How quickly should my puppy be progressing? - Doberman Forum : Doberman Breed Dog Forums
General Training & Obedience All training and obedience questions, tips, articles go here

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
Kratos & Cronos
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 5
Location: NC
Dogs Name: Kratos & Cronos
Titles: No
Dogs Age: 5 mnts
Gallery Pics: 0
Visit Amblin95's Gallery
Thanks: 8
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How quickly should my puppy be progressing?

I have been training my two 6 mnth olds for close to a month now, and i have just about got them to sit and lay on command for the most part and i am really anxious to move on to something else. Am i moving too fast? when is it good to proceed to the next trick?
Amblin95 is offline  
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 11:50 PM
workingk9s's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 5,870
Location: Nor Cal
Dogs Name: Ija, Dallas, Carson
Titles: Ija - UKC/UDC Ch., IPO1, WAC, CD
Dogs Age: Ija 10/2011
Gallery Pics: 0
Visit workingk9s's Gallery
Thanks: 5,975
Thanked 15,689 Times in 3,895 Posts
They go as they go. Sorry, but really there isn't a good answer to this IMO. Do you go to class with them? One-on-one? I really don't expect much from puppies, but they are all different.

workingk9s is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to workingk9s For This Useful Post:
Beaumont67 (01-19-2013)
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 12:29 AM
Tollers-n-Dobes's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,993
Dogs Name: Dance (Toller), Keira, Ripley (Dobes) & Journey (Aussie)
Dogs Age: 6.5 years, 6 years, 4.5 years, 15 months
Gallery Pics: 0
Visit Tollers-n-Dobes's Gallery
Thanks: 1,515
Thanked 5,572 Times in 1,315 Posts
My puppy isn't a Doberman puppy, but I've raised a few puppies now and this time around I'm not rushing anything and just enjoying her completely. There isn't really a time frame or time limit in which to learn a bunch of things IMO. Some puppies know a whole bunch of things by the time they're, say, 4-5 months old, and some take longer. I bet Journey could know a ton already by now, but I've only been working on a handful of things: wave, high five, a proper drop down for Obedience, and stacking (for show). She doesn't know any of these completely except for the first two, but she has a good idea about the others. I've been keeping sessions short and fun.

A previous puppy of mine, way back in 2003, knew all of her basic commands plus multiple tricks before she was 4 months old. She was just super eager to learn, incredibly smart, my first puppy to train (all the prior dogs were trained by my mom as I was a little kid), and I loved teaching her things, so we did a lot in a short time. In retrospect, I probably wouldn't have done things so quickly had I gotten that dog now. Not that it affected her poorly, but I would have focused more on fun instead than simply getting her to learn a behaviour 100% in a short time period.

So, my advice is not to rush things. Keep practicing different things every day, keep sessions just long enough so that the puppy doesn't get bored, and you'll get there eventually. I think knowing two behaviours completely in just a month is pretty good. And it'll depend on the dog, too. Some dogs learn quicker than others.

Journey - Oracle Twist of Fate TreeStarr
Dance - Tollwest's Dancing In Style CGN FM RN

[And Keira, gone but never forgotten: 2007-2014]
Tollers-n-Dobes is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Tollers-n-Dobes For This Useful Post:
Beaumont67 (01-19-2013), MeadowCat (01-20-2013)
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 12:36 AM
Get the bunnies!
the_discowhore's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 7,025
Location: Middle Earth
Dogs Name: Elsie & Ping

Gallery Pics: 6
Visit the_discowhore's Gallery
Thanks: 14,214
Thanked 17,381 Times in 5,085 Posts
Images: 6
Puppies learn sooo quickly that in my opinion as long as training is light and fun, it doesn't matter how much you teach them. FUN being the most important part! Keep training sessions short, use lots of rewards and PLAY! I think it's really important to do a lot of foundation work with young puppies, lots of free shaping.. teach them how to learn, how to manipulate their environment... Lots of FUN!

Do it or Elsie CDX UDX TT1 JDX AD RA
Ch Alarves Completely Awesome (IMP Aus)
the_discowhore is offline  
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to the_discowhore For This Useful Post:
AlyssaN (01-19-2013), Beaumont67 (01-19-2013), Tollers-n-Dobes (01-19-2013)

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Doberman Forum : Doberman Breed Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome