Hello, I am new to the Forum and a first time Doberman owner.

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Hello, I am new to this forum and a new Doberman owner. I have always had the great English dogs, English Bulldog and the great English Mastiff who just passed.  I received a 6 month old male Doberman pup named Hanze, now 8 months.  He is by far the smartest pup / dog I have worked with, so that is exciting.  We are now in serious puppy training mode and Hanze appears to be addicted to the routines and loves it.  Nice to meet everyone.  Thank you.   

 
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Welcome! Can't wait to see some pictures of the little guy. Ok, maybe "little isn't the right word...but compared to an English Mastiff he probably seems tiny =)

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Welcome the the forum:)

 There is a lot of information in the search function, as well as friendly folks who want to know about you and your canine friends.

 I was owned by an English Bulldog once, she was wonderful. Fast forward to our dear Bella, who is so adored, and smart.

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welcome ! yes they do like routine and will bug the hell out of you if you vere from what they get used to doing . sunna will go by my shoes and whine till i put them on when it's time for her walk / run ! she knows what time it is and lets me know if i am taking too long lol .

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Dobies are smart. Our female knows to sit, lay down, and stay on command. She also know "get the couch" and "get the bed"
if we want her to get some where to lay down. She also knows the command to get down when we want. Our male has not learned this yet. He knows '"Go up". Which means into the bathroom when we go out. He is still a pup and likes to tear things up. He also knows how to open the back screen door to let himself out.

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Thank you everyone for the welcome !!  I am amazed everyday how much my Dobe can learn and be consistant.  I never realized this before and I am a long time dog owner. Although, my previous breeds I love, but they were service dogs, I serve and they sleep..  Hanze sits, down, come, and heals 99% now with distractions.  He , stays,  about 80 %.  He is 8 months and I only trained him for 1 month so far.

 I also tried the nose training for fun. He loves it, so I do that just before meal time.  Now,  he can find a piece of hot dog in a hay stack from 2 miles.  lol....  

 
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What method did you use to train him to heel?  Zeus (turning 6 months old this weekend) is great with sit/down/stay/leave it - I can even put him in a down stay in play group with ten other dogs and walk 20 feet away and he'll stay until called.  But alas, he is STILL a pain on the leash! 

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Hi Laura,

I dont know anything about hard core dog training, but my friend who trains Malinois for the military told me to follow the Koehler method to the last detail.  And OMG does it work so well. The first command is heel on a leash, after this, everthing is easy. And the reason is , the dog learns to pay strick attention to you and you only.  So now the other commands took an average of 2 days per command to master because the dog was so focused on me, the handler.  I am very impressed with this technique for smart dogs.  I think for non working dogs it would be a bad method.  I tested my dog yesterday and he had a pitbull, a big Lab, and a mixed big dog off leashes and my guy never left his focus on me despite being circled by barking sharks.  It was a great confidence booster !!!. I highly recommend.  I am now working on the long stay command which is purposely taught after the heel , sit and down and here command. 

 

 
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Hello and welcome to the Forum.. Cannot wait to hear the progress Hanze is making with his training.. Inspiration for so many! See... it CAN be done..

Happy to have you here with us and so sorry about the loss of your Mastiff.. It's so heartbreaking!!

As one of our members has stated: "The only thing worse than losing them is never have had them at all."  He's right.

Saludos from Mexico

Katie, Sofia and Bella

 

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Hello new to the group and could use some advice. I just had to take in a 4 year old female doberman. She was in a really bad house and owners got busted with drugs. So not wanting her to go to a kill shelter I took her in with plans on not keeping her. But my wife, my male pitbull and I have feel in love with her. First question she is 27 in tall at the shoulder and about 60 lbs. Is that a good for her and is that a normal size. Also she seems scared of new things like dogs, people and places. She is getting better. Just looking for what to expect with the breed I have really only have experience with pitbulls. We want to what is best for her. She is a sweet and kind dog.

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Thank you very much !!

 
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Hello new to the group and 

"Hello new to the group and could use some advice. I just had to take in a 4 year old female doberman. She was in a really bad house and owners got busted with drugs. So not wanting her to go to a kill shelter I took her in with plans on not keeping her. But my wife, my male pitbull and I have feel in love with her. First question she is 27 in tall at the shoulder and about 60 lbs. Is that a good for her and is that a normal size. Also she seems scared of new things like dogs, people and places. She is getting better. Just looking for what to expect with the breed I have really only have experience with pitbulls. We want to what is best for her. She is a sweet and kind dog. "

Hi, I think that would be a great question to post in the general forums so you get a good answer.  Definitely a question for the experts to read.  I unfortunately do not have an answer.  

 

 
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she sounds perfect to me in size .maybe could put on a pound or two but all in all most dobes today are too large . it's better on their bones to be on the smaller side jmo. welcome and send pictures please !!!