Sheeze Beaumont67 you must be the Doberwhisperer, I think having them since ‘77 you must now just practically control them with your mind! I mean you must just “get them” so automatically and innately that you know how to condition them to your expectations in a way they can comprehend and follow through on. Cute pix to illustrate thankyou!!
Beau is a dog whisper ..........I have only known him through this forum but he is a wonderful man ........and plays a really crappy game of ping pong and billiards. Also terrible at salesmanship ...............overall quite shy actually. There’s just something special about him .......
I know the feeling.. mine is 9 month old now but his terrible stealing and chewing issues started around 6-7 month old. I try and keep chewing bones around to satisfy his chewing. We let him run out his energy multiple times a day, but 5 min alone and this is what he does. He chewed up 3 remote so far..and a couch and multiple shoes and flip flops
It’s seems to be getting better but we aren’t out of the woods yet.
HaHa - I been called the "Dobe-Whisperer" before, but I to had the rocky start once...coming home from work (40 years ago), with the Love Seat cushions on the floor.
- and half the sofa stuffing, all chew-pulled out of the springs...all over the carpet
- I once chalked it up to normal puppy stuff, but now know different
Back in 1978.
I dedicated to confirmation & OB (both on & off leash) dog training...for 21 weeks.
- once a week, in a group training session / 6 day per week, doing training homework (one full hour/night)
- I learned to train a smart dog, to 198.5 points out of 200 // the teacher was remarkable, in her understanding of canine behavior
a) teach Expectations, using Timing & Correction as needed
b) the LOVE & Bond part, came naturally to me
c) I developed my own style of Visual Jesters (face expressions, communication Bad or Pleased) & later a few hand signals (to further proof commands)
d) and added Verbal Tone Pitch Changes...indicating Good or Bad / from soft baby talk to all out yelling (like when a skunk is on the front lawn, and another spray needs to be avoided LOL)
- my dogs know, if Dad has to yell...its for their Health & Safety /our girls, don't react negatively, to my raised voice...on the race occasion, that I will use it
But our 2nd girl trained her Dad, at 9.5 weeks old ...3rd day home, I said to the wife:
- this pup is special, she has a willingness to please me and wants nothing more than unconditional love
- by 6 months old, we walked down main street on city sidewalk...all off-leash, and even crossed a busy intersection
- I training her street walking off-leash @ 4.5 months old...and OB on dead end street, a month later, with no treats
(only kisses on the nose & soft muzzle rubs positive rewards, for her motivation)
- in her final months of life, I had a close friend make a street walk video...not even practiced, for a few years, in her old age
Senior Amy Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgnM067oZKc
In retirement, this girl would learn to read Dads mind, she knew about 450-500 human words, and we talked her in full sentences...like a 4 year old child.
- former Amy was Humanized & most Language intelligent / often I gave her to choices, to make
This 2nd dog and our relationship, changed my Life (a gift of a heart dog)...and free-reign at 4.5 months young, in home, and I'd come home to a tidy home...dog on a $2,000 leather recliner, patiently waiting for her Dad.
On comes "crap-storm-spit-fire" Kelly at 10 weeks old...an Alpha FM, that tried maiming sons 8# YorkiePoo (when dobe was a puppy).
- no crate & rotate, strict discipline for a full year...now they sleep together
- another pup free-range without a crate in home setup / proved at 5 months young
- she did more the normal dog stuff
a) want to eat stones
b) want to run the fence line, and bark at neighbor dogs
c) want to dig holes in yard, etc.
d) want to destroy all toys, very early on
^^ A pup that had extreme red zone prey drive, with hackles up at 11 weeks young...a handful (was an understatement)...she was more suited for Police or Airport work.
- and if given to a new 1st time owner, she would have been surrendered or bit someone (as a pup)
But we can't always pick the easy ones, and wife & dad persevered. Mommy handles in a completely different way, but just as effective...we learn from every new dog.
- it was a goal of mine, to see if a stubborn and strong willed (not food motivated) pup, could learn to be respectful...in our home
- with 100% supervision (first few months)...we got a pup, that learned to respect, all human things
- and stopped eating stones & digging holes, before bad habits formed
I expect a certain amount of Love & respect from our dogs, that enjoy a spoiled life.
- we do set Rules of house behavior, that does get followed
- puppy is always in our sight, to monitor (in early months) ...but the Rewards from this early work, is huge