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Hello everyone! I am here to learn more about being a good pack leader to my new Dobbie! She 10 months old. We have two Boston terrier boys also. Lucy has had two puppy training classes and we walk her everyday! I am here for some advice on how to help her not be afraid of other dogs. We took her to dog park but it didn’t go well she hid behind us and nipped at the other dogs or she ran to the gate to get out. We told her no when she nipped but she was so scared we tried it 4times but I am not going back.she plays with our neighbors dog who’s a huskie and they do great. She does one on one really well but more then that she’s scared. We take her to petco to get nails clipped every other weekend and try to introduce her to people and dogs. Been doing that for months. She is scared of all sizes but mostly dogs that bark at her. She’s so sweet and very intelligent and is learning sit, stay, come, down, off etc. she can high five and we are currently teaching her hide and seek but she’s scared out side in yard and barks that scared bark and is afraid of other dogs any ideas?

 

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    I've been taking my Dobes to a dog park for years and I've seen many dogs have the same reaction as your dog upon entering the dog park for the first time.  When a new dog comes in the other dogs mob the gate to check out the new dog and this can be very intimidating to the new dog.  The pack is always curious and excited about the new comer.  The other dogs sense fear or lack of confidence and they will act in a dominate way toward the new comer, especially a youngster.  A dog coming into a totally unfamiliar enviroment will be curious and nervous, and when you add in the smells of other dogs things mulitply ten fold.  I would suggest trying to go to the dogpark when it is deserted to get your Dobe comfortable with the area.  After that try to go when there are just two or three dogs in the park.  You may have to walk around to encourage your Dobe not to cower in one spot.  I make my dogs sit and stay when someone comes into the park but most owners don't or can't make this happen.  My female Dobe has a tendency to bark at other dogs at Pet Smart.  Sometimes she barks, sometimes not.  I try to take her when I know there won't be too many dogs there.  Some dogs are not suited to a dog park but hopefully your youngster will outgrow her fears.  The odds are in your favor. 

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Thank you for your advice !! 

I would not force the dog park - Dobermans often don't do well at them.... and she is still a baby.

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hi everyone i am a new Doberman puppie owner of a 11 week old male. so far things have been going well. anyone have any idea how long it takes to house break a new puppy ? 

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Lots of good info on here - look through the files in puppy section of the forum. Have you crate trained your pup? That really helps with housebreaking. Tethering the pup to you also works very well - you will be able to catch him when starts getting ready to pee.