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Hi all
I'm new to this site but hoping someone can shed some light on my boy's new habits.

He is a ten month old purebred and is the most gentle and adorable dog I know.

he has now become scared of getting in the back of my car. And lifting his 40kg body is not easy. No idea where his fear has come from but two months ago he did try to jump in the back of the car and the boot was still closed. He had no problems for the month later but now seems very hesitant to enter the car. I have also just had a cargo barrier fitted for his safety.

any ideas?

Next trait is his incessant need to steal everything for attention... i mean your dirty clothes, tissues (both clean and used), the folding, ironing, camera bag, eye drops, lip balms of the bedside table, basically anything that is yours he will take for a walk adn slink past you so you are aware.

He is not responding to No's or anything.

Any ideas would be great.
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Hi Kleber,

I had this issue with my dobe pup. She suddenly became unsure of the car and gradually became more and more scared of jumping in.

This can sometimes be caused by too many negative trips in the car. For example, everytime she jumps in the car, she gets taken to the vet.

If its this - try breaking the dog expectation. Put him in the car, and instead of a long journey, drive him 5 mins down the street and jump out and play with him loads and run around. Start using the car for fun things and short journeys. So car = play time!

Also fill the back of the car with high reward treats and chew toys. But make sure they're things/treats he doesnt get at any other time, so they're special car surprises.

Also if the cargo barrier is making him nervous, spend a bit of time with him in the car when its stationary.

Instead of putting him in, and jumping in the car and driving. Put him in the back, and sit on the other side of the barrier, on the back seat, rewarding him, treating him and praising him.

Give those a try and see how you go :) Worked wonders with my girl. She practically cannot wait to leap into the car now.
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My 8 month old pup wont jump in my truck either and I have to always lift her back legs up in it. I havent found a solution to that problem except for trying tossing a treat in for them to get.

As for the thief, she is also a master thief, and as far as I can tell, in my case she is doing it for attention, but they can also do it when bored. There have been days when I have been busy and have not been able to spend my normal time with her and she will seek out something to keep herself busy, and she will resort to finding something to steal.

Combating this will require time on your part. Remove whatever he has stolen, and give a firm no, then redirect him into a positive action, make him sit, give him a toy, and get him interested in something else. Or, if you are busy and dont have the time to spend with him at that moment, the best thing is to keep him in his crate until you can devote time to him. Otherwise, if you cant supervise him he could do something that might get him hurt.
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Oliver is a big time thief, he will steal anything he can grab and drag off. Yesterday he took DH's heavy terry cloth robe and drug it through the house. He loves to be chase, he's a crafty devil though, he runs into the dining room and around and around the table, it takes the two of us to catch him. As far as the car he jumps right in the van, he doesn't like my bug, not enough room for him now that he's gotten so big. Good luck to you.
My Elke has come to hate the car too, although with her it developed out of carsickness. We are working on making the car a happy place where fun things happen and it is slow going. Hopefully some of the suggestions made here will help you. If not, hopefully a trainer can help you figure out why your dog is resistant to getting in the car.

As far as stealing for attention, make sure that your dog gets enough exercise and training. If you tire him out, he is less likely to act up.

Good luck!
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