July 22 2017

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Young Ronnie has spent 2 years as the 2nd fiddle . . . and is now looking to become somebodies #1 dog.

He had a bad start in life. Initially coming into rescue as a 20 week old puppy. He was very car sick – so never really got out and about to socialize. He wasn’t actually sick – but rather it was drool &salivation. We had to coax him into the van and then he & van would be soaked within less than a mile. Dramamine turned him into a bad drunk. He’s over that now & jumps in and is ready to go (to Lowes where people give him treats). But it slowed his development.

Also his foster home was not used to puppies.  His companions were occasional fosters and boarders – but nobody to really play and learn with. When he was introduced & integrated into the resident pets he was too pushy. They were older and infirm and really really not interested in his puppy antics. He did not read or respect their ‘back off’ signals and as a result over some 8 months there were 4 scuffles.

He has been to group training class with 5 other dogs and was stable and attentive. He knows his sits & downs and ‘leave it’. He has a good recall – it’s not a perfect sit in front of you -but he knows what is wanted and returns to you. There are two feral cats in the pasture - initially he would sense them there and run the fence in full prey drive. Now we can walk out past them under voice control – sure, if somebody blinked and ran then there’d be a chase – but it shows that he is maturing and can control himself.

He still remains somewhat aloof and a loner . . . not your typical Velcro Doberman. He loves to jump in the van and go for a ride. He still doesn’t run up to a stranger and say ‘Hey! – love me!’ but nor does he back away and he will come forward in his own time. He loves his foster dad the most – but that’s because he interacts w/ him the most, goes to Lowes, takes him the throw/chase ball in our park 2 - 3 times a day, etc..

Over the last 6 months his stability and confidence have improved immensely, never the less it is important to read his signals and react appropriately - he can be redirected with little effort and by taking things slowly. We believe he would do best in the hands of a very experienced Doberman owner that can ‘read’ him and redirect his fear responses into positive behavior that can be rewarded. He will not be placed in a home with children.

He is not particularly reactive with other dogs at PetCo or suchlike. However we believe being placed as an only dog will give him the greatest chance to succeed. He learns slowly and works very well for treats. He tolerates being petted & talked to – but tends to use his nose & mouth in response – not biting but just mouthing inappropriately.

Like all Dobermans, he needs rules to live by and knowing what is expected of him – consistency is the important thing.

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