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Hello from the UK. I'm Emma, and have had my Black / Tan male Doberman puppy, J.D, for 156 days now. I've had him since he was 2 months 3 weeks of age (exactly), and he's now coming up to 8 months old. Infact, in two days he'll be 8m/o.

He was bred in a stable, his mother was hit by a car when he and his 11 siblings were 6weeks old, J.D and his sister were the last puppies to go. He was spooked when I first brought him home, and favoured his spot by the right arm of the settee. He slept there for the first 6 hours he arrived at home, and then most of the next day was spent laying there. Now, he's bouncy, full of life and confidence, and at the standard male (adult) Doberman height already, he needs to be familiar with commands as soon as possible. Another 10+ months of growing yet! Already images of a horse walking around in the garden are in my mind...

Though we've recently had some social problems, it looks like we're getting back on track. The collision on Monday kicked me into taking his training more seriously, and his 'Sit', 'Down', ‘Look At Me’, 'Wait', and 'Stay There' commands have been re-enforced, and he's learned 'Shake Hands', 'Paw', and is learning 'On Your Nose'. He's a smart guy, and picks up on things very quickly. We've started clicker training, though this is mainly a source of distraction. Instead of the "Good Dog!" and then treat when he takes his attention off of something, it's a click, treat. He seems to favour that more than the verbal praise.

As for grooming; he’s had one bath since he’s been here. His claws are clipped using a regular Dog Nail Clipper, then filed using a Pet Nail Trimmer or nail file, depending. He’s brushed using a Rubber Dog Brush, and then regular comb (dog). I groom from home, partly because he has short, easy-to-keep fur, and partly because I can groom from home. His dew claws were removed (breeders choice) though his tail & ears remain intact.

I free feed through choice and preference. I didn’t/don’t like the idea of timed feeding, though I honestly don’t know why. J.D’s fed on Johns Silver, a dry dog food. Dogs don’t need a varied diet like people, they just like having the other foods, so I stick with the food I have now. I use a mixture of dog treats, from Whirlers to cheese, ham, and dried cat biscuits, dried liver bits to dried dog foods I’ve won or got as freebies. We haven’t yet started with raw feeding, though it’s something I’ve considered. I’d need to look more into it before actually making a decision.

We currently use a Gentle Leader on our walks, but about a week ago we were walking with his ID collar and nothing else. Sadly, sudden changes in his behaviour pushed me to use the halter. By next week, I’m hoping to have him walking with the Illusion collar, and then we should be back to our usual collar and lead. We go to an obedience class every Thursday night at 7. He’s getting along well there, we’re even attending class walks on Saturdays.

J.D Was born August 25 2009 and has been with me since November 18 2009. Over Christmas he was a little diamond, he was great around food and didn’t knock the tree over – he didn’t even try to play under it. Hopefully he won’t be growing much more over the next few months. He’s 8 months and already 26inches tall, weighing in at 5stone (Approx: 70 lbs). We’ve been crate training since he arrived, though he’s not good at all when left alone. He howls/barks when I leave, though I’m not sure if he continues this while I’m out. I’ve been avoiding this by taking him everywhere I can, though I know that I’ll need to work on it soon. I’m surprised at how quickly he picks up on things. He truly looks like a “doh” dog. Never be fooled by a Dobermans looks. He walks brilliantly on the lead, though walking passed dogs/occasionally people can be a real struggle. It’s sooooo not my fault…Nope…Not at all… *Points to self* Pfft. When I tense up it clearly triggers a reaction from him – normally a loud bark. It’s something I’ll be working on this week.

Hopefully by the time he’s 18 months I can bring him off the treats, and a simple “Good boy” or click will be just as rewarding for him. He’s playful, and loves to play tug, though he has no idea how to play fetch. He sees the ball fly…He chases it…He looks at it…He walks away…BOL, who needs a tennis ball when you have a tug rope, right?

