Welcome. Unlike you I actualy never owned a dog or even a pet. My sister and her 2 year old son live with me and the first dog I ever got was a dobe. My 2 year old nephew was afraid of dogs before I got Princi but now loves them. Princi has just turned 12 months and never even hinted on hurting anyone, she plays all day with my nephew and has already sarted protecting the whole family especially the 2 year old. Like someone said before, socialize, socialize, socialize and then socialize some more. You will love your dobie and he/she will love you 10times more....