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Old 12-18-2012, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Update: Vader @ 8 months old!

Hello all! So I haven't had a chance to post in a while and thought I would share some updated info and pics on my sweet boy Vader. He is 8 months old, just shy of 80 lbs and doing great!! He has more energy than I know what to do with! I can't wait untill we can run together. Vader is super smart and the star of his obedience classes! When he's not showing off he's bugging his big sister to play with him. She's a 6 y/o pitbull rescue and she loves him. They are such a sweet couple and love everyone! I couldn't be happier! Thank you to all that helped me during the "dark times" lol. We seem to be coming out of it. Cheers!
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great pics! Vader is a real handsome Dober-dude!! Gotta love it when they snuggle up together! mine do that too but Bella's head is a bit heavy on my Bichon, Sparky, lol!


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wow, Vader has grown up. He is looking great and his ears are doing fine. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't forget that the terrible two's are just around the corner. Keep up the training and you should breeze right through them. These little buggers really try our patience but in the long haul they make our days brighter.
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Not sure if this has been mentioned in other posts or not: Vader looks terrific except for his nails. They should be way short right now because they only get harder to keep shorter as they get older. Those dewclaws really need to be much shorter and show no hook whatsoever. They should look like a short triangle, not a claw. They break way too easily, esp since his seem to point away from the leg.

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Thanks for the info on the nails. Honestly, I have no idea how close I can cut them. We have had issues with the pitbull and her nails. Her quick pretty much runs the entire length of the nail so we've had to be extremely careful. His nails are so black and opaque that I cant tell how far I should clip so I've been erring of the side of caution. Can you elaborate or point me in the right direction of a resource that can explain this to me in greater detail? I've taken him to the vet to have them clipped but they said they didn't know how far down to go either.
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Thanks for the info on the nails. Honestly, I have no idea how close I can cut them. We have had issues with the pitbull and her nails. Her quick pretty much runs the entire length of the nail so we've had to be extremely careful. His nails are so black and opaque that I cant tell how far I should clip so I've been erring of the side of caution. Can you elaborate or point me in the right direction of a resource that can explain this to me in greater detail? I've taken him to the vet to have them clipped but they said they didn't know how far down to go either.
You should use a dremel - hand held grinder. The clipping can crush the nail and not allow you to have them as short as you should or as smooth as a dremel. Go to this site and click on the "How I Dremel Dog Nails" on the left hand side:

DoberDawn.com

I have used the corded model, the Dremel 7700 with 7.2V battery (not worth the money imo due to battery problems) and now the bigger Lithium Battery 8200 model. Other companies like Black&Decker put out their own versions of the Dremel Rotary Tool. Hunt around and look for good buys - I got mine at Home Depot - demo model at 50% off. Just lucky I was passing by and looked at the one hiding under the shelves. I bought my corded model in 1980 and have used it continuously since then and it finally died early this year. I would use it when the battery in the 7.5V model would run out (mid dogs usually - I do 4 dogs each Saturday afternoon - takes about 30 minutes from start to end for all 4 including treats and prep and cleanup).

If you go with the 7200, there are currently half price on Amazon. You have to run the battery right down to nothing before you recharge or else the battery won't take and hold a charge. I have 2 batteries and I can't charge it up and have it hold for a week anymore - I have to drain and charge the same day.

Hemorrhoid cream can help the quick recede - e.g. PrepH
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