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Town Hall Topics

The purpose of this section is to compare, discuss, and educate each other in some of the common things we do with our Dobermans. We all do the same things, like feed, train, play, and so on, but how we do it may be different. This will be a great opportunity to for us to compare and educate each other with what works and what does not work for each other. I am hoping that this will also be an educational section for all, from newbies to learn from and to others to get new ideas about how to do things better.

Each main topic will have numerous subtopics to discuss. A new topic will come out every two weeks. I think this will give us enough time to digest, research, and respond. I encourage discussion on the various responses to better educate each other. One way might work for some, but not for all.

If you would like to discuss certain topics, please submit them to this thread and they will be added to the list, or you can private message Kratty with your suggestion.

Rules:
1. The moderator of this section will only post topics to discuss. Everyone will be able to respond to these posts.
2. Respect others, there is no one right answer, because we probably are all doing things different anyway.
3. Have fun, and lets educate each other.
 

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Thats okay, it works both ways. Either, post it here, or you can pm me with the info.....It should be a good topic.....Thanks again
 

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Hi Kratty-
I'm new to DT and with a new puppy. I was wondering if it would be useful to have a town hall discussion about ear cropping. I was wondering about appropriate ages and such. I see some very young (8 weeks) having had the surgery already. However my breeder is having her litter done at 12 weeks after they have had all their shots. What do you think?
 

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Hi Kratty-
I'm new to DT and with a new puppy. I was wondering if it would be useful to have a town hall discussion about ear cropping. I was wondering about appropriate ages and such. I see some very young (8 weeks) having had the surgery already. However my breeder is having her litter done at 12 weeks after they have had all their shots. What do you think?
FYI-8 weeks of age is pretty standard for ear cropping. Most ear cropping artists prefer to do puppies between around 8-10 weeks, and are reluctant to crop at all after 12 weeks.
 

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Question: Does your Doberman do this in the morning?

Dexter is my second Doberman, and he's just started exhibiting the same behavior my beloved Loki did: in the morning, he's so incredibly hyper & excited about getting outside to patrol, bark, yelp in the yard, that he darn near hurts himself rushing out the door! It's kind of comical and I go out to see if there's anything there. Nope. Just 1 goofy Doberman.

In fact, he (& Loki did the same thing when he was alive).. literally yelps, twirls around in a circle, and he almost falls down in his excitement to get out the doggy door, then he runs the perimeter with a high pitched yelp.

I'm just curious about the behavior: is it just excitement to see if there's a new thing in the yard (raccoon? bear scent?), or is there something else motivating him that I don't understand? And, no, it's not 'cause his bladder is full! I've watched. He actually waits a bit before peeing.

(You have to understand, Dexter is usually a mellow little love muffin. No high prey drive at all!)
 

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Question: Does your Doberman do this in the morning?

Dexter is my second Doberman, and he's just started exhibiting the same behavior my beloved Loki did: in the morning, he's so incredibly hyper & excited about getting outside to patrol, bark, yelp in the yard, that he darn near hurts himself rushing out the door! It's kind of comical and I go out to see if there's anything there. Nope. Just 1 goofy Doberman.

In fact, he (& Loki did the same thing when he was alive).. literally yelps, twirls around in a circle, and he almost falls down in his excitement to get out the doggy door, then he runs the perimeter with a high pitched yelp.

I'm just curious about the behavior: is it just excitement to see if there's a new thing in the yard (raccoon? bear scent?), or is there something else motivating him that I don't understand? And, no, it's not 'cause his bladder is full! I've watched. He actually waits a bit before peeing.

(You have to understand, Dexter is usually a mellow little love muffin. No high prey drive at all!)
Probably unaware "positive reinforcement" has been occuring.

Have you tried to modify this behavior or do you actually encourage it? i.e. Not letting him outside when he acts this way or do you reinforce this behavior by opening the door when he acts this way?

Guess it's all in what you want out of him.. We trained our 11 month that she doesn't get to leave the house until we ask her or tell her that she can go through... I didn't want my 7 year old being blown over trying to get out the door, this way even she's in control when the door opens.
 

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FYI-8 weeks of age is pretty standard for ear cropping. Most ear cropping artists prefer to do puppies between around 8-10 weeks, and are reluctant to crop at all after 12 weeks.
I know this is an older reply, but Im new here and just saw it, I too noticed alot of breeders crop the puppies at 8 wks before they leave for new homes, my Mysti came to us cropped, and I had to do her ear taping myself, my 2 current puppies came natural, and I had the task of finding a vet to do the ears. He does not crop before 12 wks and will do them up to 14wks of age, I believe. Prior to my having to have them done myself, I had always thought that was too old to have ears cropped.
 

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Oh my dear Opps, wish i had read this before sending you a PM with a topic suggestion...!!!

:roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
 
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