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New Doberman Puppy - Ear Cropping

Hello Everyone,

My name is Brittany and I have 10 week old male Doberman puppy named Tank. Tank was born on November 26, 2010, which makes him 10 weeks today. We got him really early from the breeder, which was our first big mistake (5 Ĺ weeks old). He is amazing pup already and I love that he is a part of our life/family. Today, Tank got his ears cropped and tail re-docked. He is doing good right now but it freaks me out that the Dr. didnít wrap the ears. He put a foam pad in his ears so you can see the outer stitching. I feel so bad for him but he is acting perfectly fine. I was wondering if anyone could please give me tips or advice for my little guy. Like what should I do and shouldnít do until he gets his stitching out? We also had to re-do his tail because his tail was way too long for a Doby. It looked like a Weimaraner tail and didnít suit him too well. So if anyone can help with things I should do for him that would be great. Also, my other concern is his BITING!! He has a big problem biting!! He loves to use those teeth of his on our skin. I have cried like a dog, told him no with a firm voice, he has over 40 different toys (I give him 4 or 5 at time), and nothing is helping. Does anyone have ideas or anything? Also has anyone used Dr Richard Soltero in Scottsdale Arizona for ear cropping? If so how was it
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the biting issue is because he left the nest too early. puppies need to stay with mom and their litter mates to learn important lessons. Shame on that breeder who let him go at 5-1/2 weeks. In some states it's actually illegal

Bite inhibition
Bite inhibition is the most important skill your puppy needs to learn. This is not the same as socialization, but often comes as part of the package. Young dogs normally learn bite inhibition from their littermates before about 18 weeks of age. If they bite too hard, the recipients react! If you acquire a puppy at eight weeks, you'll need to take over this education right away. It is important to note that this does not involve stopping a puppy from biting altogether, as you will then actually interfere with his learning how to soften his bites. Bite inhibition involves using the mouth with control rather than never doing so at all. Most adult dogs bite and nip a great deal when they play; however injuries are rare. While their jaws are easily strong enough to break bones, playing dogs (or even those who feel they must drive off a rival or discipline an unruly puppy) deliberately choose not to.

Timing is crucial. It is extremely difficult to teach an adult dog to exercise bite inhibition. One might eventually, by risking his or her own skin, teach a dog to inhibit his bites with humans, but it would be inhumane to subject an unsuspecting dog or cat to the uninhibited bites of the one you are trying to educate.

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Dr. Soltero is an experienced cropper. The ears look good to me now. Once the incision is healed, then the wrapping starts. There shouldn't be anything covering the incision site now.

As for biting... welcome to Doberman puppyhood. There are a variety of methods to get him to stop and they all can achieve success. I find that most of the puppies I know stop biting a while after they start teething.

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Hello and Welcome to Doberman Talk!!!! just keep an eye on the ears, they should be fine till the edges are healed and ready to post. if the
mole foam comes outbefore the ears are ready to post, you may need to tape the ears over the head or redo with another mole foam. that is what it looks like the vet used?

Hugz to Tank!
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We like to be able to help prevent things like this on here (pup's tail docked incorrectly, pup sent home way too early, cropping not done by breeder, etc.)

Please tell us where you got your puppy to prevent this from happening to other noobs who might be looking.

Dobe pups are land sharks at the best of times and now you are dealing with an even worse problem. Plus your pup is missing a real important part of early socialization skills.

There is a lot to be learned here, I hope all goes well for you and your pup.
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Welcome Please stick around, there are a lot of knowledgeable people here who can help educate you to be better prepared with future pups. I am sorry you purchased a pup from an unethical backyard breeder, esp a Doberman because they have some serious health issues they can be prone to genetically, and buying from a BYB who doesn't do genetic health testing is a risky thing. I love the red dobes, please share more pics with us I am glad you found this forum.
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Welcome! I've been through the biting recently too, and if you work with your puppy on it, it will get better! Elke has not bitten me in a couple of months and all my scratches and bruises have healed up, lol.
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Hi Britt/Tank

I recently got a new pup as well. i had forgotten this stage with my last doberman. It will take some patience and some sacrifice but the harshness of the biting will fade. I can see a big difference in just the last week with Sawyer. He is ten weeks as well. The first week we got him home, was a little painful, i have a couple scars to prove it. He's getting better each day. Hang in there!
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