First doberman from a puppy. I want him to have manners at home and away, off leash. Not really planning on competions or a lot of tricks to impress someone else. I would like to hear remarks from people about what a good dog he is.
No dogs comes with obedience. The way you get the dog you want is to set clear rules and follow through every time with consistency. A puppy should be allowed to be a puppy but set them up for success. My dogs learn yes and no. No to biting me, furniture, or anything else I don't want you to bite. Yes to when they do what I want. When they are really young I do short basic training session through out the day and make it fun. Socialization is a huge part of a puppies success to becoming a well rounded dog.
Im teaching him sit and down right now 2 or three times a day for 5 minutes or so with treats. So far so good. How do I know hes having fun. I am.
Lol you just know :) Dobes like to learn :)
It's a pretty good rule of thumb...that if he's participating.. and YOU'RE enjoying it.. so is he.
Dobermans are extremely in tuned with your emotions.. ( sometimes in a scary way.. right Ares??) they seem to absorb your every feeling..
You don't need a loud voice.. you don't need to threaten.. They instinctively recognize your body language and words. Consistency is the name of the game..
Set your rules.. his boundaries and stick to them..
Have fun and let us know how you're doing
Saludos from Baja
Katie , Sofia and Bella
Dnor, you are getting excellent tips and suggestions for you and your puppy. The only thing I will add is that playing with your puppy is critical.
It sounds silly, but playing with your puppy in a way that makes him want to interact with you increases your bond with each other and makes every thing you "train" much easier for him to grasp.
And Kate is right, they work so much harder to please you when that bond is strong. And then they get inside your head and know what you want before you have to ask ... that's when things get really fun!
made one big change. Waffling between sleep in the crate or on the sofa. Well, he got on the sofa at will by quickly learning to use his head against my arm to leverage himself up. This was the second round of this. Decided to go crate only and he screamed himself to sleep last night. This morning, BAM, a different puppy. Plays better, behaves better, beginning to know his name and recalls some. We play a lot and train maybe ten or fifteen minutes. Think i'll keep that going for awhile. Another thing, he'be in his crate asleep and i'm up doing something like at the sink and i turn around and he's lying relaxed on the floor watching me. Kinda weird! Oh yeah, I have four chickens and they are on the road to friendship. Thanks to everyone for good counsel.
Welcome to dobes Hahahha ( sounds all to familiar) I have a four legged shadow :) actually an 8 legged shadow hahaha my dogs constantly look for direction. "Moms moving must watch, till I can't watch anymore" lol respect is the thing that glues us all :) they understand that I am leader but as other have said play, train, fun, love key parts :) CONSISTENCY ! Is the real key. Never train and get frustrated, never train angry always come at it with a know it all tude. He's young but what he observers will take him miles :) life is a dog is so much greater :) yes Kate I will agree they are so intuitive it's sometimes frightening lol you will both learn each other and grow :)
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