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Hi everyone! I'm a new member to dobermantalk!

I have a 1 1/2 - 2 year old Dobie named Zoie that I adopted about 4 months ago from an animal shelter.

She is an amazing dog but I'm definitely here for some advice!

I need advice on her skin, everytime we bath her using special shampoo from the vet she still breaks out.

Also- she has started biting (in a playful way, not to hurt) at other dogs necks and pulling their legs when we are at the dog park and I cant get her to stop. We have been teaching her the command "leave it" but that's the only time she does not listen at all.


Please help me!
 

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Hey there and welcome to the forum! :)

Re the biting, it sounds like dominance play to me. My advice would be to practise a really good re-call, so you can call her back around other dogs/distractions. Also, I would say its really important to stop it before it escalates and be really careful in case another dog in the park doesn’t appreciate rough play.

Personally, I would keep her on the lead until you are confident she comes back 99% of the time. My dog is excellent with other dogs, but I also carry an compressed air can/air-horn to shock the dogs in case a fight ever broke out. You could also use it as a deterrent, in case she feels the need to nom on the other dog! As long as you catch her just as she goes to nip :)

Re the skincare, I've never had a dog with skin issues, but I hear alot of people have better luck with a change of diet. It might be worth looking into!
 

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Welcome from Houston :) thanks for adopting! If you need a great Doberman trainer recommendation please send me a PM! He can definitely help you be in better control of your dobe using positive methods. There is also a huge houston Doberman meetup group called Dobies in the park. You can find us on Facebook, just type that in the search bar :)
 

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What color is your dobe? Blue dobes and to some extent fawns, come with skin trouble practically built in. Storm's Regimen might be a good place to start with a blue dobe.

Diet, allergies, hormonal imbalances, bacterial and fungal infections and mite infestations can all have some influence on a dog's coat.
 
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