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Old 12-18-2012, 11:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Advice needed - new puppy

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I am so glad to have found your forum, since you all seem very knowledgeable, and passionate about the breed. Let me give you just a bit of a background. My husband and I, and our 2 year old daughter have a 6 year old lab. We love dogs, but didn't necessarily plan to get one "this past week". To shorten the story, our neighbor came and she asked us are we interested in a doberman puppy she has, as she cannot keep it anymore, and will take it to a shelter if she can't find a home. Knowing that we love dogs, she thought about asking us. We did want a Doberman as our next breed, but didn't like the fact that she bought a dog from a lady that had puppies locally and paid $300 for her. We don't like that we don't have any health history ( dogs weren't health tested ) on the puppy, and it doesn't seem like she's an ethical, reputable breeder. Anyway, when we saw the puppy ( she brought her over ), we fell in love with it...and took her in.

Meet Domina.She is 7 weeks 5 days old. My neighbor never had a puppy, and after having her for just 3 days, she decided that her and her family can't keep up with the potty training, getting up at night to let her out, chewing etc. They just got overwhelmed with the whole experience.

We had a receipt from the "breeder" that states she had her 6 week shot ( she hasn't been dewormed, her tail is docked ). Neighbor also showed us the picture of the parents ( both Dobies ), but that's about all we know. Oh and the puppies were raised with the mother in the shed in the back yard. We took her in to get checked yesterday, and they checked the stool and bloodwork, so far so good, she is healthy and doesn't have worms. I really hope she won't get health problems down the line, and hopefully she'll get to live a long healthy life.

I have couple of questions...it's been a looongg time since we had a puppy around.

Are we supposed to add water to her food? She was on "puppy chow", and we switched her to Vet's Science Diet for puppies when we got her. We've never added water to our lab's food, but I read that adding water is good for them?

According to the food bag, it says that we should feed her 1 3/4 cups of food a day. However, she eats that whole thing in half a day. Is it ok that we're feeding her more? She weighs 9.7 lbs.

She's in the chewing stage, and we gave her many chew toys. How long does this chewing stage last? ( it doesn't bother us, we're just curious ).

We think she's adjusting great to her new home. My lab isn't too fond of her yet, she's afraid of her as a matter of fact. Hopefully their relationship will get better over time. We noticed that she's so smart!She's picking up on things very quickly. And she also loves to cuddle/be with us at all times, which is really nice, cause our lab is more laid back so to speak. Even though the way we got her isn't ideal, we already love this little girl to pieces. Hope she'll be a great dog!

If you have any other Dobie puppy tips for us, please help us out.

Anyway, here is Domina!!!







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Old 12-18-2012, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum, she's adorable! There are loads of helpful stickies on here for new puppy owners, stick around and have a read.

Some people prefer to soak the food, makes it easier for little puppy nippers to eat and stops it expanding so much in the stomach once it's eaten.

Puppies taken from their mother too young (like your little un) can quite often be especially bitey as they havnt learnt so much from their mother an litter mates. Whenever mine have nipped me, I've made a little squeaky yelp an immediately stopped any play, you can also redirect onto a toy they are allowed to chew Frozen carrots and stuffed kong toys are great!
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You could start trimming her nails now. Makes it easier down the road. Welcome to DT and good luck with your new girl.
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Welcome to the forum and thank you for taking the time to reach out for help. Shame on the neighbor for just buying on a whim. I am glad you have her.

I am going to address your questions one at a time for clarity and my responses will be in blue below.

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Hi everyone,

I have couple of questions...it's been a looongg time since we had a puppy around.

Are we supposed to add water to her food? She was on "puppy chow", and we switched her to Vet's Science Diet for puppies when we got her. We've never added water to our lab's food, but I read that adding water is good for them?

I add water to all my dogs' food both puppy and adult. A little bit of warm water. The dogs seem to like it and it may lessen the potential for bloat later.

I am not a fan of Hill's Science Diet. I know vets will recommend it, but it never gets rated well by actual nutrition savvy people. If you search the forum, there are lots of threads talking about some of the favorites around here and some websites you can go to to "rate" the different brands.



According to the food bag, it says that we should feed her 1 3/4 cups of food a day. However, she eats that whole thing in half a day. Is it ok that we're feeding her more? She weighs 9.7 lbs.

