Hi all! I'm a new member of DT and also a brand new owner of a now 10 wk old Doberman puppy
. His name is Sheru, which in Punjabi (my native tongue) means "little lion"
. I was wondering, as a first time dog owner, if I can get some feedback regarding my new fatherly duties as well as any advice!! Here we go! Why I got a Doberman?
- Ofcourse like many of you, the doberman to me is one of the best dogs out there; they're loyal, obedient, loving and very intelligent. Me and my father have fantasized about owning one for years. I myself have been pretty much researching and learning about dogs religiously every since we decided on getting one, around last year.
- My family and I just moved into an acreage and I have a full summer off from school which seemed like the perfect combination to begin raising a puppy Daily Schedule:
- Now that I'm home for the summer I have plenty of time to train and bond with Sheru
-Everyday we do approximately 1 hour of obedience training. He has in the 2 weeks I've had him already learned sit and paw
- I also take him on walks ranging from 20-25 minutes everyday. Living on an acreage I have plenty of trails connecting to my house which I heard is better for his joints then concrete, though I have began introducing him to road walking as well.
- I also spend 2-3 hours just being around him/watching tv/etc.
- When i am busy or not around he spends most of his time napping or playing in the backyard (under supervision ofcourse.)
- Feeding him 1.25 cups of Royal Canine Puppy Food 3 times a day as of now.
- We are planning on, when he is around 6 months of age to a raw meat/veggies/fish oil diet. Concerns:
- I believe he is going through the fear stage of puppy-hood as well as being introduced to many new things all at once. He seems to be very fearful of the road and noises (ie. from construction)
- Whenever we are on the road walking he's very reluctant in going away from the house and is literally sprinting back home when we turn around. I feel as if this behavior is common among all dogs and Sheru will eventually get over it.
- I try my best and usually (80%) of the time use positive reinforcement always in his training. However, I'm human, and sometimes I do scold or hold back his collar when he is being particularly naughty.
- Am I spending enough time with him? I want to bond and ensure my puppy is happy but at the same time also teach Sheru to be alone. I struggle finding that balance at time, as he is always crying/whining to be held or played with Crate Training:
- We are crate training our doberman. His crate his located in the kitchen/den area. He has soft bedding and plenty of his favorite chew toys. We have a TV in the den and keep him company by watching TV or my mom cooking in the kitchen.
- His crate is right next to a sliding door which is left open whenever anyone is home for him to roam around and explore the backyard as well as poop.
- He's been great at potty training. From the age of 8 wks until now he's only had 2 accidents in his crate and other than that goes to an assigned potty spot in the backyard.
- I sleep right next to his crate and so far has not gotten up much at all to poop/pee at night. He usually gets up once a night to poop/pee which has been very easy on me. There have even in fact been times where I get concerned, wake him up and is reluctant to go outside because he just wants to sleep
. Perhaps I've been blessed with a puppy with a good bladder? Concerns:
- He whines and cries very loudly when he is in his crate and I am beside him watching TV. Ofcourse we ignore this behavior and eventually he quiets down but not before 10-15 minutes of intense and loud crying. How can I correct this behaviour?
- The times he did have the accidents in his crate the sliding door was open, which is odd because he usually runs outside to do his "business". Perhaps it was due to an upset stomach and he could not control his poop at that time.
- He also began licking/eating his poop. I know this is normal puppy behavior and was curious about everyone else's experience regarding this.
- Right now I have not opened up the house for him to have a den area yet. He's usually outside or in his crate. As an adult we wish to give him freedom to roam the house except for the living room and dining room areas (very expensive furniture and other stuff there). Is it okay for me to begin opening up the house to him little by little? How should this be done? Second Dog:
- We also had the idea of getting a second dog in the next coming months when Sheru is more trained/obedient. It will most likely be a German Shepherd.
- Motive behind this is that not only do we want a second dog because we love dogs but also so Sheru can have some company while we are not home some days. What is everyone's opinion regarding dobermans interacting/living with other dogs?
- I know this is going to be a Herculean effort, but is something my family is ready/planned for.
Though the first couple weeks of being a father have been a little tough, overall I am absolutely in love with Sheru! He has already grown so much in two weeks. Last week I visited my girlfriend's Labrador retriever and was shocked to see how big it was, probably because I'm used to seeing my puppy. It's crazy that Sheru will probably outgrow my girlfriend's dog soon while now he's only 24 lbs.
Thanks in advance so much for the advice/comments and again so happy to be apart of the Doberman community. All I want for Sheru is to have the best life possible