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.
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!!! http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i1...ps066e5a34.jpg