My dobby has serius problems!

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OK i have an 8 month old female dobby, and i have to say she is so aggressive whenever i try to pet her (not all the time) she bites me, i noticed that if i touch her and then make a sniffing noise (like breathe fast inward your nose) she bares her teeth and if i stare at her she lunges and tries to bite. She is so obedient she knows sit, laydown, stay, hand (left and right) jump, warn, attack (using the koeheler method of guard dog training) play dead, follow. The only thing i have to teach her is to heel but can anyone help me out on the aggression and i believe i am not the alpha!! it is so hard to become the alpha!! please tell me how!. I have another question if my dobby has puppies and we keep a male will the male try to have sex with her if shes on heat??  ???

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I will answer the last question first - Yes. Any male dog once they become able to breed (about 10 months) will breed any active female they can get to.

As to her aggressiveness, you have a problem that is probably best addressed by a professional trainer. If it has gotten to the point that a young female is aggressive toward her owner when trying to pet the animal, there is a problem. If you got the dog as a young puppy, then either something in her past training went terribly wrong, or there is something else going on.

How is she when she is at the vet being handled by strangers?

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Doing some reading on the Koehler method, I am not impressed, and that may be the problem with this puppy. I have not read the book, but from the reviews I have read, it is harsh training as opposed to training with affection. One review made the comment that the method had damaged a lot of good dogs.

Granted, my pair of pad potatoes (not allowed on the couch) are not highly trained, just to the point of control. Princess has recently decided she's a lap puppy, all 72 pounds!

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i did get her as a small puppy and its not bad genes, she is well handled with strangers if they are suspisious she will act agressive but thats normal. What i meant to sayis that not everytime i pet her she does that infact she never does it its just when i breathe in fast with my nose she makes a bite for it. But i will take her to train. Also i want to adress that she is protective of my mom whenever i touch my mom she bites me so therefore i concluded she is the alpha thats why she bites me to maintain her possition. Thats my guess but yeah. Oh she is pedigree lol which is really weird to me to my mom she is so nice she never bites but me oh boy!

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rgreen4 wrote:

Doing some reading on the Koehler method, I am not impressed, and that may be the problem with this puppy. I have not read the book, but from the reviews I have read, it is harsh training as opposed to training with affection. One review made the comment that the method had damaged a lot of good dogs.

Granted, my pair of pad potatoes (not allowed on the couch) are not highly trained, just to the point of control. Princess has recently decided she's a lap puppy, all 72 pounds!

i will upload a video to youtube so you can see how nice she is, there is just one problem which i cant explain to you guys.. its deffinetly agression which i will have her trained proffesional my guess it has to be over dominance cuz maybe she thinks im challenging her by doing that and im only 15 so i dont know much :(

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From what I understand about the Koehler method is that it is not based on praise and reward. As the old saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. The same is true of dogs.

Case in point. I have an 11 year old male Miniature Schnauzer named Jiggs. When he was young I would take him and my other dogs with me when I would go visit my late sister over the Christmas holidays. I would spend about 10 days with her. Now during that time, we would go and spend about 3 days with her grown son, my nephew. We would board the dogs for that period. We were forced one year to board at a vet in a town about 30 minutes from my sister's house and when we picked up the dogs, they were dirty and Jiggs was very unhappy. The next time I took him to my vet, he snapped at the handler.

When a good friend came down from Virginia to go over and help redo my sister's rear deck, Jiggs growled at him and would have nothing to do with him. All the other dogs thought he was a new source of pets and greeted him warmly. I thought it would pass after a few days, but no, and on the trip over, Jiggs would utter a low growl from inside his crate in the back seat of the truck. After being at my sister's for a day and all of her dogs greeting my friend warmly, my sister decided to handle the situation. At breakfast she handed my friend a handful of Honey Nut Cheerios and told him to feed them to Jiggs.

Of course Jiggs did not want to approach my friend, who tossed a few a few feet in front of Jiggs. (The other dogs were crated) Jiggs approached the cheerios suspiciously, sniffed at them and ate them. Then my friend tossed a few more, again a few feet in front of Jiggs (and a few feet closer to him). This went on for a few minutes until Jiggs was at my friends feet and then he reached down with the a hand with about a half dozen cheerios, which Jiggs ate quickly. My friend hand feed the rest of the cheerios to Jiggs, and my friend was now Jiggs' best friend. Whenever the dogs would come in from outside, Jiggs would run over and jump in my friends lap, looking for more cheerios. On occasion he got them, but he always got loving pets.

Dogs will do almost anything for treats and pets, thus the praise and reward process for training.

When you say she bites, it is a nibble, or a real bite. Now even a nibble with young Dobe teeth will hurt, but usually not break skin.

If she is your dog, then you need to make sure that you feed her all of the time, and take care of her. You need to be the Alpha, she needs to be dependent (and thus subservient) to you.

If she is your mom's dog, then you just need to be careful how you approach her. Your mom then needs to correct her when she acts up. But treats will still help.

Where does she sleep?

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