Basic puppy commands to start with?

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Hello all, I'm new to the site and the breed. I have a very handsome blue named Baily. He is very smart... Almost to smart lol. I started off create training and learning the word no. I expanded on no with no bite and no bark, which he picked up very quickly. After I had his ears done, he actually is listening a lot better. I'm wanting to learn more commands to give him and how to get him to understand them. He is currently 11 weeks old and heading to puppy classes tomarrow. I know heel and some of the bigger stuff doesn't come till later but I figured I would check here To see what others are teaching their pups. Maybe a list of basic commands that go by age. Say between 6 weeks to 4 months.
  Also how big is a 12 week puppy supposed to be? Baily boy is sitting healthy at 16 pounds and a swear I can actually see him growing by the minute.

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Krowbar and Baily
isn't he cute! this is at 7 weeks, waiting for new one when the wraps come off the ears.

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:)I found the SIT and DOWN very easy to teach using a small treat and lots of praise.  :)
Has your pup had all his shots?

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to date he has had all his shots. we go get his wrap off in a week and he gets his 12 week shots. the pictures of him that i have, he is kinda skinny. i don't think the breeder we got him from was feeding him enough. he thickened up quick and in a hurry once we got him on his new diet.  he does know sit.... he just has to want to( poor training on my end) i need the puppy training just as much if not more than him. lol 

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:) Heh thats a puppy for you....a blowing leaf is more fun sometimes.
Im sure I had Q's starting weight somewhere but for some reason i can only find the ones from six months old but i know that Q roughly put on 2 kg almost every week.
There will be some more organised folk around who you can compare with :) He is a gorgeous boy and you will enjoy the classes...I personally would get all the shots done before mixing with other dogs
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Asking about the proper weight of a Dobe pup at 12 weeks is like asking for the proper weight of a 3 year old child. It will vary.

That said, Princess weighed 20 pounds at 12 weeks when she had her ears cropped. At one year, she weighs 70 pounds. At 16 weeks (4 months) she weighed 28 pounds.

When I brought Red home at 12 weeks and took him to the vet, I think he weighed 24 pounds, because we were all amazed at his weight. However not nearly as amazed as we were when he was 4 months old and weighed 98 pounds, that's right it's not a typo. His vet bill in my file showing his age at .3 years (4 months) was 98 pounds. His weight peaked at 147 pounds in October 2008 when he was diagnosed with a under performing thyroid. Since going on medication, restricting his diet and the arrival of Princess, his weight is now down to 97 pounds.

Red is obviously an unusual situation.

I would not worry about the weight, just how he is growing. Some grow a little faster in stages than others. So while he may be a little behind at one stage (I was concerned about Princess at 4 months) he may catch up later, or if a little ahead then he may slow down at later.

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There is a very general loose rule in Dobermans, and that is that the males usually weigh about 30 lbs at 3 months, 40 lbs at 4 months, 50 lbs at 5 months, 60 lbs at 6 months and start slowing down from there.  The females are usually several lbs behind that rule. 

I think the most important thing to teach a new puppy is Come.  It's a life saving command when you think about it.  At this age, it's easy as they usually want to come.  Always, always, always reward coming with praise and treats.  Coming to the owner should be the most pleasurable thing in their world.  You NEVER punish by telling the puppy to come and then correcting him for something he may have been doing before you called him.  It won't be long before their world starts to expand beyond you and they won't be so willing to come naturally so work on it NOW.