I am new to this site and a first time owner of a beautiful dobie puppy. Her name is Jazz and she is 10 weeks old, we live in the UK, we have had her since she was 6 weeks as the breeders wanted to get rid of her.
All in all she is a good little pup, she was a little bit bitey but she seems to be getting past that stage now, and she knows not to bite our hands or feet and tends to chew and bite her toys etc.
We give her the whole run of downstairs when we go out, or go to bed, she is trained to go to the toilet on her puppy pads which are next to the conservatory doors (she can't go out yet as she hasn't had her second injections) she is very good, and doesn't have any accidents anywhere and so far hasn't destroyed anything or chewed any furniture when we have been out or asleep.
The only thing I am concerned about is I think she maybe showing signs of dominance? We let her on the sofa with us, as even though she has a nice big comfy soft bed, when we go to bed or out, she always gets up on the sofa and sleeps, which I don't mind, she hasn't ruined it, and she is behaved on there. But now, she never gets in her bed, she always has to lay with me and my partner, and when she does, she has to lay on top of me, or around my partners shoulders, she tries to get as high up as she possibly can.
Welcome to the Forum and welcome to the world of being owned by a Doberman.
Dominance and velcroness are in my opinion are two different things and whilst some might construe what your girl is doing is the first signs of dominant behaviour I tend to lean towards velcroness. (not sure if that is a word but it suits so I will use it).
Dobes (or at least mine) have to be near you. Right now my boy is laid on the sofa opposite me, he is asleep at the moment but if I were to get up, so would he, if I go into another room, he follows. Periodically he has to touch me, lean on me, sit on my foot, just be with me in as close a position as he can. That is not to say he won't take himself off to sleep on the bed (I live in a one storey house) but he must be able to get to me, see me if I move around or his world crashes down around his ears. Granted my boy is not the cuddlebug some of the guys on this forum seem to have but he is close, loves to be close, is devastated if he can't be close. Which is what a Dobe lives for, to be close to his people.
At night when we go to bed he sleeps on the sofa, or in his crate, he chooses on a night to night basis. But whilst I am up, we both wedge on a 2 seater sofa and nothing you can do will budge him. Honestly his world ends if you ask him to get down. Yes he will sit on the sofa without me, (as he is doing now) but usually when we settle to watch some tv he has to be there.
If your girl isn't grumbling when you ask her to move, then dominance isn't (again my opinion) an issue, If she doesnt grumble when you go to sit down, (again my opinion) then dominance isn't an issue.
However, if you wish to have your space and lets face it one day when she is 65lbs plus you might well not appreciate her laying on top of you, then start to teach her, 'place'. Use only positive re-enforcement tecniques when teaching her to go to her bed or the like, (a crate is a wonderful thing for this, you place her inside with a toy or kong stuffed with treats, say, 'place' or 'go to bed,' and close the door. She may cry but if the kong is interesting enough then she is more likely to sit and chew/lick at it. As time goes on she will more than likely go to her place and settle, waiting for her treat, gradually you make her wait for it in her place and so on. I always reward my boy for going in his crate, he is now 2 years old as I believe it should be a nice thing, not a seperation thing and never is a punishment. His crate is his sanctuary when things are getting hectic, (like when my grandchildren were here) his little kingdom where no one interferes with him and that is that. I will add that Toby must be able to see me whilst in his crate, that has not changed since he was a pup but that is okay. This is why I got a Dobe, to be my shadow and I his I guess.
Good luck and where are the pics, we demand pics on this forum or we will get very upset and sulk.