I just wanted to share something with you that I honestly must admit, am extremely prideful about. I always trained my family dogs on my own, with no help from any obedience classes. And each of my dogs ALWAYS turned out to be wonderfully socialized and behaved adults. It was such a great sense of accomplishment for me to know that people were always so impressed at how behaved they were and to know I could leave and trust that they wouldn't get into anything or even think to destroy something.
I thought that I could do the same with Toorc and for the most part, I did. He knows all his basic commands and even a few fun tricks thrown into the mix and at almost 12 weeks old, he is pretty much where I expected him to be with one exception...He is by far, one of the most high-strung and stubborn puppies I have yet to deal with. I am not sure if it is because he is young, or just a phase that he will grow out of or if he just has a more dominant attitude, but itís like one minute heís perfectly happy doing what I tell him to do and the next he wonít do it for the life of him. Now he isnít a monster by any means, I just feel like there is something about his training that I am overlooking or missing completely.
I keep going through my head about what it is I am doing wrong but it in the end, I know that I just donít have the time to invest like I used to. I am a full-time Active Duty member in the USAF now. My husband is deployed and Toorc is definitely left alone more than the other puppies were. And even though, I spend literally, ALL my free time devoted to training and loving him, I can honestly admit that I canít give him exactly what I gave to the others.
Which brings me to this post
I have decided to put Toorc and myself through some personal training with Sabrina Clark, Owner of Balanced Obedience on Oahu. I decided that I would be part of this process with Toorc because I kinda have something against the package that allows you to drop your dog off for three weeks so she can do the work and train you later. LOL I just feel like it would be great to experience the training with my boy. Part of me feels like a failure for not being able to do this myselfÖ but the other side of me knows that by getting her help, Toorc will live up to be the perfect Doberman role model I want him to be as well as have a long happy life being accepted by people instead of feared. As a dobe owner, I feel incredibly obligated to ensure he is trained to the T because of their unfortunate reputation
I just want whatís best for my boy and I know that given my current situation, I cannot do it alone. And I am terrified that by keeping him to myself thinking that I can do it, will turn him into some wild uncontrollable dog that I have to rehome or somethingÖ I feel kind of stupid trying to explain what I am feeling because I donít know if anyone else has felt the same way or anything. But anyway, wish us luck
and I will definitely keep you all informed about his progress.
Thanks DT <3