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Russell & Rex
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hello my name is Russell, i live in northern ireland and i have just purchased a 9 week old doberman called REX, male, black and tan. i love him too bits!!!!

so as im new here and this is my first Doberman is there any tips and advice i can be given i have purchased 2 books from the internet to help me as i want to look after my doberman as best i can.

 

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Yay! You got your pic to work! I was just about to help you, but I noticed the code had changed in the quoted part of the message.

Congrats on your new pup! My wife and I got ours two days ago. She will be 11 weeks old tomorrow.

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Welcome to the forum, from England! :) Rex is a cute looking fella!

My advice would be start on the training asap, and to join a puppy socialisation or training class as soon as you can, after he's had his jabs. They are great for socialisation and obedience and you will be setting him up for life by starting early. Good luck!
 

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Welcome from Spain and I second what Amelia has said socialise him as much as you can followed by play with him, love him and enjoy him.

You are now owned by a Dobe, welcome to the club.
 

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Thanks people! I have started training already well not serious but simple things like no sit and down... After his second jab on monday week he will be attending puppy classes! Cant wait to get him out and about!

A few questions though to pick your brains, rex seems to lick and bit his hips nothing major though is this him just cleaning himself? Also collars and leads what is best? As there is so many out there!
 

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I would go with a nice leather collar for now, one that has the buckles etc covered so they dont rub his little neck. Regards which leash to choose. My pet hate are the extendable ones, you do not have control of your dog and it can get into all manner of scrapes before you can reel him in. I have always used a nylon leash that has a clip at both ends and two or three rings along its length. It gives me the flexibility of making it in to a short or long lead depending on what I need.
 

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Welcome to DT! Your Rex is adorable.

I'd keep an eye on where he is licking to see if he is chewing on a dry spot with hair loss, etc. If so your vet can do a skin scraping when you take him for his next round of shots. If you want to clean the area off, just get some apple cider vinegar and dilute it with water...stick in a spray bottle and spray the spot and towel dry. I'd put about 1/4 cup vinegar in a large spray bottle and fill with water. You can do whole puppy actually to take any smells or mud he may get into. I use this as a quick winter bath for my guys. Not too much vinegar or you'll dry the coat out too much.

I like leather buckle collars and leather leads for this age group. Keep training short and fun. Do lots of play, games, use diversion onto a tug toy or a fluffy for biting episodes, get him out for some exercise and watch him like a hawk for potty breaks. You will be amazed how big this guy will be by 6-8 months of age. They grow big so fast. (Note: male Dobermans really don't mature until they are about 2 yrs old so be prepared for a ginormous puppy for a while mentally!)

(I also have a Rex, or Rexy, as we tend to call him. He's the old man of my group at age 9.) Enjoy your boy!
 

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Hi Russell!! I am also in Northern Ireland. Yay!! I'm getting my boy Nemo tomorrow, super excited!!

It would be great to take our guys walking together sometime, maybe??
 

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Thanks guys yea i have the leater collar you see in the picture but i think ill buy a better one as it was only a cheap one i bought in a rush! Thanks for the advice:) yea that sounds good to me get the dogs used to the same breed! The vets were i bring rex is offering free puppy lessons on thursday nights in portadown you should check if there is any available near you!
 

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Only thing is, Nemo would be a lot bigger than your Rex as he's a year old xD. Could be fun though :).

Oh I plan to. Once I find out how he works, what makes him tick xD.

By the way, Rex is soo cute :)
 
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