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I'm Carla and I am from Spain. I have a 10 month female doberman. Her name is Pita. She is not spayed. I got her when she was 5 months old. She hadn't been socialised at all. I am now socialising her as much as I can. I take her everywhere I can. I have gone to obedience classes with her, she is really good at it. The problem I have is her fearful reactivity. While on leash, she barks and lounges towards big dogs. With small dogs she has improved a lot. We are working with a positive reinforcement trainer.
My main concern is while off leash, with some dogs she goes running growling towards them. She doesn't bite but shows teeth. After some minutes she calms down and can tolerate the dog or even play with him/her. With some others she runs away at first and then comes back and tries to play. And sometimes she just ignores them.
I used to take her to dog parks but had two fights with small dogs in which she tried to dominate them so no more dog parks. I now take her to big human parks where we see some dogs and to the mountain.
My question is, do I continue like this or should I do something about her crazy running towards some of them? I am a bit lost. The trainer says it's no big deal but I don't feel this way.
At home I always do NILIF and she behaves so good. With us she is very sweet, with strangers not very friendly but fine.

Hope I can find some help!

Thank you in advance,

Carla
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Spain!
How exciting.
Welcome from Florida.
IMO I would have no off leash activity especially until fully trained And that can take a few years.
It takes some time for them to fully Mature.
Check out the good its all about dog and reactive and helped me a lot by understanding why dogs react and how we can help them with these issues Daily.
The book is called B.A.T. 2.0 and is available on Amazon By Grisha Stewart
Another book called When Pigs Fly is a good read for early trainers like yourself.
Great looking pup.
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Welcome to DT, from San Antonio,Texas, Carla!
You'll get plenty of good experiences and advice here, but you're going to need to post more than one picture of cute Pita!
Funny, but in the US, Pita, besides the name for flatbread, is an acronym for "Pain in the @ss", which Dobermans can sometime be! 😁

When I hear Spain and Dobermans, I always think of this video: :confused:

Most members on here will advise you to avoid dog parks with Dobermans. We took our male to a dog park up to 1.5 y/o but stopped after that. There's a lot of potential for dog fights at these parks with unsupervised dogs running around. I left the dog park several times with aggressive medium to little size dogs up in our boy's face while I walked him to the exit with me in between. As an alternative, we took our pack to a large human park with hiking & biking trails to see bikes, scooters, young children's playground, other dogs being walked, etc. Exposed them to a wide range of stimulus, including deer and other wild animals, but in a controlled environment.

I've noticed that some types of dogs, usually the toy type, just don't like the "look" of Dobermans when passing on our walks and will talk smack and carry on barking like idiots, with no response from the Dobes. Many dogs are breed selective, including some Dobermans, who will tolerate all dogs to an extent, but not necessarily become friends with them. There is a good thread on that subject, that I will look up and repost link here.
 
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Thank you!!
Here are more pics of Pita. Hahahahhahaj so funny the “pain in the ass” comment. She actualli is sometimes. Her name is Lupita (after the movie MAN ON FIRE) but we call her Pita.
I now avoid dog parks. But I want her to stand dogs. Don’t need her to play with them but I would like her not to go running towards them in an agressive way. Thank you for all your advice.



Welcome to DT, from San Antonio,Texas, Carla!
You'll get plenty of good experiences and advice here, but you're going to need to post more than one picture of cute Pita!
Funny, in US, Pita, besides the name for flatbread, is an acronym for "Pain in the @ss", which Dobermans can sometime be! 😁

When I hear Spain and Dobermans, I always think of this video: :confused:

Most members on hear will advise you to avoid dog parks with Dobermans. We took our male to a dog park up to 1.5 y/o but stopped after that. There's a lot of potential for dog fights at these parks with unsupervised dogs running around. I left the dog park several times with aggressive medium to little size dogs up in our boy's face while I walked him to the exit with me in between. As an alternative, we took our pack to a large human park with hiking & biking trails to see bikes, scooters, young children's playground, other dogs being walked, etc. Exposed them to a wide range of stimulus, including deer and other wild animals, but in a controlled environment.

I've noticed that some types of dogs, usually the toy type, just don't like the "look" of Dobermans when passing on our walks and will talk smack and carry on barking like idiots, with no response from the Dobes. Many dogs are breed selective, including some Dobermans, who will tolerate all dogs to an extent, but not necessarily become friends with them. There is a good thread on that subject, that I will look up and repost link here.
Welcome to DT, from San Antonio,Texas, Carla!
You'll get plenty of good experiences and advice here, but you're going to need to post more than one picture of cute Pita!
Funny, in US, Pita, besides the name for flatbread, is an acronym for "Pain in the @ss", which Dobermans can sometime be! 😁

When I hear Spain and Dobermans, I always think of this video: :confused:

Most members on hear will advise you to avoid dog parks with Dobermans. We took our male to a dog park up to 1.5 y/o but stopped after that. There's a lot of potential for dog fights at these parks with unsupervised dogs running around. I left the dog park several times with aggressive medium to little size dogs up in our boy's face while I walked him to the exit with me in between. As an alternative, we took our pack to a large human park with hiking & biking trails to see bikes, scooters, young children's playground, other dogs being walked, etc. Exposed them to a wide range of stimulus, including deer and other wild animals, but in a controlled environment.

