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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
Last edited by melbrod; 12-15-2019 at 08:58 PM.