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Hello,

My Dobie's name is Kaine and he was born on April 15, 2008.  We brought him home on June 8th.  My husband and I have had nothing but Dobermans (since the age of 21!)  Kaine is our fifth.  He is a total joy!  Before picking him up we had many discussions on how we were going to raise this one - we did not want to spoil him the way we did  the others.  It hasn't worked out exactly like we planned.  The only difference is that we have crate trained him and he sleeps in his crate and not in our bed.  But he is spoiled.  It couldn't be helped - I tried - but he's so darn cute!!

Kaine attended puppy classes when he was 8 weeks old but I didn't feel he got anything out of it except for socializing.  Please don't think I'm bragging here but I have to tell you this - "he was the smartest dog in the class!"  He was so much more advanced than any of the other dogs.  By the end of the classes all he wanted to do was play with the other dogs and when it came time for the lessons it was as if he was bored.  He actually laid down one time during a session and fell asleep!  So I didn't sign up for any more.  Maybe that was a mistake. 

We have a few issues which we need to correct and we're currently working on them. Our biggest issue is that he jumps on visitors.  We've tried the "ignoring" thing but it's not working.  We're trying to be very patient with him but he's getting too big to be doing this (102 lbs.)  He could hurt someone...  Our yard is surrounded by an invisible fence and there are times that we're unaware of visitors.  If Kaine is outside during their arrival he jumps all over them.  He's very friendly and loves visitors!   But again, he could unintentionally hurt someone.

Besides the jumping issue he's a little...yappy (a short loud high-pitched bark) only when he's told "NO!"  When he does this I make him lay down and stay (like time-out) which he does..  But no matter what when he's told "NO" he starts yapping.  Is this an issue I should be concerned about? 

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You said that he jumps up on visitors. Does he also do this to you? If so, simply step into him when he starts to jump up. It will throw his timing off and he will stop. You can try the same thing with volunteer friend, simply have them come over and do the same thing. Then when he doesn't jump, but settles down, praise him highly.

Treats work, but run the risk of further "spoiling" him. The downside of treats is that they begin to expect them.

jkashric's picture
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Thank you, I'll try that!  I'll also ask a couple of my husband's friends to help us out with this.

Grendelspop's picture
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Yes that is good advice, along with the stepping forward(if the jumping continues) you could also start bringing your knee up into his chest. Not too hard but hard enough to take his breath away. I have stopped a few dogs from jumping up this way and it seems to work very quickly.