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Hello everyone, I'm really excited about finding this community. My wife and I just added our Doberman to the family 2 days ago, and wow in those 2 days I have learned a lot from you all !!! Being in the military and having to work long hours, it's nice for my wife to have someone there besides the little man all day long with her to help entertain the little booger.


Our puppy is 7 months old and named Bella(please no Twilight references, our son just randomly called her that on the way home and well, I guess it stuck).


Be prepared for a million and one questions, I have owned other breeds of dogs such as pits, german shepherds, and chows, but never a doberman. I'm sure you have seen the same posts a million times and are sure tired of it, but please just for my hairline and my wife's sanity, help a dumb infantrymen out.


1)I'm kinda new to this whole RAW deal, I've been looking up as much as I can online and I'm really looking for an easy + cheap way to be able to either buy meats at the commissary or on the local German economy. Also what types of meat should I start Bella on to get her into the RAW diet.

2)Obviously the change of diet will help her coat and health, but do you all have any recommended shampoos or conditioners ?

3)Here on post we have a "dog park", granted it is just a fenced in grassy area with nothing else, and I also realize she is a puppy, but it takes some trickery and speed to get her back on the leash when we are done playing there, do you all have any tips for ways to get her to settle down at the end of playtime ?


I have a bunch more questions, but for now I'll research the website some more for any other questions I have. Thank you all very much !!!
 

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Hey there, welcome to the forum! Are you a British or American soldier?

I dont feed raw and we dont have dog parks, so I dont have any advice on those aspects im afraid :) I would say is just important to practice a really good recall on your own (perhaps on a really long lead).

Edit// My mistake, should have read the title on the nationality bit :)
 

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Thank you for the advice Amelia, I think either today or tomorrow we are going to get a long retractable leash so she has a little more length to explore. For being a pup she has an amazing temperament and listens extremely well. I'm sure it won't be too long before she is good to go.
 

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:emo4: Welcome, I also am new to this site and have learned alot. I changed my puppy dog food to all stages due to advice. I checked all the dog foods and went with "Call of the Wild Fowl". I don't use dog parks either since we live in the country.
Very smart experienced people on here. Good luck and many happy years with your Dob!!!
 

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Welcome to the forum from New Zealand, your girl is just lovely :)
 

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What a pretty girl!

I don't feed raw yet, but I would like to at some point. Lots of great info on here about it though, so check out the search function and see what you can find. It is a bit more scientific than just giving raw meat (have to have the right levels of vitamins in addition to the meat), but everything I've heard about it makes me want to give it a shot once we have a bit more space for food storage.

Outside of raw for coats: we've had great luck with fish oil. It's a super simple yet effective coat supplement, and you can give them the human dose, or even 3 times the human dose quite safely. Our girl's coat became velvety soft within a 3-4 weeks of starting (allow 6-8 though), and her dry skin was quite improved. Fish oil is also good for overall joint health and such. I'm pretty sure there are some good threads here on that if you decide to go that route (dosage, brands, etc).

As for dog parks: work on a solid recall before you let her loose in one. That way, if she gets into trouble (whether that's her bothering another dog or vice versa), you can get her back to you safely. Also, if you see rude or aggressive dogs playing, just skip it for the day. We tend to only take our girl to dog parks if we know the other dogs playing inside. Once your dog has good recall and, in general, responds well to your commands despite distractions, she's probably ready for the dog park. It's usually the other dogs in the park that cause problems if you've put in the groundwork on yours. So many people go to the dog park and then chat with the other humans and completely ignore their dogs - that's what causes issues.

If your dog park is on your post though, you may be lucky and be able to get to know all the usual players - we only attend dog parks where that is the case. Otherwise it's just too hard to assess the potential issues and if your dog is compatible with the others playing.

Have fun with your new girl! There are so many great resources on here and so so many knowledgeable people. I'd also say go ahead and get some of the books on the recommended reading list. Good luck!
 
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