I've noticed that some types of dogs, usually the toy type, just don't like the "look" of Dobermans when passing on our walks and will talk smack and carry on barking like idiots, with no response from the Dobes. Many dogs are breed selective, including some Dobermans, who will tolerate all dogs to an extent, but not necessarily become friends with them. There is a good thread on that subject, that I will look up and repost link here.
Welcome to DT, from San Antonio,Texas, Carla!
You'll get plenty of good experiences and advice here, but you're going to need to post more than one picture of cute Pita!
Funny, in US, Pita, besides the name for flatbread, is an acronym for "Pain in the @ss", which Dobermans can sometime be! 😁

When I hear Spain and Dobermans, I always think of this video: :confused:

Most members on hear will advise you to avoid dog parks with Dobermans. We took our male to a dog park up to 1.5 y/o but stopped after that. There's a lot of potential for dog fights at these parks with unsupervised dogs running around. I left the dog park several times with aggressive medium to little size dogs up in our boy's face while I walked him to the exit with me in between. As an alternative, we took our pack to a large human park with hiking & biking trails to see bikes, scooters, young children's playground, other dogs being walked, etc. Exposed them to a wide range of stimulus, including deer and other wild animals, but in a controlled environment.

I've noticed that some types of dogs, usually the toy type, just don't like the "look" of Dobermans when passing on our walks and will talk smack and carry on barking like idiots, with no

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Thank you!! I know... she is still a baby. Hahaha
Spain!
How exciting.
Welcome from Florida.
IMO I would have no off leash activity especially until fully trained And that can take a few years.
It takes some time for them to fully Mature.
Check out the good its all about dog and reactive and helped me a lot by understanding why dogs react and how we can help them with these issues Daily.
The book is called B.A.T. 2.0 and is available on Amazon By Grisha Stewart
Another book called When Pigs Fly is a good read for early trainers like yourself.
Great looking pup.
More will chime in soon with advise.
 

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Hey thanks for extra pictures. Great house interior shot with the nice decor! Especially like the Lupita Doberman accessory! 😉

Carla, here's the recent March 2020 DT thread about dogs becoming tolerant/ selective of other dogs/breeds:
Age of onset for becoming "dog selective"

In Pita's case it might just be she's still a young puppy and hasn't been exposed and socialized much, as you stated. (i.e. still time for improvement)

Embedded in this thread is excellent, explanatory video, Dog Politcs 101:
 

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Welcome, she's a beautiful girl. I would just keep working her through it. from puppyhood until about 18mo - 2 years they go in and out of fear periods. If you have a friends dog that you know is good with other dogs and can handle her bad behavior, maybe you can sometimes meet at the park so she will realize that dogs are ok. Mav isn't great at meeting new dogs so I have friends walk their dogs along side of us but far enough away that he can't reach them. After about a mile of walking he's good. What you dont' want to happen is for her to get over her "threshold" and lose her mind. Before she hits that spot, start bringing her attention to you with a high value treat. As long as she's eating the treat and looking at me we continue towards the "scary dog". If she stops eating and won't look at me, we turn around and head away from the scary dog, until she can bring her focus back to me again. Rinse and repeat.
 

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Beautiful dog, beautiful house...
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Hi!

I'm Carla and I am from Spain. I have a 10 month female doberman. Her name is Pita. She is not spayed. I got her when she was 5 months old. She hadn't been socialised at all. I am now socialising her as much as I can. I take her everywhere I can. I have gone to obedience classes with her, she is really good at it. The problem I have is her fearful reactivity. While on leash, she barks and lounges towards big dogs. With small dogs she has improved a lot. We are working with a positive reinforcement trainer.
My main concern is while off leash, with some dogs she goes running growling towards them. She doesn't bite but shows teeth. After some minutes she calms down and can tolerate the dog or even play with him/her. With some others she runs away at first and then comes back and tries to play. And sometimes she just ignores them.
I used to take her to dog parks but had two fights with small dogs in which she tried to dominate them so no more dog parks. I now take her to big human parks where we see some dogs and to the mountain.
My question is, do I continue like this or should I do something about her crazy running towards some of them? I am a bit lost. The trainer says it's no big deal but I don't feel this way.
At home I always do NILIF and she behaves so good. Vegas Vulkan online casino bfdchallengertrophy.com With us she is very sweet, with strangers not very friendly but fine.

Hope I can find some help!

Thank you in advance,

Carla
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Thank you everyone!! While walking with dogs she knows she behaves perfectly with them... I hope little by little things will get better! Thank you all
 
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