Caring for your Doberman


We always give the best advice we can for people who decide to take a Doberman puppy from our kennel. We tell them about the simple procedures of taking care of their beloved dog!

A booklet guide written by ourselves will be provided when you come to pick your puppy up. This should help to you get started in caring for your new family member.

Coat

The Doberman’s coat should not require very much attention. Rubber brushes work well. Also, a quick brush with a wool sock works to get a great shine and put all those little hairs in just the proper place. Always wipe/brush with the growth of the coat. Bathing should be kept to a minimum, using a very mild shampoo and rinsing thoroughly.

Ears

Caring for your dog’s ears can be a simple, yet very important task for any dog owner. Clean, healthy ears are important for a dog’s health, as well as his ability to hear. Here are a few tips for keeping your dog’s ears clean and healthy.
Simply use the wipe to gently clean away any build-up the dog may have outside of his ear canals. Make sure that you do NOT stick your fingers or any other objects into your dog’s ears unless instructed by your veterinarian. You can buy special liquid for cleaning your pets ears – ask your veterinary!
Be sure to check for ear mites. If your dog is scratching his ears a lot or rubbing them on any surface he can find, check inside for any mites. If you find a waxy build-up or little bugs living in there, contact your veterinarian immediately to determine the best method for treating the mites.

Teeth

Dogs are born with no teeth at all, but grow them in the first two or three weeks after birth. At around eight weeks of age, a puppy should have a full set of twenty-eight teeth (some breeds may have a slight variation), consisting of pre-molars (not full molars), incisors, and canines. Beginning around three months of age, puppies start to lose their first set of teeth. The first ones noticed are usually the pointier canines, when an owner notices blood on chew toys. Many times an owner won’t even realize his puppy has started to shed teeth.

Adult teeth start to erupt within a few days of losing a tooth, and you’ll notice your puppy has started a reign of terror, mouthing everything, chewing like there’s no tomorrow. This is my favorite part of puppy-hood … not.

An adult set has forty-two teeth: twenty-two on the lower jaw (mandible) and twenty on the upper jaw (maxilla): twelve incisors, four canines, sixteen pre-molars, and four molars on the upper jaw, and six more on the lower jaw.

Basic Tooth Care

Brushing weekly or more. There are dozens of specially formulated toothpastes for dogs on the market now, as well as a number of toothbrush styles.

Bones and Tartar Build-up

This is the easiest part of dental care. Dogs build up tartar and plaque just humans do. Thankfully, the cure is pleasant to both of us. A good raw, marrow bone, or knuckle bone will keep your dog’s teeth free of tartar. The gnawing motion effectively scrapes the entire gunk off your dog’s teeth, while you can sit back and relax. The amount of bones your dog goes through will be determined by his size and teeth condition.

Scaling the Teeth

Professional cleaning at the veterinarian’s office is another way to go. This shouldn’t be the only option though, or you’ll discover your wallet gets lighter as your dog’s teeth get brighter. On average, with a good brushing routine, your dog may only need to have his teeth scaled and polished once every two or three years, if not less.
Note: Most people recommend skipping bones entirely, and while we acknowledge the fact that cooked bones do splinter and can cause innumerable problems, including choking and perforated bowel. However we also take care to recommend only raw bones. Raw bones (uncooked in any way) are soft, do not splinter, and are an excellent source of calcium and entertainment. However they are messy and the best place for a good chew of a raw bone is either outside with supervision, or in a room that is easily cleaned (like kitchen).

Claws

Knowing not only how, but also when to cut a dog’s claws is so important. Your dog’s claws grow constantly and how often they need to be clipped will depend on your dog’s lifestyle. If you dog does a lot of his walking on hard surfaces, it may very well need little or no extra help in keeping it’s claws short as they will be naturally worn away through friction. However, if like our dogs, your dog mainly stays on grass, sea sand and woodland tracks, clipping dog’s claws become an essential part grooming. Initially, get your dog accustomed to you simply holding and stroking their paws.

Then progress to applying light pressure on their paws and claws – lightly pinching their claws between your finger and thumb. Reward them for allowing this.Then, lightly trim a couple of nails a day. Just trim off the tips – this lessens the chances of you cutting too deep and frightening your dog off. Talk to your dog in a soothing voice all the time and reward him with his favorite treat and a romp straight after. He will gradually grow accustomed to this unpleasant procedure and learn to at least put up with it.