Re: "Listening" issues

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Hi all,
  I thought I would get your input on a little isssue I'm going through with Ivy. She LOVES it outside, and rightly so. When I put her out to go to the bathroom, she does her business, and then heads for the horse pasture to chew on the horse poo. She knows her name, and when she's in the house, listens well when I call her. But once she gets outside, she's like a selective deaf and chooses not to hear me. Sometimes she looks at me when I'm calling her and she'll stare at me for a few moments, and then pointedly just turn around and head the other direction. You can practically hear her saying "I can't hear you! LA LA LA LA LA LA!" It is incredibly frustrating, partly because she's yet to learn to be afraid of the horses, and also because the road on the other side of the house is reasonably busy, and the thought of her getting hit makes me want to throw up. I have a tie cable for her on a pulley on the clothesline, but it's not near the house, and when i put her out during the night, she's only out for a few minutes. But she's soo quick, you take your eye off of her for 2 seconds and she's halfway across the field. She also will run from me when I try to catch her to bring her inside. I guess the best thing to do is to keep her either on her tie out or on a leash during the night until she learns to come when I call? She's 9 weeks, and is extremely smart, already knows how to sit. I would appreciate any input. Thanks!
Jessica

Jessica,
Your post starts off sounding as if you have an older dog. You only have a 9 WEEK OLD PUPPY!! Is this your first dog? You have a long time before your dog should be able to have the FREEDOM that you have GIVEN her. The thought of her getting hit by a car SHOULD make you throw up as you put it because you are the one responsible. She is a "baby" and needs to be treated as such. She needs training and care for her safety. I will again post a link to an article posted on the DPCA website that will give you different stages of your puppy and what to do for each stage as far as training and what to expect. Right now YOU are expecting WAY to much. The article can be found here the title of the article is "Super dogs are made not born" http://www.dpca.org/BreedEd/superpuppy.htm
I suggest you spend some time in the DPCA website and read the many articles that are posted by experts in the breed.
and yes she should be on a leash at night until she is older and learns how to come.

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Also, you mentioned her chewing on things she should not. Remember, she is a baby, and just like a human baby, everything they encounter goes in their mouth. It is the only way they learn what is edible and what is not. It is time to concentrate on taking her outside on a leash, at least until you have an area where she is restricted. Remember, she will grow like a weed, so the area should be large enough for a full grown dog, from the beginning.

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Thank you both so much for your thoughts. I agree, she's still very young. I guess I am expecting too much of her so early. This is the first dog I've raised by myself at my own place (our other dogs were raised at my parent's house a mile off the road in the woods) so we didn't have to worry about the road so much. I'll definately go to that website and read the articles, and as always, this place is a great source of input.
Thanks again :)
  Jessica

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Your welcome. Our goal is that you and your pup have the greatest time together. That means she needs to get to know about you, and you need to get to know about her. But, I would concentrate on the Doberman information and put more faith in it than the general dog information. They do behave a little bit differently.

Jessica,

If you live in an area that has a good dog training club that would be perfect. Try taking the puppy classes when she is old enough it will be a huge benefit. In the meantime read through the articles on training and things on the DPCA website and ask lots of questions. NO question is to stupid just the one not asked. Good luck with your new baby and enjoy her. When I say baby though it doesn't mean you should baby her that in itself leads to other issues. With Dobermans it is a fine line.