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Hi guys just wanted to say hello and introduce myself and my dog.

I just adopted a 2.5 year old bitch fromn a breeder she has had 2 litters and now I have de-sexed her and going to keep her as a family pet.

The girl is very skittish and timid always being with her puppies or the other breeding dog's on the farm, I have transfered her to a city environment so it's a whole new environment for her and lot's of new smeels and noises.

She is my third dog but first doberman so any advice appreciated.

I'm having a few issues with her pooping all over my deck I have tried puppy pads and barriers but as soon as the barrier comes down she is back to her old ways.

Also she is just starting to respond to basic commands but is still very distreacted I have had the dog for 8 weeks now and unsure how long a doberman takes to adapt to a new environment she is very clever aswell, chewed out the opening of a kong toy so she could get the treats out easier.

I also bought her a trampoline bed and kennel but she seems terified of them not sure why as the breeder I got her from had them aswell.

But any tips and tricks on how to train and handle a doberman would be appreciated.

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Welcome to the forum!!! The kennel thing sadly could be fear :( maybe give her some special treats for only in her kennel and super super praise if she goes in on her own.  Potty,... Was her area at breeder similar to your deck? Maybe it's familiar?  Think of her as a new pup, lots of positive praise and treats when she listens and does well.  Lots of slow socializing :). I'm sure she will do great, but just like us, that amount of change is very hard.

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Thanks for the reply yeah she'll be ok with some positive re-inforcment I think we got the pooping on deck problem nailed I did some negative reenforcment training and seems to have stopped.

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Dobermans are very sensitive so she probably learning to adjust. No negative reinforcement with these guys only positive she's new and is adjusting to this place no need to make her more anxious and not trusting you. Use a leash and direct her where to go instead of yelling at her or whatever. Show her what to do so she knows remember they don't speak English so how is she supposed to know where to go when she's never been taught. These aren't your average dog they are very different and need a patient owner. As for the kennel is that being used for night time ?