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Introducing Gus!

Hello everyone! I want to introduce Gus, who I snagged from a family in the mountains of SW Virginia Friday night because he was "too timid" and didn't get along well with their children. He was outside in a kennel and didn't seem to have spent much time indoors. I am not sure that he is a purebred, I only know what the family told me he was and they told me he was 10 weeks old. I know how the community feels about backyard breeders (this was not one of those) but hopefully you guys can look past the fact that I did not get this pup from a breeder but from a terrible family situation. Here is Gus on night 1 right when we got home:



He was super timid and super shaky at the beginning, but eventually settled down and fell asleep. He wouldn't eat a bite of food and only begrudgingly would take a slurp or 2 of water. He was terribly skinny with a huge pot belly. I scheduled an emergency visit with the vet for the next morning.



Gus is not very happy about being at the vet, but he eventually settled down.

The vet said he was anemic, malnourished, and dehydrated to the point where they had to give him fluids under his skin. He also had an extreme worm infestation. He weighed in at 14 lbs.

Over the past 3 days he has really started to come out of his shell, although he's still unsure about certain things (like evil potted plants) and will avoid them like the plague, he has stopped cowering when he meets new people and will actively approach them if they talk to him. He has started to put on a little more weight and lose his belly a little bit, and looks better and gets stronger every day.

We are working through the socialization checklist posted in a sticky on this thread. We are trying to move fairly quickly because of the closing socialization window while still making sure not to get overwhelmed and create negative experiences.

Here are my questions to start off, hopefully someone will be able to help:

Are there any additional steps I need to take in order to assure proper socialization due to his rocky start, or will he still be able to be socialized like a normal puppy?

Also, this is the first time I have had a dog and a cat concurrently, Gus treats her with a kind of mild neglect. Is this an acceptable way to interact or should I push further interaction between the two of them?

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My suggestion is don't coddle fearful behavior and try to boost his confidence For the cat it's best he doesn't care about it lol that prey drive and all. Has he been fully vaccinated if not I wouldn't be taking him anywhere after vaccinated take him everywhere bring yummy treats and reward him when he does a good job. I had friends come over and gave them treats so Ares would associate people with good things lol this will build his confidence as well. Lots of positive reinforcement and letting him win games will also build confidence these are just a few suggestions I'm sure others will chime in lol he sure is cute
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Thank you for taking this baby in & giving him a chance for a better life.

He's a real cutie & yes, he looks pure dobe to me.




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Welcome to DT from Denver!

He's so cute! Thanks for rescuing him from that situation, sounds like you did him a great favor. That family did ZERO research before getting a puppy shame on them! It sounds like you're doing a good job researching and socializing.

I can't offer any advice on kitty cats. I do know the breeder had one and Gretchen is now scared of them. I think it put her in her puppy place a lot.
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You are an angel.... What a lucky pup.

BTW. Hard to tell from 2 snapshots, but Gus sure looks 100% doberman to my untrained eye.

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GUS looks all Doberman to me. He is adorable..

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After his next vaccination I would get him into an obedience class. Make sure they disinfect well after classes and are positive reinforcement trainers. Just don't take him to high traffic dog places.

Temperament is part socialization and part genetics. Only time will tell what you're really working with, but I would give treats to friends, strangers and ask them to treat and pet so his people experiences are positive. Get him out and about all you can, again staying away from dog high traffic areas, keeping all positive and not trying to comfort him when he gets scared as to him that would be reward for being scared. Always be calm and collected around him. Places like entrance and exit areas of Walmart, Kmart, grocery stores would be good.

Great he isn't interested in the cat. That might change once he begins to feel better. If it does just teach him to respect the cat and not torment it. You might have to put up a baby gate to provide a safe peaceful place for the cat away from Gus for a while.

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Shame on the family for supporting unethical breeding, and it doesn't sound like they took very good care of him either!
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Welcome! Gus looks like such a sweetie Thank you for taking him in, sounds like you did him a real favour. I have no doubt he'll repay you as a lifelong companion.
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Aw, he's a cutie. He certainly looks purebred to me.

