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

alldogownersshouldknow:

Symptoms of bloat include:

  • hard, swollen abdomen that may make a hollow sound if tapped
  • retching that produces no vomit OR produces foamy, white vomit
  • drooling/salivating excessively
  • whining
  • pacing/restlessness
  • lethargy
  • stiff-legged walk

If your dog shows signs of having bloat, call your vet IMMEDIATELY. Every second counts. Bloat is extremely painful and without quick veterinary intervention your dog will probably not survive.

Check out this video of an akita in the middle to late stages of bloat.

Check out this article on what bloat is, the varieties of bloat, its symptoms, and the typical treatment plans.

The best predictor of a dog’s chances of getting bloat are its relatives. If your dogs family has had bloat, your dog is at an increased risk. Other risk factors include:

  • deep, narrow chested dogs
  • feeding to soon before or after exercising
  • raised feeding bowls
  • gulping food/eating too quickly
  • eating one or two large meals per day
  • overeating
  • overdrinking
  • dry food diet

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— 5 days ago with 3769 notes
It’s his sister’s favorite toy, mind you. An old Christmas gift from theseinconvenientfireworks
Living Ruthless PhotographyAugust 2014

It’s his sister’s favorite toy, mind you. An old Christmas gift from theseinconvenientfireworks

Living Ruthless Photography
August 2014

— 6 days ago with 6 notes
#her ermergerd face  #Icelandic Sheepdog 
Being super adorable?Or sneaking his way into getting his sister’s toy?

Living Ruthless PhotographyAugust 2014

Being super adorable?
Or sneaking his way into getting his sister’s toy?

Living Ruthless Photography
August 2014

— 1 week ago with 73 notes
#he just wants the toy  #doberman  #dobermann  #doberman pinscher  #adorable  #handsomedogs 
My derpy boy…
April (I think) 2014
Living Ruthless Photography

My derpy boy…
April (I think) 2014
Living Ruthless Photography

— 1 week ago with 27 notes
#Doberman  #Dobermann  #Doberman Pinscher  #Dobermann Pinscher  #Icelandic Sheepdog 
Someone asked me a really long question…

It was about potty training, how to deal with a puppy, training methods, and the ability to have a well behaved doberman as a young, female owner.

The question came in as multiple anonymous messages and pasting the whole thing would be tremendously long so I’m just going to post my answer. The person who asked it will know exactly what they asked and I hope that’s good enough.
(Also please forgive me, I’m doing this via the tumblr app on my tablet so I’m sure it will come out a little messy)

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I have a pretty decent post on potty training that can be found here: http://holydobermanbatman.tumblr.com/post/82827761295/ok-i-have-a-puppy-doberman-thats-about-3-and-a-half
There might be another one further down in this page but I couldn’t find it on my tablet - sorry!


I want to start by saying that I totally understand your frustration! Puppies in general are taxing but I think that doberman puppies can be in a league of their own. There were a few times raising Dreizehn where I was so stressed and so tired that I broke down in tears. I’ll be honest, his shenanigans were well worth it! Keep in mind that your boy is a puppy - a baby! He’s still learning. Be it potty training or obedience, he’s got a long way to go. One mistake that a lot of dog owners make is that they expect way too much from their puppies way to early on. Take things slow. If you’re working on a command and, all of a sudden, he seems to be regressing than stop. Maybe he needs a break or maybe you’ve moved ahead in training too quickly.

The biggest issue that I had with Dreizehn as a puppy was keeping his attention. He just had the shortest attention span ever and it made training classes almost impossible. At one point I just gave up on classes all together and for two weeks worked on “eyes” (or “look at me,” etc). Multiple times a day I would take 30 to 90 seconds to have short training sessions in getting him to hold his attention on me. I’d wait until he gave me his attention and say “yes!” (or you could use a clicker, or another word that you like) and give him a treat. At first, all I asked for is eye contact. After a few days I asked him to hold it for three seconds, and then 5 seconds, and then 8 seconds, etc. Keep in mind that this was slow moving! Every few days I’d extend the time I waited to “yes”/click/etc and give him his treat. After a while I’d stick a command to it. I’d wait until I knew that he was about to look my way and then I”d say “eyes” right before he did and then I’d praise and give him a treat. It’s a slow process!

