Category: Food & Fitness

Is Your Dog Getting Bored? Do you need some new Kong stuffing ideas? KONGS are still one of the best dog treat toys around.  They’re one of the few toys you can leave with your dog unsupervised. They’re great for dogs with separation anxiety, and they’re durable, even for mighty doberman jaws.  They are also safe for dogs teeth. Unlike bones, they won’t wear down teeth or cause teeth to chip. Kongs are also great because they keep your dog mentally challenged. Especially if you change the kong stuffing regularly.  Dogs don’t have as many taste buds as humans but they…

For today’s Quick Tip Tuesday post, let’s look at what foods are toxic to dogs. Do you know which human foods dogs should avoid? I thought I did, but there were a few surprises when I read the danger lists. You may want to refresh your memory also by looking at these charts. Better yet, if you have children at home, print off the chart and hang it in your kitchen cupboard for everyone to refer to. I’ve provided three different links, pick the one you like best to print off. Better safe than sorry. Some foods that never crossed…

Does your dog need more exercise? My two dobermans sure do and I’m guessing your dogs do too. I won’t call you lazy, but I’ll admit that I am sometimes when it comes to giving dog walks. Dobermans are a high energy dog breed and if they don’t get enough exercise, bad things start happening, like boredom barking or destructive chewing.  Or GASP! they get fat!  Chubby Dobermans look awful.  I’m ok with fat shaming dogs. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t walk my two Dobermans as much as I should. My lame excuses include, I don’t have enough time,…

Are you still using a dog food bowl? If so, why are you giving your dog easy meals? Dogs eating from bowls is soo old school.  Maybe you should consider getting rid of them. We know dogs need physical exercise, especially dobermans, but they also need mental exercise.  They need to be mentally stimulated with new smells, activities, or challenges. Feeding time is a great time to do this.  Instead of just plopping down a food bowl for your dog to munch away, make him work for it. There are so many different designs of dog food/treat dispensers for sale…

You know exercise is important. For humans and for dogs, but especially for the  Doberman breed. Dobermans are a high energy dog that need lots of exercise. Without enough exercise to burn up this excess energy, you’ll end up with a frustrated dog, and a frustrated dog is a not-well-behaved dog.  One option for exercise is dog treadmill running.  This is a great option if you live in cold countries like Canada,  don’t have the time, or don’t have a fenced yard for off-leash runs. Or maybe it’s a case that you have a dog that is not very sociable or well-behaved in…

Dog Supplements, do you need them? Most of your dog’s nutritional needs should be met by the good quality food you provide them daily. But as an extra reassurance you may wish to give your adult Doberman or puppy supplements. Before you decide on using supplements, you should discuss your particular dog’s health with your vet. The vet can also suggest what the proper dosage should be for your dog’s weight. In most cases, the average healthy dog can benefit from a multivitamin & mineral and fish oil supplements just like humans. Fish oils supply omega-3 fatty acids that give…

So you decide to feed our Dobermans a dry, kibble dog food, but which one? As much as you would like to feed your dogs a raw food diet, like their ancestors in the wild ate, it’s just not practical for most people. You’re busy, have no freezer space or nutritional knowledge to do this properly. Also, maybe you’re not convinced that a raw food diet is safe, because of salmonella bacteria concerns, and factory farm animal management. So the next best thing is finding a high-quality dog food that will keep dogs healthy. Here is a guide you may…

Just like humans need proper nutrition to be healthy, so too do our dogs. But the decision on what to feed our dogs can be a confusing one. Grocery stores usually have a whole aisle dedicated to pet food with a large assortment of brands. The fact that there lacks regulations in pet food labeling only makes things harder for consumers. But with the very real concern of contaminated food from bacteria and chemicals, we need to put some effort into educating ourselves for the sake of our pet’s well-being. This topic is especially close to my heart since I…

Some people have asked about a doberman growth chart or doberman growth rates detailing the typical doberman weight ranges. I have searched quite a bit online and could not find one. My guess is that it doesn’t exist since the weight of the Doberman Pinscher breed varies. Doberman Size Estimates Even if a Doberman growth chart did exist, it would be a pretty rough estimate anyway. There are full grown dobermans who at their ideal weights are 50lbs and others 90lbs, so you can see the wide weight range difference here. Typically an adult female is about 60-80 lbs and…