Well, atm I can’t thinks of anything else to add. Looking forward to meeting some great people and getting the advice I’ll oh-so-desperately need in the future.

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Hi Emma and J.D., welcome to the forum.

If you want to play fetch with J.D. you might try throwing the tug toy, especially right after you win the tug battle.  He just might chase it and bring it back to you for another tug game.  If he finds it's fun chasing the tug toy he might start chasing other things you throw.

 

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Hi Emma and JD Welcome!!! Maybe this video will help yall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBCe90hHFLo

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Thanks Judy & Freyja's Dad. I've not been online at all today - just didn't turn my computer on. I'll have to give these methods a try.

Freyja's Dad - I've never actually tried to play fetch with a tug. It never occurred to this ones tiny mind. ;) Also, I would have thought he'd get a bit confused(?). I've taught him to play tug-of-war with the tug toy, not fetch. I'd have to buy a different tug first, one that I'd use for tug/fetch. That'd leave his 'favourite' toys for in-the-house tug games. Still, if he starts to understand the concept of 'fetch', I'll give it a go.  :)

Judy - I've been training J.D not to get ahold of things like Bugsy did, mainly because he's a Doberman and if he happens to become, er, obsessive over toys and things, it wouldn't look very...friendly, especially in the park. Though, saying that, I think I've just about embedded the 'Leave It' command into his mind. I'd need to practise this at home before trying in the park, just to be sure he's not going to go all Cujo on me (Says lovingly :P), but I'll be sure to give this a try next time I'm out.  ;D

Thanks for the welcomes & advice.  :)

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:D Hi Emma and welcome
Its so lovely that there are so many people on here nowadays from all around the world. :D Ive loved the forum over the last year and the kind folk on it who have given me heaps of advice.
Q is 17 months now (i think ;) ) but still a puppy in many ways, he walks well with just a simple collar and lead. I worked hard at that from the start because I knew i wouldnt be able to hold him otherwise should he chose to go. :D I have to say the obedience classes have been great and he loves working in a group of other dogs. We recently attending a dog show in our group to show what our dogs could do for us and everybody did well...phew...i didnt really like being in a paddock with everybody watching. The highlight of the show for me was watching a gorgeous red dobe work entirely on hand signals I think even Q was mesmorised. We both feel inspired to go on more with training. Its so easy to stop.
I wanted to ask what an illusion collar was...Is that from Cesar MIlan???

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Congrats with Q, I'm not one for the stage either. Unless I have something to keep me occupied, I get terrible stage fright and get all flustered.  :P J.D is brilliant in a group of people, but it took three weeks, three dog classes and 2 dog walks for him to get used to the three other puppies at the class (It's a limited amount due to space atm) but he got there in the end. Hopefully, someday in the near future, he'll be able to walk into a room of crowded dogs without barking.  ;)

Yes, an Illusion Collar is something Cesar Milan designed. It's a half-check chain that's kept up by the ears (where it's meant to be) by a few 'stiff' pieces of the collar. It doesn't hurt the dog, and means I don't have to get pulling the collar up by his ears of walks. the actual check-chain part is made of material, and is re-enforced by the Illusion Collar. I don't really trust the soft Half Checks, so the Illusion Collar it great for me. :)
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images21/CollarIllusionTrainingDog1.jpg
http://www.supercoolpets.com/pictures/illusioncollar.jpg

I still prefer to work with J.D's normal collar, but, he's pretty...Unpredictable, atm. Taking no chances...Hopefully the little guy'll be back to his usual collar and lead in no time.  :)

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Hey thanks for that link, i had read about the collar in one of Cesar's books but didnt know what they looked like. I don't think they are on sale here yet...(we are a bit behind lol) but i also like having the collar high with Q...it gives great control when leash training.
Emma what happened with a collision? or is that part in another post? Q had a bit of a sticky patch at ten months when he started to challenge me but he and I came through it ok with a bit of help from the experts on here. Im not an Alpha person but i have to be with my dog and i never let him have the upper hand.  :D I guess you are entering The teenage years which are not always easy. I think you are doing great with the classes. Socialise JD as much as you possibly can....I took Q everywhere, to friends, outside cafes, markets and shops. I have started to do the same with Sophie my new pup...she is still spooking a bit but getting there, she needs a lot more leash work and although only 20kg she pulls a fair bit. I sometimes cheat and give the leash to Q...he can take the strain being on 4 legs haha

