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Baby is now up to 7 months old and it seems she has gone from the teething stage to a chewing stage? My wife who had Dobys when she was a kid says this is common? Ever since we had her neutered we stopepd using a crate andbegan leaving her in our kitchen with a baby gate in the doorway. She is completely hosue trained and exceptional about going to the bathroom outside.

However at 7 months, sometiems when we leave her in the kitchen she will chew the babygate, she's killed a couple small carpets. Additionally, most nights we pass out watching TV and she falls asleep right next to us. At somer point last night she went into my office, next to the living room and decided to chew up my computer headphones.

I have ready a couple posts here and I am thinking its boredom sometimes, but what else can it be? Can't be boredom at 3am laying next to us?

Lastly, she seems to have a serious problem biting or nipping my wife and daughter. Not aggressively as much as aggresive playing. Sometimes she will bite mew as we are on the ground playing and I stop her. With my daugher/wife its different. She will nip them in the ass to play. Nothing is negatively aggressive, I am thinking she consideres them lower in the pack. She always listens to my commands and somethimes listens to theirs.

Thoughts?

 

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Oh the doberteens!! Our bane is 7mnths and you just described him too a T!  Our rule...if it's of any importance it goes up high or behind closed doors!   Bane is the same with nipping.  My husband the "alpha" doesn't EVER get nipped in playing but me, my son and our older boy lex do.  Our vet told us as we have read here that we are viewed as part of the pack as my hubbie is the alpha.  Our son is now in charge of feeding which involves the dogs sitting and waiting till the go command is givin. I am in charge of potty time and the a.m. Training session.  This shows them that we are still in charge and need to be listened to. 

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First, pardon the typos on my part. It seems as i get older, my typing has gotten very bad LOL.

 

Secondly, that is an interesting idea spreading out the duties. Now if I can get my 14 yr old and wife to do that.. :)

 

 

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Our son is 13 and would be overly joyed if he didn't have to stop a game or Skype call to sit and feed the boys (lex is older and needs to be slowed while he eats).  I got stuck with potty part cause I'm first up and last to go to bed :/. Another thing we have done is to attach bane to a lead and have him walk with me around the house while I do everyday things.  Every so often having him sit, heal, stay and lay down.  If he gets nippy I give a stern NO and redirect by giving him an ice cube or toy after he stops nipping. A slight tug to the side with the lead usually stops it quick.

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Does she have any proper training? My boy is 7 months and this behavior is not tolerated in our house. He will nibble never hard on me to get my attention then he will bring me his toy and we will play with that. Do you rough house with her ? If so I would stop doing that immediately. She needs to learn a "leave it " command and get corrected when this happens so she understands that's not ok. We introduced a leave it command awhile ago and it's a great way to get his attention when he wants to go after something. I'd go back to crating till she's about a year old and better about chewing. I think yes she is bored how much exercise is she getting mentally and physically ? We will play mental games like track the hot dogs in the back yard where he has to use his head and his nose. We also made flirt pole out of a horse lunge whip and old wash cloths tied to the end a few mins of that and he's dog tired. We crate him at night and give him a before bed in the crate kong and sleeps the whole night. I think some training and introduction to manners is a must and everyone needs to be on board. Our boy understands the manners not saying he doesn't mess up but when he does he gets reminded of the rules with a simple correction then reward when he does what's asked :) 

 

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I would still crate her at night and when you're not home.  It takes a while for them to really get the hang of the rules about what can go in mouths.  My older girl was crated every night until she was about 3 years old.  A "leave it" command is definitely an essential.  It was the very first command I worked with Zeus on when I brought him home at 8 weeks old and is his strongest (along with go to bed).  If she does not know a leave it command I will gladly share the super easy drill to train it.  Within two days any dog I've worked with has it down pretty well.  And yes, exploring with their mouths and chewing is totally normal puppy behavior.  

Do your wife/daughter respond when she nips at them to play?  If so they should stop and not give any attention when she does; if so they're playing into the pup training them her way. 

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Lot's of great advice, THANK YOU. To sum up questions and such:

 