As far as the cat goes, ignoring it is perfectly acceptable, and is by far preferable to him wanting to chase it. Even a friendly dog can get on a cat's last nerve when they are constantly wanting to snuzzle up to it and play with it.


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Such a sweet puppy! I'm so happy you found and took this puppy into your home. What a horrible existence he would have had had he stayed with that family. Gus is a very fortunate little puppy!

Gus looks like our puppy, General and they are probably about the same age. General was born 7/9/15 and is currently 10 weeks 4 days old. General weighed 10 lbs 2 ounces last Wednesday, the day of his ear cropping so I don't believe 14 pounds is under weight but someone here can correct me if I'm mistaken.

We also have a cat, Lucky that will be 17 years old next month. We were concerned how she would react to a puppy because she's been our one and only "baby" since we adopted her from a shelter when she was approximately 5 weeks old. At this time they are only mildly interested in each other. They have touched noses several times and she will only occasionally hiss at him if he lingers too long in her presence! As LindaH suggested, a baby gate to give the cat time/space away from Gus may be beneficial to both Gus and the cat.

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My Effy's 2-4 month old disinterest in cats has now turned into a 10 month old's constant fascination with chasing and harassing any and all things that possibly might even resemble a cat. Looking back, I really wish I would have spent a lot more time developing a more positive and polite relationship with cats as opposed to the disinterest...which was not long lasting.
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If he is mostly uninterested in the cat, you should have a Much easier time with the two. Adorable little Gus will grow up with the cat in the house and think it's normal.

I'm not a great trainer, so someone here can probably come up with a better or more precise method, but this is the gist of what I've done:
Be mindful of how you interact with the two of them. Let Gus see you pet and cuddle the cat. Don't let him interrupt. Then give him a good cuddle. Later, pet them both at the same time. Use cookies as needed. The goals are to make sure he knows you love him and the cat, that he doesn't have to battle the cat for attention.

A cat will normally make sure a dog doesn't confuse it for a squeaky toy or another puppy, without needing our help. You would only have to step in if the dog thinks he's dominant over the cat or doesnt take the hint that the cat doesn't want to play. Sometimes young dobes are thick-headed.
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We also put a cat door into our laundry room - where we have the food and litter boxes. Since only Hilde's head fits through, the cats have a safe place to run and hide. In the beginning, we didn't let Hilde in our bedroom either, until she could be totally trusted with the cats.
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Cats...

It so depends on the dog.

Our big boy Butcher (RIP) would lay on my son's back deck in the sun and the neighbor's cats would come and curl up next to him.

Today, I was walking McCoy, who has never had any real interaction with cats. While talking to a woman, her cat walked up to McCoy and licked his face! He was completely at ease.

My Boxer, Gunnar (RIP) would have eaten the kitty.

Eyes wide open. That is my only suggestion.
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Thank you all so much for your warm welcome and your thoughtful responses to my questions. I hope it's not a problem if I have a few more as time goes on!
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He is precious and looks all Doberman to me. I am so glad you took him in, what a shame that the family got him had him for a couple of weeks and was already crappy to him. However, the light is they only had him for at most a few weeks and allowed him a chance for a better life!

Look forward to more pictures. And my boy started out in a similiar bad situation, he also was uninterested in cats for a good 3 months and then one day "bam" he thought he should chase and try to hold them down with his mouth. It was a lot of work to stop that behavior. I really thought I was in the clear since for 3 months he wasn't interested in them at all. They would snuggle together and all was fine.


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A very beautiful pup Such a great thing you did by rescuing him! I'm looking forward to updates.

Definitely looks 100% dobie to me!

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Congratulations on your new little guy! He is really cute.

My suggestion related to socialization would be to make sure you don't push him too hard. From what you described from his first few days, it sounds like he is very shy and lacks confidence, understandably based on his life experience thus far. You don't want to force things on him when you are out socializing him - whether it be new people, places, etc. You want to keep it positive and fun. If he is stressed out (shaking, trying to get away from the person, stress panting, etc) then the socialization may result in a negative experience and be counter productive. If that ends up being the case, you want to go a bit slower and build his confidence. That doesn't mean not taking him out, it just may mean staying a bit farther back from people, letting him take things in, but not necessarily forcing interaction for example.

