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First two weeks having a puppy, what should i focus on?

Hiii! My wait is almost up, and i'm picking up my puppy on the 16th of august and this wait is killing me A lot of people on here recommended puppy start right, i finished it and i learned a lot from it so thank you! but now i'm wondering what i should work on once i get her..socialization mainly? can i teach her sit because i want her to sit before strangers come up to pet her. i'm wondering if i can work on fetch as well. i always have so much to ask then when i come on here to write it down i forget everything, so anything would help me right now
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If you're up for reading another book I recommend: Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
It gives you a kind of check list for the first week. You can find it on amazon as well.

You can definitely teach sit. And yes, socialization is very important. I like lists so I would make a list and schedule of the places you can take her (or people you can invite over) to socialize her for the first couple of weeks. That way you can have a game plan when the puppy arrives.

The waiting is the worst part! Also sleep while you can. Puppies make it hard to get sleep the first couple of days, and I hear Doberman puppies are particularly a handful.
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Take puppy everywhere that she can go (vaccinations and rules allowing!), teach her to be calm and relaxed in social situations. If you want her to sit to greet people then yes work on that.

I really, really like this article about "neutralization" instead of "socialization" - seriously read it!
Steve Courtney Dog Training Socialisation? What is it exactly? » Steve Courtney Dog Training

Get stuck in to teaching good manners & life skills and stick with it! Loose lead walking, crate training, good behaviour around food and open doors, reliable recall, behaving in a car... Start early and don't stop training these things until the dog is over 18 months old and perfectly behaved

Work on teaching lots of tricks, it helps you and the puppy bond, teaches her how to use her body and teaches her how to think! Plus it's a lot of fun, very cute and a great way to tire her out.


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I would say some Zanx or strong scotch a box of band aids. I would say frayed nerves but those will come naturally.

ENjoy the chaos of a puppy it don't really last all that long in reality although for some it seems to last a lifetime.
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I agree, it goes by too quickly!

Things will be hectic, it would be wrong for any of us to tell you what to focus on because there is so much. Make time every day for socialization outings, little bits of training (keep it light, short, fun), playdates with other vaccinated puppies, pretend grooming (I just like to touch the nail clippers to a paw a few times, treating lavishly), work on housetraining, take lots of pictures, and just snuggle that sweet baby and enjoy her!

Also sign up for puppy kindergarten if you haven't already!

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Patience for you.

Play and socialization for the pup.


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Call me old fashioned, but the first two weeks we have a new young puppy we focus hard on potty training. If you minimize the number of accidents your puppy has during this first intro to your home and set a schedule for your puppy the rest of house training goes easier. We usually have a mostly housetrained puppy within 3 weeks of arrival at our house.


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Do not overwhelm your puppy. Read about fear imprinting. Love the puppy and create a bond with the baby. Start house training and crate training. Make everything positive so that the puppy is encouraged to work for you. Training to sit and basic obedience comes easy for this breed, don't rush take your time. Socialize him slowly so the dog will imprint positive experiences. Don't rush don't rush
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House breaking 101 :
If you take them out on about a 6 ft leash it helps keep them focused tell them go potty ,hurry up or what ever words you want to use just use the same words each time. Stand in one spot let them go all around you till they find the spot then Praise like it is the greatest thing you ever saw. If they do not go in about 20 minutes go back in and crate them or tie them to you them go back out in about 30 minutes.pups need to go out after naps,playing, eating & drinking 1st thing in the morning last thing at night depending on the age of the pup you may need to take them out at night too. Always use a pet urine enzyme to clean up all traces of urine or feces you can use a black light to find all traces. It takes about 3-6 months of contestant training to house break a pup the more accidents they have the longer it takes. Hang a bell on the door you go out you ring it until the pup gets the idea how to ring it yes sometimes they ring it to go look at a squirrel but its a phase they go though you just have to go though it with them. Do not forget to praise each time they go to reinforce the potty training. If you are consistent you will also have a pup/dog that will go potty on command comes in handy when it rains,snow, is icy, on a trip at night . People will think you are a amazing trainer too. Good Luck with your new baby.
Are you going out each time with him and making sure he goes and praising every time he goes I believe it is important to ask them if they need to go potty or what ever words you want to use same words each time though. When he is playing you might ask him if he needs to go like a little reminder. I still to this day ask mine if they want to go if they have been in the house awhile.If you hang bells on the door if you ring them each time when taking him out he will learn to ring the bells on his own. This system really works just have to be consistent with it.Hang in there.
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Other than potty training, I worry more about experiences and socialization than actual behaviors. The socialization window is short and critical. This is a great article: Red Rover


