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I have a couple issues I could use some advice on. I have a 7 month old female Dob. Potty training was an issue with her and I couldn't get her to recognize outside was the place to go. During this time I would let her go anywhere outside just so it wasn't in the house. The problem is now she goes outside but she prefers the patio. How can I break her of this habit and get her to go in a specific area?
Also, we have a Yorkie in the house that doesn't always finish his food. When my Dob is done eating she will go for his food. She knows it's wrong because she will only do it when she thinks I'm not looking. Any tips to get her from not eating out of his bowl?

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The only thing I can think with the potty is leash her and take her where you want her to go. Dont let her loose until she does her business. As far as the food. Pick it up!
 

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The only thing I can think with the potty is leash her and take her where you want her to go. Dont let her loose until she does her business. As far as the food. Pick it up!
X2 on both points. My boy tries to use my deck as his rest room at times too, it comes and goes in cycles. When it starts up I have to stand out there with him and make him go on the lawn, after a couple of repetitions the problem is solved for a month or two.
 

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Noted that you are in Arizona... is your landscaping friendly to dog paws?

My girl usus the deck, sometimes... my fault! When she came as a puppy, she saw palm trees on her way to the airport and that night it was five degrees below zero at my house... I think she would have committed suicide if she'd known how! I felt so badly for her that I was willing to accept anything across the threshold as "outside" and eight years later I still live with my lack of foresightedness.

I supervise all meals when I am feeding multiple animals, and there is no food down outside of meal times. No theft is possible with supervision.
 

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Use a 6 ft leash take her to where you want her to go stand in one area when she goes Praise her really well she will get the idea. If you are not going out with her she will not know she is only to go outside. Also any food down of any kind is fair game to a dog no she does not know better dogs are opportunists when it comes to food. Good Luck training.
 

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My girl won't go out unless I go with her. I stand at the door and watch her, but thats not good enough for her. (yard fenced) I have to get my coat, walk into the grass then she'll go. I guess she figures if she has to go out in the rain and cold so do I.......... Feed the Dob in another room if poss. don't let her in untill the small ones have eaten then up goes the bowls. If I fed them all in the same room, my small ones would starve, big girl will eat hers, theirs, and mine if she could get a hold of it.
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Don't free feed the dog. You did not mention in your post if you crate trained your dog or not. What kind of schedule is the dog on? Potty training is 100% about consistency, a solid feeding schedule - and I do utilize crate training the dog from a young age. In terms of the patio - put the dog on a leash - walk them outside until they go - possibly treat for that - a weeks worth until the dog understands that going potty outdoors is rewarding.
 

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I would go outside with her to make sure she's going where you want...at 7-months old though, you may still be faced with her relieving herself on the patio when you're not out there to remind her.

Fiona is a slow-poke eater and Tali inhales her food and always wants more, so I crate my girls during meal time. That way Fi can chew up every single kibble to her heart's content and Tali can't try to gobble up Fi's food after she finishes her own. In my case, it also prevents any food aggression/fights breaking out by Tali trying to eat Fi's food.
 
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Patches my Dachshund eats in her spot,Buddy my Doberman either eats in the utility room with the gate up or outside in the attached garage. If I did not separate them when feeding the Dachshund Patches would eat her food and all of Buddy's food too she would eat until she blew up.Buddy is my problem eater I put it down 20 minutes if not eaten its picked up until the next feeding time. I feed twice a day am & pm I think it may help cut down on the dog bloating may or may not hard to say.
 

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My 13 month old Doberman, Samson, also prefers to go outside IF we also go and stand in the yard. I have never had a dog not just run right to the grass. Is this a common Doberman behavior?
 
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