Join Date: Sep 2012
Dogs Name: Shelby and Gracie
Dogs Age: 10 1/2 and 7
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Here I am, seven years later. Through persistent correction of her behavior, she became the best all around doberman we've owned. We brought her home too early. She didn't learn full mannerisms from her own mother and siblings in her litter. We had to teach her, and our older doberman. Around 8-10 months, she completely mellowed, and became the sweetest girl. Fast forward to her adulthood, she didn't peak through windows to see who/what was outside. She watched the surveillance camera screen. She recognized family vehicle motors, horns from the backyard. She was intelligent. She was vocal, talked back to me with attitude (I have the video evidence, lol).
She slept with us, had multiple dog beds of her own plus pillows, 18 toys, fed premium food. Her favorite holiday was Halloween, because she got to greet the so many people and kids in costumes. She was very good around kids. She was the most spoiled dog, and she knew it, and sucked it up.. Quite the character..
Unfortunately, we had to set her free 2 weeks ago. It has crushed our family. The silence is very saddening. We haven't been without a dog for 20 years. We're hoping two dobie sibling pups will come into our lives very soon.. We asked her to send someone our way. Our 25th anniversary is in a few weeks.
So, this I say to you.. PLEASE, if anyone ever feels their doberman is too much to handle, contact a doberman breeder or professional trainer. They can be hard headed and pushy as adults. Get them trained early. Never ever hit them, that teaches fear and aggression. My 3 dobermans were raised all around young kids, WITH supervision.. WE never laid a hand on them. They were great, never bit any child. never leave kids unsupervised around any pet. Children don't understand respectful space with pets (sleeping, eating, in their personal space or face, etc).. When raised right, dobermans can be the best companion, very loyal and loving. They need people. Just don't give up on them.