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We just adopted a 10 month old male Doberman and we've been trying to acclimate him to our 13 year old spayed JRT. I have just started him in puppy manners class but his adolescent sex drive is insatiable...any suggestions you all might have on helping him to control his urges would be most appreciated!

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Hello,
We just adopted a 10 month old male Doberman and we've been trying to acclimate him to our 13 year old spayed JRT. I have just started him in puppy manners class but his adolescent sex drive is insatiable...any suggestions you all might have on helping him to control his urges would be most appreciated!

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Hi dappledawn,

Sounds like this young male hasn't been with you for long--I think I'd put a leash on him and keep him attached to you so that you can immediately say "Leave It!" and stop him from doing what ever he is doing to the JRT bitch. It's a training issue to some extent.

The problem for an adolescent male is that bitches (spayed or not) smell different than dogs so the fact that she's spayed isn't something he's learned to ignore and leave such bitches alone. Although I can tell you a lot of males at any age will bug the heck out of bitches--young, old, spayed or not because the smell like girls. Happens less with neutered males but some of them act as if they were still intact.

You also might try adding some cholorphyl tablets to the JRT's food (you can get them at any health food store)--might alter the way she smells enough that he'll leave her along.

But essentially at this point you need to train him to leave her alone and at 10 months he still has a puppy brain so it's going to be keep him always under your eye and control and teach the "Leave It!" command.

Good luck with this...

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Yes, we have just had him over a week. We are working on the "leave it" command and he's bretty good with it except for this situation. I agree it is a training issue and hopefully he will learn control.

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She will give him a correction but the size difference between the two make me nervous if he were to become aggressive after the correction....

Without trying to be an alarmist, I must agree with dobebug's suggestion to tether your new dog when around your older Jack Russel.

A 10 month old Dobe puppy is, at his probable weight and strength, an extremely powerful dog. What would be a simple admonishment to a dog of his size could easily main or even kill a small dog. I have seen this happen more times than I care to remember. Usually completely unintentionally. Often simple resource guarding. Had they been introduced when the dobe was a small pup, considering your other dog is a senior female, this would not be an issue,

Still... An ounce of prevention, as the saying goes.

Thank you for rescuing a Dobe in need. And best to you and you new boy and your older girl.

John
Portland OR
 
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