Got a question or a comment?   Dreizehn, my three year old Doberman Pinscher. Sometimes Ruthless, my Icelandic Sheepdog.

hellowhales:

bendragon-cumbersmaug:

holydobermanbatman:

May 2014

hellowhales- Now here’s a correct doberman chest! I love Drez, he’s so handsome.

omggggg he’s so handsome <333 It stands out but it’s not overdone. Just right <3

Well, jeez…! Thanks guys <3 

hellowhales:

bendragon-cumbersmaug:

holydobermanbatman:

May 2014

hellowhales- Now here’s a correct doberman chest! I love Drez, he’s so handsome.

omggggg he’s so handsome <333 It stands out but it’s not overdone. Just right <3

Well, jeez…! Thanks guys <3 

— 2 months ago with 125 notes
Anonymous asked: why do you make your dogs wait to eat? Power trip?


Answer:

candidcanines:

Absolutely not! What is wrong with you? I find it rude for a dog to be jumping up on you while you try to place a bowl of food on the ground. I could never have a dog that just wants to knock food out of my hands so my dogs are taught to be patient while I prepare their food for them. To teach them this, I never put food down if they tried to jump up to get it. Alternatively they chose to sit down if the jumping didn’t work, this was THEIR choice after jumping up to get the food didn’t work. My dogs wait for me to place their food bowls on the floor and step away before they start eating. Having them be patient is a good self control exercise in my opinion, otherwise my bouncy pointer would be jumping all over the place trying to get his food bowl before it even hits the ground.

Amen!

Patience and self control are some of the first things that I teach ANY dog! It’s safer for the dog and the owners as well, in my opinion. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had my face smacked by the skulls of jumping dogs when I was feeding at my kennel jobs. 

I’ve found that self control training in front of a food bowl will translate to other areas as well. It makes “wait” much easier to apply in other situations like at doors, on walks, and in cars. Trust me, you’l find no door bolting in my house.

— 2 months ago with 165 notes
#dog training  #dogs  #dog 
Anonymous asked: Hi! I was talking to my mom about dobermans (adopting one in the future) and she said she wasn't too sure about it, and I know it's because they have a bad reputation... are there any videos of them playing and/or goofing around that you can share?


Answer:

I hate to say it but I do not have videos! I simply don’t take them =\ However, check out our friend Prime’s FB page… there should be some videos on there - Optimus Prime the Doberman 

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
letstav asked: Hi great looking dog you have there how old is he


Answer:

Thank you! He is a little over three years old - was born in December 2010.

— 2 months ago with 3 notes
timelordonbakerstreet asked: Do I spy Paco Collars?


Answer:

You absolutely do!
His most-worn collar is an X-Dog in black and silver. 

— 2 months ago with 5 notes
Such wow.Much fancy.Very bluebonnets.Sooper drool bubble.
Living Ruthless PhotographyMay 2014

Such wow.
Much fancy.
Very bluebonnets.
Sooper drool bubble.

Living Ruthless Photography
May 2014

— 2 months ago with 659 notes
#wow dog so fancy  #dobermann  #doberman  #doberman pinscher 
Anonymous asked: Hi how much did your Doberman weigh at 6 months I have a Doberman that was a runt , she had a really big growth spirt but I feel as if she's still really small and underweight for her age


Answer:

While I am pretty sure that he weighed somewhere between 50-60 lb at that age, I honestly don’t remember.

Does your girl look healthy? Because that’s what really matters. Like people, all dogs are different. They weigh and grow differently from all the others - some are faster, some are slower. If you feed her well and keep her at a healthy weight then I wouldn’t worry.

Here are two charts that I really like… They’re basically the same thing…

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I keep Dreizehn on the thin-side of ideal. I don’t want to see spine or hip bones but I do like seeing a hint of the last rib. As a puppy I allowed him to have a little more weight on him - something to grow on. Still, he always showed a tuck and some waist.

I hope that helps!!

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
#dog  #dogs  #weight  #dog weight  #runt 
Anonymous asked: Hey I've had several dobermans throughout my life and I never cropped their ears. Is there a health reason or is it just aesthetic?


Answer:

It’s simply aesthetic.


There’s plenty out there about health benefits but I don’t think that they’re really true. Ear infections are the usual go-to when people talk on this subject but I’ve known plenty of flop-eared animals who never had those issues (and plenty of prick-eared animals who did).

— 2 months ago with 3 notes
#doberman  #dobermann  #doberman pinscher  #ear cropping  #cropped ears 
domo55 asked: What ear taping method did you use on your dobie?


Answer:

Dreizehn’s ears were posted using the backer rod method. I have no good pictures but here is one, at least…

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Materials needed…
Backer Rod
Duct Tape
Zonas Tape
Vet Wrap (optional)

Quick How-To…
You’ll want to cut a piece of backer rod for each ear. They should be long enough that, when resting in the length of the ear, they will support the full length of the ear. Next, wrap the backer rod in a layer of duct tape - this helps to stiffen the rod. Last, because duct tape can agitate the inside of the ear, wrap the rods with the softer Zonas tape. Once that’s done you’ll want to cut some strips of the Zonas tape and place them aside.

Next, put the backer rod into the ear. You’ll want to put it as far down into the ear as it’ll go so that it won’t pop out one all is said and done. Once it’s in the ear, pull and stretch the ear up as far as it’ll go. Then, with more Zonas tape, tape the ear round the backer rod. It’s easier if you tape the tip and then the base before anything else. Dreizehn’s ears were usually taped all the way around with Zonas tape (see picture). Other people will tape just the base and the tip (then maybe somewhere in the middle as well, and then use vet wrap to finish the job. If you decide to do that, however, be careful because Vet Wrap can tighten around the ear and cut off circulation. I never trusted myself enough to do so.

If you’re dog has pockets in his/her ear (a.k.a. they’re leaning inwards), you can add bumpers.

My explanation wasn’t great but if you search “Backer Rod Ear Posting” or something similar, you’ll find good tutorials on the web, including Youtube videos.

WORD OF CAUTION! 
There are multiple methods of ear posting, including some that use solid materials in the ear (think tongue depressors). This is not something that I would suggest because these items offer absolutely no give. If your dog runs into something, a solid material (like wood) could do some major damage. Even when wrapped in tape, the backer rod will still bend. 

Length of Time?
This wasn’t in this specific question but I’ve been asked before so I thought I’d include it - Dreizehn’s ears were posted until he was about 7 months old. It sucks to deal with, yes, but I wanted to make sure that his ears didn’t fall so they were posted for an extra month after I thought that they were done. 

Every dog is different, yes, but the most common thing that I hear is to post through teething - so about 6 months of age. While some dogs will not need nearly as long others may need much longer. I’ve known of a few dogs who needed to have their ears posted past a year of age. 

— 2 months ago with 11 notes
#doberman  #dobermann  #doberman pinscher  #ear posting  #cropped ears