Loud Horrid Crying!! and a few other questions..for a new doberman owner

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Jordy100's picture
Joined: 2013-12-05

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I have an almost 3 month old Doberman pup (female). I have read the forums saying to ignore their loud and even louder crying when they want out of their crates, but she does not stop after almost 15-20min. I have been praising her when she will sit quietly if I come and stand in front of the cage, but she won't stop otherwise and I don't want to let her out to come up on my bed because that ruins the training. She will also do the same thing in my car while she is sitting nicely on my seat which is really strange to me because she doesn't appear upset. Any suggestions?

2 other small issues I have are... (1) She isn't learning her name too quickly which I haven't ever had an issue with my other 2 dogs (not dobermans) I call her by her name all the time as well as when I praise and (2) I can't get her to poop outside all the time. I manage to get her out there sometimes but she won't go even after a long walk. What can I do to get her to learn her name better so she can respond to me and to poop outside? I understand she IS only a baby still so it does take time. I just want to train as fast as possible to avoid any issues since these are spirited dogs.

The chewing I semi have a handle on. I replace with the numerous toys we have or say "leave it" or "no" while using her name.

It is truly the loud crying which leads to louder barking/crying that I am concerned with. I have trained my other 2 dogs but they were never crate trained nor did they ever scream/bark to that degree.

Any help at all would be appreciated greatly!!!! Thanks!!

elisabooth's picture
Joined: 2013-03-14

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With the crying, I would sit on the floor next to the crate, but not interact with the puppy, no sounds, no eye contact.  Just sit nearby as a comforting presence.  It really helped my boy and after a few days he would go into his crate willingly and not cry at all. 

Hope this helps. 


Elisa B.

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Joined: 2013-01-08

When I got my little dog, the first week he cried 2-4 hours straight every night and this is a high pitched yippy squealing puppy I'm referring to, ear plugs helped a lot. If they whine and as so much as even sees toy coming when they whine it'll continue. Dogs think like this, "if I scream loud enough that means I'll see her and that's what I want! So I'm going to continue until I see her." Or "if I pee on the floor she'll come running, that's something I like is her running after me because it's a fun game of tag, even better we end tag by running outside, that's always what a dog wants." Dogs only act certain ways because they love the reaction they're getting. They can be called our kids, but they are far from human! There minds don't work like ours at all, ever! 


Example: your dog is nervous around fireworks, so fourth of July comes around and your is scared to go outside, ducking for cover hiding under the table, a not knowing, sympathetic person would start to cuddle, cradle, pet the dog and talk to the dog in a baby voice, in reality this dog should be completely ignored until acting normal. Why? Simply this, in the dogs mind it's being praised for being anxious and scared, it's being praised for not going outside to potty, it's being praised for hiding and ducking for cover, so in the end your teaching your dog to be afraid of fireworks and teaching them that when they're anxious they get praise. 


This is my advice whether you decide to do it or not is up to you, I have 3 perfect boys and i could ask... no I couldn't dream of them being any better! Such nice, calm, collected boys.

Randevyn's picture
Joined: 2012-02-15

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Is Buddha the only dog being caged while watching the other pets roam free? He may feel isolated if that's the case. Try moving the cage into your room, and only putting him there during nap time, feeding and when it's time to go to bed at night. 

I started off my pup's training by positioning the cage directly across from my bed. Initially, there was high-pitched howling for a couple nights---I used that as my chance to familiarize him with the "quiet" command--showing him that I disagreed with his behavior. I continued to feed him and put him inside the cage when it was time to eat, sleep and/or retire for the night.

Eventually he associated his cage with food and sleep, and in no time, he was used to it. He even started running in there on his own sometimes when he was avoiding discipline; that's when I noticed that he saw it as a safe haven (score!).

Eventually, he only cried in the cage when I would leave the room and he couldn't follow. Soon, he outgrew the cage I'd bought. Since I didn't want an overly-dependent and attached dog, I killed two birds with one stone and moved my pup down to my crawspace under the stairs on the main floor; there was a lot more space there.   

Now (at two years old), Zeke puts himself to sleep inside the crawlspace downstairs (his domain) and causally goes in and out of it when he wants to eat, drink or just get away. It's become his own cherished den. It took a lot of calculated and intentional training to make it that way, but it worked! 

As for the potty training, that sounds like normal puppy drama. You just have to continue to be patient and consistent with your methods. 

Here's a pic of Zeke's special place in the house:

Buddha's picture
Joined: 2013-01-08

I have no problems with any of my dogs. I was recommending stuff for them to do. And all kennels are in there own areas with no visible movement of any other creatures.my dogs love their kennels too much. My dogs are great and listen when I say, I never repeat my self to them and they know that, they respect me and love me.