Join Date: Aug 2005
Dogs Name: Dance (Toller), Keira, Ripley (Dobes) & Journey (Aussie)
Dogs Age: 6.5 years, 6 years, 4.5 years, 15 months
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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]