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Hello all, just wanted to do a quick introduction. We just picked up our little gal a couple of days ago from a breeder here in Florida. First time Dobe owner but we had our previous dog for almost 15 years. This will be a strictly companion dog. Looking forward to any Dobe advice on this forum.
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Welcome to DT from Colorado.

So much advice we could give....do you have any specific questions?? Just for a place to start, you understand
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It’s been over 15 years since we had a puppy.
Here are just few I can think of from top of my head:
1) How long after from her stitches removal do I start posting?
2) How soon do we begin socializing and to what level(besides everyday house activities)?
3) Next set of shots are on 12/16, when can she be introduced to other dogs, dog parks?
I’m excited but worried about raising a well mannered dog. Thanks again DT community.
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1) generally it takes about a week for the ears to heal completely after the stitches are removed. You want all pink healthy looking skin, no scabs or open areas. Don't rush starting to post. You've got time--if the puppy's ears get infected, it'll put you back further than that extra week of waiting.

2) Start to socialize as early as you can..but the things you do to socialize are a little different. Don't take your pup to places where there are lots of dogs, but certainly you can wander around and expose her to lots of different things.

Dogs don't generalize that well, and to a little puppy, a person with a hat on may look different from a person with a beard, from a child, from a jogger, etc. Different footing materials...walking on grass, vs gravel vs metal (I had one dog who would NOT walk on a manhole cover), heavy traffic noises, other kinds of noises....there are lots of things you can expose her to that don't involve other dogs.

Do not push her to do anything she doesn't want to do. Let her explore at her own speed. You can encourage in a nice way, but if she's reluctant, let her stand and look at the distance she considers safe. Especially don't baby her if she's worried about something. No "Oh honey, it's not scary, come on, I'll hold you and hug you so you can get closer" in that light little sorta whiny baby-talk voice. If she's not ready, just walk on casually with her and come back to it later.

And don't set her up to fail by asking for something she can't handle yet. If she's one who tends to hold back from strangers, don't just rush up and plop her in someone's arms. On the other hand, try not to act all worried and protective about something you figure she might have trouble with. Just be calm and matter of fact--they tend to take their cues from you.

There's no need to do super formal obedience training at this point. She doesn't have to learn to walk in the exact right place, as long as she's not pulling, and not holding back in fear. She doesn't have to automatically sit every time you stop walking. At this age, all training should be fun. And you should quit sooner rather than later; don't stretch out training sessions. Five or ten minutes at a time max, and repeat it a few times a day. Find a way to work what you're trying to teach into your ordinary routine. Maybe something like asking for a sit before you open an outside door--she'll practice her sits, and learn not to dash out. Well, ideally. LOL

Dobes are smart; they learn quickly--they need to practise in a lot of different places and conditions, but plumping her down in the living room and saying "sit, sit, sit" over and over again just gets everyone bored.

3. Generally after the pup has had all of the puppy shots (not the rabies one which is later) you can introduce her to other dogs. BUT....very carefully.

AVOID dog parks like the plague...sometimes all it takes in one bad experience, a bite or overly pushy dog for your pup to decide that all other dogs are dangerous. Many of the people who go to dog parks aren't that well versed on dog behavior---they let their dog get away with all kinds of rude behavior (sometimes they don't even realize certain behaviors are rude in dog language) and they may not be really watching what their dog is doing.

It would be much better for you to meet up with one or two people and their polite dogs than to just go somewhere at random where lots of dogs are running around crazily.

I strongly advise that you take her to a puppy class. She'll get a chance to learn a bit of meet and greet under safe controlled conditions. You'll get a refresher course in dog management. And you'll have a trainer right there to ask when you have a specific thing you don't know how to deal with. All pups are different. Even an experienced dog owner can run up against something they haven't seen before. At the very least, you'll have someone to commiserate with who can tell you that it's OK for you to be frustrated and exhausted with a new puppy. LOL
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Hi there Soul! and welcome from the Pacific NW.

What is your darling little girl's name? Here on DT, just ask a question and you will get an answer (for better or for worse... LOL).

In any case, keep updating. this forum LOVES puppies.