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Thank you so much for all of the advice! I bought and finished the book perfect puppy in 7 days, definitely very helpful! I'm gonna worry about the socialization as mentioned in the article meadow cat showed me for the first 2 weeks as well as potty training then work on the behaviours more thoroughly after. There's a dog event centre right by my house where they do training and dog shows and such, so i think i'll also go there for my puppy to meet behaved dogs as well!
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Hi alexanatta & fellow Ontario-ian (he-he)...so excited your new fur baby, is soon home.

First puppy, back in 1977 - I made the mistake in never teaching early fetch...and would never return a tennis ball.

Next 2 puppies (9-10 weeks young) - learn FETCH on the 2nd or 3rd day.
- sit on living room floor
- be excited, while pup crawls all over you (you are becoming its best buddy / the fun & games person)
- get a tennis ball, tease with it excited...now rolled it to the TV
- say GET IT or FETCH
- pup almost always goes for it, if their toy baited
- now squeal like a "school girl", its the love & praise they seek
- soon as pup mouths the ball (picks it up) / happy yell " COME" see Mom (or Dad)
- pup comes back, pick it up between your legs, and have a wee party
Repeat over & over, they are fast learners. ..and never forget, fun ball time.

PS - don't buy cheap tennis balls (aka Walmart quality), they crack easily & a real danger...get the pro ones from Canadian Tire, in the 3 pack.
- I'll buy a can of yellow & pink ones
- our last girl was even taught the color, to ball fetch

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Hi everyone! I have my puppy (8 weeks) now for about 4 days she's doing great, her name is luna and I still can't believe how smart these dogs actually are! I just have a question id like different opinions on. On the second day I had her I took her to a soccer field to learn fetch (she's understanding well!) and there's a path on the other side of the field that leads to a park, a man and his puppy were walking by and she made a short growl/bark? And watched them as they approached us from far away, she was a bit scared of them at first and would sit behind me or on my feet, but eventually warmed up to his small 8 month old puppy. We then went to the park where the kids were and she never growled or barked, she watched some play and was even fine when they rode by on their scooters/bikes etc. eventually she fell asleep under the bench we were sitting on as kids were still playing
yesterday we went to a different park and a dad and his kid were coming through the forest and once they emerged she made the same noise, I could see her hair on her back by her neck ripple and once they got in clear view all she did was stare at them until I redirected her to come up the playground steps

Once more it happened later at the park when a person far in the distance was walking their dog, she made the noise then went back to playing after staring for a moment

She was in my front yard and a neighbor and his dog walked by, his dog went crazy barking and luna watched it and barked a bit back..I feel like I just rambled a lot but what should I do in the situations where she barks/watches the strangers? Is it because she's a baby at 8 weeks?

OH! One other thing, we went to the waterfront beach and she didn't make a peep at anyone, she would sit by my legs and still observe while I was on the bench and people walked by. I could tell she was nervous when dogs would walk by and try to get at her. When people would ask to pet her she hid behind my legs, I'd give them a treat to give her but she wasn't reLly interested. The waterfront here is very busy, did I overwhelm her?

