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Hello everyone. I am updating you guys on Dukes progress. I took him to the vet he is in good shape I guess he has alittle fungus on his skin but I got a special shampoo for it. I gave him a bath today he didnt like it but he gave in.
He is a happy dog he loves to play fetch and chase me around. He never leaves my side. Here are my concerns.

1. Outside of the house or backyard he is shy and nervous.
2. He is EXTREMELY QUIET AND CALM. I dont know if thats good or bad.
3. He hates the leash.

Im more worried about him being so calm and quiet. I mean we were in the vet and dogs were barking and he was like whateva. He chills out at home, sleeps, he even fell asleep at the vet. They thought he had provo because he was so lathargic but if you get to playing he is pretty active. Am I worrying too much? Here is a video of him when we finally got him home yesterday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JE1kag4lIE

Please feel free to chime in anyone.
 

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"1. Outside of the house or backyard he is shy and nervous."

That's normal and nothing to worry about, he's still a baby.

"2. He is EXTREMELY QUIET AND CALM. I dont know if thats good or bad."

That's good. My Dobe is coming up on 4 months old and she's only barked once.

"3. He hates the leash."

That's not so good. You have to get him used to it now while he's still young. Start by just attaching it to his collar and let him drag it around. You can do this inside the house as well. Then start holding it and following him where ever _he_ wants to go. Gradually work your way up to where you control where he goes. Depending on his rebelliousness, go slow and be patient before trying to exert a lot of control over him. Dobe's a highly intelligent and have a strong desire to please so he'll get the idea.

"Im more worried about him being so calm and quiet. I mean we were in the vet and dogs were barking and he was like whateva."

Don't be. I'd be more worried if he were really nervous and apprehensive at the vets where he was surrounded by other animals.

From watching the video, he's seems to be a very calm, cool dogger who's curious and inquisitive. That's exactly what you want.

As the song goes, Don't worry, be happy. You're in for the ride of your life!
 

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I think you are probably worrying too much he seems confident enough exploring the garden,don't forget to get him into a training class as that will act two fold ,the training and socialisation, and being around other dogs of a similar age will help give him confidence.Sorry to go on about training but it does help in a lot of departments.
 

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I'm watching your video right now...he looks and acts perfectly normal and you are worrying too much. This is his FIRST full day in a totally foreign environment. It will take a little time for him to get used to all the new sights, sounds, smells and people. Until then, he will appear a little reserved. Remember, this is a BABY. Babies are curious and investigate everything and stay pretty quiet until they are confident in their new surroundings. They also sleep ALOT. Go easy with the leash--it's new to him--remember, all training you do esp. at this point should be FUN for him (not harsh!) so that he will want to do it again, or at least not "hate it". Love him, respect him, teach him gently and treat him right always. Congratulations...he's cute!
 

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Socialization and training build confidence in a dog. Exposing him to as many sights, sounds, people will be in his best benefit.

If he isn't old enough yet for basic obedience, I would take him to puppy kindergarten.

That said, he appears normal to me in the video. Just cruising around checking things out.

You have only had him a few days? If so, he is still adjusting to being without his mom and littermates.
 

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I don't think there's anything "normal" about an 11 week old doberman puppy being shy and nervous at any time. At that age they should be balls of fire...bold, outgoing, curious, obnoxious little terrorists. There shouldn't be a need for any kind of "settling in" period-puppies who have been raised properly and who have good temperaments burst into new situations without batting an eyelash.

This could be due to lack of socialization while with the breeder, it might be a sign of an overly soft temperament..without seeing the puppy, none of us can tell. But I just can't go along with gving someone the impression this is the way a dobe puppy SHOULD be.
 

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Murreydobe said:
I don't think there's anything "normal" about an 11 week old doberman puppy being shy and nervous at any time. At that age they should be balls of fire...bold, outgoing, curious, obnoxious little terrorists. There shouldn't be a need for any kind of "settling in" period-puppies who have been raised properly and who have good temperaments burst into new situations without batting an eyelash.

This could be due to lack of socialization while with the breeder, it might be a sign of an overly soft temperament..without seeing the puppy, none of us can tell. But I just can't go along with gving someone the impression this is the way a dobe puppy SHOULD be.

Yeah thats what I thought but I guess time will tell. I dont think he got out too much with the breeder. The posts above give me some hope though. Thanks.
 

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alienex said:
Yeah thats what I thought but I guess time will tell. I dont think he got out too much with the breeder. The posts above give me some hope though. Thanks.
Socialize, socialize, socialize..there's nothing better you can do for any puppy, but especially one that might have nerve issues.
 

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alienex said:
Yeah thats what I thought but I guess time will tell. I dont think he got out too much with the breeder. The posts above give me some hope though. Thanks.
Socializing is the very best avenue for any pup, no matter how quiet, or high strung they are :) We want him to be an outgoing (yet not hyper) confident boy, so he doesn't grow up to be anxious or nervous, that is a whole can of worms you don't want to get into. As CM mentioned, get him into classes asap, even puppy kindergarden, you will love it too!

I wasn't able to watch the video though, my computer isn't being cooperative tonight....
 

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I agree with the others he's just a baby...give him time to adjust to you and his new surroundings. Socializing is a must. Take a deep breath....and enjoy before you know it he'll be grown!!!
 
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