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I’ve always had a very “dominant” way of training, it took me ages to dull it down enough to work properly with J.D, but I’m glad I managed it. He seems to be allot better than my other Dobe(s) were, but perhaps that’s just because he’s male. I can’t really say “Oh yeah, now that I don’t use my hands for everything he’s better than the others” because I’ve only ever had female Doberman, and I hardly took them to dog classes, and I trained them allot differently. They hardly knew any tricks., they only knew basics. ::) Bad person. :P Everything I’ve done with J.D has effected his behaviour, sometimes it brings up good behaviour, like the clicker, and sometimes it causes bad behaviour, like the babygate. I never used to use one, but I did with J.D…Bad idea! He can open it using his nose because it’s dog proof, not child proof. I’m sure he’ll be able to open doors soon!

The problems I’ve had started a while back. He started aggressive behaviour, ignoring commands, running off…All the signs of a dog pushing his luck. On the 16th, J.D took a dog that I was boarding, who wasn't good when off lead, for a stroll around the park. I just attached a coupling to both the dogs, and J.D was able to keep Alfie with him. We met a Lab puppy that day, too, and he played fine with it. Then, on the 19th, I took J.D out (this was the same day Alfie went back to his home) and he was a nightmare. He had a go at two spaniels, tried to bite at my arm when I pulled him away from a JRT he had a go at, and made a tiny little bruise on the shop assistants arm when she went to pet him.  :o J.D Had been seeing this person since he was a puppy-puppy, and he just suddenly bit her.  :( She's perfectly fine with it, the bruise has gone down, and she's eager to hear how he's doing, though that's not the point, is it? He bit somebody he's known from the first day - what if he bit a little child or other family member? That same day, on that same walk, he ran off up into the woods. He was chasing nothing – nothing at all, but he would not come back. I had to go up and pull him back down the little hill because he dug his feet in to the dirt. When I got him down and we headed home, he tried to walk into the road as a car whizzed around the corner. Never done that before, what would I do? Simple bad dog, put him in the sit, looked both ways, car was coming around the corner a fair way up the road…I old him “OK, cross” and started walking…J.D acted as if he’d just been stung by a huge bumblebee, and backed away quickly from the road, almost slipping his collar. ::) It seems he’s back to normal now, but no chances are being taken.

We've been training hard, and he's getting there slowly. We haven't met Laura again (or J.D hasn't) but that's mainly because she's still a little nervous to meet him, understandably. Hopefully by next week she'll be confident enough to pet him again, and hopefully it'll go well.  :) I think that it was just an off-day, it wasn't very comfortable in the house because of family issues that day...Maybe he just wasn't sure how to behave. He was great in dog class, anyway. We even had someone (Kim) visit with her well behaved female Staffy called Pepsi. He got on great in the house with both of them, no problems at all...Though; I did leave him outside for five minutes before bringing him in, just in case. He's been working really hard, and has been incredibly eager to train and play. I haven't taken him out for a walk today, because Kim came over for a couple hours, so I haven’t been able to try the fetch games yet. Hopefully tomorrow will be a nicer day. I have no plans tomorrow, I don’t think.

