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Dogs Name: Ori AKA Harold DogDog (Hairy Dog), RIP Caesar, Katana, Kip, Capri
Titles: DogDog Mouthe Extraordinaire; Kip Mr. Behavior; Capri Mis-Behavior
Dogs Age: DogDog 3 yrs?; RIP Kip 11 yrs; Capri 7 yrs; Katana 9 yrs; Caesar 13 yrs
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Welcome!!! Dobes are wonderful, aren't they?
But one thing about your post concerns me:
Two puppies? Are they the same age, siblings, same sex? Those things will add more to your challenge.
Same age or siblings means they may bond more with each other than with you. You will need to be sure you spend time with each one individually and train each one separately so that they look to you for direction and not so much to each other. Puppies, and dobe puppies especially, take a lot of time and energy--be prepared to not have a life outside of puppy raising! LOL, but true!
The reason I mentioned the same sex is that dobes are known for same sex aggression--two males can be very difficult to keep together as they mature. That is not always the case, but they can unexpectedly decide not to get along as they get older (when they had been doing just fine before) and then you will spend your time keeping them separated to avoid a fight. Looking back at your info, it looks like you have a boy and a girl from their names? so maybe that's a piece you won't have to worry about.
I suppose I'm sounding really negative here, but I did want to be sure you know some of the difficulties that you will face raising two at the same time. There is a LOT of information on this forum about training, puppy challenges, feeding and dealing with coat issues of fawns and blues, and just fun stuff about doberman escapades and goofiness--I hope you stick around, and I would advise you to make particular use of the educational forum here. You will also find lots of support here, from people who have worked with dobes for years and years, but be prepared for negative responses about the wisdom of managing two young puppies at the same time.
Last edited by melbrod; 02-22-2010 at 11:14 PM.