  1. Try separating out the duties - Thanks Danielleak
  2. "Every so often having him sit, heal, stay and lay down." - I read something along those lines. When you dog goes through his/her daily craze, take him out and walk him a block or two and run through the commands she knows often. This type of dog needs mental and physical challenges all the time. - Thanks Danielleak
  3. "Do you rough house with her ? If so I would stop doing that immediately." - Yes, I do. Matter of fact I LOVE rough housing with her. One of the reasons I picked this dog instead of an ankle biter but your point is taken, I'll stop - Thanks AresMyDobie
  4. Can you elaborate on "leave it " command? Im not sure I follow- Thanks AresMyDobie
  5. I'd go back to crating till she's about a year old and better about chewing. I think yes she is bored how much exercise is she getting mentally and physically ? We will play mental games like track the hot dogs in the back yard where he has to use his head and his nose. We also made flirt pole out of a horse lunge whip and old wash cloths tied to the end a few mins of that and he's dog tired. We crate him at night and give him a before bed in the crate kong and sleeps the whole night. I think some training and introduction to manners is a must and everyone needs to be on board. Our boy understands the manners not saying he doesn't mess up but when he does he gets reminded of the rules with a simple correction then reward when he does what's asked :) -Great info! - Thanks AresMyDobie
    1. We stopped crating when she was nutered. Being in a cate, god forbid she had an accident I didnt want to mix urine with an oipen wound. It worked so well after we just stopped it. Our mistake I guess
  6. If she does not know a leave it command I will gladly share the super easy drill to train it. PLEASE SHARE! :) - Thanks Laura
  7. Do your wife/daughter respond when she nips at them to play?  If so they should stop and not give any attention when she does; if so they're playing into the pup training them her way. - Yes they both get loud, talkative and hands flailing. Especially my 14 yr old. I'm trying to explain to them that a higher pitch/tone and waving your arms around is only enticing the dog more. Training should be so easy....LOL

 Again thanks for all the help and advice myself and wife's butt thank you :)

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You're welcome :) yes I never rough house with him and I don't let the fiancé either I never wanted to have him think it's ok to get rough and rowdy with us. The leave it command we taught with turkey. It's very simple and makes life easier once they get it my boy learned it with in a matter of minutes. I put him on leash and dropped the turkey infront of him when he went for it he got a simple correction and told to leave it till I gave the ok command then he got it we did that a few times. Then I would drop a piece and have him walk by it gave a correction and the command and he left it till I release the command. It's just repetition and consistency. Now I can put it on his body and tell him to leave it and he will till I say ok. 

I'd love to know how others teach this command :) this way has worked with every dog I've had :)

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One thing I love about this forum us that there is so much great and differing advice :) we rough housed with lex but only after he was trained well. Not by choice just by chance.  Busy toys and mental stimulation is awesome to tire them as well as not too many and rotating toys.  If we put a "new" toy out we take an "old" one away for a bit.  All of or fur babies are so different yet so similar :) have fun with baby, all too soon she will be all grown up!!  Lots of pictures cause the time flys way too fast!!

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I teach "leave it" command a bit differently.  Take a little piece of meat or treat and hold it in the palm of your hand.  Have pup sit and make sure he knows you have the treat (like that's even a question!).  Then close your fist around the treat and hold it in front of her nose and tell her to "leave it."  As soon as she averts her head and looks away from your first say "Ok" (or whatever your release command is) and open the fist so she can take the treat.  It typically only takes a minute or two to look away the first time and then gets progressively quicker.  I think I maybe only did this drill with Zeus five times a day for two days in a row and now I can open palm hold meat right under his nose and if I tell him to leave it he won't even try.  The command naturally translates to everything else.  Within a week of starting "leave it" Zeus snagged a dead mouse that had drowned in their water bowl when I let him out in the morning.  He took off running but the moment I said leave it that mouse was down.  This one is all about purely positive reinforcement training. 

Haha - as for your wife and daughter; it's as much about training the people as it is training the dog!  Baby is getting the exact reaction she wants out of them and it's only reinforcing the nipping. 

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I think you're dobie needs some rules & lots of walks. Mine is 7 months now & if he was doing all that I would be worried. If he ever displays those negative traits, make sure you don't encourage it by playing with him or petting. Seems like he needs to burn his energy. This is going to be alot harder once he gets to that 11month mark.

I suggest training & puppy class since the owner can learn alot from a good puppy class., feeding when he is allowed to eat. Let your kids feed him too, let him sit & wait till the permission is given to eat. Other bad habits are rough play at this age & Google some more things to help you enforce you as alpha. Some of them are very ridiculous, but you can find some good advice out there, good luck!

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I have just joined this group and it is so informative. My son got a rescue dog in May, she was 3 then and we moved home from abroad a month later. I let her in  the house a lot with me and she was quite good, loved to sit in the bay window and watch the world go by, until a cat would go by and then she would be up on the windowsill and barking and growling. I was walking her but she was dragging me so I got a young man who was a dog behaviouralist to come to the house, she was good for him but still was dragging me even though I tried to do all he suggested. I feed her most days and she doesn't touch the food until I tell her and I am getting her to sit at the door and wait to be invited in but still she drags me when we go for a walk, also she has started to chew shoes which she didn't do before. I dont know her past history but any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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I use a small prong collar from herm sprenger. It works great it's like having powered steering. When I started training leash walking I used a training slip leash. I think you might want  to try a small prong pinch collar you might need to order extra links to fit it properly. If you have never used one I would recommend finding a trainer to show you :)