Trainers who know on this forum the best way to train doberman pups know what they are talking about it seems to me. My question is when should us novices expect to see the results of our efforts?
You will see immediate results.. they might be subtle.. they might be so slight that videos of before, during and after will give you hope..
Dobermans are some of the smartest creatures on the planet.. they LOVE to learn.. LOVE to please and also LOVE to challenge..
Keep the training short.. they have the attention span of a gnat at this point.. but several sessions of 5-10 mins. a day will show you improvement daily.
Good luck.. and above all....HAVE FUN
I am not a trainer but I noticed a big difference in my pup at 4 months and I am sure I will see it again at 6 months. I am working with a trainer once a month. As Lady Kate said above I started with 5 minutes twice a day with one or two commands... Now we are up 15 to 20 min. I was starting to wonder when I would see results too. lol So I hope you are close! What are you trying to teach your pup? Some things are taking longer than others with mine... :)
What are you hoping to accomplish with your pup ? What are things you want for his future ? Results come with consistency not just doing it once or twice. I do daily training with all of mine. We are now working a lot on different surfaces. To expect to much from a young pup is a loss. What you are setting up with a young dog is build blocks a concept. Short sessions of obedience is great. If you don't want you dog not doing something when you aren't training then keep that consistent every single time.
just some sits and downs. Does not know his name and will not recall or even acknowledge.
oh yea having just been going through it I can say I forgot how out of control puppies are. Those first weeks can be long and discouraging. I think of it the same way I do with a new job: at first it's fun and long, (oh I guess that was just last week) then it's just long (What was I thinking!) then little glimmers (oh he just rang the bells to go outside completely on his own!) and then it's all to short. Enjoy all the parts because in the end it's all too short. The job analogy ended long ago.
Sits... and downs are some of the easiest commands to teach and learn.
Stand over your pup with a treat in your hand.. Hold it above his head and say 'Sit.' For the first few times, you might have to place your hand GENTLY on his hind quarters, and press downward slightly.. ( NEVER force) in order to get the idea of the command.Then drop the treat ON the floor.. do not hand it to him.
After you've got the 'sit' down pat... take that treat and place it on the floor a foot in front of him and say "down"..you can pat the floor at the same time with your other hand.. this takes a bit longer than the sit.. but always ALWAYS put the treat on the floor rather than feeding him from your hand..
Good luck.. it's fun!
maybe I have been lucky but all my dogs have responded within the first few commands to "that" command we are working on.....I work on commands one at a time - I usually have my dogs performing their command within the first 3-5 attempts then they are doing it almost immediately so we keep that up for a day or so and move on to another command but I keep the first one learned as a priority and keep adding more of the second one and so forth......even my 12 year old whippets I just adopted they had no idea how to sit at the door and stay until I said ok or to sit an wait for their food bowl to be put down, but I want to make sure that when I get my rottweilers that I have not forgotten how to work with my rottweilers.....so everyone gets the rottie treatment hahahaa......so now all I have to do is snap my fingers and point to the kitchen door threshold where they now know to go stand beyond and sit and wait......still working on the sit at the door, they will wait but they forget to sit in their zealousness to get out.....I have only been working with them for about 4 days on this......also my husband is the one that needs a shock collar (not ever for use on animals but humans I might consider hahahaha) cause he forgets to make the girls sit and stay for anything so everything I do during the day gets undone at night by him, so it's a struggle......I told him tonight he had better show me with the girls that he can follow my instruction or I won't be getting us any rotties....
With babies I have had even faster responses, I have not had a doberman so they may be a bit more ADD in the beginning but from what I learned here they are so smart they probably get it the first few times and then play you hahahahaha......it's puppy stuff but he should be paying attention at least for a few minutes I would think....I hope he gets it soon enough for you :)
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