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Hello all, Im new to this forum. I have always wanted a dobie since I was a little girl, and now I have one! Her name is Dallas and she is wonderful! She turned a year old the day i got her which was December 21st,08. I aquired her from a lady a few towns over from me whom was turning 70 I think and she could not handle a year old pup anymore. Dallas took right to me and I have to say that I have NEVER felt more connected to a dog before in my life! I feel so bonded to her. She listens to me...lol....but not my husband. She does have a little quirks such as pooping or peeing in the house. She's gotten better, but still needs alot of work. Any tips? She VERY loving and very protective. I just adore her. I sis say that she'll listen to me and not my husband, but she doesnt always. I'm working on getting her to know and obey basic commands such as "off" ( to get off of the bed or couch); "come" ; "stay"; "drop it"; and sit (without having to place something above her head). I gre up with huskies, and have had labs and shepherds in my adult life, so I don't know if I'm going about it the wrong way or if I should just be consistant, persistant with what im doing now. I know that dobes are very intelligent dogs, and I just want to be sure im going about it the right way.
Thanks for reading my ramble. =)

Jodi

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I think you are going about it the right way. As for training her to go outside, take her out frequently. When she does something, make a big deal out of it. Make it seem like she has done the most fantastic thing in history. The more you praise and gush when she does it outside, the more likely she is to go out. If she has an accident in the house, let her know you disapprove, but don't scream or shout at her, as Dobe's are very sensitive to how you feel about them.

They are very intelligent and receptive. Dallas' one primary aim is to please her mom. If she sees you pleased she will make that connection.

Fortunately, I live in a very temperate climate (S. Georgia) and my dogs can spend a lot of time outside. That does not mean my Dobe will, however, as once he is finished with his business, he wants back inside where daddy is. Even at almost 6 years of age, I still praise him and he comes proudly prancing back to get his praises.

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OHHH, thanks so much for your tips.