Can you take a puppy out TOO much?

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Hello everyone.  We did get the older puppy that the breeder had to pick up from the first owner.  He passed all the tests with flying colors :)  However, he was not potty trained.  He's 20 weeks now.  I am very paranoid about having an accident in the house, so I'm taking him out... a lot!  My husband thinks i'm over doing it.  I take him out about twice an hour, and after eating, drinking, and play.  I've been praising him and giving him small treats for going.  I did notice the last time I took him out, he dribbled pee while he was walking, then wanted his treat.  He has quickly learned that going outside means a treat so the second you take him out he's trying to get the treat out of your hand.  I'm wondering if i'm over doing it.  Is it normal for him to dribble while walking?  Or is he forcing himself to go just to get the treat? 

I am so glad I found this site.  Now that we have him, i'm sure I'll be on here a lot!  His name is Tauchey (tock - ee).  Amy :)

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Going outside a lot at first is fine. You're doing the right thing if he's associated a treat with peeing outside.

Male dogs are very odd pee-ers. He may have developed such a strong association to you back yard that just being out their causes him to start peeing. Also, puppies are leaky in general.

The only problem with going out so often is that you don't know if he had associated peeing only in the back yard with getting a treat. And, you should give him treats for other things too - sit, down, come. If you don't, whey you do go to teach these commands latter, he might show you a little squirt.

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Ok good.  I was worried I might be over-doing it.  I'm training him with treats as well.  He's SO smart...picking up on things quickly.  The only thing is that he follows me wherever I go sniffing my hand..lol.  I don't know how well he was socialized before we got him, but when we went out to get him, he came running up to us offering kisses just like you had mentioned.  He followed our 4 year old around everywhere she went.  He seems to really like her, which is good :)

I took him out today with me on car rides and too the local pet supply store.  He did fine...he did however seem to be a little nervous when people would get to close.  The guy at the pet store just put his hand down, he sniffed then all was fine.  We went through a few drive thrus and they were all giving him treats.  He was fine, until we got to the last drive thru, when the lady handed me the treat he gave her a low growl.  I immediatley corrected with a sharp "hey" sound (to get his attention)then said no, and he backed off.  If I handled that wrong please let me know. 

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You handled that right. You're in charge of who gets growled or barked at, not him. Keep taking him places. He will learn that when he's with you, he should look to you for who to be suspicious of. Soon he'll be happy to see everyone - except for people who make you feel uncomfortable. Or, in Drayko's case, our male, he growls at people that hit on my wife.  ;) He'll be fine with them until they go ahead and ask for a number - then he gives a growl. They are very perceptive!!

Another idea, if you're not already doing it, is to involve your daughter in some training. The Doberman loves children and are especially protective of them. They usually see them for what they are, fragile puppies. But when the Doberman is also a puppy, it's good to remind the Doberman not to play with the baby like she's a puppy. Four is a great age for a kid to get a dog. By the time she's six they will be inseparable buddies.

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lol!  My husband hopes our boy learns that trick ;)  I do have my daughter help train him from time to time.  She has an attention span pretty much like his right now tho.  They love to run side by side holding a toy together.  I've heard different things about tug of war, some say it's fine, some say never do it...so I don't know.  I was a bit sad tho last night.  I had worked so hard yesterday and not had one accident in the house.  I had an errand to run, come home and hear...sorry we had an accident!!  I was so frustrated with the hubby.  All my hard work down the drain.  OH well, today is another day :)