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Firstly hello, my first post here.

I have just got my 10 week old dobe (Thor) a couple of days ago, and have a couple of questions.

1. He is great so far but I fear that he's getting too attached of me. He wants to sleep in my bed, only walks around the house with me, cries when I leave the house etc. What should I do ?

2. I've tried to walk him on a lead, but he is scared of cars. Everytime he sees a car, or hears one, he freezes in one place and won't move even after the car has passed. And is the same around new people, he's friendly with the people that come in the house, but people that are outside he's afraid of them. ALso he doesn't really like the lead. Also, what is the required exercise for a 10 week old dobe ? I take him outside for like 10-15 minutes every 2 hours where possible, but the weather is quite cold at the moment, and as soon as he does his "job/s" he wants to get back inside.

3. How to start the obedience training ? He chews everything he can lay his mouth on. I've bought him some rubber toys to play with, but he always

3. He is currently on Royal canin gian puppy and gain puppy & sappling. What other food should I be start using in the near future?

Thank you
Robert

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Welcome to the forum Mysterio.  There's a lot of info on here, both in the topics and forum sections.  I know I read a lot when I found this site.

As far as attachment, we don't call them velcro dogs for nothing, they stick to you.  He (what's his name) is in a new place and has come to trust you, he feels secure around you.  As such he wants to be around someone he trusts.  I'll never forget the time right after we got Freyja when we visited the in-laws.  They wouldn't let her in any part of the house except the small laundry room.  When we went to bed she started "crying", making a fuss.  To keep peace I had to get up and go lay on the couch where she could see me.  As long as she knew where I was she was fine and slept the rest of the night.

When it comes to walking with him just relax a bit and let him get comfortable.  You said you've only had him a couple of days.  Remember, all this is new to him;, the lead, cars zooming by, strange people on the street, etc.  He'll come around as he becomes more secure of himself.  On Freyja's first walk at 7 weeks old one of my neighbors laughed at me trying to coax her along on her leash.  Last summer we saw him while on our walk and I mentioned that she was the same little puppy that he had laughed at for not wanting to walk on the lead.  Getting used to cars may take a bit longer but will happen.  Even after hundreds of miles of walking along the road, in town, etc., Freyja still doesn't particularly care for loud vehicles approching from behind, and to be honest I don't either.

Training...everything is training.  Be consistant.  For example, if you don't want him chewing on your slippers then don't ever let him chew on your slippers, even if it means you have to get up in the middle of a crucial scene in your favorite TV show to stop him.  Start teaching him to sit, lay down and stay.  About 5 minutes at a time is plenty at his age.  Make a big deal over little gains, ie. get him to stay for 5 seconds to start with and work up from there.  Gradually expect more, it won't be long before he'll be staying for a minute or two at a time, even when you leave his sight.  Work with him and you'll be amazed at how quickly he picks up on things you're trying to teach him.  There's some good basic training tips on this site.

Above all else enjoy him.  You two will become a team.  He will want to please you and you will be lost without him.  Raising a Doberman puppy can be tryng at times, but it is well worth it.

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Excellent. Thanks for the post. I am enjoying him, even though most people's conception is that it will turn against me, it will bite people, etc.

 

Could you tell me how much exercise is required a day for a 10 week pup ?

 

By the way, his name is Thor :)

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Welcome to the Forum Thor and Mysterio.

You will find this forum to be, not only friendly, but there is a vast amount of experience with every type of situation you will run into.. From puppy training, to cropping, agility training,to proper exercise. ( and we even have resident Diva on board ready to address those grooming questions.)

Take pictures and more pictures as Thor is going to be so big one day, you'll need a wide angle lens in which to fit his image, and these precious puppy days will just be a memory.

.. Mysterio..interesting name..Okay.. I'll bite... Where did it come from?

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Well, my friend that I met him a while back, didn't know anything about me for about a month, other than my name. He said " jeez Rob, you're really mysterious aren't you" since then i quite like this nickname :)

I will get some pictures of Thor as soon as possible. Thank you for the warm welcome.

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Welcome Mysterio!

Let me just say that you've come to the right place for guidance to all your puppy questions!  I joined about a month ago and everyone is so supportive and gives really great advice!

Walking on a leash will come in time.  Dakota hated hers at first and would sorta back up and hunch her shoulders whenever I pulled on it.  I found a good way to get her used to it was just to call her and encourage her to walk with me rather than pulling on it.  She soon forgot it was there, as long as she couldn't feel it, and would trot along happily!  Just be patient and remember that Thor is still learning.  It will take him a while to get used to his new surroundings as well.

Puppies have a lot of energy, and he's only going to get more of it as the weeks and months pass!  He will need a fair bit of exercise.  I don't know what a good time frame is for daily walks because we let Dakota run around on the farm for a good part of the day, but if you're keeping Thor inside I would say a half hour MINIMUM every day for walking.  If you're worried about the cold I suggest getting him a coat, but as long as he's moving around he should be fine.  Also walks, playing and other forms of exercise will keep his mind and body stimulated.  When pups get bored they get destructive!

Good luck with your new boy, I look forward to seeing pictures!

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Sweet Pea brings up a couple of good points.  Pulling on the leash only intensifies his desire to pull back.  Try to get him to walk with you without pulling him.  A slight tug to remind him to "come on" is one thing, an all out pull is another.  Throw some treats in your pocket.  Freyja will walk with her nose on my pocket if there's treats in there.

I agree that he needs at least a half hour of exerciese, but as he gets bigger the type of exercise will also be crucial.  By the time he's 16 weeks (roughly 4 months) he'll need to run.  He'll need to be able to get up to full speed on those runs, which for a Doberman is pretty fast.  Like Sweet Pea I'm lucky, I have Christmas tree fields around my house and can let Freyja loose to chase rabbits, squirrels, etc.  Playing fetch can be fun for both of you, and at 10 weeks he can get some exercise, and you can have control, by playing in the hallway.  As he gets even older (which will happen quicker than you think) you can teach him games where he can run like frisbee and flyball, but don't have him actually jumping until he's a bit older, it's too hard on the joints.  Simply run him between uprights without jumps in place. 

Mental stimulation means as much as physical exercise.  Yesterday Freyja actually started crying she was so bored.  So I started working with her inside on a few of the things we've been working on, in particular telling the difference between what I want her to bring me (toy, rope, slipper, etc).  The physical exercise was limited but within about 20 minutes she was ok.  Her mind had been exercised and she had spent time with her best friend, me. 

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Welcome!  and congrats on the new pup.  Do you have a back yard or a place with no distractions?  I started walking Rocky on his leach around the back yard at 12 weeks old when we got him.  I wanted him to be used to a leash and walking before I ever took him to a sidewalk.  After a few days we did the Cul-de-sac where there's not much going on, then kept branching out more to cars, and other peopl walking, etc.  

 

Do some reading on the Fear Imprint stages of puppies and you'll learn a lot. You want to expose them to lots of things but carefully.  You don't want bad exprience memories for them to be afraid of.