You should enter one of your PICs in the photo calendar contest!
I must have submitted my pic only a few minutes before LadyDi posted her recommendation to do so last night!I got silly--you've already entered! Good choice.
I did have some trouble figuring out which photo to choose.
We are the same. We are both WFH and he is always with one of us as a result. We're still in constant supervision mode because he seems to have regressed a bit with reliably going to the bathroom outside, but we have begun to train him on being comfortable without either of us in the room.One of the biggest issues I am seeing/hearing about right now with people who have gotten puppies/dogs during the pandemic is separation anxiety. I think it's an even bigger issue with a breed like Dobermans, who are naturally so attached to us, so I'm so so glad to hear you are making sure to leave Hope alone to help work on prevention. Even with my adult dogs I'm making sure they are home alone a couple of times a week...I have to make a very determined effort to "schedule" this, as I work from home and my husband has a lot of work from home days!
Sometimes I wonder if we are throwing too much at him at once. We learn new commands every week and spend the rest of the week rotating the new stuff in, but sometimes it feels like he has so much being thrown at him that we're not giving him enough time to process the stuff he's already tentatively learned.
We were definitely seeing this. He was getting super loud when someone came to the door and his ruff went up whenever he sees someone walking by the house. We started taking him to relatively busy parking lots and letting him sit on the tailgate of our Jeep to try and get him used to the idea that there's a big world filled with people out there.Another issue that I've seen popping up with Doberman pups during the pandemic is a bit trickier to work with, but you may want to have on your training horizon...this is a naturally protective breed, of course. In the normal course of things, we'd naturally have visitors to our homes during puppyhood, so pups would get used to people being invited in on a fairly regular basis, and it would be normal for them to see people welcomed into our homes. With the pandemic, most of us are not doing that (or certainly not on the same level as usual). I've already been hearing about puppies who are struggling when a stranger comes into their homes now...this is definitely something to be aware of!
Very much enjoying watching Hope grow!
This was under the advice of our trainer, and after a few trips like this he seems to be more calm.
We have also discovered that sun puddles are his kryptonite. He can't pass one by without stopping for a nap!
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