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|08-27-2019 07:52 AM|
Originally Posted by LadyDi View Post
What LaDi said ^^^^^
(She would have said more, except she reached the max ellipse/post limit ....)
Welcome cute Doberpup River to DT from Texas! More pics, please!
I can't imagine our two Dobes wrestling, if they had natural tails like River....would be whipping each other and everything around!
|08-27-2019 06:55 AM|
Welcome from Florida......congrats on your new pup! |
Yes.......just like babies ........for new parents they are exhausting...........BUT......I found that something real magical happens around 18 months.......so for now ..repetition....repetition..... repetition.......Oh...warning.........took me awhile to figure this out...........difficult to wear them out when under 15 months.......they will fight sleep and rest just like babies in order to be with you.........because they do not want to miss anything.........real velco dogs.......they will want to follow you everywhere .....and I mean everywhere..........and just like human kids you need to establish your own boundries right from the beginning...........meaning.......if you do not want them on the couch or bed .......do not allow it now.......if you do not care then so be it...........again just like kids we teach them from the beginning the things that are OK and the things that are not OK......so establish your house rules and make everyone follow the rules. Even your human visitors........they can be the worst rule breakers with your pup....so also make them obey !!!!! LOL Oh I could just go on and on.............anyway looking forward to hearing more about your daily adventures.......welcome to our home !
|08-27-2019 06:20 AM|
|ECIN||Welcome from Indiana|
|08-27-2019 04:13 AM|
Hello Welcome to DT! Great to see your puppy River |
I am also just starting training. However, Mila is 5.5 years old. But the trainer has said similar things to melbrod. One example - training in multiple 5 minute sessions though out the day, set a timer or break up your treats into a finite number and when they are gone the training is done.
Enjoy River, Dobermans are amazing!
|08-26-2019 06:33 PM|
|Cressrb||Welcome to DT from Utah and thank you for sharing a picture of your beautiful pup!|
|08-26-2019 04:44 PM|
HI! Welcome to DT from Colorado! |
Congratulations on your new pup.
Regarding training, listening to you, and so on.....she's a baby yet. It sounds like you're starting off well, though.
Good job about enrolling in the puppy class--you both will get a lot out of a puppy obedience class...she'll get some social interaction and a chance to be around other dogs in a polite, controlled situation; you'll get pointers about how to teach basic stuff, maybe advice from the trainer if she sees you guys starting to develop some bad habits to help you figure out how to deal with any problem behaviors that might crop up.
Right now, focus on introducing her to all sorts of different places, people and things, so she'll grow up to be happy and self-confident, even in strange surroundings, and start to teach her basic manners--not hard core stuff, just a "walk more or less where I want you to, at the speed I want to go", commands like down, sit, stay, leave it (or drop it), wait politely until I tell you to eat or go out the door....that kind of thing.
But keep it fun and make training sessions short. Make them part of the games you play. "Yes, you can have this toy, but you have to sit first. YAY!!" and spread training lightly around during your time together, rather than all in one chunk.
Don't set her up to fail by asking her to do more than she is ready to do...sit in a house is different from sit in the yard, is different from sit at the park. Paying attention to you and obeying is relatively easy in the house, not so easy in the exciting wide world of Outside.
Dobes are so smart...she'll know what you're asking her to do fairly quickly. You don't necessarily have to go over and over a lesson; you'll both get bored and she'll zone out on you. But her self control and ability to pay attention and concentrate are still really undeveloped at her age. Just keep at it in a fun way, and eventually she'll grow a brain.
At four months old, she's basically, I don't know, maybe equivalent to a 5 or 6 year old child. A little warning You'll probably get her to be reasonably polite by about 8 months and figure it'll all be smooth sailing from there; but dogs do tend to go through a "teenager" time, so expect some loss of attention span and desire to be obedient from time to time, until she gets to be more mature.
By two years old or so, if you've kept at it at a steady but relaxed pace, she'll probably be settled down in terms of good adult behavior. Patience and fun go hand and hand when you're growing a puppy up to be a dog.
One extra word of caution which from the sounds of it, you already know, but anyway...let her exercise at her own pace. No steady jogging beside you, repetitive or extensive jumping and twisting/turning sorts of games until she's about a year and a half. Give her bones and joints a chance to mature. She'll try to keep up with you or lose her mind with excitement and may overdo it. Give her breaks; let her stop and sniff the roses when she wants.
You're in for a ride...dobes puppies are full of energy, are smart enough to have a mind of their own and find ways to entertain themselves that you'd rather they didn't. But they're a hoot to be around.
We'd love to see some more pictures of your little girl.
|08-26-2019 03:46 PM|
Hello from the UK!
I'm a new Doberman owner and have had my puppy River for just under two months now. I've always had family dogs, but this my very first dog that I am looking after and training on my own and I am loving every moment of it. It's a little overwhelming how much energy my puppy actually has for just four months old, she really can go all day! I'm taking her to weekly obedience classes as well as stimulating her mentally every day, along with a short walk in the morning and a relatively long run around on a field off leash on an evening. Her obedience is coming along nicely and she does everything I tell her to while I have the temptation of food/treats, however, when we stop training it's almost as if she's bored and that's when she becomes a little mischievous; does anyone have any advice for how to tackle this? Maybe by persevering with training etc she will grow out of this mischievous behaviour?