I went into town yesterday with J.D, and met up with some people I’ve known from years back. They have a dog (Staffordshire Bull Terrier x Labrador Retriever “Slab”) called Chaos, he’s not very good with other dogs. J.D decided he wanted to say hello in his I’m-choking-at-the-end-of-the-lead way, and Chaos decided he didn’t like it. After the small scuffle (they didn’t even connect tooth with skin) and loud, loud noises, I got J.D to lay down and he stayed there for about 40 minutes while I talked. He stayed quiet, and was really good after that. We also saw about 4 different ‘lunches’. One of them decided he was bigger than J.D and wanted to yap at him. Well, lets just say J.D was not amused, and he let everybody know. And no, he didn’t actually get a taste of either of the lunches that day. ;)

I got a different kind of tug toy, a soft, ginger/black stripy one that makes a small squeak if you pull it. I haven’t let J.D play with it yet, I’m still thinking about how I’ll do it. I thought maybe I’d show it to him, play a 5-10 second game of tug and then throw it for him, not say anything, wait until he picks it up and say “fetch”. I don’t want him thinking that he should pick up tug toys, and then drop them when I get hold of them, like he would when playing fetch.

He’s now sleeping by my chair, and I’m confined to my computer atm. ;) He takes up allot of room. :o The games with Pepsi really wore him out. Maybe I should have doggy-playdates more often? ;) It’s only 6pm, the rains stopped now. I might be able to get out with the tug today…Then again, I might just have dinner and sit back at my computer. :P

I try to get J.D everywhere, but sometimes I just don’t want to ‘lug’ a dirty great dog around with me. Most of the shops here don’t allow dogs, and the cafés don’t take kindly to canine dates. :P I still, occasionally, walk into town with him just for the social contact. Yesterday he was even fed a dog treat by an elderly lady, fussed by 4-5 kids and their mum, AND he left the ice cream that one little boy dropped literally right in front of him. I’m really proud of him. Two days in a row he’s been a little diamond, hopefully we’ll go for a third day with no problems! :)

The one thing that I would like to stop within the next few days/weeks is the marking. He marks in the house now, lifting his leg whenever I’m not around. He’s even started to cock his leg when I AM around. I always make a point of telling him he’s a “Bad dog”, and I always manage to tell him he should do it outside (though he won’t understand it xP) but it’s been eight days now. There’s no point in taking him out regularly, because he’s not peeing, he’s marking. They always manage to find at least a tiny bit of piddle to mark with. I’ve tried spraying it with vinegar and ‘doggy-deterrent’ spray, but he just goes back and marks there when I leave. I’ve tried keeping him with me, but I hate dogs being upstairs. I keep him downstairs until bed time, and then he goes in his dog crate that’s in my bedroom. I’d need to brainstorm to solve this problem, me thinx. ;)

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I have used what is called "belly bands" on my male Yorkie. It broke him from marking. See images below...

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=active&rlz=1B3GGG...

Anyway you get the idea. Maybe strips of an old sheet. When he cocks his leg to pee he wont like peeing on himself and it saves your floors carpet and furniture too. Some have even used ummm, cough cough, feminine pads next to the male part to catch the bigger males urine, then wrap...hey don't laugh it works!!

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Judy, feminine pads for a male dog? LOL, you just gotta laugh at some of the 'cures'.  ;D I'd actually prefer him not to pee all over his chest, especially while he's in the house.  :o I brainstormed and came up with the idea to get out his tug toy and distract him with it whenever it looks like he's going to mark? I'm 98% sure that he won't associate marking with his tug toys. I've never heard of a dog thinking like that, but I suppose it's possible. If he keeps marking in the house, I'll sew up some old clothes and fit it properly, though I don't think he'd take too kindly to a belly band.  ;) It would take a good few days to get him used to it. Heh, don't pee in my house then.  :P

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Well Doberma'am lol  ;D  it works, it really does cause they do not like to be peed on, but whatever works is the cure!! I wish you all the best!! Oh and as smart as these dogs are....it would not take long!!

Here is a doberman in a belly band lol snort! Although he don't look 100% doberman to me!
http://www.twotuttlesfourpaws.com/images/jj_belly_band_on_doberman.jpg

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Looks like a MinPin / Chihuahua mix to me. He looks ever so small to be a Dobe. :D Still, he doesn't look very happy with that band around his ding-dong. :P Perhaps J.D would benefit from the belly band. I'll try a few more things before using one, but it's definitely an option. Thanks for that one Judy.  ;D

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You are welcome. Maybe it wont come to that and yes I agree MinPin /mix. Good luck!!!!

