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I recently just became an owner of my now 10 week doberman...she is ethier a really big sweet cuddly dog sometimes or shes just plain nightmare.. SHE hates walking...when i take her out she just sits...or pulls back..or jumps on me..or walks between my legs... ahh.. i try keeping her to one side and beside me but it just doesnt work.... i tried treats when she stops...n that gets her to go for a bit, next she thinks im a chew toy..she doesnt understand no..or nu uh or Ah HA... ...she thinks shes the boss..... and she doesnt know how to play with my other dog..hes small n fluffy...n she just grabs his furr n bites it..n flings himi like a toy!! .... she doesnt like people she doesnt know and she gets scared....and growls....i dunno how to do...the only thing she knows it SIT...and thats if i have a treat to give her...AHH please help me..how to i create a bond with her..how do you play with her...how to i disiplane her when NO and voice orders dont work

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That's a loaded question! 

She is 10 weeks old, so she can be almost any dog you want her to be if you are willing to train her. 

My puppy at 10 weeks did the same things. He didn't know how to walk on a leash (he had never been on one). 

At 4.5 months he still likes to play the same way with furry, small dogs. 

Sit is an awesome place to start. Anytime she isn't doing what you like her to do, try to get her in the sit position. Reward her. Always reward for the good. If she is being "bad", direct her attention to do what she knows is a "good" thing. The NO does work, but the "yes, Good girl" works even better. 

Just by doing this, you create a very strong bond. I promise, it will get better. Just stay patient! And if you can, enroll in a puppy class. It helped me more than I could have ever imagined. 

Good Luck. This is a great place to release your frustrations and progress. It seems we all go through similar things with our Dobermans. :)

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PUPPY CLAASSSES START NXT WEEK SHES DRIVING ME INSAINE GROWLING AND  BITING ME AHHHH BESIDES SAYING NO HOW ELSE DID YOU DISAPLINE HER

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Say No Bite, No Growl each time she does it. If she bites, I hear you can make a really high pitch noise and say "Ouch" and they will understand it hurt. When she does bad behavior stop playing with her and walk away. 

But the most important I think is to reward her good behavior. Even if she is just sitting in the corner say Good Girl. :)

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Say No Bite, No Growl each time she does it. If she bites, I hear you can make a really high pitch noise and say "Ouch" and they will understand it hurt. When she does bad behavior stop playing with her and walk away. 

But the most important I think is to reward her good behavior. Even if she is just sitting in the corner say Good Girl. :)

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She sounds like a normal Dobie pup and her behavior will get better, LOL.

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I've got a 10-week-old pup too and this is normal behavior. It's up to you to take charge. When she bites clamp her mouth shut with your hand and say firmly no. When you let go if she licks your hand tell her that's good. My pup enjoys walking with me if we are going somewhere. When we go down the block and back she's just walking and doesn't think about the lease. When she does pull, I give gentle resistance, pat me let and say, "Let's go." She usually starts following again and these occurances are less frequent now. Get some good books and videos on dog training and start working now. We are learning sit, down, stay and come and working on them a few mintes 2-3 times per day with lots of treats and praise. Next month we will go to puppy classes. All dogs have the mentality of toddlers at this age and need attention, affection and gentle correction.