5 yr old cries when put outside.

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I recently came into a 5 yr old Doberman. He is a great dog seems to listen for the most part. I also have a female Pitbull/ lab mix. The problem is the doberman cries and whines when he is put outside, from the moment we put him out til he comes in. Even with other dogs to play with. Any advice to help with this problem?

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My male doberman starts to cry after about 15 minutes of outside play even with other dogs. Some of them are so "velcro" they just are beside themselves when seperated from us!

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Hi Smitwin and welcome to the forum.. It's a wonderful place.. I've made some lifelong friends here and am not sure how I would have managed with out it. Awesome advice, great suggestions and the moral support is amazing.

Sofia rarely spends any time by herself, whether it's inside or out. When I'm in the kitchen, so is she. When I come into my office to work, she has the love seat she claimed.... living room watching television..we all share the same sofa. 

The only time she's by herself is at night.. she likes to sleep alone.. odd huh.

Dobermans, as a rule of thumb are not outside dogs.. they need their people.  

I'm wondering why you want him outside?? is he a rescue? Do you know his background? They're odd characters these rescues.. We have no clue where they came from, what they went through before we got them and their anxieties can be pretty real.. It usually takes a good six months of lots of patience on your part.. and trust on his, before he will settle in.

Thanks for writing.. I look forward to more answers as I'm sure you do too.

Kate and Sofia

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Echo what Lady Kate said. Dobes are bred to be with their people, so separation is difficult for them. I'm fortunate in that Gideon was raised with our collies and loves being outside to play with them - but he prefers to be inside with us, which is where he stays.

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 I think the OP meant when he was put outside to play/go potty with the other dogs(s) he cries. TBH my male is a lot more vocal and whiney than my female. He IS a big baby! The first time I had to handle hazel at the working dog club I had to pass him on to the trainer. You would think I stabbed him with a rusty spork the cries and pleas coming from him all because I was working his sister and not him! Long story short, Dobermans require/demand/need close personal time almost constantly unless sleeping or crated.

P.S. Dex is still a work in progress when he is seperated from me AND can see me with another dog.

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Ziva is 2 1/2 yrs old now, and if me or another member of my family is outside WITH HER, she's content to stay out all day and night....but just by herself, or even with the other dogs---it's about a 15 minute limit at best before she is at the back door, standing up and knocking on the glass with her paws, and giving us that pitiful "nobody loves me" look and whine.  She is SO attached to us, that she just doesnt have fun unless we are part of her little world.  That's just the way it is.

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I think Cleo must be related to Ziva as she is exactly the same.   If someone is out with her fine if not she is up on her hind legs looking in the window to see if anyone is going to let her in.  If the door is left open she will go into the garden but comes in to check if we are all there everyone now and then. 

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if you don't know his history who knows what has happened to him in the past.  Maybe in a previous home when outside something bad happened to him or they left him out there for hours on end.   Be patient and let him adjust...but be prepared that he might just never want out by himself for long.

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Kane belonged to a member of my family who can no longer care for him. When he was a pup they spent a lot of time with him but not constant like I'm hearing here. He did spend time alone but their house had more traffic than my house does.

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I have the opposite problem. Now that the weather is nice, I can't get Mia to come in. She wants to lay in the sun all day long and then come in when it's time to go to bed.  She just comes to the door trying to get us to come out with her all day.  DOBIES ARE THE GREATEST!

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I bet he stops if you go out with him...  hint hint.  Dobermans are not a breed that will do ok left outside without his humans.