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Went for a walk today...He's coming along brilliantly, although he hasn't gone ANYWHERE in the passed two days. He was great to walk, we passed a few dogs, some people...He didn't growl or bark, though he took allot of interest in a tiny little muntjac deer that decided it would be a good idea to stand up from the tall grass and sprint across 15 foot in front of us.  ;) Thankfully, he didn't feel like playing chase. He trotted after it, but about 10 foot and 100 panting breaths later, he came wandering back. I've been practicing with "Wait" again. It seems he decides when it's time to move off now.  :-\ We moved in leaps and bounds on our one-and-a-half-hour walk, he now waits until I release him. Yay J.D... :D

Also, he learned a lesson about being in the kitchen. When we got back, I put him in the kitchen and closed the baby gate, that way I could make sure he had enough of a drink before walking away...I went into the kitchen and started washing up, picked up a glass, went to put it under the hot tap and ended up having it slip from my hands. :o It hit the floor, barely missing his head. The glass went everywhere..Under his paws, under the table, by the counter...J.D stood there until I was able to pick him up and carry him across to the living room. I dusted his paws off before sending him to his dog bed in the front room to make sure there was no small pieces of glass there, and went back to clear up the floor. He was such a good boy, I really thought he would have "spazzed" and tried to run away from the shattered glass, but nope. He just stood there, although a little shocked, and let me scoop him up and put him somewhere safe.  :)

He's now snoozing in the smallest dog bed on the floor. ::) I don't know-, I buy him big, soft dog beds and he lays on a tiny plastic one? Pfft.  ;)

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Good rescue!! Good dog! This is non dog related but, I was putting a glass cake cover on top of my fridge and dropped it and girl it went every where! Three rooms the kitchen of course, but the hall and the living room.

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I once dropped a great big chocolate cake...The splatting noise as it hit the floor alerted J.D, but when he was a puppy-puppy, his "Leave It" was great. I said it once and he ducked away. Though I did waste the whole chocolate cake, and has to mop the floor twice before all the chocolate was gone... >:( Oh well. Anyway, getting back on track, I'm thinking of teaching him the command "Back". Just trying to decide what style I want him to do it in...

Walking backwards while in front of me, or walking backwards through my legs, walking backwards while at my heel...I don't know, there are so many things he could learn, and not many English commands to put them to.  :P Perhaps I could teach him all three; 'Back', 'Walk Back' and 'Away', maybe? Eh, maybe I'll stop being complicated for once and just teach him one of three.  ;)

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I just realised I haven't posted a Picture of J.D yet. I feel as if I'm imposing...I'm looking at everyone elses puppy pictures, and I haven't put any up. ::) Here are just a few...


Top: Second day home in the garden (2 months 3 weeks and 2 days old)
Bottom: First time in the snow at around 3 and a half months old.

In the snow at around 4 months old.

"Where to now, ma?" J.D on his first day in the snow again.

First day at Stockgrove. "Please let me off, mum!" I swear he was only there while I took a picture of a robin. ;)

Again, first day in the snow.

J.D In April 2010.

Again, J.D in April. He's grown so much...

I just thought I should post at least a few pictures.

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What a good looking boy JD is!!! and picture #5 is so my Izzy right now! One day was awesome the rest eh! So right now my teaching is on hold. Anyways I teach all mine to back up by walking into them and saying back back back lol!

