Hey! I am new here and my boyfriend and I accidentally rescued a doberman puppy at 8 weeks old. We were on craigslist after planning to get a puppy and he found some healthy looking puppies. They said they were Blue Heelers and he got super excited. I honestly had no idea what breed that was. Am I good with breeds? No, bad at them very bad. We went to get the puppy and when we went there, we were not asked ANYTHING AT ALL which confused us, I would have done a full background check to be honest. I just picked a puppy and left. We noticed the small small small small area they were in, the concrete ground, and the large bags of dollar dog food lining it. When we got home, in good lighting, we saw the poor baby was bone thin! No fat, no muscle, nothing! It was so bad we could see his intestines moving. We saw he had mud caked on him. We also saw that the puppy they said was a she was a he.. This ticked me off so much with the neglect, he looked like he hadn't developed since he was off his mom! We tried to contact the humane society, to no luck. So we contacted police to save them. So, long story short. The pup we got is a doberman, and I did some research on it and he looks like he may be mixed with a German Shepard (judging by his ears). We take him out on walks every 3 1/2 hours, don't leave him home alone for more than an hour and a half a week, unless you count sleeping, and we did research on dobermans and how to raise them.. Which led me here. We did try crate training but the poor baby was scared and too scared to continue with crating. We love him to death and we named him Taz, he is 8 weeks old and a little angel.. And devil.. This puppy is super smart and will destroy everything.. He has a thing going with one of my guinea pigs which is funny and weird. (he gives the piggy paper to eat and the piggy pushes out bedding) We don't let him eat it despite his effort. We love this puppy more than anything and my research led me here. So for any advice, I would be more than happy to hear it. He was skinny but we have been soaking his puppy food and he gained weight, muscles, and is growing now super fast.