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Hi everybody,

It's been a long time since I've been on so I thought I would give you an update.

If you remember, I surprised my mom with a Hav after her dog died. For the most part, things are wonderful. They have bonded really well and Sydney has brought a lot of joy back into her house. Every time I talk to her now, she is laughing and telling stories about the cute things he does.

He gets along great with my kids and my 2 dobes. Although I think his best friend is our cat.

My mom had Sydney neutered, and that has put an end to his marking. Thank God for that!

I did a lot of research on food requirements for smaller dogs and have her feeding BG Buffalo. Changing his food has made a noticeable difference in the amount of staining from his eyes. It is much better now.

She's had him to the groomers twice now. The first time she had a puppy cut done and it was beautiful. The 2nd time, the owner of the shop did him and got it way too short....at least now she knows who to go to, lol. It's ok though, it will grow

I will have to post pictures when I get some current ones of him.

Question time.......Like I mentioned above, neutering has stopped the marking. But she has discovered that when she goes out, he pees on the bed in his crate. I am surprised by this because he came from a situation where he spent a lot of time in a crate and had no accidents in there.

When she is home, he has full run of the house with no issues. She takes him out pretty consistantly, and definitely takes him out before she leaves. He sleeps in his crate with the door open, but usually stays in there. The only time he seems to pee is when she leaves.

I will say though, that if she is home and goes out side, or is out side and goes out of his line of vision, he does not like it at all.

I have never had this problem, so I'm really not sure how to address it. His cage is very spacious. I know when you train puppies you need to limit the amount of space they have in their crate. But he's 4 and never had this problem before.

I'm not sure if I need to suggest to her to look into behaviorists or what to do. Any suggestions?

On another note, I've been wanting to make a signature. I saw the requirements are 600x100, but I noticed some members had different dimensions. Can anybody tell me what the actual dimensions are? Or, who are the mods here that I can direct questions to?

Thanks for your help
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I am not an expert in this so I hope others will chime in. It sounds like the beginning o Separation Anxiety...perhaps even compounded that he is locked in. If he was used to being in crate and his life has changed with your mom for the better, he may be even more fearful when he is back in his crate with the door closed. I know for SA you have to just gently get them used to the idea that you are coming back by leaving for 5 minutes, then 10, then 20, etc. But could it be as simple that if he is 4 and not having accidents that he could have run of house when she is gone? maybe just the kitchen with his crate in there but the door open? I am fortunate that I have not gone through this either, so I hope someone with expertise will chime in.

BTW, thanks for the Prep H tip on nails...it has helped with Cash.




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Thanks, I'll tell her to try that.

Glad the Prep H worked for you
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Missy pretty well summed up my thoughts on it, too.

I have to ask, though....Preparation H on nails?????

Murray & his mama, Sally~
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LOL VintageVamp, I guess that does sound funny .

I had given a tip a while ago in a thread about nail trimming. I dremmel my dogs nails (Sydneys too) and after I get done with each paw, I put Prep H on the tips. With dremmeling you get extremely close to the quick and the Prep H helps it to retract/shrink back quicker. Think about where you would normally use it and why , lol
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ah, that does make sense...lol. Murray hates me using my dremel on projects in my studio. I don't think I could get within 10 yards of him with it. I'm wondering if it's from a clipper mishap sometime in his past.

All I've done is scissor trim his paws and under his tail since I got him.

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Oh, that's a great tip!
I'm glad to hear that your dobies get along with your mom's Hav because I can't WAIT to get a dobie in a few years I had to beautiful ones when I was growing up and they are so wonderful!

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Could he possibly have a medical condition? Like a bladder infection? This can cause the need to go frequently. Maybe have him checked by the vet to eliminate any medical cause. Then if nothing medical I agree it could be stress related.
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On another note, I've been wanting to make a signature. I saw the requirements are 600x100, but I noticed some members had different dimensions. Can anybody tell me what the actual dimensions are? Or, who are the mods here that I can direct questions to?

Thanks for your help
My signiture picture is from my flickr account, I attached the link instead of attaching a picture.


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Could he possibly have a medical condition? Like a bladder infection? This can cause the need to go frequently. Maybe have him checked by the vet to eliminate any medical cause. Then if nothing medical I agree it could be stress related.
I would like to comment that this is a very good point for anyone, my groomer was over last night (she is also a trainer) and we were talking about potty training she said anyone who calls her with potty training issues or regression she always recomends going to the vet's first to rule out any issues.

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Since the peeing only happens when he is in his crate and my mom leaves, I really didn't think it would be medical related. But, you're right, that should really be the first step to take.

Yeahhh! Another dobie lover . Galaxie, you should come check out dobermantalk.com . There is a TON of great info there and it is never too early to get information. We can point you to reputable breeders and answer any questions you might have. We have quite a few members who don't have their dobes yet, but are starting their information hunt first. There are also members with small dogs as well. My name and Av there are the same as they are here. I hope to see you around

I've told my mom plenty about this site, I really wish she would come on herself.

I've learned alot about this breed here. Thanks to all the members!

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