Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: New Mexico
Dogs Name: Zeus
Dogs Age: Born: October 29, 2017
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Couple of questions/remarks!
1. Should I limit the amount of cuddles I give my pup to assure that I'm seen as an alpha in the household? Trust me, Zeus and I do a lot of training together, and he listens to "sit" "down" "break" and ... we're still working on "place" and "drop it". There are times when he's being hardheaded and he won't listen to "sit" the first or second time I tell him, and I have to push his bottom down to get him to compl, but for the most part he obeys. But he's just so cute, there are times I just want to snug him and have him in my lap (big as he is) and cuddle with him for as long as he'll stay still to do so. I've read that dobermans need strong leaders, else they can grow up to become headstrong and thinking they are the alphas. Am I conditioning him for that by giving in to his overall cuteness and rewarding him with affection for no real reason?
2. His cropped ears are still healing, but they're pretty much standing up. Should I still post them? There are still spots where the edges are hard with scabs, but they're no longer tender or red. I've bought all the supplies needed, but now I'm not sure if it's even necessary. I'll try to post pictures later when I can get him still, though I have some in an earlier post "Puppy Antics". They tend to flop when he's playing or relaxed, but when he's paying attention to something, they stand.
3. Back to that alpha thing ... He sometimes barks at me. Usually, it's when he wants my attention to play, because he'll bark and playbow with his tail wiggling. I've been trying the "ignore til he stops" approach, and reward when he's quiet. Usually, it's with praise instead of a treat. Is that the best method? Sometimes, his barking only lasts a few seconds, but sometimes he'll go at it for a few minutes.
4. He likes sitting on my feet. .. Is that a dominance thing that I should correct or just a ... silly doberman thing? lol