13 month Dober male issues

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Couple questions-

Intact male who is well socialized and gets 1-2 hours of supervised free running/playing with other dogs on 3 acres each day...........

Wait,sit,leave it,quiet and here commands quite solid...still working on down and stay

not enrolled in any classes

we live with 3 other adult people who do not manage him, but give him affection

my issues........he gets over-excited easily and will launch at me, barking...he is 95lbs
I can NOT get him to heel and he is horrible when distracted and prey drive activated, he has pulled me down and yanked the leash away on several occasions
He has MASSIVE separation anxiety ( as does his father)....I can't even go outside without him whining

I want to say, I am trying to keep up with this massive, powerful, loving dog. I have stage 4 heart failure and am certainly mentally and physically weak. I know he senses this. I also know he is trying as hard as I am! When he launches at me I catch him mid flight and put him on the ground in a sit and grab him administering absoloute intolerance.

What should i BE expecting of 13 month boy

He is my 3rd Doberman and my other 2 were waaayyyyyyyyyy less reactive, but I was young, strong, and healthy.....................this boy was pretty much dumped on my doorstep with nowhere to go.

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Firstly, is everyone in the house consistent?  Every one must let him know that jumping is a no no.  So many people let them jump as a small puppy, but it's not cute when he's huge.  I hope that none of the other dogs are male!  You may have much bigger problems coming your way very soon if they are!   Make sure that everyone tells him no firmly when he jumps.  Distract the jumping with food or toys.  Only reward him if he stays down.  Don't let anyone play rough with this fellow.  Wrestling and tug of war games are out.  It might be that he was raised where this was fun and games until he got huge.  Then he was given up because he was uncontrollable.  So many Dobermans end up abandoned or in rescues because it's no longer cute, and because they are out of control.  

Never let your little puppy do what you won't find acceptable from an 80+ pound dog, is the rule.  ( but you are now past this point). You don't want a huge dog like these knocking down a toddler or granny!  This can in some states and provinces be considered a dog attacking and the authorities may decide the dog has to be destroyed.  Make everyone understand starting today, that all rough play is done!

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Get a pinch collar for him.  If you have issues about using one, please research it on this site, there's tons of information on using them correctly, fitting them correctly etc.  He's in his doberteens now and full of himself.  It also sounds like he needs more exercise and mental stimulation.  Train, train, and keep training.  

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Thnx   He is not jumping up.  I have had him since 8 weeks and he has not jumped up in the classic sense.  He has just begun a flying leap bark at me when he gets a " bee in his bonnet".  If i was outside looking in, i would think the dog was doing a shutzhund attack............lol

 

He is easily over excited and I work with my family daily to not encourage him to be in excited state........

 

He does live with an 8yo male Lab and a 12yo female Lab...both calm, submissive.......Ivan is to be neutered this spring................

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Thnx I do wonder was is sort of norm for breed at this age....have pinch collar, used many moons ago, will refresh and work on his problem areas with this tool

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Welcome,why are you waiting so long to get him fixed?I to have heart problems and my rescue boy just instantly knew he had to be careful with me course he is 3 years old to and that makes a big difference,everbody needs to get on the same page and not allow that behavior he could really hurt you and not mean to sounds like he was raised to play rough, I couldn't imagine Hoss launchin his 105 pounds at me  he would squish me like a bug on a window!Good Luck!                                             Dodie & Hoss

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My mistake.  I thought you meant down as in he was jumping up.  I thought you said he was launching himself at you.       But do research the male / male aggression.  

I agree you should probably not wait too long to neuter this boy.