I'm going to take her to the waterfront again today, what should I do differently to make her more comfortable? Thanks guys!
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So I just took her out to my front yard on leash and I saw a person was coming with their dog so I waited with luna, she was trying to eat grass before she noticed the dog then when she did she started barking and was trying to get to the dog as e was walking by. I had her on a short leash and held kibble in front of her nose but she didn't care
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Hi everyone! I have my puppy (8 weeks) now for about 4 days she's doing great, her name is luna and I still can't believe how smart these dogs actually are! I just have a question id like different opinions on. On the second day I had her I took her to a soccer field to learn fetch (she's understanding well!) and there's a path on the other side of the field that leads to a park, a man and his puppy were walking by and she made a short growl/bark? And watched them as they approached us from far away, she was a bit scared of them at first and would sit behind me or on my feet, but eventually warmed up to his small 8 month old puppy. We then went to the park where the kids were and she never growled or barked, she watched some play and was even fine when they rode by on their scooters/bikes etc. eventually she fell asleep under the bench we were sitting on as kids were still playing
yesterday we went to a different park and a dad and his kid were coming through the forest and once they emerged she made the same noise, I could see her hair on her back by her neck ripple and once they got in clear view all she did was stare at them until I redirected her to come up the playground steps

Once more it happened later at the park when a person far in the distance was walking their dog, she made the noise then went back to playing after staring for a moment

She was in my front yard and a neighbor and his dog walked by, his dog went crazy barking and luna watched it and barked a bit back..I feel like I just rambled a lot but what should I do in the situations where she barks/watches the strangers? Is it because she's a baby at 8 weeks?

OH! One other thing, we went to the waterfront beach and she didn't make a peep at anyone, she would sit by my legs and still observe while I was on the bench and people walked by. I could tell she was nervous when dogs would walk by and try to get at her. When people would ask to pet her she hid behind my legs, I'd give them a treat to give her but she wasn't reLly interested. The waterfront here is very busy, did I overwhelm her?

I'm going to take her to the waterfront again today, what should I do differently to make her more comfortable? Thanks guys!
What kind of socialization and experiences did her breeder provide? Did they follow the Rule of 7s? It sounds like she's overwhelmed and you may be taking it too fast. The key with socialization is that it must be QUALITY - everything must be very positive for your puppy, or you are going to really set her up for failure. Socialization, it’s quality over quantity « Success Just Clicks


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That's what I was afraid of, overwhelming her. So if we go to the waterfront today we'll find a spot on the grass further away from people and what do I do if she starts to bark at a dog? Where do I go from here?
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That's what I was afraid of, overwhelming her. So if we go to the waterfront today we'll find a spot on the grass further away from people and what do I do if she starts to bark at a dog? Where do I go from here?
So, did your breeder do any socialization? Knowing what you are starting with is going to make a big difference here. If your pup came with proper socialization and she's just a little unsure right now, that's different than a puppy that didn't have the right experiences in the first 8 weeks, and I'd do things differently in that situation.

If her breeder *didn't* do things right, and perhaps you have a pup that is a bit genetically shy, too, you need to tread carefully. In your shoes, I would be working with a great trainer to make sure I was doing things the right way, to give my puppy the best chance to gain confidence and to grow up to be a stable dog. I say that as someone who has a dog that isn't; Shanoa is genetically shy, and her breeder didn't provide her the proper socialization. If you need a starting place to find good trainers, this is a good list: Search for Professionals

When you are working with her (again, I recommend a professional, because it's easy to do things the wrong way), you need to be sure you are working where she feels safe and comfortable. That means being far enough away that she feels calm and safe. You have to be really good at reading dog body language to be able to know that she's relaxed. Is she able to take treats easily and pretty calmly (for a puppy)? Is her posture relaxed (and do you know what that looks like?)? For example, is she lying down on one hip?

