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Axel has finished his last obedience class till after the holidays and then we will start up again. All I can say is he did wonderful, with me. I say with me because if anyone else in the class wanted to work with him, he wouldnt coorperate. I was the one that innitiated trying this method with other members. I wanted to see if he would have a postive response to someone else giving him direction. Nope, he just pulled and whined. Now as soon as I took his lead he did wonderful. With all of this said I wanted to ask the show dog people in this forum how they do it with their dogs. What Im trying to say is that we know that dobermans are velcro so logic tells me that the handler and the owner are one and the same in order to get a positive result. I mean Axel wouldnt have anything to do with anyone else. Dont get me wrong, hes pleasant and he has manners, but he will only pay attention to me. I dont plan on showing him but I was just wondering. I hope I made question clear. Thanks in advance.

 

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I think it may take some work - in Gabe's puppy class, each pup was passed around to everyone else to work with. But after the class, Gabe didn't have much to do with other people - it was just me, my other two dogs and him. That said, Gabe is now almost 8, and no one can do anything with him but me. He absolutely flat out panics if someone else is holding his leash and I walk away. (He's my Aussie.)

At this point, because he's got some structural issues going on, I'm just going to live with it. But the next dog will certainly be taught to be ok with others. I hope others have some suggestions for you - you want your dog to be bonded to you, and yet, if you need him to, he needs to be ok with listening to others.

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Do you ever have you children help with the training?  That way he knows that SIT means the samething no matter who it is coming from.  We did pass the puppy in training too.  I think it helps!

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Kaiser will listen to people he knows well otherwise he snubs um!!!  We switched handlers in class once and Kaiser was all set, all eyes on me and could not be re-directed to the person who had him. Also, when I took him back he acted out by trying to engage me in game of tug with his leash..  But if he was people at home or out and about that he knows he will sit, or down or follow any command.  Dogs are funny, kinda reminds of babies when they don't want to go to a stranger.. Alex and Gabe love their mommies to!! lol