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1st dobe - getting prepared

hi all, i've regularly came across this site doing my research and have read my fair share of threads. We are finally getting our 1st dobe and figured it would be a handy place to sign up to.

i've had a look around but cant seem to find anything definitive in preparing for your 1st/new pup. id love it if people could share any threads or sites with information they find helpful, i've read through most available over the contemplation stage (about 2 years lol) but would like to go through it all again so im ready when he turns up (mid September).

starting with the basics of making sure he has everything ready (bed, food, toys, crate etc) through to our first week with him (do i leave him to settle on his own first day, do i stay with him all day etc.). I have had family dogs before but the responsibility on first impressions wasn't so much on me and with a dobe i dont want to get it wrong. so any and all advice on the first day/week/month/whenever would be very much appreciated!
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Congrats!

Highly recommend this book: Puppy Start Right

Keep in mind it's good for puppies to learn to be alone. So, the first day, of course it's up to you, but going forward, make sure you are deliberate in leaving your pup alone (safely crated) for small periods of time so he gets used to being alone.

Safe chew toys, a good crate, and a good breeder that will support you and answer your questions and you should be good to go!


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First of all, welcome to DT, from Colorado.

Check out the sticky threads in our puppy subforum:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-corner/



The link in the first post on this one lists (exhaustively) helpful links and books--many many of them--but is a very good place to start:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-c...py-owners.html



Here are a couple little threads I just grabbed which started by folks here who were in the same place where you are--eagerly waiting (which incidentally show how overboard a lot of us dobe owners get right before we get our new little family member):

https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-c...uppy-help.html
https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-c...ml#post3955425



I don't know if your puppy will have cropped ears, but I would recommend also that you read the stickies on this sub-sub forum if you will have posting and ear care in your future:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cropping-posting/


And again, welcome!! You're in for an adventure (mostly fun). Make sure you head back here--and post pictures !!! of your new puppy.

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I found these incredibly helpful:
Ian Dunbar's Before You Get Your Puppy (free download)

Dr.Sophia Yin's Perfect Puppy in 7 Days (available on kindle)
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Congrats!

Highly recommend this book: Puppy Start Right

Keep in mind it's good for puppies to learn to be alone. So, the first day, of course it's up to you, but going forward, make sure you are deliberate in leaving your pup alone (safely crated) for small periods of time so he gets used to being alone.

Safe chew toys, a good crate, and a good breeder that will support you and answer your questions and you should be good to go!
Can you reach out to some of the Doberman owners in my club and tell them this lol! You would think the world ended every time they leave their dog! One even shows her dog and doesn't have a crate for him! Whining Dobermans drive me nuts!
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Can you reach out to some of the Doberman owners in my club and tell them this lol! You would think the world ended every time they leave their dog! One even shows her dog and doesn't have a crate for him! Whining Dobermans drive me nuts!
It's such a recipe for separation anxiety!


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About a crate... I have always borrowed a crate for a new puppy rather than buy one or buy one that comes with dividers.

I am fond of Vari Kennel. The top comes off and the door and side grates are easily removed (McCoy has always slept open crated. Even as a puppy.)

So, our vet loaned us a puppy crate for a few months. When we moved up, we went with what had worked for us before: Vari Kennel (Ultra Extra Large).

https://www.chewy.com/petmate-ultra-...ennel/dp/53612

The Extra Large (Giant) does not have handles.

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Something I found works to make a crate smaller is to put an upside down plastic storage file box in the back (taped in a little so it stays.) With my crate, at least, it fit perfectly and made it just the right size.

But my puppies weren't the kind to chew on their surroundings--in the crate, at least.
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The book I've always sent home with puppy families is: How to raise a puppy you can live with by Rutherford and Neil

There are many good books out there - this is just the one I've used successfully.

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Something I found works to make a crate smaller is to put an upside down plastic storage file box in the back (taped in a little so it stays.) With my crate, at least, it fit perfectly and made it just the right size.

But my puppies weren't the kind to chew on their surroundings--in the crate, at least.
We did the same - used 2 Rubbermaid tubs on top of each other to fill up the back of the crate.


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Welcome to DT! What breeder are you getting your puppy from? I ask because reputable breeders are a wealth of knowledge and will be your go to for the many questions you're bound to have, especially when it comes to something like ear posting.
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wow brilliant thanks for all the info definitely gives me something to do over the next 39 days (yes i'm counting and no i don't think i can actually wait that long).

when it comes to the crate we are looking at getting something along the lines of the following:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/6925..._click=1&pro=1

what dimensions would you recommend for when hes an adult dog? (it will take 8-10 weeks to make so we will be getting a cheap pop up black crate for the mean time)

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Welcome to DT! What breeder are you getting your puppy from? I ask because reputable breeders are a wealth of knowledge and will be your go to for the many questions you're bound to have, especially when it comes to something like ear posting.
He is coming from the Belic house but via uk dobermans. i have found since placing our deposit that their isn't much love for them here but he provided a service i required, the middle man between me and serbia, and has been more than helpful and informative
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I know your options are limited for getting a cropped dog in the UK so I hope it goes smoothly, good luck.
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I've always admired those crates which look like "real" furniture and envied people who had them--just be sure that any crate you end up with is easy to clean
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I've always admired those crates which look like "real" furniture and envied people who had them--just be sure that any crate you end up with is easy to clean
Me too! Now that Richter's 7 and is rarely required to stay in his crate I would love to upgrade to one of those for him, since his crate is in our living room. I've seen some really beautiful custom crates on Facebook, but I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of money....many hundreds of dollars to get something that looks like a nice buffet but is a crate


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