsters. I've said it a million times but it's true - if you give an inch they take a hundred miles.
This and their energy (and desire to continually interact with you can) make them tough pups and especially for those without prior dog experience.
If you do go the adult route, which I think would be great for you, you can take your time and find just the right match. It might take a while - don't rush. A dog who is good with other dogs, who has a solid base temperament, etc. I would look for a grounded dog.
Thanks for being open to suggestions. You sound level-headed and that will get you far with a Dobe.
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11-17-2012, 05:32 PM
Dogs Name: Red XIII
Titles: CD, RE, RA, RN, CGC, TDI
Dogs Age: 6 years
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spacecadet, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for doing your research first, asking the right questions, keeping an open mind and listening to all these responses. It's not often someone comes along who is genuinely honest, level-headed and is responsive like you.
You've gotten a lot of good feedback so far so I won't repeat everything, just that I think you will make a great dog owner
Good luck and stick around!
__________________ Gorrmae's Fantasy Red XIII CD RE CGC TDI DOB 2/17/07, red/rust, male neutered Doberman
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11-17-2012, 05:57 PM
Dogs Name: Deacon, Bailey, Feeney
Titles: Deacon: CGC
Dogs Age: 6/09, 10/04, 5/07
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I'm so glad that you are doing your research because so many people just jump into getting a cute puppy without realizing how demanding they are. I agree that a female would fit in better if all of the doggy friends around are males. I also think that you should get an older puppy or adult. Personally, I don't have the huge amounts of time or patience that it takes to properly raise and socialize a puppy so I recently adopted a 3 y/o. In my experience of fostering and now adopting with adults, I have found that you still have the joys of bonding and training with an adult that have with a puppy, only they take much less time and energy to get them acclimated with your lifestyle and teach them manners.
A good rescue (I'm sure some people in your area will speak up on ones that they know) will match the right dog for you, it will have been temperament tested, and they take care of medical needs before adopting them out. Also, check with reputable breeders in your area, some times they have adults or older puppies available.
Good luck in your search, and stick around because I have learned some valuable information from the knowledgable people on here!
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
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