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Doberma'am
he LEFT the cake on the floor??? You and JD are wonders!! and such terrific pictures... he's gone from baby to youngster and we get to watch it along with you.
I laughed so hard at the thread you and Judy have posted.. not only entertaining, but extremely informative.
We got Sofia when she was three or four, no one knows for sure much of anything about her except she is a Miss Priss.. .. perfectly trained except for a 'rabbit head' she gets on her romps in the fields and of course yesterdays adventure with the vet.( See her LadyShip goes to the Vet) She is definitely daddy's girl. ADORES her dad, will "allow" me to love her up, feed her, walk her, brush her teeth every other day, but as soon as she hears his car come up the street, all bets are off and she's waiting at the door, with her little stubble butt going a mile a minute..
Please keep sending pictures of J.D. and Emma.. We love you all!!
Kate and Sofia

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Doberma'am wrote:

Hello from the UK. I'm Emma, and have had my Black / Tan male Doberman puppy, J.D, for 156 days now. I've had him since he was 2 months 3 weeks of age (exactly), and he's now coming up to 8 months old. Infact, in two days he'll be 8m/o.

He was bred in a stable, his mother was hit by a car when he and his 11 siblings were 6weeks old, J.D and his sister were the last puppies to go. He was spooked when I first brought him home, and favoured his spot by the right arm of the settee. He slept there for the first 6 hours he arrived at home, and then most of the next day was spent laying there. Now, he's bouncy, full of life and confidence, and at the standard male (adult) Doberman height already, he needs to be familiar with commands as soon as possible. Another 10+ months of growing yet! Already images of a horse walking around in the garden are in my mind...

Though we've recently had some social problems, it looks like we're getting back on track. The collision on Monday kicked me into taking his training more seriously, and his 'Sit', 'Down', ‘Look At Me’, 'Wait', and 'Stay There' commands have been re-enforced, and he's learned 'Shake Hands', 'Paw', and is learning 'On Your Nose'. He's a smart guy, and picks up on things very quickly. We've started clicker training, though this is mainly a source of distraction. Instead of the "Good Dog!" and then treat when he takes his attention off of something, it's a click, treat. He seems to favour that more than the verbal praise.

As for grooming; he’s had one bath since he’s been here. His claws are clipped using a regular Dog Nail Clipper, then filed using a Pet Nail Trimmer or nail file, depending. He’s brushed using a Rubber Dog Brush, and then regular comb (dog). I groom from home, partly because he has short, easy-to-keep fur, and partly because I can groom from home. His dew claws were removed (breeders choice) though his tail & ears remain intact.

I free feed through choice and preference. I didn’t/don’t like the idea of timed feeding, though I honestly don’t know why. J.D’s fed on Johns Silver, a dry dog food. Dogs don’t need a varied diet like people, they just like having the other foods, so I stick with the food I have now. I use a mixture of dog treats, from Whirlers to cheese, ham, and dried cat biscuits, dried liver bits to dried dog foods I’ve won or got as freebies. We haven’t yet started with raw feeding, though it’s something I’ve considered. I’d need to look more into it before actually making a decision.

We currently use a Gentle Leader on our walks, but about a week ago we were walking with his ID collar and nothing else. Sadly, sudden changes in his behaviour pushed me to use the halter. By next week, I’m hoping to have him walking with the Illusion collar, and then we should be back to our usual collar and lead. We go to an obedience class every Thursday night at 7. He’s getting along well there, we’re even attending class walks on Saturdays.

J.D Was born August 25 2009 and has been with me since November 18 2009. Over Christmas he was a little diamond, he was great around food and didn’t knock the tree over – he didn’t even try to play under it. Hopefully he won’t be growing much more over the next few months. He’s 8 months and already 26inches tall, weighing in at 5stone (Approx: 70 lbs). We’ve been crate training since he arrived, though he’s not good at all when left alone. He howls/barks when I leave, though I’m not sure if he continues this while I’m out. I’ve been avoiding this by taking him everywhere I can, though I know that I’ll need to work on it soon. I’m surprised at how quickly he picks up on things. He truly looks like a “doh” dog. Never be fooled by a Dobermans looks. He walks brilliantly on the lead, though walking passed dogs/occasionally people can be a real struggle. It’s sooooo not my fault…Nope…Not at all… *Points to self* Pfft. When I tense up it clearly triggers a reaction from him – normally a loud bark. It’s something I’ll be working on this week.

