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Welcome to the forum! You've gotten some great advice and links to some wonderful resources. I would only add that if I were in your situation I would immediately order myself an exercise pen. These X-pens, as they are called, are invaluable for allowing a puppy to be in the same room with his humans, which is a hugely important thing for a Doberman, playing and moving around safely while not having to be constantly monitored. He'll learn quickly to entertain himself when given toys and appropriate chew items inside of the X pen. That self entertainment is a really good lesson for life! There are many online sources for X pens and you can shop for the best price.
It is really easy for a busy active puppy to get all wound up with energy and be a little bit out of control and unable to manage his own behavior. When this happens simply putting him in the X pen, which should have plenty of toys and a doggy bed for napping, can help the puppy to calm himself, another invaluable life lesson. If he does get all wound up and even exhibits behaviors that you don't approve of, simply place him in the X pen very calmly with no fussing or admonishing; then allow him to calm himself. This is such a better alternative to constantly yelling no, no, no, no! All of that fussing and yelling really has little meaning to a young puppy. It can even be rewarding because it is a form of attention. Remember that he's just a baby and is learning all about self-control; the best way for him to learn that is through many opportunities to exercise his own self control.
Lots of exercise sessions will definitely help you manage the puppy's behavior. A tired puppy is a good puppy! :-) The exercise periods should be short intense periods of FREE play (puppy's choice to engage) with you throwing toys for him, engaging him with a "flirt pole" (awesome toy for burning off energy which you can make yourself; just Google "flirt pole DIY"), and doing some fun tug games.
Also obedience or trick training sessions are a GREAT way to drain excess energy! Check out Kikopup's Channel on YouTube for a huge inventory of short training videos on every behavior you might want to teach your puppy. One five minute training session is mentally exhausting and the puppy will be just as tired as if he had been running circles outside in the yard. You need many of those little short sessions of intense play and training every single day to keep the puppy balanced, happy, and able to focus on the things you want to teach him.
Good luck with setting up a nice routine that works for you and your family, one that supports your puppy to grow up to be a very good Doberman citizen of the world. Because of their very high intelligence and athleticism + their genetic purpose as a personal protection breed, Dobermans, more so than many other breeds, require a lot of training and socialization and close bonding to shape them into balanced adults. You will reap waaaaay more than the sum of your efforts when you end up with an awesome trained three-year-old, not to mention all the fun and excitement you will have along the way. There is just nothing to equal the awesome temperament and personality of a great Doberman!
Now, it's time for you to post a bunch of photos!
Last edited by triciakoontz; 04-15-2016 at 03:25 PM.