The Doberman is an highly intelligent, active and energetic breed that needs mental stimulation from it’s owner. This breed is best for an experienced owner who is not afraid to maintain their role as the "alpha dog." This is an energetic breed and life in an apartment is not the best setting for a Dobe. A fenced yard, and quality exercise is a much better fit for them.
Breed Characteristics, Temperament and Training
The Doberman Pinscher is known to be energetic, watchful, fearless and obedient. They are ready to give prompt alarm (and back up that warning) but are also affectionate, obedient and loyal. The breed requires regular exercise, but needs only minimal grooming for his short coat. If you simply want a pet for your family, and don't have the time or desire to take your dog running or hiking or biking or swimming, or to get involved in agility, obedience, tracking, schutzhund, or a similar canine activity, the Doberman Pinscher is not for you... ~ Continue Reading ~
I'm going to go ahead and kick one off just for dogs, and all breeds are welcome.
I'll post a new theme every Sunday and it's up to you to take a photo in the next week to fit the theme. If you can't take a new photo to match on any given week, you can use an older one, but new ones are preferable. Themes will run Sunday's - Saturdays with a new theme given every Sunday to go for a week.
You may post one photo of each of your dogs, or them together, with a max of 3 photos per week...
We were discussing this in another thread and it would be interesting if everyone checked into this thread to post their puppies weight and age. Of course all dogs vary, but I thought it would be a good way to keep track your your own pups weight and see how they compare with other pups their age.
I scanned my notes (scribbles?) of Boris and Della's puppy weight and it's interesting how small Boris was compared to Della at the same ages, but he really started gaining at the 5 - 6 month mark, and I don't think Della is going to have spurts like that.
As you can see, she weighs over 10# more than Boris did at this age.
Anyway, here's what I have to date and I hope the rest of you check in regularly to...
So you got yourself a new puppy or dog and you want them to become a well adjusted canine citizen, socializing them in many different ways is one of the keys to having that awesome dog that is well adjusted and more importantly a happy dog.
So where do you start ? Start socializing at home, get you pup use to new noises in the house. The banging of pots and pans can be scary at first so while you cook keep you dog/pup in the kitchen while you make normal noises, remember to always add praise and talk to your pup normally. Never coodle a pup you want everything to seem normal to them coddling can have a negative effect re-enforcing that the pup has something to be...
The best advice I ever got regarding getting my dogs ears cropped was from the vet tech... she told me to find some pics of what I liked... and bring them in.
So I did that, a collection of what I liked as well as what i didn't want!!!
So what better place to have examples for ears than our own people?? If you have any nice shots of crops, post em here, a lot of people have different tastes and are drawn to different things. And it would be awesome to have the resource in our our place to see different things.
Below I have Karmas cut, this was after a few weeks of posting, I asked for a cut BETWEEN medium and show, and I wanted that FWIP on the end.. I also asked for a lil more bell since she was 12...
A question I often get asked is 'Why do you train your dogs to attack people?'... I try to explain what we do in Schutzhund in a way they would understand, I tell them that we don't train our dogs to attack, that Schutzhund is a breed suitability test for selecting the best dogs for breeding purposes that has been made into a dog sport that dogs and their handlers enjoy, that our dogs are put through a series of exercises that displays the dogs character, their strengths and weaknesses etc ect..
I get tired of trying to convince people who only see the 'protection' part of the sport that we are not training our dogs to be aggressive or to attack or to be personal protection dogs and then when this series of videos popped up I thought...
I'm starting a thread, sorry if there is one, where we can talk about things that our dobies do that most dogs don't. In my first week of beginners Rally class when I asked Gretchen to lay down she brought both paws up in the air and slapped the ground (like she always does, I thought it was just a Gretchen thing). My instructor started laughing and she said "That is such a Doberman thing, they all slap the ground when they lay down!"
Feel free to add your own "It's a dobie thing" to the list!
Was reading through another thread this evening and saw a post by @VonDoom (Post number 109 in the thread "Advocating Cropping & Docking") What a genuine reflection of his love for this breed. So that reading prompted this thread.
My reason is similar, having to do with the physical aspect of these rascals. I have fostered and adopted for a good while. Living the urban life, to me, did not provide what truly high energy dogs needed, space. My fostering had restrictions that I felt were appropriate for the environment. After settling on these acres, the second foster was a Dobe "Timber". Wow could that bugger run, he was a black and tan beauty. After Timber left I swore I would keep the next one. And yes I did, Bidgie came...
What is important in this discussion of European Dobermanns versus American Doberman Pinschers, is that neither is definitively "better." They are simply different. What matters is that you understand the differences between the two, and choose the dog that is right for you.
The modern American Doberman Pinscher originated in Germany as a personal protector for individuals and families, and for police and military work. Throughout Europe, this is still the case. Here in the United States, Doberman are predominantly used as family dogs, show (conformation) dogs, and obedience dogs. Their former reputation for being aggressive, dangerous dogs has long since passed. The American Doberman Pinscher is now known to be gentle, loving, and sensitive.
In Europe, the Dobermann is viewed in a somewhat different light...