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Old 04-05-2012, 01:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile 10 week old pup help :)

Hi everyone, I just recently got my doberman puppy, his 10 weeks old just want some tips on how to toilet train him!
Also how soon can I bring him out to the park for play and to have a run around
sorry I am new to this forum and don't know if I am posting in the right spot.
Thanks for your help everyone
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would wait until he has had all of his shots before taking him out where other dogs are. When in doubt, ask your vet when he feels is safe to start doing that .

As for potty training... good luck !!! And go out often, especially after meals ! Other here should be able to give you great tips !

And dont be afraid to post pictures of your darling baby !! Hint hint.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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key for potty training is to not give them an opportunity to have a accident in the house. I took Odin out every half hour and when he went outside I treated it like a party. Lots of praise, when he did have a accident I did not tell him no or yell at him or rub his nose in it. After going outside all the time and treating it like a party every time he caught on fast and was potty trained in about a week.

As for taking him out typically you want to wait until they have all their shots. I took the risk of walking Odin around without getting all of his shots because I felt that getting him socialized was really important. I took him to my local grocery store and had people that wanted to pet him pet him and this is also when I started training him the off command, not to jump on people.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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awesome thanks for such a fast reply and good tips!
ill upload some photos here ill take some better ones soon
also if you guys have any good tips you can tell me in raising a young doberman pup would be awesome!
Thanks so much!
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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is this your first dog? Dobermans are very intelligent, if you do not grasp that they will get bored and start unwanted behavior. They not only need physical exercise but mental as well.

Doberman do best with positive training, and thrive on someone being the leader. You need to be sure of what you are doing and training, if you are unsure they can sense that will will constantly push boundaries.

I suggest getting a trainer to help direct you in training.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah I'm planning to take it to some classes;
My first dog, but my dad has had heaps before,
first time having a doberman though!
I just want to get some lil' tips or hints from the pros to help me raise him right
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Hey from the land of oz!
Welcome to DT.
Where did you get this beaut from?
And i myself trained my dog by crate training and literally
Every 30 minutes taking them out even if they dont look like they need it
I timed it and it really helps :-D! Tiring but its worth it in the long run!
Just a thought aswell, kikopup on youtube is awesome for teaching newbies
Things like recall, just the geneal basics id recommend it iv learnt alot i was doing
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key for potty training is to not give them an opportunity to have a accident in the house. I took Odin out every half hour and when he went outside I treated it like a party. Lots of praise, when he did have a accident I did not tell him no or yell at him or rub his nose in it. After going outside all the time and treating it like a party every time he caught on fast and was potty trained in about a week.
This is what we did with Dreizehn, too. We had a timer set so that we never missed the 30/45 min mark to take him out.
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Congradulations on your first Doberman!

They really are not like any other dog.

As soon as your baby wakes up, out the door for a pee! Don't wait for 5 min as they will have an accident. Lots of praise.

You will find your dog to be highly energetic. Lots of play time outside will make him happy and give you some peace when you all come in. One walk a day with a Dobe ain't gonna cut it. As he grows, lots of offleash running will build strength and burn energy as well.

You need to be the boss. A firm, gentle hand is the key. These are very very intelligent animals.

Enjoy the puppy stage. It doesn't last long. Have lots of fun, have lots of patience and remember to give him lots of exercise.
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key for potty training is to not give them an opportunity to have a accident in the house. I took Odin out every half hour and when he went outside I treated it like a party. Lots of praise, when he did have a accident I did not tell him no or yell at him or rub his nose in it. After going outside all the time and treating it like a party every time he caught on fast and was potty trained in about a week.

As for taking him out typically you want to wait until they have all their shots. I took the risk of walking Odin around without getting all of his shots because I felt that getting him socialized was really important. I took him to my local grocery store and had people that wanted to pet him pet him and this is also when I started training him the off command, not to jump on people.
^^^ agree! They respond very very well to "oh, I did it right" and tend to shut down with negativity, so it's much easier to train "this is what you SHOULD do" as opposed to trying to teach them all the things you don't want them to do.

I also took Koa out before his shots were done, but I was VERY careful about it. No unknown dogs, avoided grassy areas where other dogs may have done their business, etc.

Here is a good thread from a couple months back on "things I wish I knew" - What do you wish you knew when you first got your pup?

They're a fabulous breed - and a challenge - welcome to DT!
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The one thing I would NOT do EVER is wait until my dog had all his/her shots before getting them out. The ideal window for socialization closes soon, very very soon. Get out, be safe but GET them out there ASAP. I would start today. Right now

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^^^^ great advice, from all.

I to take out my new pup, every 30-45 minutes.
Wake up in the middle of the night, pup taken off the bed...and we go out again (in the 1st month).
Supervise, supervise, supervise / praise, praise, praise for good job.

In the first month, our baby is held often in the house (or just playing together, on the livingroom floor), we first make her feel that the humans make her safe & happy and therefore must be the wise leaders / when she matures, us humans feel that she makes us feel safe and has even protected my wife once naturally...when our dobe was called to serve a family member, in danger from a larger dog attack.

Puppies should have mental stimulating games with toys daily:
- besides training the normal sit/stay/down easy stuff...engage in teaching fetch / tug-of-war / soft bite muzzle control.

In the first month I had pup Amy.
My training starts 5 minutes after the pup comes home, @ 8 weeks old / and I invest all the love, time & energy...in the next 4-5 months.
- ALL ABOUT BUILDING CONFIDENCE & TRUST.
I took her into many store's I could get away with entering...I carried her on my shoulder to meet and greet strangers...in the city's downtown.
Then we would go to the park, and hangout in the playground (sometimes)...meeting more parents with their children.
Then we would visit the one captive deer..a 100 yards away / Amy once kissed it (on the nose) through the chain link fence (years later), it kissed back.
- she seen 100's of adults and children, early on...before she turned 3 months old

I have never gone to a dog park, with Amy...as an adult dog, she is more than capable of handling other bad mannered dogs.
(even with dogs 2x her size)
When she was little pup, she can't protect herself...so she isn't introduced to strangers dogs / until her confidence and size will handle...the situation.
I setup my puppies, always in the win-win / 99% of her early socialization...is with the human race.
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House breaking 101 :
If you take them out on about a 6 ft leash it helps keep them focused tell them go potty ,hurry up or what ever words you want to use just use the same words each time. Stand in one spot let them go all around you till they find the spot then Praise like it is the greatest thing you ever saw. If they do not go in about 20 minutes go back in and crate them or tie them to you them go back out in about 30 minutes.pups need to go out after naps,playing, eating & drinking 1st thing in the morning last thing at night depending on the age of the pup you may need to take them out at night too. Always use a pet urine enzyme to clean up all traces of urine or feces you can use a black light to find all traces. It takes about 3-6 months of contestant training to house break a pup the more accidents they have the longer it takes. Hang a bell on the door you go out you ring it until the pup gets the idea how to ring it yes sometimes they ring it to go look at a squirrel but its a phase they go though you just have to go though it with them. Do not forget to praise each time they go to reinforce the potty training. If you are consistent you will also have a pup/dog that will go potty on command comes in handy when it rains,snow, is icy, on a trip at night . People will think you are a amazing trainer too. Good Luck with your new baby.
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