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I just recently received a pup as a present from my gf. he's 9 weeks and i took him to the vet and he said his biting is normal and that he is teething which i already knew. the problem is that my family has three Chihuahua's and he plays with them put he bites them and they are scared of him what do i do?!?!?
 

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At 9 weeks old, it is likely this is just playful Doberman puppy and not aggression. It sounds like he is just a normal playful dog. It sounds like you were somewhat unprepared in getting a puppy, especially considering he was a 'present'. Dobermans are far from Chihuahuas and need a lot of mental stimulation and physical exercise (within the boundaries at a young age).

Chihuahuas are generally not 'large dog' breeds. I know my parents Chihuahua hate my Doberman, and he is far less annoying than a mouthy puppy. Also please look into male to male aggression. When Dobermans are mature, they should not live with another male dog. Although the Chihuahuas are small, they have some pretty strong dominant attitudes (in my experience) and can easily push the boundaries of a Male Doberman.

I would really look into getting some professional help, joining a puppy socialization class, and get your puppy enrolled in some formal obedience classes. To me it seems you may be a bit in over your head with this dog, which is not your fault per say, but Dobermans are not particularly suitable for the average first time puppy owner.
 

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Since I have a 14# female Dachshund and a 90# male Doberman I got them both at 16 weeks of age 4 months difference in age the Dachshund came first. I hope your Chihuahua's are use to being in crates along with your Doberman pup being crated. You need to play Chi and Doberman roulette for safety sake.Also teach your Doberman pup "Leave It" & " Drop It " You will need a long line for your Doberman you have to teach your Doberman to play nice it will take you about 2years to get though puppy hood and then you will go though a teen age phase. It is your job to keep the Chihuahua's safe your Dobe will want to play,play,play. Due to the fact I have a big back yard with a privacy fence I could let the Doxie out by her self and then bring her in then let the Dobe out but if I wanted the both out I put the Dobe on a long line so the Doxie could get away from the Dobe. Then most times i would go out with them with the Dobe on a long line I could step on if I needed to stop him from playing too rough with the Doxie. Its allot of work but it can be done. Good Luck both of my Fur Kids are 6 years old and I can let them out in the back yard together they are fine.
 

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Doberman puppies play rough. Your chihuahuas won't be up to it. Your gf bought you a high energy, physical present that needs mental and physical outlets to be a good pet. Dobermans don't make good surprise gifts. There ARE an expensive breed to own above and beyond the normal food/hw mds/flea meds/toys/crate/vet visits/assorted leashes and collars. You will need to take your puppy to puppy class and later to obedience class. Their nails need to be trimmed frequently. You'll also be wise to get pet insurance or start a dog emergency fund because you WILL need it at some time. There are no cheap vet visits.
 

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Thanks for joining DT!!!!
Shake the Aggressive, he is being a dobie puppy.
You are at the right place for help, so keep coming back for the sake of this puppy.
 
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He is a doberman puppy, please listen to what the posters have stated. Did you GF even ask you first if you wanted a puppy or was this a surprise look what you have now! I don't understand why people continue to surprise people with things without first talking about it especially when it involves a lifetime commitment :(
 

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It's time to teach bite inhibition....when he nips....yelp like he really hurt you, and play stops for a minute or two until he calms down. re-direct him to a chew toy when he's in chew fest mode.

There's lots of great articles here you can find by searching for "bite inhibition"
 

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Yep i would agree with most.
I would also add that chihuahua's are so small and fragile that i would supervised if not limit the time played with each other when they are older as they play rough and wouldnt want to hurt the little ones by accident. Saying that it is a few months away but just thought id add that in.
Bite inhibittion i would steongly start working on as said.

Good luck and feel free to give some pictures :p.
 

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I have 2 Terriers who probably in size would dwarf a Chihuahua and even though they are real tough guys they simply couldn't handle the rough and tumble my Dobe pup handed out. My advice would be teach your pup "leave it" so you can get him to stop rough housing the Chi's as well as learn to keep them seperate. Exercise, stimulation, play, training, tons of socialisation must become your life if you want a well behaved Doberman. But you have come to the right place for help, advice and friendship, so welcome, sit yourself down and be prepared to be amazed at how intelligent, unlike any dog you've ever had before a Doberman truly is.
 

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welcome, hope you hang around and learn lots on the wonderful breed! I would start a puppy obedience class ASAP so you can begin learning how to train your pup. FYI dobermans are NOT outdoor dogs and do not do well there. They need human interaction/stimulation constantly, along with tons and tons of exercise (or you will have a very naughty dog that you will be unhappy with). Regulate his play with the chihuahuas and if he begins getting too rough, time to separate. When I first got my puppy she wanted to rough house my cat, so I had to put an end to that very quickly and now she is gentle and licks instead of stomps and bites.
ps. we love puppy pictures !
 

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I've been wanting one for a couple of years now and i did a decent amount of research, it wasn't a complete surprise. i love him and he's not an outside dog his is with me practically every hour of the day except when i have to work my gf takes care of him.
 

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thanks again! and yeah I've been wanting to do that but most places told me that i have to wait until he has all his shots before i can start socializing with other pups besides the ones at home. i still have 3 more visits to the vet before he's done and it won't be for roughly 3 more months. but I'm trying to do all i can to stop this now
 

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My 13 week old male is absolutely terrorizing "my wife's" female Boston Terrier. haha. I stop him as often as possible by tugging or taking him outside for a short training session. She sits on top of the couch to get away from him. He's just playing with her but she doesn't like it much.
 

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as long as he has had 2 or 3 vaccines, he should be fine with going to kindergarten :)
you can continue to get his immunizations, but I wouldnt let it stop me from socialization
 
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Chihuahua's and Doberman's do not have the same play style nor energy level even if the chi's were puppies. Due keep a close watch on all of them because when your dobe grows up even if he isn't playing accidents happen. Example dobe doesn't know that on of the chi's is behind him and he backs up over the chi and you might end up with one of your chi's with a broken leg. Sounds funny but it does happen.

Like everyone said please stay and ask as many questions as you need.
 
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The very first thing you need to teach your pup is "leave it" and whenever he is bothering the chihuahuas you need to separate them. I tell you this for the chihuahua's safety... it is VERY easy for a doberman to accidentally hurt a chihuahua. Ask me how I know. :( I have two chihuahuas and my doberman accidentally broke one of the chihuahua's feet last year.

When I tell my doberman "LEAVE IT" in regardless to the chihuahua, I expect him to back off IMMEDIATELY. My doberman is never out in the yard with the chihuahuas.. the doberman is just too clumsy and doesn't have good body awareness.
 

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All good advise above.

My boy grew up with 2 Chi's and now there's three. They never wanted anything to do with him, and now he just ignores them like they don't even exist. As your pup gets older he will probably lose interest in them. Just give him other things to play with.
 
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