Rossi the Doberman.... Barking when people turn up, and not coming when called

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Hey guys, this is my 1st time on this site, my boy Rossi is now 1 year old, and having a couple of problems and im not to sure how to fix... 1st one is when ever some one walks past our fence, or comes into our front yard he barks, doesn't matter if he is inside or outside, or if he see birds or cats in the back yard...

 

And the second is his recall... only when he wants to now. this morning he wouldn't come back inside when called, he would normally come, is he testing us?? and last night on our walk, which was a bit later then normal... We were playing ball for about 10min, but then he ran after the ball got it, then he ran off, and wouldnt come when called, was as if I wasn't even there... 

 

Is this because he is getting old and is testing us now??? Was thinking of using a long rope on the run part of our walk, so he can't just run off at will.. But not to sure he to stop the barking..

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During recall, praise him with a happy voice from the second he turns and comes running to you. There’s no need to make serious gestures or anything. Ordinary praise is fine, and use treats from time to time too - he already knows recall pretty well, but I’d reward her with treats occationally and especially when he comes nicely and quickly. Also, turn your side to him and move a little away from him, the more quickly you move, the quicker he will come. Then you vary between moving a little away from him, and standing still with your side against him

When he doesn’t come when called, like when he’s busy smelling something, I’d wait with calling him until he’s less busy. If you for some reason must get him at that particular moment and he’s too busy to come, it’s better to just walk over to him and put the leash on him. No scolding. Remember that you never get angry, annoyed or otherwise do anything he finds unpleasant when he doesn’t come when called and you have to go up to him or wait a long time for him to come voluntarily. Anything unpleasant in recall situations will be associated with you, and you may end up with a dog who hesitates to come when called. If he’s interested in anything other than you and you need her to come, then make a sound (clap your hands, whistle, click your tongue, etc.) and run away from her the second he looks up. Not many dogs will be able to resist a hunting game with his or her owner. Praise and reward him when he comes.

 

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Well just as I was about to reply, I heard him barking out the back so I went to call him in withnsome treats.... and he jumped over our back fence and ran through next doors yard and out on the road.... By the time I ran back out through the front gate and up the road he was running back along the road, right in front of a truck, lucky he was going slow and the truck stop, tried to stop Rossi. But just ran right past me and back around next door yard in to our yard.. This is the 1st time he has ever done this.... I have no idea why he is done this, but Im not even sure he would have come back if I didn't go out the front.... It's like he is now making up his own rules..... help

 

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Are you leaving him outside by himself?  If he's outside, he needs to be supervised.  This is a breed that you dont' want making their own decisions until they are trustworthy, they are too smart, fast, powerful, etc.  He is doing this because he is allowed to do it.  You will find sooner rather than later, dobermand need direction, and they are not the kind of dog (especially as a puppy) that should be left outside unattended for ANY amount of time.

My dog has an unbelievable recall, is extremely obedient, and would be competitive in multiple venues if we were into competitions.  And I still wouldn't leave her outside by herself.

It's eaiser to not allow these behaviors to happen than it is to try and correct them afterwards, and if you are in the house, I 100% promise you that you will not be able to fix these behaviors.