Hopefully by the time he’s 18 months I can bring him off the treats, and a simple “Good boy” or click will be just as rewarding for him. He’s playful, and loves to play tug, though he has no idea how to play fetch. He sees the ball fly…He chases it…He looks at it…He walks away…BOL, who needs a tennis ball when you have a tug rope, right?

Well, atm I can’t thinks of anything else to add. Looking forward to meeting some great people and getting the advice I’ll oh-so-desperately need in the future.

I don't know how I missed reading this but I did..you paint such a funny picture!!! I can see it all in my mind!!! LOL and uh Sorry I am of no help today cause I am confused as how to handle a 10 week old...but I wanted to say **you are a great dobie Mum** clap!! clap!!! bravo!!

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So so sorry.. It's Emma who has JD and Judy of course... it's Izzy ( or Lady Iz as she shall now be called) and Judy has the Yorkies... I need glasses... I also need to get my "spell check" fixed here on the forum
at any rate, I think both of you are doing a great job with your pups.. I havent' had any of those issues as our girl is all grown up and pre-trained, really and truly regal and the perfect lady.
.. have no clue where she came from, how many litters she had before she was abandoned at the guard shack at our community. She is a beautiful fawn color and we think she was probably used as a breeder. But that's just a hunch. Sofia is the love of our lives and has made us much better people. Right now she's sitting here with her head under my typing arm telling me she'd really rather go for a walk than watch me type to you... so adios for now.

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Lady Kate, Sofia sounds like a little star.  :-* I love the Fawns. I've only ever seen two other Doberman around here, and both were Black and Tan. I didn't even get to see J.D's sister.  ::) Maybe in the future I'll be a mum to two instead of one.  :D Hey, if I have no dreams, how will I ever become happy?  ;)
Judy, ah the ten week stage. Sad that I missed the ten week stage. Oh well, I have the next ten years to make up for it.  :) Little Izzy is incredibly adorable...I love the Red & Rust (Or whatever they're called nowadays, I can never remember  :o) Dobes. It makes their coat look softer.  :-*

I've actually not been taking my camera on any walks lately. I've found I don't like the pictures of him on the lead, and seeing as I've been too much of a coward to 'unleash the demon' I've decided to save my batteries for a sunnier, more reliable day.  :D The lack of recent pictures has nothing to do with the fact I have to let my camera dry off after it mysteriously fell into the sink.  ;D Next week is meant to be sunny (I think) so maybe I'll get out with him and the camera then.  :) I'd quite like another few pictures of him, we've found this lovely wooded place to walk, he'd look great in a picture with the shaded woody background.  :)

Anyway, I went to the shop today. I decided to take J.D with me, and Laura was there. Because I had him on the Gentle Leader, Laura came over and went to pet him. Nope, he was having none of it. He tried to take another dig at her, but I had hold of the rings of the Gentle Leader so he didn't even manage to open his mouth. Perhaps the first time he nipped her was because she scared him? She mentioned that she had thrown some boxes into the bin behind him, maybe that caused the first bite.  ??? It doesn't excuse his behavior, but it does explain it. He hasn't ever tried to bite anyone else, not even strangers, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Dog class tomorrow...I'm actually waiting for it to come, I'm really enjoying our weekly 'play dates' with the other puppies.  ;) Although it's an obedience class, me and the other puppy owners hang around for a few minutes afterwards, discussing our weeks events (I'm sounding more and more like my nan  :P)

I have a feeling that tomorrow will be a fun day. I'm going to be getting ready for a car-boot sale that I might be attending next week. Debating whether or not to take J.D. It would get him socialised a little more, but I don't think I could be bothered to correct him whenever another dog walks passed. I'll have to think of ways to keep the little ratbag (Says adoringly  :-*) quiet. Oh I can tell this week will be eventful.