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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all! I'm a new member here as well as a first Doberman mommy. My husband grew up with doberman's and convinced it would be a perfect match. Well he was right. My Achilles is my baby. He is 6 months old now. I will say he is significantly larger that I expected. If anyone has advice for a mom of a really big Dobie boy, I'm all ears! Thanks! Mindy
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Well, you can't shrink him now, lol!

Training, training, training, training. The larger they are, the better trained they should be. That way, there is less hurricane forces when you are trying to walk him, or live with him.

How about some pics??


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I'll get some photos up as soon as possible! I love that he is so big, now that I've adjusted to it, but I dislike that so many people are afraid of him. An don't worry, I already planned for major training before we even got him. He has been in multiple classes now and will be graduating an intermediate class in about 3 weeks. I am trying to figure out what to do with him after that though. He seems to love the classes but I don't quite know what to do about training now. I'm considering working with him to be a therapy dog, I've heard dobies make great therapy dogs. Anyone have experience with this or ideas for doing it?


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Welcome! He is still very much a puppy, and a big Doberman puppy at that, it might be a wise idea to get a lot more training down and let his brain mature some before you get into therapy. The dobe I photographed last weekend is a large euro male that passed his CGC but was too boisterous and playful to pass his therapy exam so mom is going to continue with SAR and do therapy later, he is 16 months old. Depends on your boy's personality though. You could always try just know that a large dog can easily bruise an elderly person with a swipe of their paw. Since your boy is so young I would just continue to work on positively exposing him to all types of environments and situations so he remains stable and confident.

What about Rally?
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What is rally? Sorry, I probably sound like an idiot. This is my first done and he's amazing and oh so smart. I knew he would need a lot of stimulation but didn't realize exactly how much. I am interested in any types of stimulation for him but I don't know where to begin or even find these things in my area.


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What is rally? Sorry, I probably sound like an idiot. This is my first done and he's amazing and oh so smart. I knew he would need a lot of stimulation but didn't realize exactly how much. I am interested in any types of stimulation for him but I don't know where to begin or even find these things in my area.


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Rally is fun obedience check the AKC website, they have info for all the types of events you can do with your dog. You could get into nosework, agility foundation, etc...lots of options for you to try!
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