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Old 12-29-2012, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Skoll in the Snow



Skoll decided coats are for sissies and greatly protests when I put his on him. I will need to locate a coat he can't squirm out of so easily, for his own good, since it'll only get colder from here.

SNOW!!! We got a few inches that day and a few more today and he is enjoying it greatly. His first reaction to his first American snow (I'm sure he had plenty in Canada) was "ewwww, cold and wet and you expect me to go out THERE?" but then I guess he realized what it was and got very silly and playful. He likes to bury his nose in it and then prance around with a small mound on the tip of his nose.

He still thinks cats are fun to chase but I'm starting to be able to distract him mid-focus and then he leaves my poor (very angry) cat alone. He's also starting to be able to be put off with a hiss from her; I think the last time he ignored her hiss she smacked him a good one. She's continuing to regain her old confidence and is currently sleeping about 3ft from his crate (he either hasn't noticed her or decided against reacting, he's still awake). He's been tucked in for the night for about an hour but seems to prefer remaining awake until I stop making noise on the computer. He hasn't screamed in his crate in several days, any barking (usually at the cat) is easily silenced with a "Quiet!" and he now willingly goes in and out of it so I think he's remembered that he is indeed crate trained. Last night he tucked himself in at around 10:30... was petting him when all of a sudden he got up and flopped in there instead of laying on me.

Stairs he still hesitates sometimes on. For the most part, "upstairs" and "downstairs" as commands are what work best. He'll go up and down the 1st set of steps on his own as well, and if he's expecting food after a walk he'll climb the 2nd set (that's the scary one) as well. He does airplane ears and makes it plain that he still doesn't like that set of stairs, but at least he's not planting his feet and refusing to go up or down anymore. I can't lug a 95# beast considering I'm only a little heavier than he is!

We can also walk by strangers without anchoring and barking! He still will growl or bark if he sees someone in the distance for some reason, but if we have to pass them on the sidewalk or if they're walking the same way we are the most he does is lean over for a sniff. No greeting strangers yet until I figure out why he likes some people and not others. He's much more on guard with strangers at night and that's been mostly when he's barked at dogs/people while out on a walk recently.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Love the updates, he is so handsome
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like he is adjusting well with your handling, congratulations!
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Skoll looks cute in his coat. Very handsome.
Sounds like he is becoming a very good boy.
95lbs is a lot of Doberman. I know this because our 17 mn pup is 97lbs.

You mentioned coming to Canada.
I can recommend an excellent coat for Skoll.
"Greenhawk" Equestrian Store makes dog coats. They are sort of mini horse coats.
Anyway, they have a website, and stores all over Ontario. The coats are "Shedrow" brand and cost $29.99 usually.
I bought one in 2003, and now Zachary is wearing it. REALLY durable.
Depending on where you are going to, it might be a little CHILLY.
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he's adorable How do you like the harness? I got them for my girls and they seem to work pretty good, though Nexus is hesitant to jump in the truck with it on.
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He is just awesome. Everyday a new "paw" forward.

And all sorts of new adventures to be had that he most likely hadn't had before!

I hope he realizes how much of a blessing you are to him, and him to you <3

Keep the updates coming on your handsome boy!
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Skoll looks cute in his coat. Very handsome.
Sounds like he is becoming a very good boy.
95lbs is a lot of Doberman. I know this because our 17 mn pup is 97lbs.

You mentioned coming to Canada.
I can recommend an excellent coat for Skoll.
"Greenhawk" Equestrian Store makes dog coats. They are sort of mini horse coats.
Anyway, they have a website, and stores all over Ontario. The coats are "Shedrow" brand and cost $29.99 usually.
I bought one in 2003, and now Zachary is wearing it. REALLY durable.
Depending on where you are going to, it might be a little CHILLY.
He is a LOT of dog. He's also overly tall at 30in so he is definitely above standard. It's a bit ironic; when I first noticed dobermans as a breed (when I was ~7) I'd heard first of these XXL dogs that were as big as great danes and wanted one. I was promptly educated on why I didn't want one... and now I have one.

I adopted him from Canada At this point it's safe to say that he was mostly an outside dog and he definitely prefers no coat. THANK YOU so much for the link, I like their prices and that will be a purchase I'll be making shortly. They look much warmer and thicker than his current coat as well. Do they ship to USA?

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he's adorable How do you like the harness? I got them for my girls and they seem to work pretty good, though Nexus is hesitant to jump in the truck with it on.
I'll be honest, I hate it. It chaffs a bit and he seems very unused to having anything on aside from his collar (most likely never wore anything else) but it helps with his pulling and so I use it begrudgingly. Looking into one that has more padding, though. He's hesitant to climb stairs with it on, but stairs are still scary things so adding a harness he's uncomfortable in doesn't help.




Have a picture of him testing his backpack from our walk today.
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He is a very handsome guy, and I'm glad to hear that he is making such good progress. Good job, mom! He just needed somebody who believed in him and understood him. Maybe he realized that he's got a forever home and won't be shuffled around anymore :-)


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What a handsome fellow you have there! I adore dobies in the snow.
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