Re: New Doberman Owner

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Hi - I am the new owner of a 13 week old dobie girl.  We named her Bella.  I have owned boxers, but have always admired and wanted to own a doberman.  So far she is a love and my whole family has fallen for her.  My one question is when I take her outside to go "potty" as I tell her, she just sits down or tries to hide between my legs.  She doesn't seem to know what to do.  When I take her out, I tell her to "go potty", but rarely does she.  She has gone #2 in the house as well as #1.  She has gone a couple of times outside (only #1 though).  Any suggestions.  She does keep her cage clean at night time as well as when I'm at work (7+ hours).

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Congratulations on the new baby :)
When I had trouble getting my little girl to concentrate on going in the beginning, I found it helped to always take her out on a leash.  That way I could give her a little tug to encourage her to walk around and sniff.  Sometimes I would be out there with her for a loooooong time... when she goes have a BIG party.  Oh, to help her figure out what she's supposed to be doing, I also took the paper towels that I used to wipe up her accidents and put them outside held down with a rock where I wanted her to go.  I'd do the same with the #2 as well.  The "pee paper towel" used to work like a charm!

Good luck  ;D

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What a great idea!  I never thought of that.  Well God knows I have a good supply of paper towels with both on them.  I will take your advice and I appreciate your taking the time to respond. 

Regards,

ddoneganll,

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I kept my dog tethered to me while she was in the house, so she couldn't sneak off to pee.  When she wasn't tethered, she was in her crate.  Like the person before me said, I took her on the leash outside and when she did finally pee I praised her like a crazy person, made a really big deal out of it, even gave her a treat.  I would also tell her to "go pee" (or whatever you say) and it doesn't take them long at all to figure out what that means.  These dogs are so smart, they absolutely amaze me.  You just wait and see how smart these creatures are, sometimes it blows my mind.  It won't be long at all before she figures it all out.  Greta was a good 5 months old before she stopped having pee accidents in the house (she never had a poop so far, ever, yeah!) Congrats on your new baby.

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Ah the joys of a new puppy, both ways. The pleasure of watching the grow, learn, bump door frames, and also having to clean up after them. Yes, the best way is to keep a close eye on them, and when they start to wander around sniffing the floor, time to go outside. Since, you are working and leaving her in her crate (excellent decision by the way) immediately after you get home and changed, take her outside and wait. It shouldn't take long as she should be ready to go. Again, once she does, make a big deal of it, Party Time! Treats and celebration.

Don't punish when she goes inside. Let her know that Alpha Female is displeased, but don't punish. It won't taker her long to get the idea.

My dogs are all in crates in the house. My Dobe is in a wire cage, which he never really liked until I put a top on it. The top can be anything, an old bedspread, a piece of plywood. Dogs have a denning instinct and feel protected when they are covered. I have a female Min. Schnauzer whose favorite place in the house is under an end table when she's not in the crate. (I stated to go lap dogs, but couldn't give up my Dobes).

If you are wondering about the bump door frames comment, at one stage when their legs are too long and they are having trouble coordinating everything, their rear legs sometimes will go faster than their front and they will crab a little bit to one side or another. When in this stage when they go through a door, if their front is close to the frame, their rear will bump it.

Welcome to the family - once you own a Doberman, especially if it's a good one, you will never go back.

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Thanks for all the advice. I can't seem to figure out when she is deciding on going.  She doesn't circle like some dogs, but just squats down low that half the time, I think she is sitting until I see the mess.  Still hasn't gone #2 yet outside.  We have only had her for a week now.  Other than that, She has been a real sweet girl.