As for your father, while his training methods (alpha, domination, whatever you wanna call it, etc) have been used for a long time, I personally don’t believe that they are the best way to go. I am a big fan of positive reinforcement training (clicker training, for example) instead of trying to prove dominance over my dog. And, while I’m not 15, I am a young, small, female and, oh boy, I show my Dreizehn lots of love. He’s spoiled rotten with treats and attention and I don’t think that this has diminished our working relationship in any way.

Be consistent with your puppy and his training. Be patient as well. When in doubt, go back to square one - sometimes that’s what he’ll need. There are some great training videos on Youtube by Kikopup that I highly suggest you look into. They’re fantastic! And if you’re getting frustrated, just take a break and breathe. Puppies aren’t easy!

I hope this helped, anon. If you have more questions or if I’ve not explained something enough you’re welcome to message me off of anon and I’ll shoot you my email as an easier way to talk.

— 1 week ago with 4 notes
niki-garvin:

holydobermanbatman:

"Wait" is probably the most helpful command that I ever taught him.

Oh my goodness this is the cutest thing because I have a mini pinscher who puts her heads INSIDE the peanut butter jars

Oh god, please please PLEASE get a picture of that, hahaha

niki-garvin:

holydobermanbatman:

"Wait" is probably the most helpful command that I ever taught him.

Oh my goodness this is the cutest thing because I have a mini pinscher who puts her heads INSIDE the peanut butter jars

Oh god, please please PLEASE get a picture of that, hahaha

— 3 weeks ago with 232 notes
While I’m away on vacation the dogs are being cared for by my loving boyfriend. I asked what he was up to the other evening and he sent me this picture with a message that said he was preparing dinner for the Luau.

August 2014

While I’m away on vacation the dogs are being cared for by my loving boyfriend. I asked what he was up to the other evening and he sent me this picture with a message that said he was preparing dinner for the Luau.

August 2014

— 3 weeks ago with 144 notes
#poor little piggy  #thank god the fire pit isn't actually large enough  #doberman  #doberman pinscher  #dobermann 
Whining because he had to stay in the car while his sister had fun.
Living Ruthless Photography
April (I think) 2014

Whining because he had to stay in the car while his sister had fun.
Living Ruthless Photography
April (I think) 2014

— 1 month ago with 35 notes
#what a cry baby  #do i need to call you a whaaaa-bulance?  #would you like some cheese with that whine?  #doberman  #dobermann  #doberman pinscher 
"Wait" is probably the most helpful command that I ever taught him.

"Wait" is probably the most helpful command that I ever taught him.

— 1 month ago with 232 notes
#doberman  #doberman pinscher 
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

So you put your dog through a surgery because he looks more intimidating? Great argument!!! Just because he was lucky and had no problems doesn’t mean it’s not risky.

His breeder chose for an incredibly qualified and experienced vet to preform this cosmetic procedure because this country’s breed standard calls for cropped ears. Also, if, for any reason, she was in need of a new home for one of the dogs that’s she bred, it’s much easier to placed a cropped doberman than a natural one.

You’re welcome to disagree with the non-medically necessary surgery that is cropping. However, there is no need for insults.

I wasn’t insulting you in the first one. You took it that way. I was referring to the fact that the anon had already done it and decided to put the dog through more discomfort. At least you did it once and were satisfied.

Through more discomfort?
There might be some confusion here. There is no talk of recropping here (by that I mean putting the dog under for another procedure). Maybe I’m wrong but that’s what I’m reading here. Dogs get their ears cropped and then posted - a process of wrapping the ears in a way that should not give discomfort to the dog so that, as the ear leather hardens, the ears come to stand straight up instead flop over. With out this process the ears do not stand up straight but, instead, flop over.

Editing to add: I generally do not support reconstructive cropping, for the record. You’ve done the procedure once and I see no reason to put any dog under multiple times for a non-necessary procedure. If you find me on forum discussions about “recropping,” you’ll see me in support of not putting a dog through the cropping procedure multiple times. Also, you’re right, “insult” was not the right word. I was in my car and waiting for a train and was trying to get everything in before putting my phone away to drive again.

— 1 month ago with 22 notes
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

oliveramy:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

So you put your dog through a surgery because he looks more intimidating? Great argument!!! Just because he was lucky and had no problems doesn’t mean it’s not risky.