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Yes I know she was properly socialized. We went to the vets a couple of days ago to get her stitches out and she was also nervous when this huge dog (I was sitting by the scale and overheard it's weight at 139) was pulling to try to get to her, she was pushing to get under my legs so I picked her up because is wasn't sure if they were gonna be able to hold their dog off from running up to her. Did I reinforce her fear there? Today while we're people and dog watching, should I plan on not letting anyone pet her unless she comes up to them while they give her a treat? What should I do now?
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Oh I just remembered this is where I'm confused, when we were at the park she was watching this old dog walk around and it wandered over to us( I saw it with another strangers dog 10 mins earlier and saw it was a nice gentle dog) it came up to us and they sniffed each other then it left and went on its way. But never did she bark or her hairs weren't up. It's like when they're further away it happens ???
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Yes I know she was properly socialized. We went to the vets a couple of days ago to get her stitches out and she was also nervous when this huge dog (I was sitting by the scale and overheard it's weight at 139) was pulling to try to get to her, she was pushing to get under my legs so I picked her up because is wasn't sure if they were gonna be able to hold their dog off from running up to her. Did I reinforce her fear there? Today while we're people and dog watching, should I plan on not letting anyone pet her unless she comes up to them while they give her a treat? What should I do now?
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Oh I just remembered this is where I'm confused, when we were at the park she was watching this old dog walk around and it wandered over to us( I saw it with another strangers dog 10 mins earlier and saw it was a nice gentle dog) it came up to us and they sniffed each other then it left and went on its way. But never did she bark or her hairs weren't up. It's like when they're further away it happens ???
It's definitely your job to protect your puppy...I don't let my dogs interact with every dog that they see, and I especially make sure my puppies only interact with dogs I know are appropriately behaved and safe with puppies. A bad experience with a dog can really have an impact on an impressionable puppy, so no, I don't think you were wrong. You are your puppy's advocate and protector. I never let a strange dog approach my dogs, much less a puppy. I want to be certain my puppy will have a good experience with another dog. I also don't let puppies interact with dogs I don't know because I want to make sure they are healthy and vaccinated appropriately.

You may want to pick up a copy of this book: Puppy Start Right It's one of the best puppy raising books out there.

Take a read through this so you understand where you need to be for your puppy to be feeling safe and comfortable when you are socializing: What is a Threshold? - The Crossover Trainer's Blog

Here are some more good resources on socializing: Puppy Socialization: Stop Fear Before it Starts | Animal Behavior and Medicine Blog | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-co...ise-fenzi.html
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For the first 6 months, I concern myself with loads of safe puppy socialization.
(seeing 100's of different people & visiting many non dog places, on a daily basis)
- more controlled environment, something I manage (stress avoidance) on the young pups behalf

I personally don't go to dog parks, and introduce my puppy to strangers pet(s)...if it can be avoided.
- our girl, is only introduced to known safe other dogs...mostly that of our son & next door neighbors, for example

Don't want the puppy fear stage to rear its ugly head (again & again), and reoccur with ongoing frequency.
- early confidence builds as scary situations are minimized &/or eliminated...reinforcing the positive outcomes...win-win
With some maturity - puppy can play with other dogs, like nothing was ever postponed.

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Thanks for the help guys! We're just about to leave the waterfront and she had a lot of fun, more fun than the last time..maybe it's because I was still a bit new to her too. She was running around on her leash with a stick in her mouth very happily. And we got close to strangers she would just stop playing and watch them for a couple of seconds then go back to eating grass lol. A man tried to come up to us with his over excited dog and I told him no she's still learning and Luna watched it for a bit them again played with her stick. I still dont know why she barked at the dog earlier on my lawn
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Kids and strangers also walked by pretty close to us at the fountain, she didn't hide she watched them.. Will she just randomly start to want to go up to strangers or will it happen after she learns strangers = they give you treats?
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...... I still dont know why she barked at the dog earlier on my lawn
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Was your lawn, till you got a Doberman...they quickly take ownership of owners property, btw.

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