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Old 12-19-2012, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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new ownee of dobie not sure

Hi i have just adopted a year old dobie and was wondering if i am on the right track with training him. I work nights and my girlfriend works during the day we are having trouble with daimeon having accidents when we are sleeping. I get hone everyday and take him and my boston terrier for about an hour brisk walk. Then i usally do some yardwork or housework and they are playing while i do this. I have given daimeon the laundry room while i sleep l. The room is about 4x6 and he has fresh water and a few chew toys. Is itcokay to leave him in there for. 4-6 hrs until my gf gets home and lets him out and shortly after i wake up and take him for a long walk or over to my friends who has a fenced in yard and a rotty that loves to play with him for an hour or so. Then we hang out inside as a family eat dinner etc. and relax. I put him back in to sleep for the night before i leave for work at 1030. Is this okay practice? I hate leaving him alone but until he is completely housebroken i cant give him run if the house. He doesent seem to mind being in there after 15 mins of whining he stops.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can he see out of the laundry room? Do you use a baby gate where he can see into the house or do you shut the door/s where he is locked up without a view?
He is probably just adjusting to his new envoirnment. Give it more time. Sounds like you give him plenty of exercise. Also, feed him on a schedule. Meaning feed him at the same time everyday. Most of us feed 2-times a day. That way you can get his potty breaks on schedule.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought blinds so i can block the window. I shut the door, i think tomorrow im going to put a radio in there for some white noise... this will only be temporary like a few weeks until he gets used to the house and he gets his bearings and potty trained...
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Any reason why he cannot be crated next to whichever person is currently sleeping, and then liberated by whichever person returns home from work?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You might add some 'thinking' work to the walks & throw in some training. You could also consider adding some games or problem solving toys (rather than play toys) to the laundry room to keep him happy & occupied.

If he's peeing a lot - more than you think is normal - is there a chance at all that he has some sort of infection?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Maybe you should crate your 1 year old dobe, in your bedroom when your sleeping.
- hard to potty train, when you can't observe your boy...not really fair either
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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U should crate train him 1st I crate trained mine when he was 8 weeks take him out & tell him potty or whatever phrase u chose & reward him or parse him when he goes make it fun that he goes outside then after playtime or about an hour after playing take him out right b4 bed take him out don't let him drink b4 bed but if he's pooping in the cage feed him 1/2 of ur last feeding right right b4 bed hope this helps


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Old 12-20-2012, 12:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't think putting a doberman in a small room with no light (window blinds shut off from the outside light) and the door shut. That is kind of cruel isn't it? Doberman are family dogs and people pleasers. I bet he is super excited when he is let out!

He should be crated in a good size wire crate regardless of if you feel he has learned his surroundings or not. Dobies are an intelligent breed that needs constant stimulation and socialization. This being said, they get into all sorts of trouble when alone, especially in a big backyard or vacant house.

Is it possible he is urinating out of fear? Do you know the conditions he was in prior to rescue and rehoming?

- Wire crate
- Crate when not home/sleeping
- Routine, routine, routine!!
- Crate in open area of the home where he can see everyone/the other dog/etc.
It will come soon enough. Maybe he needs an extra walk to help him understand he "goes" outside. But please go and get him/borrow a crate from a friend and move him out of the room you are keeping him while you rest/sleep/go to work.
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i never thought we were being cruel when we crate our girl away from us. she is crated when we leave the house and she cant see us then so i dont think it is cruel for the dog to be crated away from the owners at night, we had to move the crate from our bed room because she wont sleep if she can see us. we still have to crate her because she liked to rummage around at night and destroy any thing we hold dear. crate training will definatly help with potty training though.
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i never thought we were being cruel when we crate our girl away from us. she is crated when we leave the house and she cant see us then so i dont think it is cruel for the dog to be crated away from the owners at night, we had to move the crate from our bed room because she wont sleep if she can see us. we still have to crate her because she liked to rummage around at night and destroy any thing we hold dear. crate training will definatly help with potty training though.
If my hound doesn't have enough exercise she rummages through the house too. For many years, we slept with the bedroom door shut, then switched to using a baby gate in the door. I don't think either of my girls ever had an accident when they were confined in the room with us. But they did wake me up to go outside every night. I would get up with them every single time. Finally this past year or two, they grew out of it.
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