I am considering adopting a 6 month old Doberman Shepherd cross. Would it be a mistake to adopt this dog if I have minimal experience with dogs?
I have searched the Q&A section and I have read about introducing a dog to the resident cats & your philosophy of dog training. I plan to do much more reading now that I have found your site.
Here is my situation & I am hoping you can offer some advice …
I am considering adopting a 6 month old Doberman Shepherd cross. She is in a shelter, found as a stray with her 2 sisters. She is good with other dogs & cats – unknown with young children. (I have 2 cats at home – age 5 & 7 years.) Would it be a mistake to adopt this dog if I have minimal experience with dogs? Will proper training offset my lack of experience or am I better off not getting involved with these breeds?
Thank you very much for your time.
I have found that anyone who is willing to put the time into the relationship and training with the dog can be successful. Many people with loads of experience have issues because they don’t want to invest the time or energy.
I would throw a word of caution out there. Just because the shelter reports that this dog is good with other dogs & cats doesn’t mean this dog will not be a problem with your cats and you will want to proceed as if the dog has never seen a cat. Many times shelter dogs will behave differently in the shelter setting than they do once they settle into a home. There is a honeymoon period with most shelter dogs, where they behave beautifully at first and as they feel more comfortable they begin to display behaviors that sometimes catch the new owners off guard. Consistent, firm leadership is the key.
Since you have limited experience, I’d make a few recommendations for materials that will help.