Hey everyone, I just got my first dobe and hopefully first working dog. My goal is to work her in Schutzhund. I'd like some advice on working with her so that I can bring out her best. A little about my pup:
She's currently 10 weeks old, still has her wizard hat, and I'm taking her last stitches out tonight. Her mom has an IPO I Her dad has SchH-III, IPO-III, ZTP-SG-1A , Körung ZVA 1A.
She's ultra playful and is a ball of energy, unlike anything I've ever seen. She'll bite my leg (with or without a pant leg) for 10 minutes straight, and she'll pull with all her might. I've done a little rag work with her outdoors using a flirt pole, always letting her win.
Her food motivation is mediocre at best: usually she doesn't care about food or training treats, I assume this is because I'm already feeding her quite a bit and this will fix itself once she's mostly grown and I can reduce her food intake to bring up food motivation.
She seems (to me) a little nervy. I'll take her out and random things will catch her attention/startle her, then her hackles raise and she locks up. I wait until she recovers then feed feed feed. She also doesn't like to leave my house. She prefers to stay indoors. It's been about 56F - 75F in Southern California and in all instances she prefers indoors. Not sure if this is her nerves or her being a home body. A side note about her nerves: her breeder told me that the sharpness is necessary in a Schutzhund dobe because otherwise they don't take the work seriously and do not do well, therefore the nerves were intentionally bred into her.
I've gotten some mixed advice from my breeder, various trainers(helpers) and videos. So my questions are:
1. Can you share some of your knowledge regarding raising a dobe pupp to do work in SCH? When do you install house manners?
2. How do you socialize your dobe? Pay for attention? Let them experience life for itself? Do you let them greet other people? What special consideration would you take if you had a dog
3. What (if any) methods would you use to desensitize a puppy like this? I like to take my dogs everywhere I go, so I prefer to have a calm dog at my side. I have zero interest in her actually protecting me outside of the the training field. Although I understand that that line isn't always clear to the dog.