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And now he is headed to profesional doggie training I will miss him so terribley
not spelled right I know :sadcry: Every time I look at him I only see the puppy that arrived,,, but every now and then I see how HUGE he is and know that I did my research and he will be a better dog and I will be a happy owner for him going to a profesional trainer. I feel so horrible for him going away from home for training ....but ... it as if he knows and he I believe is relieved also.
The trainer i found is wonderful she has raised dobie's all her life and 3 generations of her family before her did too. I met her 4 times in person for re assurance. It is also a absolute that I get to know how he is every night lol
shoot I was not this darn protective over my own kids. lol OH I am so nervous about him leaving home.... I warned her too .... anything happens to him it will be her head on a stick!
I guess most of you have figured out from the posts I have put up that I am just a country bumkin. Cann't help it just the way I was brought up and if I have offened anyone I did not mean too.
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Hi Amy

I've noticed since joining this forum that "away from home" dog training seems to be more popular in the U.S. than here in Aus. How long will your boy be away? I'd have to admit, I know I'd be feeling the same as you at the moment. :sadcry:

Have you thought about doing the training yourself? It's a great learning experience for both of you, believe me. Is there a club or dog association that you can train with in your area? I find training with Jeddah to be a lot of fun, and I think it helps with our own bonding as well. Jeddah is far better trained than me, I spend most of my time trying not to trip over my feet, and trying to remember my left from my right! It must be difficult for her to learn with me at the other end of the leash...... :)

Good luck with Mojo.
 

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Awwwh, I can imagine how you must feel... but seriously is there anyway to do the training yourself? Even with this trainer you picked out, but have her mentor you with Mojo?

Seriously each to their own, but I would not be comfotable with someone taking my dog to train it. Just b/c Mojo will be trained, he won't have a bond with you if you would have trained yourself, you will still have to work for that, whereas if you participate in his training, you will have that bond strengthened everyday. Also, just b/c he is trained, he will not consitantly respond to your cues as he will the trainers. I mean he'll listen to you I'm sure, but dogs aren't computers (I know you know this :) ), they don't operate under the guidelines, once trained, forever trained. So if your cues differ from the trainers, his responses will gradually differ also.

I hope this doesn't sound negative, I don't mean it as such. Please follow your own heart on this, just wanted to throw in my two cents, whatever they are worth!

Best wishes with everything,
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I also agree with the others....By participating in the training classes with your poochy, you will create that bond. Also I have found out that 70% of issues that your dog will experience is caused by us not reinforcing that proper behavior. Plus, It was so much fun for my girl and me to do this together. just my 2 cents....
 

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How did you find a trainer to send your dog to? Does anyone know of any good trainers that are experienced with Dobes? I would probably never send my boy off but this post has made me curious and I'd like to look into the subject so if anyone can help.......
 

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Thanks for all the very nice responses. MOJO and I tried the puppy training with a group setting, clicker training and it was not right for us. The other pupps where so out of control that the lady holding the training spent all her time helping the owners get them under control.
Oh and I did not mean to give the impression that I would not be participating in his training. He goes for 3 weeks for basic training and socialization and then I go in from there on out for them to train me. There are not very many people that are truely experienced with training dobes here and I wanted to make sure I did not make the same mistake alot of people in the US make and end up with a big dominant male dog that scared everyone because I was not informed or trained myself.
Today is 3 weeks and I go in at 11am to see my baby and begin my training with him. I am so thrilled just can't wait.
I will keep you posted.
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Just to add, puppy training classes and basic obedience classes were totally different for us in our school. The puppy classes was all about socialization and the start of obedience training. They stressed that do not expect your puppy to learn all the ob stuff because they are still young. It really focused on us owners, than the dogs. Since most doggy issues are caused by the owners, we learned more about how we need to deal with them than actually training the dog. Even though my little whirl wind at the time did come out of it learning sit, down, stay and other things. It was a great foundation class to expand on the other classes we took.

The other thing is finding some training programs that specifically know dobermans is great but really not necessary. All obedience training will set the foundation needed to have a well behaved dog. Its up to you to solidify this behavior and teach your dog what behavior you expect out of them. Make goals for you and your dog of how you want your dog to behave and work towards them. For example, I want my dog to sit nicely when we are talking to another human, and work on that to make it happen...You will always have others that are scared of your doberman, but who cares, especially if your dog is well trained. Once those people see how well trained your dog is, the scaryness goes away.....Good Luck with your training.
 

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Great advice !
 

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Tia was the first dobe that i really went to town on in relation to training and i went down a similar path to Kratty, went puppy training with a mixed class
once a week and also once a week at our breed club, once she was past the puppy stage i just went to the breed club training for o.b. and ringcraft but i have found that the bond i have with her is made stronger with training.
i would never have a dobe without some kind of basic o.b.training in the future, i have found her much easier to control down to this.

 

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I found a trainer who was willing to come to my house and teach me how to train Princi. She was at my house for about 8 hours, and I honestly learned the bulk of obedience training/diet (she alos reccommended raw)/ socialization/etc. from this session. After that I also took Princi to puppy training and basic obedience classes. Even though those classes can have puppies that are out of control, I would just use that as a socialization period and teach on my own. A lot of fun for the both of you...
 

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Kratty said:
Just to add, puppy training classes and basic obedience classes were totally different for us in our school. The puppy classes was all about socialization and the start of obedience training. They stressed that do not expect your puppy to learn all the ob stuff because they are still young. It really focused on us owners, than the dogs. Since most doggy issues are caused by the owners, we learned more about how we need to deal with them than actually training the dog. Even though my little whirl wind at the time did come out of it learning sit, down, stay and other things. It was a great foundation class to expand on the other classes we took.

Unfortunatley MOJO came out of his puppy classes being afraid of dogs larger than himself. So when we went to a doggy day camp for socialization and play time with other dogs he would start crying when approached by larger dogs. This I believe is from being mauled by the other dogs in puppy kindergaten which was a constant circus. Dogs dragging their owners all over the place one lady had been told she needed to use a regular leash but of course never showed up with one ... she was using one of the retractable ones and could not operate it much less keep her pup from dragging her all over the place. It was just a nightmare and something I did not want him to have to go through again.

He is doing great now ... he is well socialized and plays with the bigger dogs without any problems. Has walking on leash down to a science including turns and sitting when I stop. We are working on his sit stay now and I think he will have that down fairly well in the next 2 weeks. He is also not mouthing me anymore like I am his own great big sqeaky toy. He just luvs to give kisses instead which I am thrilled about.
I know that what I chose to do is not right for everyone but it is working out great for us.
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Whatever works, the good thing is he is trained and has manners. You will just have to put an extra effort into bonding with him. The important thing is you have a dog that has manners. :)
 
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