What kind of dog is max from the grinch?
Max from the grinch is a doberman pinscher that belongs to my sister and her husband. They got him about 6 months ago.
Max is a huge ball of energy. He has never, I mean never, bitten a human being (or his own nose) and my sister says that he is a "gentle" dog. He is playful and he's very friendly with everyone, even adults.
But I'm just concerned about his size and energy and if they're healthy enough for me.
They had his puppy shots last week but he just had his deworming last week so I'm just wondering how healthy he is. They said he's fine with them but I want to make sure they're right.
I know he's a huge doberman pinscher, but is he big enough to make a good guard dog? They said his size won't be a problem, but he has quite a bit of energy.
Do you think I should take him in to the vet to look over him to make sure he's healthy, or are they saying that he is good enough? What do you think?
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They are adorable to each other and would make a beautiful couple.
We've lived with large breed dogs and a chow chow once. Both were friendly and great with our kids. They were also protective, though it was mostly guarding us from them as they had no tolerance for any other dog or even cats.
I've lived with large dogs that have been aggressive. They haven't bitten anyone and don't even seem to notice you unless they see you as a threat. My mother has had a boxer and pit bull. Both of those dogs were friendly with kids and just went with the flow.
If your sister tells you that he's friendly with her husband, doesn't seem to bite her or her kids and has been trained by a professional, you can go ahead and take him in to get checked over.
And I also concur with the comments about the dog food. It is very important that a dog's diet is balanced, particularly in terms of protein intake. Many large dogs don't get enough protein and are prone to health issues.
Don't get hung up about the shelter. Some shelters are great and take care of dogs as if they're their own. Others are horrible and will dump a dog off on you and expect you to take care of them like their own. I know of a shelter that, unless the dog is neutered, will keep the dog a week and then, out of the blue, dump it on a farm and try to get someone to take the dog.
Dogs don't live as long as cats, so you're getting a shorter lifespan. We've had our first dog, a chocolate lab, for 13 years, and we'll get a second one in a year or so. Just remember, dogs don't understand money the same way that cats do, so don't feel bad about making the payment plan you agreed on. Your sister will not appreciate this.
I'd say to talk with your vet first, but if your vet really is in the business of animal shelters, they would be looking for a home for the dog. At some point you will be expected to make some payments. If you are not financially comfortable with that, then find a non-profit vet. If the vet says there's no way your sister can afford this, maybe you'll feel better making the payments now rather than letting them slide, because you'll have a new dog at home.
There are things you can do to make him a more comfortable dog. Be sure he has a collar and license tag (some shelters ask for this too). Take him to your vet every six months for checkups. If you have a backyard, you might be able to get a dog house. If you buy from a breeder or rescue, be sure to get your dog's health guarantee from the breeder (if applicable). Even if you don't have a large dog, it is still possible to get a cat carrier (like the kind used for transporting people) and a cat carrier. If the shelter thinks you need to socialize the dog, then look for a class that teaches socialization, like the Canine Good Citizen program. This is a three step program with class training, a test of obedience, and a road test. Make sure the shelter knows your local schools. If you use a breeder or rescue, you might have to pick your dog up early in the morning (around 6am), but you can always leave your car (with the keys in it) in the driveway for a couple of days. Many rescues or breeders will bring the dogs to your home, but it is a big responsibility, so be sure the shelter can handle it. Many of the foster programs, like the ones at the San Diego Humane Society and the Animal Rescue Foundation of San Diego (ARF), do not let the dogs stay in the foster's house. If you have a room you can put him in, that's fine, but make sure to get a crate for him so he can get some rest. If you can't make the transition at this time, it will be okay to keep him. You will be helping by letting him live in the house, and you can always move him in the next month or so. The good news is that your dog will probably love the idea of coming home to you.
When you go to work, be sure to let him out so he can use the bathroom, and then back in his carrier so he can stay safely at your desk. If you have a crate in your car, be sure to tell your boss about it, just in case your dog doesn't like the ride. If your dog gets carsick, a dog will almost never vomit, but you can help by having a box of toys in the trunk or the backseat so he can distract himself.
The first two weeks are the most important. You need to make sure that your dog knows you are his leader. If you need to give him a command like "Sit!" or "Drop!" or "Go to sleep!" or "Come here!" and he doesn't listen, you need to reinforce it. Remember that your dog is a puppy and has not yet grown into obedience. You need to establish a firm structure, so he can understand that he needs to behave in certain ways.
For a while, don't let your dog out in the car. Your car is a scary place for a puppy to be, especially if you are using his crate. If you try to take him out for a ride, he may get confused and nervous. This is not only unsafe for your dog, but also dangerous for you and others. For the same reason, when your puppy goes into a hotel or motel room, don't let him go on a walk. Just put him back in his crate and let him stay there. This is not cruel, but it is important for him to gain experience with basic survival skills.
After the first few days, you can begin to introduce him to other people and to being around your house. You should never take him out of the crate with you, no matter where you are. Whenever you are not alone, or when there is the possibility that someone will grab your dog and run with him, put him back in the crate so he can stay safely where he belongs. If he gets scared, it is better to let him learn through experience that things can and do happen. As he gains experience, he will