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I am new to the site, and a first time dobie owner.  I have browsed some posts, and I know i will get referred to current posts about issues i am going to bring up, but i'd like to start fresh. 

I have owned dogs my whole life, big (labs) and small (mutts).  before we got Diesel (4 mo old male dobie) we have stella (4 yr old female maltese) and leo (3 yr old male maltipoo).  Diesel has caught on to things quite quickly and is your typical puppy: onery, teething, and growing.  My biggest problem as of late: he doesn't seem to respect my little ones: he chases and bites them.  we tell him NO, we let the little ones stand their ground, but he is quite relentless.  other dobie owners told me to step in, some say don't.  we let the little ones tell him off, but he backs off only until the little ones turn their back, and he chases them again, so i step in.  i hold the little one and tell him NO and ask him to back off, trying to get him to respect our space.  he will give up a little quicker with the female than the male (he's the more passive of the maltis).  he even seems to watch them and want to chase them when we are walking/running.  he is also getting carried away with his play biting....Comments/Suggestions???

we also think he is developing separation anxiety issues.  since we brought him home we have had the same schedule: get up, walk/run (all of us), eat, a little play/obedience, then my husband and i get ready for work so Diesel goes into the crate.  he used to cry a little, but he's getting a lot more vocal and these "tantrums" are lasting longer.  i work from home a lot, and if he hears me move around he starts barking and all.  at this point all i have done is ignore and of course, any time we let him out of the crate we wait until he is quiet, and we make him wait with the door open until we tell him to come out.  Comments/Suggestions???

a little more history: diesel came from a farm with lots of animals, big and small, and he was used to little dogs.  he seemed very balanced, and we want to keep him that way.  i know farm life and human life is different, but we really want to make sure he grows up to be a gentle giant.  we have been very strict about giving him walks/runs in the morning as well as a walk and obedience training in the evening.  he has lots of toys.  we also try to not smother him with affection too much.  we practice cesar millan tactics when claiming objects, walking, establishing leadership, make him sit/wait at the door before we go through, and clicker train with obedience sessions.  i feel he is testing us.  so, are we on the right track?  am i just being reminded what it's like to have a puppy/big dog?  suggestions are greatly appreciated.

 

 

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Here is how I handled Steve as a puppy with little dogs - you quickly realize if you don't interevene your small dogs can never overpower him to tell him off so don't put that pressure on them. I used a squirt bottle and squirted Steve when he went to harass the small dogs, which when he was younger was non stop. I made sure an still make sure my small dogs had a space they could go to that the big boy could not. They sell baby gates that allow small dogs/cats in and out of but not big dogs. This allowed little dogs in my bedroom which was their space.

At night I had a tie down for Steve where he had chews and toys but could not roam the house. This helped with potty training but it allowed my little dogs freedom without being chased.

The big bruiser can take one puppy leap and really hurt them. Steve tackled Miles (chihuahua) into a table and I thought dislocated his hip (it was soft tissue damage). It made me really work on him "leaving it" and ignoring the little dogs. Sometimes even a time out for being a pest.

Now he is older - over a year - and they all are fine. He has self control and does not look to Miles as a playmate or chew toy.

It takes time, redirection, an you always watching all their interactions.

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thanks, jes... i just wanted to make sure i am on the right track.  as of late, i have let diesel smell them, but if i see the mouth open, that is not ok.  i am trying to create that boundary around the little ones.  the little ones get more run of the house: they get to lay on the couch, and from time to time they can sit on the bed (but no dogs sleep with us).  diesel sleeps in a crate at night with toys and is doing fine so far.   and you said it: i am always watching everything!

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Sniffing for a hello is different than: "Hello my little furry chew toy!!!"  These guys don't really learn their size right away so to them.. they are just playing.. to the little dogs they are having Godzilla attack! LOL

It takes time but you'll get there.  Just last night my fiance sent me a picture while I was at work of all 3 of my dogs in his lap: chihuahua, mix and doberman.

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I have the same issue but mine other dogs are not very small I have a yellow lab and a westie Baron is always trying to bite them. I keep Baron on a leash when he is not in his kennel and I make him follow me around the house. I am hoping he will out grow this sooner better then later .  I walk Baron and my yellow lab together and they do good being walked together but when they are in the house or outside together Baron is always trying to bite her so I have to take baron out by himself and keep him a leash on him inside the house that way I can grab the leash right way when he goes after them. He is 14 weeks and is weighting 33 lbs so he is going to be a big boy.

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since i posted this i have been making sure i keep a very close eye on them all, and i intervene as jes said... i think it did help take the pressure off the little ones.  and Baron's mom: when we are busy around the house we put a leash on Diesel and ourselves like you do so he can't just go everywhere are torment the little ones and i think that helps.

another thing we are kind of having an issue with: on walks/runs, diesel tends to look at the little ones instead of watching ahead.  this morning he did better than other mornings... sometimes he just won't take his eyes off of them and he can trip us (we keep the little ones on one side, diesel on the other).  but it's anyone's guess at this point what mood he will be in: onery or super-onery.  so far i just say "hey...let's go"  i can't really say for sure if it's a correction; i guess it would be more of a redirection.  so if you have any ideas on how to further perfect walking on the leash, i am willing to try anything.  he's doing pretty well so far for a 4 mo old pup but we want him to have the leash down perfectly.