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Hi guys! Let me tell ya one thing first....I am absolutely in love with this little puppy-dobe! He is now 8 weeks, has had his second series of shots and the vet says he will be a very good dog. I was wondering if it was too early to teach the drop it, stay, and various other commands. We have been working on sit, speak, and down so far. He's doing very well with those so far. The potty training is going very well also. He gained 4 pounds in a week! He is going to be huge!! What kinds of treats would you all recommend for the teaching/training stuff? His jaws are already pretty strong but I don't want to give him anything that will break his teeth. I am also considering the obedience training after he has had all shots...thanks for any input!

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I love his name!!!!  And do you call him lollipopzeus or have a nick name for him?  We give Alexis (she is 11 mo old now -but we have gave her these treats since we got her at 8 weeks!) Kong treats (peanut butter & liver)  and  real carrots for treats.  She tried real green beans but she thinks they taste boring! lol!! When we are training her outside (ONLY outside) we give her little pieces of hot dogs. Its like a special treat for learning to come and sit and stay etc for outside. And we also give her Greenie (brand name) treats that are to help clean her teeth each day! At 8 weeks old - you are doing good to get the basic commands down! He is a baby and focusing is not his best asset right now! lol!!! So little at a time -- dont try to teach to much too soon! You will just confuse him! Obedience training is worth its weight in gold! Just find a Good Place!  Dobermans are very stubborn and have attitude even when properly trained!! They have a mind all of their own! And you will swear they are Human!!! Good luck & the best to you and that beautiful pup!! Rena

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Nope, it's most certainly not too early.  This is a perfect age to start, they soak it all up like a sponge.  I would recommend short sessions, 1-2 minutes, several times a day.  Too long and your dog will lose focus.  Make it fun though, and you'll get better results!

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Thanks for the info. No his name is just Zeus :) He is a little stubborn even now, but I knew that would be a factor in things. LOL :) Yes I have been keeping it short and sweet and that does seem to work. Another thing I'd like to ask is about the bite inhibition thing. I have been replacing my hands with chew toys and ignoring him as well...but isn't he also teething? I know he likes to play rough, but what is a proper way of playing rough with him without giving him the idea that it's okay to bite people at this young age?

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You really can't play rough with him - he is going to be BIG, and eventually you'll get hurt. It will also encourage him to bite, 'cause that's how they play rough!  Lots of toys, exercise, etc, would be better. I've found that if anyone came and played rough with my dogs when they were pups, they were just about unmanagable for a couple of days afterwards. So...no playing rough at all. They need to learn to be gentle.

For treats, I buy EVO small bites dog kibble - no grains, and really cheap for treats. They're small, but perfect for rewarding good behavior. If you buy a bigger bag, you can freeze them, and pull out a small amount at a time. All my dogs have loved them!

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We used Zukes treats a lot.  They're soft and small for training.  But really, use whatever he likes that is small enough to swallow (not chew).  And adjust food accordingly.  When Kev was a baby pup he got treats all the time for training and got a little belly.  Watch out for that.

And trust Kim.  Don't allow any types of play behavior that you wouldn't want when he's 80 pounds.