Other doberman information.
Ear taping, toenail care, published articles written by me,
resources to learn about Dobermans.
We are regularly contacted about how to wrap ears
after cropping. There is a method used by
every long time successful breeder. They vary
in method to some extent, but the essentials are the
same. You can see a detail version of how we
wrap ears at this page
Toenail Care:This is a procedure
that should take place weekly throughout your
Doberman's life. Some dogs make it easy,
others ... not so much. It depends on how the
puppy was introduced to the grinder and it's
fundamental temperament. If properly
introduced, often the puppy will be easy to care for
throughout its life. However, some puppies
simply resist the process and no amount of easy
introduction will help.
IWe use a Dremel model
??? for grinding toenails.
There are two videos, one is for a puppy that has
not had toenails ground. It is important to
get the puppy comfortable with the sound of the
grinder without actually doing any grinding.
We have the puppy on our lap and turn on the grinder
at arms length, slowly moving it towards the puppy.
As the puppy gets more comfortable with the sound
let your hand that is holding the running
grinder lightly tough the puppy's body, preferably
towards the back end. When the puppy is
comfortable with that (it may take a few sessions,
or no extra sessions, depending on the puppy's
reaction). Once the puppy is comfortable with
the grinder, you can start the process of getting it
used to the feel of the grinder on the toenails.
We just barely touch the toenail, and then move to
the next one until all toenails have been
touched. In future sessions, increase the
duration and pressure as the puppy becomes relaxed
with the process. This is important, because
it will result in a puppy that is confident with
toenail care and will resist the least.
The video has audio with my comments. I'm
sorry that the grinder overpowers my statements.
A major comment is that It is important to remember
to keep one hand anchored to the other with your
thumb to control the position of the grinder.
This is the video of the for the inexperienced puppy
first time grinding toenails .
It may take a short time to download before it will
play. Be sure to enlarge it to full screen.
This is a video of a puppy that has had the above
method of nail care introduction. I am using a
Dremel battery driven grinder, which is much
quieter. You will be able to hear my
on experienced puppy
Informative Articles to Help You Understand
understanding the correct structure of a Doberman
Judging_the_Doberman_Head - understanding the
correct head of a Doberman
Doberman on the
Move - understanding correct movement of a
Judging_priorities - understanding what it
imprortant when judging Dobermans
Download PDF Published articles
authored by me:
primary source for Doberman Pinscher information
resides on the parent club web site, the Doberman
Pinscher Club of America
http://www.DPCA.org. This site has an education
section with a tremendous amount of information,
valueable for those from the novice to the
Another valuable resouce for dogs in general is the
American Kennel Club