There is no need to be rude. I think the first step would be to take him to the vet. I have had a dog that kept eliminating and somehow couldn't grasp the basics of toilet training by 6 months and in the end it turned out that she had tumours and kidney failure. I had to make the difficult decision to put her down. Be sure that no health issues are causing this behaviour, otherwise training will more or less be futile.
Having lived in Mexico the last year and a half, and been involved in rescuing cats while I was there, I just want to add a few things... please understand that in Mexico:
- Most of the products you recommend are not available and cannot be imported (they will be confiscated by customs)
- There's no such thing as a Dobermann or any other kind of purebred rescue or society. In fact...
- There is no such thing as a rescue or 'shelter'. There are only rabies control centers where stray dogs are taken and euthanized within a week if they don't find a home. There are some people who "rescue" but many of them are hoarders and have no experience whatsoever with training dogs etc.
- It is hard to find a good vet, and if you yourself don't know which tests to ask for, they will most likely send you off with some random prescription in the hope that it works out in the end.
Thank you. The fact that you understand part of the situation I am stuck in is rather comforting. It's a beautiful thing when someone uses a big portion of their brain to analyze the situation as a whole rather than letting their emotions get the best out of them and snap at the opposing poster for not raising their doberman in a manger like Christ.
You all have me laughing and thanks for proving my point about teaming up, you know who you are. Jayden+Bronson came here merely to express her thoughts/results on her particular training method and here is the lot of you arguing like a toddler about who is more ignorant. ZeldaRules you said what you had to say so you can ditch this thread now. I had respect for you prior to this but after picking on another users "ignorance" for her particular way of typing as she pleases in otherwise meaningless forum post, you can rest assured its all gone. My particular suggestion is that you consider retiring from your occupation as a full time "dobemom" and look for job in the English department somewhere. You'd be doing many of us a favor and be contributing much more to this world than you are now. Just my two cents, I'm still entitled to an opinion here right?! Or is it invalid because I'm not a full time "dobedad" who works from home and spends all day with my velcro dog beside me at all times?
Once again, back on topic. I realize I am to blame for not dedicating as much time as I'd like, hence why I came on here to ask for valid suggestions/training methods as to how to deal with this issue given my certain circumstances. Surely there has to be something that works out there for me and my canine companion -- or wait, whats that? The only viable option is to rehome him? Alright then, I guess problems can't be solved in many ways after all.
To the person who asked what I feed him, I clearly stated it what brand and flavor I feed him. Look for it. I'm not going to repeat myself because you didn't take the time to read or hold your hand through the CTRL + F method.
AlyssaN, I clearly made the wrong decision by not euthanizing him when I found out he was deaf right? Oh woe is me, curse me now and in the afterlife. Once again, thank you for your interest in this thread. Please come again when you try training a deaf dog. Anyone can give their dogs verbal command and follow through with that with a hand signal. I mean ANYONE. Teaching a certain behavior from scratch for EVERY action with certain SPECIFIC hand signals for each is harder than you can imagine, darling. Not just for a 19 year old. Case closed, suitcase filled with clothes.
I have mentioned that my mom is not fully supportive of a big breed dog as the dobe being a full time indoor dog, but I'm sure I can change her mind If I get him to get used to eliminating in a specific area when he is outside before moving him into the house and having him alert when he needs to go outside would really simplify things. Baby steps, I believe is what you call such process?
It is important for him to not eliminate in the balcony for everyone has clear sight of this area and would not look rather unpleasant to every guest. Not to mention it is close to where his dog house is and it yards away from the nearest wash station, which just so happens to be in the rear end of the backyard by the designated area. Would simplify the pick up process by a huge margin. Once again, appreciate the positive responses. Please continue my enlightening of the various existing potty training methods. No one has elaborated on crate training at this stage, hell, he rarely fits in it. Think its time for a new one, but at the same time he doesn't get transported from point A to B as he did when he was younger.
SpaceCowboy is not yet giving up on him, simple figurative language.
P.S: Wah wah is all my mind translates most of these rehome him posts. If you care about him so much come rescue him yourself. I can't help but chuckle at how you ignore that he is in Mexico and flame me for not being able to take care of a deaf dog as if you could do any better, or even a shelter. I DOUBT deaf dobermans are common and find it hard to believe he would receive first class care in a shelter. I could be wrong, but as I said, so are a majority of you as you'd discard him on the spot upon birth/after finding out he is deaf and could give a rats nest about him a creature being euthanized. I'm not one to wish bad things upon people, but somehow I hope you find yourself in the situation I find myself in, dealing with any deaf creature. Only then, and maybe only then you'll understand. As I mentioned before, thank that others persons post and if he can't be trained in a specific amount of time I will discard all my current progress and find a place to take him in. Once again, let me make this clear as some of you don't seem to understand. I dont rub his nose on the actual feces. I just INCH him towards it. Big difference, I like to think. I have mentioned that I have no other problem with him other than him eliminating whenever and wherever at all times. I don't mind its 7 times a day, I mind that I have to pick up 5 out of 7 in the balcony and 1 is somewhere else, and the other close to the designated spot. None in the actual designated spot. He doesn't bite, he doesn't talk back, he doesn't chase every other living creature and he doesn't jump up at people. Something that could not be said about some of your particular dobermans. Puppy, Senior, Blind or deaf.