Sometimes I feel I can’t weigh in on the ear cropping debate because I allowed my corgi’s tail to be cropped. (I plan to herd him which is why I allowed it)

But that said, ear cropping serves absolutely NO humane function and is 100% aesthetic.

Arguing that you prefer the look is not a good enough argument.

I’ve never said that it serves a humane function. I completely agree that it is simply cosmetic. Originally cropping and docking this breed was done to serve a purpose but arguing that it still does would be silly - especially the longer crops.

I am curious though… Could one argue that your Corgi or my Icelandic Sheepdog (a non-docked herding breed) can herd just fine with a tail? I’ve watched many tailed herding breeds at work. Also, many dogs seem to use their tails to help balance their movements (I’m thinking of agility weave-poles). This makes me think that the docking in that case wasn’t quite necessary either. I’m not trying to start an argument about your corgi, mind you, I’m just curious about what makes it justifiable in your case.

— 1 month ago with 22 notes
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

So you put your dog through a surgery because he looks more intimidating? Great argument!!! Just because he was lucky and had no problems doesn’t mean it’s not risky.

His breeder chose for an incredibly qualified and experienced vet to preform this cosmetic procedure because this country’s breed standard calls for cropped ears. Also, if, for any reason, she was in need of a new home for one of the dogs that’s she bred, it’s much easier to placed a cropped doberman than a natural one.

You’re welcome to disagree with the non-medically necessary surgery that is cropping. However, there is no need for insults.

— 1 month ago with 22 notes
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?


Answer:

spoiledpaws:

holydobermanbatman:

It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears. 
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward. 

Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.

You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.

That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous. 

You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog. 

— 1 month ago with 22 notes
mmmhoneycombs asked: what do you feed your dog? Sorry I saw you're being bombarded with asks right now but I was just curious :)


Answer:

Right now: Innova Nature’s Table
In a perfect world: Raw
In an almost perfect world: Nature’s Variety Instinct or Orijen

Raw, while normally considered more affordable than the top-quality kibbles, is not an easy option at the moment because of where I’m living. I do give raw snacks weekly.  I think that a well-researched raw diet is the best diet for dogs (and cats). 

For the longest time I was alternating between NV:Instinct and Orijen (when Orijen was on sale) and would switch protein sources with each month. However, I’m a student and I got a new job making slightly less money so I had to find something cheaper which is how I found the grain-free Innova option. I know that Innova has had some recall issues in the past but I’m feeling pretty good about this food option at the moment. I hope, once I’m making more money again, that I can go back to feeding a higher quality kibble. 

I’ve been able to make first-hand comparisons between dogs on high quality kibbles versus dogs on a lesser quality kibble. With a higher quality food, dogs will have softer, shinier coats, better breath, less gas, more energy, smaller stools, overall general health, etc - the list goes on. Plus, they don’t need to eat as much. Dreizehn eats 2 cups of food a day, total! I had an roommate once with a doberman who was feed Eukanuba and he was eating over 6 cups of food a day to maintain his weight. Yes, a dog can live off of a kibble like Bil-Jac but it’s like feeding something McDonalds. It’s surviving, not thriving. 

I don’t mind questions and messages at all! I just wish I had more pictures to break them up with. That’s nobody’s problem but my own, lol

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
A commissioned piece from another tumblr user, Christy, who can be found here - @bitipillar - I adore this so much and should have posted it when I first got it, months ago. 
I get messages from time to time asking if photos of Dreizehn can be used as references for art. The answer is a resounding yes! I adore art of my dogs. My only request, if you are going to use Dreizehn for your art, is no violence (dog fights/attacking people/etc), please reference the picture somewhere in your post, and please please pretty PLEASE let me see the finished copy. 

Artist’s tumblr is http://bitipillar.tumblr.com/, in case I didn’t do that whole tagging thing correctly.

A commissioned piece from another tumblr user, Christy, who can be found here - @bitipillar - I adore this so much and should have posted it when I first got it, months ago. 

I get messages from time to time asking if photos of Dreizehn can be used as references for art. The answer is a resounding yes! I adore art of my dogs. My only request, if you are going to use Dreizehn for your art, is no violence (dog fights/attacking people/etc), please reference the picture somewhere in your post, and please please pretty PLEASE let me see the finished copy. 

Artist’s tumblr is http://bitipillar.tumblr.com/, in case I didn’t do that whole tagging thing correctly.

— 1 month ago with 10 notes