Oh. Also... What mel said ^^^^^

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Hiya Soul Welcome!

She is cute - more pictures are always welcome!
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It’s been over 15 years since we had a puppy.
Here are just few I can think of from top of my head:
1) How long after from her stitches removal do I start posting?
2) How soon do we begin socializing and to what level(besides everyday house activities)?
3) Next set of shots are on 12/16, when can she be introduced to other dogs, dog parks?
I’m excited but worried about raising a well mannered dog. Thanks again DT community.
1) You want the ears to be completely healed before posting.

2)Spend at least the first couple of weeks just allowing her to bond to you and your family. Once you feel she's very comfortable with you take her to human places like outside shopping malls, Lowes and Home Depot (keep her in the cart). Once she's had all vaccinations, except rabies (your vet will tell you when she's done) allow her to have puppy play dates with dogs that you KNOW are very good with PUPPIES.
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How long after from her stitches removal do I start posting?

So I have to ask Where is your breeder at ? I would have thought they would have offered you some help - maybe having you do them under there supervision since your a first time Dober parent .

Greenie and Red and several others have great stickies on here to help - Don't be afraid to ask questions on here !! Lots of knowledge to help you out
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Welcome from another Colorado person!

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Hello from St Petersburg Florida.
Glad you found us.
Yup.....you got a baby so best thing you can do at this point IMO is teach your pup to follow.
Just tap your leg and say this way .........walk a little...then tap your leg and say this way and turn directions.
You are gonna have plenty of time to train.....right now everything is new .
So you want to do everything you can to ensure positive experiences.
Sometimes at this age if something scares the chit out of them they will remember it forever......so be a good advocate.
Watch your pup as if it was a small baby.
Look ahead to avoid trouble.
Pick things up and keep out of the way to avoid bad chewing habits.
Teething can be achy so get a Kong and stuff it with moist food then freeze it .........this will give pup something to work on when you want some quiet time for yourselves.
Those teeth are sharp.......so watch it......long sleeves can help quite a bit.
Good idea to socialize through organized classes that know what they are doing.
Socializing does not give free reign for people or dogs to rush up on your pup making all kinds of crazy noises and hand activity.
After all we do not do that to their babies.......always slow and controlled.
IMO at this age socializing is “allowing your pup to investigate thus building their confidence.
So if you are in the stores with your pup ........allow her to just be and watch people versus all the hands on stuff.
Humans can be quite stupid! So if you want to allow some petting look for the person that seems to know a little about properly approaching a dog.
Oh yeah....this is a biggy.......massage the toes.
Get your pup used to having the toes touched.....just real gentle.......good time is when you are cuddling and watching TV of something. Just play around with front and back paws real gently on a regular basis.
Looking forward to more posts from you. She is so cute.
Tell us more !!! Ask us more questions.....we all love to give advise!
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"Massage the toes"
That is a wonderful hint. It's the first step toward getting a dog to accept having his toenails clipped. Some dogs can be very touchy about their feet and don't like anyone messing with them. It's a good idea to start early in accustoming them to allow their feet to be handled.
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Bro - With every Dober we have had - We practice going to the Vet . One thing at a time of course - I look at his ears - look at his teeth , feel his legs - feel his belly - the whole deal - Just like a Vet would do . Know I'm not bragging here , But the Vets that see our Dogs have always said how good they do and I tell them what we do and there reply ? I wish everybody would teach that at home - Oh yeah - Check the paws -and toes - Like Lady Di said . I found this works very well if for what ever reason you have to take them to see Doc
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Thanks for all the well wishes and advice guys. Issa(pronounced E-ssa) is her name. Overall it’s been going pretty good(she’s still an active pup). Crate training, short walks in front of the house, constant shadowing my every movement and overall puppy playfulness. You guys were not kidding about Dobeshark teeth. My family are enjoying this time with her. I will keep updating and posting pictures along the way.
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Oh.... so what else.....pups like routines.
They get used to their humans coming and going at Certain times.
At first your new pup will miss you and maybe cry when you leave.
But pretty quickly they learn that we come Back home to them, IMO a Similar routine can help with the adjustment period.
JUst think not to long ago when she was with her litter mates and now everything is new!
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