New Dobermann Puppy Training Blog!

11 replies [Last post]
JO_SIE70's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-01

Pet Profiles

Hi all,

I am a dog trainer/behaviourist living in the UK and I will be getting my new addition Mac tomorrow. I will be blogging his first year in training with videos, pictures and training tips and guides on my webiste check out my blog  http://gofetchit.co.uk/2010/09/15/a-little-puppy-called-mac/ or join my twitter accoutn @Go_Fetch_It for up to date information on training my Dobe puppy to his first competition!

 

Looking forward to hearing your comments

 

Jo & Mac! x

andreaj20's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-10

hay do you no the best way to house train a dobermen pup? my seven week old is not wanting to house train at all ?

i dont no what to do if you can help iwould be so happy.

rgreen4's picture
Offline
Joined: 2008-10-26

andreaj20 - surely you don't think a 7 week old puppy should be picking up on house training? Until they reach the age of at least 3 months it's a matter of you timing her. When you wake her up, out she goes. Five minutes after you feed her, out she goes. Evey hour and certainly no more than 2 hours out she goes.

After a bit, she will become accustomed to the pattern. In fact, even now, at the age of 22 months within 5 minutes after finishing eating Princess wants outside.

Spend a little time with Joslen and in a few months she will make you proud. There is no secret to the process, just perseverance. You also have to understand that at the age of 7 weeks, most puppies are still with mom and the litter. The imprinting won't begin until she is at lease 8 weeks old.

Are you crate training her?

Welcome to the Forum. Love the pics of her and Jules

KevinK's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-07-15

Pet Profiles

at 4 1/2 months I take dakota out at least once an hour when she's up and moving.  Any more than that and we're risking an accident.  Remember at such a young age, when they can't quite control themselves, when they have to go, they go.  So right now it's your responsibility to get her out enough so she doesn't make a mess inside.  I wouldn't expect much at all from your 7 week old pup.  If she makes a mess inside, simply take her out more often, and make it a big deal when she goes outside.  Don't make a big deal when she goes inside, because she doesn't get it yet.  After a while she'll catch on that it's good to go outside, and not good to go inside.  Never do what tons of people do and stick their nose in it, yell, hit her, or anything like that.  It won't do anything but confuse the dog and cause anxiety about going.

We want dakota to go under our pine tree in back, and she always will if we take her there.  She won't just go there yet if we're somewhere else outside, (most times... sometimes she'll go to the tree) so when she goes outside she gets praise, when she goes under the tree, she gets praise and a treat.  Eventually she'll understand that the best place to go is under the tree, and that's where she'll want to go.  But it takes tons of patience, diligence, getting wet, (you have to be consistent if you want your pup to learn quickly, which means going outside regardless of weather.  If it's pouring, your pup will still have to go, and just letting her outside to go where she pleases is fine, but if you want a specific area, you have to take her over there and suck it up.  that's why we chose under the big pine tree, it stays fairly dry even when it's pouring) and going in the wrong area to understand.

andreaj20's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-10

yes i am crate training she dosent like it and she crys all night but im working on it. and thats good to no that she will start getting the hang of it in a few weeks.but the only thing is when shes done eating on drinking she has to go right out cuz she will make her self go on the floor. but what i dont understand is why she will go out side and use the rest room and then come right in and go on the floor.ive never even seen a puppy do that.  and thank you guys for answering me and letting me no when they start house training.

andreaj20's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-10

ya that is what i do she gose out with our other dog and uses the rest room but she has a thing were i think she is marking her taritory because she wil be walking around the house and she will take a step and then squat down and pee then another step and do it again and then she will keep doing it then even if shes not peeing she thinks she is so she will do it i try to catch her to take her out side but she runs under our table and do it some more. so what do you think that could be?because i have no idea why she dose it.

Duchessmom's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-07-04

Duchess is very agressive when she has a favorite toy or an article that she thinks its hers or on occasion her food.  She is agressive and has attempted to bite.  I love her but I am scarred for my chldren and my safety.  She can be so loving and then at times she is so agressive.

What can I do to help her.

rgreen4's picture
Offline
Joined: 2008-10-26

andreaj20 -

she is not making go. When they are that age, they have little control over their functions and when the urge hits, they go, NOW. Up until now, it has been mama and breeder who cleaned up. Mostly the breeder.

This is partly the result of sending the puppy to it's new home at 7 weeks instead of 8 or 9. At this age, every week will make a big difference in their development. I never let my go even one day before 8 weeks. That's not your fault, it's the breeders, but it will be a little harder on you. You should start to see some improvement in 2-3 weeks, when she will squat, go and be finished.

You sill still have the problem of once the urge hits, she will start to look for a place to go. When you see her with her nose to the floor and sniffing around, you have seconds to pick her up and get her outside. However, be forewarned, if it has been a while and she really has to go, she may do it while you are holding her if it's too far to get outside. Once outside, even if you are not at "her" spot, put her down and let her walk the rest of the way.

Duchessmom -

this sounds more like play than aggression. If she has a toy and looks at you with it under her nose and especially with her rump held high, that is the play position. When a puppy plays with their littermates, they are often very vocal, and they keep this up for a while. You will have to be careful to teacher her when to play and not to play. To do this, you must absolutly take the position of Alpha. If she does something inappropriate, discipline her like mama did, a two finger pop on her nose (replicated the bop mama gives with a paw) and the finger poke (replicating the nose bump). However, this must only be done when correcting her. It will also help to verbally correct her with a No, and if she does it again, a verbal "ah ah ah" or a "tsk tsk tsk".

Never play with her when she wants to play. Alpha originates play. If she come to you and wants to play, ignore her for a bit, and when she goes off, then initiate play, as it is you who starts it.

It would be best in the future, to start your own question thread, as it gets confusing when there are people trying to respond to two questions at the same time.

andreaj20's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-10

ok thank you my other dog is helping her her learn the pottyis out side but she most of the time when i let her out she trys running off should i start letting her out on the leash or is it just wondering around. shes got a habbit if she gets a lil ahead of me when were out side she takes off and i have to run after her i thinks she likes itmorethen anything and ithink she thinks its a game cause when she runs she always runs the same way. what do you think it is? if you dont mind answering another question for me? thank you for helping me so far you havereally been a big help to me and i apreciate it.

KevinK's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-07-15

Pet Profiles

duchess, you'll see that our pups can get pretty vocal sometimes when playing, and sound and look rougher than they are.  When you say aggressive, do you mean with the toy, or with you and your fam?  A dog that knows it's place should not try to bite if you take their toy.  I would do what rgreen suggested, make your own thread, then we can get into some more detail and try to help as much as possible.

rgreen4's picture
Offline
Joined: 2008-10-26

andreaj20 - It is a Game! She runs and you chase her. What fun! I don't know of any reason a puppy wouldn't do it, kids do.

If you don't have a fenced area, by all means a leash on a collar. It's more for her protection than anything, for it lets you control where she goes and what she is permitted to get into.

andreaj20's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-10

ok thats what i was thinking cause she wanders off so much were thinking about a fence because of her wandering off but i am going to start putting a leash on her till she nose the bounderys of were she can go and were not to go. luckly she dosent go in th street thank god. but i dont want to give her the chance cause people around here drive wild they speed right past our house and they dont really watch for anything. it scares the crap out of me i wont even let the dogs out side when a car comes down the road i have them wait till its past the house.