Am I doing this right?

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So far our training is coming along phenomenally, Dakota is learning all her commands very quickly, and unless she's very distracted she always listens and quickly.  Still working on listening while distracted, but that's a given at this age.

So my questions are, she loves to eat grass, and she is sneaky about it.  When I tell her to leave it, she does, and when I tell her to drop it, she spits it out.  My mother got her a tire chew toy that she loves, and what she will do is drop the tire, and chew on it, and every so often she'll try to sneak some bites of grass through the hole in the tire. She'll also put some grass in the inside of the tire, walk around, and then eat it later, but it's hard to catch because it looks like she's just playing with the tire.  Is there any way to get her to stop eating grass other than to keep telling her to leave it and drop it?  (she does listen everytime)

My other question is, when we're done going for a walk, or when I take her in the yard to play, I have her sit, take off her leash, and I tell her free so she knows it's ok to go and explore.  I want her to be able to run around the yard freely, but I also want to keep a constant eye on her still.  The only times she leaves the yard is when the neighbors are out, our neighbors next to us and behind us are very good friends, both dog owners, and I want her to know it's ok to go and play with the other dogs.  To get to the actual question part, when Dakota is running around the yard, and I'm following her to watch, is she getting the idea that she's leading me around?  Every so often I have her come, and sit, and she gets lots of praise and attention.  But I want to make sure I'm not setting myself up for problems down the road because she is "leading" the way and I'm staying behind to "follow" her.  I don't walk behind her and follow her every move, just enough to keep her in my site.  If she goes in the front, I'll stand in the driveway so I can see what she's doing.  If she goes on the side, I'll stand right by the corner of the house.

Thanks for any help that can be given, and if i'm doing something wrong would love some advice on how to fix what i'm doing.  Thanks!

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Dobermans love to eat grass. I always figured it was good for them, asuming no one is praying it with chemicals.

Keeping her in sight is actually a very dominant behavior on your part. That's what alpha dogs do, they'll sit in an area of the yard where they can see everyone, and if someone moves out of sight the alpha will move so he/she can see them.

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Great, so sounds like it's a good thing to do, that makes me feel better.  Thanks for the quick response!

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I think you're doing an amazing job with Dakota, as I've stated before, rarely have I seen a pup learn so quickly and ( apparently ) easily

Grass:

I was concerned as Sofia likes to graze. Then she would urp it back up leaving a great messy pile of grass and bile. I researched it worried that it might be a bacterial infection, Found out it could just be that she needed more fibre. Started giving her carrots, broccoli, and green beans in her regular meals and the grazing stopped. Always on the alert for health problems, I've gone to the forum first, vet second.. ( I hate to admit that the pet care here in Baja is nil to none)

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You are doing a great job with Dakota.  I am impressed as you have done all of your research about the breed and it's needs.  I wish more people were like you in that sense that you knew exactly what you were getting yourself into.  I have been reading your posts and it seems that you do know what you are doing and as long as you continue to do so, even when it is not so new and exciting you will have one well behaved Dobie on your hands.  Congratulations.

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Thanks guys, and Snoopy, yes I did tons of research, and it's really paid off.  Before we got her, a few people were telling me I was nuts lol but I'm glad I took the time to understand what I was getting myself into.  I can tell any other new Dobe owner that this is absolutely NOT something to go into blind, I can totally see how they can be a problem for someone that's unprepared for the level of attention and direction they need.  Even doing all of the research I did, it's still amazing at how quickly she learns, understands, and knows the difference from right and wrong.  

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Oh yea, Sage likes our lawn. He must have thought at one time it was one huge snack. We would find holes in the lawn where Sage had taken several huge bites.

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I don't necesarily mind her eating the lawn if it's not unsafe for her, but i'd prefer not to have a lawn that becomes a big dirt pile lol... Also, while I don't mind her nibbling on mine so much, I dont want her thinking it's ok to go to town on neighbors and/or friends lawns.