is a registered Doberman Pinscher under Tackleberry Solutions and is being prepped for training as a Protection Canine, Search and Rescue or Therapy service dog.
What Makes Special
- Born June 30, 2021
- Raised in a Litter of 12
- Blue Purebred Doberman
- Breeder: Arthur CEO of Tackleberry Solutions
The Personality Test
When took her personality test on August 18, 2021 at exactly 49 days old. She scored a C. Contrary to school grades, this is considered a good thing. A C score generally indicates a cool disposition that is not overly aggressive.
Get to Know Ruby
Ruby is a perfect family pet because she loves to play with children, cuddle and pounce on everything. She enjoys walking with us in the evenings and playing with the older dogs. She is not afraid to start a game of chase with them even though they are twice her size.
Ruby is extremely intelligent and the first to be potty trained of her litter. It only took me twice to teach her how to sit. She will now automatically sit when she wants a treat (which prevents jumping.)
Recommended Service Work
Ruby shows potential for Search and Rescue work (like her aunt Patricia) or as a therapy dog. She enjoys playing chase and loves Hide and Seek (which is where we are starting with her search and rescue training.)
Current Daily Training Tasks
* Keep in mind that her training means what it says, "training." Essentially, the commands that I am teaching her are a work in progress because she is still a puppy. Her responses will become more smooth and automatic as she gets older if you continue to work with her (I'll be happy to give you some tips.)
Doberman Pinschers in general are very smart dogs. In fact, they are listed as one of the top 5 most intelligent breeds in the world. Ruby is no exception. Every time I work with her, I can see her wheels turning as she tries very hard to figure out what it is that I want her to do.
Ruby has that personality that is always very concerned about what you think of her. As a result, her training can be maximized when that bond of trust has been established - when she knows you are happy with her, she is eager to please.
Ruby is fully potty trained. I am reinforcing her "sit" and "lie down" command by transitioning from a hand signal to verbal response.
She is now old enough to go on daily walks with us and our adult dogs in the evening. So she is being familiarized with the leash and learning not to pull. I will also be taking her out into the back yard and begin introducing the "heel." command that is always followed by a silent "sit" when her handler stops walking. - This will take a lot of work and won't happen over night.
Therapy Training Prep Work
Patience, trust and being highly socialized is a major key for work as a therapy dog. Ruby has a "Service Dog in Training" vest (will come with her) that we use to take her with us when we go into town. This helps familiarize her with other people and gets her used to riding in a car.
During the day, my children like to play with her in the backyard. This helps her learn patience with children. I also use this opportunity to work on teaching her to "come."
Search and Rescue
We always start introducing our dogs to Search and Rescue work with a good ol' game of "Hide and Seek." At this point, this is done at LEAST once a week and will get more regular as she gets older.
My kids will take dog treats and hide (one at a time.) Then they will call her name to get her to look for them. The more familiar she gets with the game, the less often we call her name so that she has to resort to using her nose more and more to find them instead of just her ears.
Once she has figured out how to play the game and has gotten pretty good at it, we will transition her over to the, "seek" command where she will use an article of clothing to find the child instead of hearing them call for her. Her aunt Patricia, can find a person just by their footprint, no clothing needed. With time, Ruby could get to that level as well.
Of course, there is more that goes into the game than that (like switching up locations and adding in distractions.) However, I don't want to turn this into a book so I'm just giving you the basics.
* Keep in mind that this is all prep work for the real Search and Rescue or Therapy service work training. We're just helping you out by getting her started. The better you want her to be at her job, the more training you're going to have to give her as she gets older.
Ruby's Mother - Press Play
Personality Test Results of
The Parents of: Ruby
Tackleberry Solution's Protection Canine: Hazel
This is Hazel. She was the mother dog of our very first litter. She has a gentle, yet defensive temperament. She is very loving, she also is smart and not afraid to protect her family. She is also a very good judge of friend from foe. We are not afraid to have her out when friends come over to visit. You can learn more about Hazel by going to her page here.
Dutch is a red Doberman. He is full of love and is the best snuggler. He is very obedient and always wants to please his owners. He is great with kids, and loyal. Dutch is very mellow but has an excellent on/off aggression switch. He has trained in bite work, tracking, and loves catching a frisbee. Click here to view his page.
Click here to view how Ruby was raised from birth.
Ruby and Her Siblings at 6 Weeks
Ruby and Her Siblings at 8 Weeks
Ruby and Her Siblings at 12 Weeks
Ruby at 13 Weeks
More Pictures of Ruby
Personal Protection Bite and Tracking Purebred Dobermans
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