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hi all.i recently got an adult female doberman from a breeder.she is around 2 yrs of age.she has never been socialised and was always in a cage for all her life.she is very much afraid of me all the persons at my home.she dosent move from her place and never responds .she dosent even have a name.please help and give me your tips as to how can i socialize her and make her active.
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She has to be slowly introduced.... everything is so new to her... poor girl...
I would work with an experienced trainer and behaviorist to make sure you do it right.
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I would recommend finding a trainer to help you if you can.

For now, she's going to need time to settle in and all this is going to be so stressful for her. I wouldn't pressure her to do anything for now. I'd just walk by and drop treats for her and take things really slowly.

I really don't have any good advice. I've never came close to dealing with a dog from that situation and I think a lot of it would just be based on reading the dog's body language and instincts until I could find a good trainer.

Hopefully some more experienced members who have been involved in rescue will chime in.




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she is not even accepting any kind of treats...she just sits at one corner for hours together.and whenever anyone approaches she gets up and walks away as we are going to hit her!!!
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I am really sorry for you and her. It sounds like you care a great deal about her. I would do your best at finding a behaviorist/trainer to work with you. Not sure what you have available in your country. I would let her observe for now and she will respond to treats/food when she is hungry. Being caged and probably had little interaction for her first years of life will take a lot of undoing I'm afraid. Best of wishes.

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One thing for sure is not to overwhelm her. Sort of ignorning her would be a good idea until she learns that she is not going to be harmed. Of course this doesn't include neglecting her but just going on about your normal routine.

You mentioned she spent her life in a cage....I'm thinking that if you have a crate of some type, making it cosy for her would be a good idea...of course leaving the door open would be a given. It may make her feel as though she has a 'safe place' to be in while adjusting to her new life.

You wrote she doesn't take treats? Where does she eat?

When we brought Gunner home, he wouldn't even make eye contact with us. And it's been over a year and a half and although he is so much more confident now, he is still not 100%.

This will take a long time. As others have mentioned, a trainer is a good start too.
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* You need tremendous endurance to withstand Doberman training.
* Dobermans are extremely active and love physical and mental exercise so don’t make Doberman training boring. This means that you can’t just train him inside your house because it won’t give her enough space.
* Dobermans are very assertive and confident dog so don't worry so much if she's inactive at first. Make sure you teach her who’s boss (you). Never lose control. It’s important to exude confidence so she understands that she can’t defeat you. Being strong in front of her shows her that you are her master and that it’s his job to do what you want her to do.
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I think you need to concentrate on gaining the dog's trust at this point. Don't pressure her. Leave treats or food for her to get at when she feels she can.

I had a stray bitch come in with a pup once, the pup was several months old and it took a long time before I could even touch him. It was a slow procedure even with his mother showing him I was safe.

Patience and kindness, good luck and let us know how you are doing.
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* You need tremendous endurance to withstand Doberman training.
* Dobermans are extremely active and love physical and mental exercise so donít make Doberman training boring. This means that you canít just train him inside your house because it wonít give her enough space.
* Dobermans are very assertive and confident dog so don't worry so much if she's inactive at first. Make sure you teach her whoís boss (you). Never lose control. Itís important to exude confidence so she understands that she canít defeat you. Being strong in front of her shows her that you are her master and that itís his job to do what you want her to do.
This may work on a few dogs, but i highly doubt 'showing her who is boss' is going to help her with her fear and anxiety.

A lot of people gave you great advice, try ignoring her for a few weeks, this takes off quite a bit of stress on her, so she can begin to relax around you. Start training after she is settled in, try to avoid eye contact with her (this is a challenge) and keep the household calm and quiet.

If there are any trainers in your area, contact them so you have someone there to help you.

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Poor girl...she just adopts to the new environment...Maybe the backyard breeder doesn't socialized her when she was still young....I feel bad about the puppy...Glad there is someone who cares for her now.

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Bless you...I am going out, this minute - to work on a house remodel.

I will gladly post late tonight...give you my thoughts and insight.
- I've not read the other posts / but I'm sure you will end up with a trusting friend...that has had a nasty confinement
- will take some time...but smart dobes can realize a new life, given much love and play, regardless of their poor background

Please don't sound desperate ...having trained most well mannered & intelligent dogs, my HELP (with others here) is just around the corner / your short intro...touched my heart (like you can't believe).

I will offer my advice later...and the more you can write / the more understanding your internet DT friends can focus on.

TIP #1 - establish a Name now & Post it TODAY. Training & good behavior does not start with an identity crisis.
- the name is the fun part (just pick it) / she will learn it and the family communication to your girl...always starts with the name / just like a respected old friend...that convets LOVE & TRUST

------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)

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sorry to hear that ! give her love, play, treats, lots of touching and just take it slow so she can warm up on her terms
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The original post was back in May. I'd love to hear an update--any luck, suhail?
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