Hi there! I am a graduating dentist in search of the healthiest dobe possible. Many breeder websites have blown me away and I would be honored to be part of many of their doberman families, and this one if you would have me! Just to preface: I have no preference in terms of color/ sex/ crop/ no-crop/etc, my only preference is a more american doberman (i could change my mind on this) and the date I receive my puppy which would be around April 2021 .. I just want a healthy loving buddy forever... I am a pack animal, my family comes first and my friends are my family in the best and worst ways... I must admit however this will be my first dog... (my mom had allergies growing up)... supposedly
I am graduating first week of April 2021 and will have 10 weeks without work before I have a normal work schedule (8am-6pm including travel). Lunch is usually guaranteed (usually 4/5 lunches m-f). I have found many dog walkers/sitters on a few sites that I would need to rely on for those days that I wouldn't be able to make it home (emergency patients)- I plan on securing a variety of these arrangements before 2020 ends). My housing situation is still to be decided as I cannot secure a place this far out - but i am planning on renting which I know will complicate things.... I have begun a preliminary search and will start making calls this week to get an idea of where I need to target my focus - I most likely will be working in Ormond beach, FL and will live in/around the area (Daytona Beach) - my dog will decide this of course.
My plan is to use all of those two months (April and May) for training and training and training and fun of course... as in I plan on doing 5 am/ 6 pm scheduled play time (walks, until they are ready (18 mo.) for an athletic run/jog/bike ride ..etc whatever they respond to best) everyday, since that time will be part of our schedule for years to come. I am a creature of habit and know that I function very well in a routine. In fact as a middle schooler I had to wake up at 4:30 AM to catch a bus ride at 6:30 to get to a "better school" (Indian parents lol) and it engrained in me to get up at the first alarm (first lick??)! I am truly dedicated when I want something, I have been a relatively driven person my whole life and I am excited to have a forever buddy around that I can always depend on...
However; I don't want to rush into this and have promised myself that I will do this right. Do you all think this would be easier later in my career (maybe a year in as I would definitely be financially stable, my housing could change to better fit the pup, but increasingly limited on time)? An opinion from others who work consistent hours (doctors?) would really help me process this mentally..
Is Doberman ownership just not in my future.. do i have to wait till retirement?? Sighh
My question to you all is if I do everything I can to give this dog the life they deserve with routine/ structure and ample training - basic and obedience, is it possible for a single, busy, often tired individual to make it past the puppy stage without breaking. I know ill have 10 weeks to train after hopefully getting my healthy pup around at 8-10 weeks of age and will 100% continue training while working my normal schedule/ paying for appropriate training/ walking/ sitting. I have concerns that are more-so related to myself and my limited time for this pup... as a dentist I don't really see another chance in my career that I would have the ability to take off 10 weeks for anything other than paternity leave (whether I owned my own practice or worked for someone else)... however the obvious challenge is that I will be a brand new dentist dealing with the notable struggles that can occur for anyone beginning their nearly attained lifetime goal/ career. I don't doubt my dedication, rather I have concerns about my limitations whether they be mental/ physical/ financial right at the beginning of my career... but then the flip side is... will I ever have a better chance/ time off period to build that necessary trust to base a great leader-follower relationship for the future years.... such a tough thing to mentally fight through cause I am a realist and can see that the odds are stacked against me... Essentially.. give me your worst gang I know some will say I probably deserve it for even considering this path.... but I'm nothing if not persistent
I will follow whatever recommendations medical professionals make in regards to anything doberman related, I will always stand by that. As an almost-dentist I sincerely respect those healthcare professionals who put their knowledge to use even when it can be controversial. I admire many stances on Doberman breeding and agree 1000%, this breed is in severe danger and it's the fault of irresponsible breeders. I am not in interested in profiting from this dog by breeding, showing or competing. I do understand the high activity level that is necessary and am dedicated to fulfill the working desire of my future family member. I am truly in awe to have already found so many breeder focused on health as they are, but it is a bit overwhelming at times. This is my only concern and desire for my future doberman, a long fun and healthy life. Thank you so much for your time and consideration, I look forward to speaking with you all.
Sorry for such a long post I wanted to make sure I conveyed a decent picture of my vision.