I've seen a better article out there but here is one I found quickly that speaks to what I am trying to say.

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You might pick up a copy of Leslie McDevitt's book, "Control Unleashed Puppy" and start working with some of the exercises there. It's a great book for shy, fearful dogs. The key is to always work below his threshold, so always at the point where he's comfortable and having a good experience.

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Thanks for all the great article and book recommendations. I'll definitely pick them up and start working from them. Gus is doing great now, he and the cat are actively playing with each other and he continues to slowly meet new people and be exposed to new environments. I have never seen a puppy that gets the hiccups as often as my little guy. He's getting his second set of shots on Friday as well as a general check-up to make sure he's all recovered from his rocky start. I will take lots more pictures over the weekend and post them because I just can't help myself!
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Update on Gus!

He is a little monster now. He has completely gotten over his shyness. That being said, he is like a bull in a china shop now, barreling around the house and sliding on the hardwood floors. He also is addicted to chomping on things, it's a constant struggle to shove bones and kongs in his mouth in place of rugs and couch cushions. We are working on training as long as his gnat-like attention span allows, and incorporating what he learns into every day life. Potty training is going well, he has an accident every now and then, he had only one over the weekend when I stopped to put shoes on before taking him out (from now on I'm going barefoot.) I am slowly giving him access to more of the house and letting him be a little more independent on where he goes, but he still mostly stays right with me. He is going for his first play date with his cousin today, so that should be fun. A couple questions:

1) We have been working on expanding our comfort zone on walks, but he still rarely makes it to the end of the block without trying to turn around, I have enticed him with treats so far, but at some point I assume he'll decide that its okay to walk everywhere. Is it normal for a pup at 11 weeks to still have such a small comfort zone?

2) He will refuse to drink water for hours on end, and then decide he's thirsty and empty the entire bowl in one sitting -- putting me on high alert for pee time. I have tried enticing him to drink during small amounts at more regular intervals, but he just isn't interested. Has anyone else experienced this / should I be worried about this?

3) I have been exposing him to his crate based on the principles listed on here and other reputable sources, and he HATES it. He acts like someone is murdering him when the door closes and I leave the room. If someone is in the room with him and the door is closed he is fine. I am sure the strategy here is to stick with it, but reading all the stories about the dobermans who love their crates... it is just disheartening.

All that being said, I love him to death and am super excited about our future together



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Update on Gus!

He is a little monster now. He has completely gotten over his shyness. That being said, he is like a bull in a china shop now, barreling around the house and sliding on the hardwood floors. He also is addicted to chomping on things, it's a constant struggle to shove bones and kongs in his mouth in place of rugs and couch cushions. We are working on training as long as his gnat-like attention span allows, and incorporating what he learns into every day life. Potty training is going well, he has an accident every now and then, he had only one over the weekend when I stopped to put shoes on before taking him out (from now on I'm going barefoot.) I am slowly giving him access to more of the house and letting him be a little more independent on where he goes, but he still mostly stays right with me. He is going for his first play date with his cousin today, so that should be fun. A couple questions:

1) We have been working on expanding our comfort zone on walks, but he still rarely makes it to the end of the block without trying to turn around, I have enticed him with treats so far, but at some point I assume he'll decide that its okay to walk everywhere. Is it normal for a pup at 11 weeks to still have such a small comfort zone?

2) He will refuse to drink water for hours on end, and then decide he's thirsty and empty the entire bowl in one sitting -- putting me on high alert for pee time. I have tried enticing him to drink during small amounts at more regular intervals, but he just isn't interested. Has anyone else experienced this / should I be worried about this?

3) I have been exposing him to his crate based on the principles listed on here and other reputable sources, and he HATES it. He acts like someone is murdering him when the door closes and I leave the room. If someone is in the room with him and the door is closed he is fine. I am sure the strategy here is to stick with it, but reading all the stories about the dobermans who love their crates... it is just disheartening.

All that being said, I love him to death and am super excited about our future together



Excellent news!

If you haven't already, google Susan Garrett's "Crate Games" for the crate issues. You can start with what's free, but she also has a DVD. Every dog I know who has been trained using Crate Games LOVES their crate.


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