Are you free feeding her or putting in to 2-3 meals per day? I would do meals for her right now and at least 2 but preferably 3 meals for now. The guide on the back is just that, a guide. If you are feeding 2 cups a day and she looks good (poochy but not fat) then stick with that. If she looks a bit thin, give more. To me, amount of food is always flexible. All dogs and puppies are different.

She's in the chewing stage, and we gave her many chew toys. How long does this chewing stage last? ( it doesn't bother us, we're just curious ).

Doberman puppies are known as Dobersharks. They are some of the mouthiest puppies out there. She isn't being aggressive and she isn't meaning to hurt, but those sharp teeth will be tough to control until she goes through teething. Redirection to a toy can be very helpful, but she eventually should grow out of that.

Now, the general chewing on stuff lasts forever it seems. We do crate training here to protect our stuff from being detroyed by young dogs. Whenever we can't be around to watch the young dogs, they are in the crate. We don't let them start being free unsupervised until about 2 years old. I imagine Labs are similar destructors.

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Thank you for your helpful advice(s) everyone!!!I will check out the stickies, as well as the article/recommended books right after this post.

Workingk9s, I added some water to her dry food, and she loves it, so I will continue doing that. I will also check out the other brands of puppy food. We were so unprepared for a puppy two days ago, so we just went to the pet store, and grabbed Hill's Science Diet. We figured it must be better than the puppy chow she was getting before-didn't realize Science Diet is not all that great. I will definitely research the other brands ( thanks for the tip ).

I feed her 4 times a day for now. If i would have to quantify, it really is about 2 cups, so about half a cup each time she has a meal. I read about the average weighs ( for this age ), and I'm a bit concerned that she's somewhat underweight. Her vet says that she looks good, but could be slightly more filled. And what's crazy is that according to the neighbor that we got her from, she was the biggest one!She does have a puppy belly, so it's really hard for me to tell if she's skinny or actually chubby. She eats all of her food most of the time, but sometimes leaves some as well.

Thank you all for helping us out, I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you guys, and am looking forward to sharing/reading stories about our beautiful Dobies.
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Welcome to DT! It truly is an excellent resource!

Crate training will be your best friend in the coming years! This breed gets into anything and everything! Very smart. Good luck
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Sometimes a pot belly is due to worms Good Luck with your new baby.
Might help House breaking 101 :
If you take them out on about a 6 ft leash it helps keep them focused tell them go potty ,hurry up or what ever words you want to use just use the same words each time. Stand in one spot let them go all around you till they find the spot then Praise like it is the greatest thing you ever saw. If they do not go in about 20 minutes go back in and crate them or tie them to you them go back out in about 30 minutes.pups need to go out after naps,playing, eating & drinking 1st thing in the morning last thing at night depending on the age of the pup you may need to take them out at night too. Always use a pet urine enzyme to clean up all traces of urine or feces you can use a black light to find all traces. It takes about 3-6 months of contestant training to house break a pup the more accidents they have the longer it takes. Hang a bell on the door you go out you ring it until the pup gets the idea how to ring it yes sometimes they ring it to go look at a squirrel but its a phase they go though you just have to go though it with them. Do not forget to praise each time they go to reinforce the potty training. If you are consistent you will also have a pup/dog that will go potty on command comes in handy when it rains,snow, is icy, on a trip at night . People will think you are a amazing trainer too. Good Luck with your new baby.
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I like to feed a 4 or 5 star kibble only, and use "all life stages" (ALS) from day1...I don't feed my pup, puppy food per say.
- I do a 50-50% split of Holistic Blend Lamb & Rice and Grain Free Turkey & Salmon
- I haven't added water to my pups food, while many people do
I stay away from all dog food with:
- Animal By-Products, Poultry Fat, BHT, BHA, Ethoxyquin, Corn, Wheat, Soya, Sugar, Salt, Brewers Rice or Beet Pulp
Reading bag labels, will be your best friend, in dog food selection...clearly understand the top 10 ingredients...they should all make sense.
- quality holistic &/or organic kibble is more nutrient dense, without cheap fillers added / so less goes further

Our puppy is 3 months old now, and after a month (with 24/7 supervision), the bitting on toys only is far better, while still not perfect...LOL.
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