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Unfortunately I had an accident and managed to fracture 6 vertebrae (ouch!) and while I know I will get better, I am concerned that my puppy is not going to get the attention he needs. I am able to feed, and play (sitting in a chair throwing a ball for him) but anything physical is off limits to me. I just feel like he isn't getting what he deserves...:(

Is this going to hurt all of his progress with training? Should I send him to a trainer? How have you dealt with injury before?

I selfishly don't want to send him anywhere but will if it's best for him....:(
 

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I am so sorry to hear about your injury, that REALLY sounds painful. I think there are a lot of factors when deciding how to proceed with his training, during this time.

First, Has your puppy been to a puppy socialization class yet? It is super important for him to be able to socialize with other people and dogs during this time period. Do you have the ability to continue allowing him to socialize while you are recovering? this is probably the most important thing to think about, in my opinion, because an under-socialized doberman can be no fun.

As far as training goes, you should be able to do a lot of it from a resting position. I am guessing you probably aren't to busy while you are recovering so should have lots of time to teach him all sorts of fun tricks. Even if you aren't teaching him basic obedience, by teaching him various tricks he is still developing the ability to learn things, more easily, in the future. Heck, I would just sit in my chair with a clicker and bag of cookies and shape all sorts of behaviors from things he just naturally does. At this age they are so receptive to training that it can be a real riot to see what they can learn. Here is a video of a 14 week old puppy that I rather enjoy. Fiona 14wks- Service Dog In Training - YouTube
Obviously you cant teach all of these behaviors due to your injury, but it gives you an idea of the brain power you could harness.

The only other concern I have would be teaching your pup to walk nicely with you. With your injury, an 80lb beast pulling you around could cause trouble, even down the road ( I assume). It is so much easier to teach a polite walk when they are smaller. That said, its not necessary and can be taught at any time (just may require more muscle at an older age).

I dont think you will cause any real, irreversible damage, by not engaging your pup in formal obedience training, at this point. I would suggest still teaching him things that you have the ability too, and you could even work on things to help you while recovering. Some ideas might be, to retrieve dropped or desired objects, help you take off your clothes (I taught my pup to pull/hold the corner of a piece of clothing to help me take it off, like a sock, pant leg, arm on my coat, etc.), open/closing doors, etc...

The only issue I see is the potential for lack of proper socialization. Are you able to drive or have someone else drive? Could you possibly find a trainer that works with maybe a dog daycare that he could go to a couple times a week and then pay a little extra to have the trainer work with him, on those days, for you? or maybe you could hire someone to stop by and walk him a few days a week or take him to a puppy socialization class for you?
 

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I think socialization is FAR more important at this stage than anything else. If you are still able to get him out and expose him to a lot of stuff (people, places, etc.), I think the more formal stuff can wait. If you aren't comfortable with that, I would hire a trainer to come for some in-home sessions.

If you CAN'T do socialization right now, that's a huge concern and you'll need to get someone to help you.
 

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I so agree with the socialization part. OP- are you able to use a wheel chair to get him out? I see folks at our park using scooters/wheel chairs to give their dog exercise or socialization.


I think socialization is FAR more important at this stage than anything else. If you are still able to get him out and expose him to a lot of stuff (people, places, etc.), I think the more formal stuff can wait. If you aren't comfortable with that, I would hire a trainer to come for some in-home sessions.

If you CAN'T do socialization right now, that's a huge concern and you'll need to get someone to help you.
 

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I agree 100% socialization is detrimental IMO. My dobie Lexi (rip) which I got at 13 weeks and was told she was socialized to all kinds of things. I figured out was more than likely just left in the backyard. She was petrified of everything except other dogs. She was very fear aggressive towards people.
 

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Well, after trying to take him out I realized that I just can't do it alone. A good friend of mine will be taking him to work with her. She is a horse trainer so I'm sure he will enjoy being out in the sun all day anyway. Thanks everyone!
 
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