Age: 11 Years Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
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Maximus, Maximus Farticus, Maxie, Maxwell, Maxinaut
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Pet me, rub me, love me, rawhide chews
Feet being trimmed, being left alone, Night time..seems afraid of the dark for some reason.
A Tuff Ring.. I'm having a hard time finding another one just like it!
He's on a strict no table food whatsoever because of his toots.. He eats Pedigree dry dog food. He loves his daily dog treat.
Anywhere I'll take him, he loves to ride in the car.
Right now, we are working on shake, because of his" no touch my paws"!
Max is a sad story with a happy ending. I started looking about a couple months ago for another Doberman. My first red male Dobie Nicodemus died of bone cancer at the young age of 7. I rescued him at 1 1/2 years of age from a city dweller in Buffalo who couldn't handle him.
I believe in rescueing dogs before buying from a breeder if at all possible. Daphne, my rottie, is a rescue dog and since Ruby has gone to live with my parents she's been a little depressed. Ever just feel the need to do something? Well, that's what I was feeling. A few rescues I spoke and emailed with seemed promising, but didn't have the dog I was looking for. I emailed a private rescue and talked on the phone with them, they came out with Max. A two year old, hyper, needy, purebred Dobe. He's red and rust, docked and cropped, neutered boy that could not contain himself and been sent back to rescue a disappointing couple of times. He was given up by his first owners for being too needy and hyper. They rescued him from a NYC shelter and he screamed and screamed at all the stress and changes. When we met him he really took to us and particularly my 10 year old son. We had a couple tough first days and an occasional bad day with his behavior but we are working through all the anxiety and pent up energy with a lot of positive exercise and play, and a lot of obedience work. I've begun researching about why he may be so gassy and have found some interesting stuff about it and how to treat it. I also looked up calming a hyper dog and have found out a lot of herbal and natural remedies that may help him. He has settled down considerably with strong leadership and Bach's Rescue Remedy (natural flower essences for anxiety and stress). Daphne has even initiated play with him, and been more energetic since he's been here. She tells him off when he gets too pushy with her.
Max has become a member of our family, even with all his gaseous odors(we're going to the vet in another week to try and see what we can do for him), and his wild man attitude. I am working really hard to get him used to me touching his feet and holding them, he hates his feet being trimmed, eventually I hope he will just lay there and let me do that after the trust has been built.
For all the owners out there who are at your wit's end with your crazy puppy or wild dog, do your best to find the answers to keep your dog in your family and not end up in a shelter. Really try obedience classes or ask for help from a trainer, be consistent and if necessary talk to your vet, they will help! Meet a large breed dog as an adult before getting one as a puppy, they are oh soooo cute as puppies but not when they are older and large, tearing up your life and house and yard from being bored or not exercised enough.
If Max had someone as a puppy show him how to behave and put the effort into him he would not have lived this long in a constant stress and anxious state and been given up so many times. Update 1/25/2012 Max was re-homed to a couple in Connecticut, He has a black and tan sister and loves his people. We miss him, but know he's doing great in his new home!
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September 21st 2008 10:14 pm
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Hi all you woofers,
I am glad to announce that it has almost been a year since I was searching for another Doberman and we found Max from NYC. He has made leaps and strides into a beautiful adult Red Doberman.
Adopted from Toby's Place Doberman Rescue in Syracuse, NY, Max has learned to sit, down, wait, stay, off, and most importantly relax Max. His anxiety is down to almost nothing and he is very happy here in his kitchen and spacious kennel yard on nice days.
His feet are not an issue, it helps when there's an extra pair of hands loving him while I trim his nails, but he just lays there and takes it now. NO GAS anymore!..ok, maybe once a month he will have a toot. But, his tummy and insides have bettered with good food and no table treats. Part of the Gas issue was his anxiety.
We found out Max loves to put his head out of the window for car rides...and BITES, yes, bites at the wind like he's killing it! It's hilarious to watch! He licks our family cats and loves them, but hates the neighbor's cats that tease him beyond his kennel yard. He gives you what we've come to call "The Butt" when he wants to be silly. Max loves Zachary our 11 yr old boy.. they are best buds.
Dr. Fales in Falconer is our family vet, and she just admires him every time he comes to visit. He's even getting so much better in his behavior, I'm thinking about taking him to a groomer nearby for a trial run and let someone else wash him for once.
Max loves big boy doggies and playing rough. Daphne and him are friends, but I don't let him get too crazy with her as her hips and back knees are getting worse. Daphne is a rescue and was poorly bred by a pitbull breeding ring as a bait puppy. She's much happier with smaller dogs and kitties.
Max's screaming ended awhile back and haven't seen any of that behavior in quite a while. Other than that, happily chewing away on his Tuff toy and nawing on big bones, he's a changed pup. Loves his walks and being loved on. And he has perfected the Doberman Lean... and if you know Dobies, you know what I'm talking about. The almost in your lap full on leaning experience.
It's bizarre how you start looking for a dog and poof one appears..that maybe isn't the perfect pet right then but turns out to be the biggest blessing in disguise!
So hug all your furbabies and do stop in now and again and say Arrooo at Max, he loves it.
Amanda and Maxwell
January 28th 2008 5:23 pm
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Max is slowly developing a sense of home and family. He now has majority time with all of us and can handle being in the busier part of the home. Daphne and Max are still having issues at times. Max seems to bully her pretty rough when in play mode but we are working on positive reinforcement in a calm atmosphere for awhile so he doesn't look at her like a chew toy!..He likes hanging out in our large kitchen with a child gate so he can't beat up Daphne if I'm not able to watch him.... He still has an afternoon nap in his crate and when we have meals because he likes to counter surf!
A++++ on clipping his nails now. He lays calmly while I use the clippers. He lays by my feet and relaxes now, before he would just run in circles around the house. He listens to commands like "sit", "lay down", "off", "gentle". He loves his walks if it's not too snowy.. Now if I could just get him to like his nemesis enemy, our timid house cat Tiger, things would be really good..all in time!
Maxwell House and Mom
November 14th 2007 7:14 am
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This is Maxwell's mum... and I'm happy to report today that Max let me clip ALL the nails on his front feet by holding his front paws gently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He allowed me to manipulate each nail on both front feet and completely clip them without moving or opening his mouth on me. Daphne is such a great girl, she's my role model and Max really watches her. I did her nails first and he laid down next to us and just watched us do it.
I think I may need a helper for the back feet, I got a couple nails without holding his paws but he still super defensive about them and I can't juggle his head, paws and clippers.
I've just been every day handling his feet when he's in a calm state of mind. NO dog is hopeless!
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