How can I fix my mistakes!

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I have been having health issues lately, and due to this Diesels training has been out of wack lately. It seems as though everything has been out of wack really. I was training with him every single day when I got home from work and a couple times before we would go to bed. But for the past week everything has been so hectic and messed up that our training has also been slacking. Now it seems like he just doesn't want to pay attention or is just too hyped up to train. Im trying to get back into our regular routine but it is like he just doesn't want to. I know that this is my own fault, and I am so frustrated that this is happening. I just don't know how to get him back on track. He has been biting more again, weeing in the house even though I take him outside CONSTANTLY, and on our walks he is pulling worse than he ever was before, and he not interested in doing any training.

What can I do to fix everything that I have regressed? Do I just start over and go back to the basics? How do I get him interested in training again? He was doing so good and I feel as though I have failed him. Please any advise would be greatly appreciated!

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How old is he?  It may just be age related.  Koko has good days and bad days...  right now the 'bad days' are what I'd consider a 'mediocre day' for almost any other dog!  lol  But I know it won't always be like that, especially in the so-called doberteens.

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Go back to square one and start all over again like he has never been trained.  Take your time with him. Try not to get frustrated with him if he doesnt do something that us USED to do.  Keep your training sessions short (10 minutes more or less, and gradually lengthen them to maybe 15 minute sessions) and fun.  Provide plenty of tasty treats or have a favorite toy handy to let him play with as a reward when he does good.  Always end your sessions on a good note, by giving him a command that you KNOW he will do.  Make him feel good about doing what you want him to do.  He'll get back on track--these dobermans are awfully smart.

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Deisel is 15 weeks old. Our trainer also said it could be his age...but it just seemed to start when things got of track. I've read that Dobermans like to stick to a routine. I know most of the problems we are having his him wanting attention...and with everything thats going on its hard to give him ALL the attention that he wants. And when he doesnt get the attention he starts acting up. i try to give him something to do if i am unable to play with him but his toys seem to be boring him now. and ive tried hiding treats and having him look for them but he doesnt really seem interested in that either. i am going to start with the basics again like u said DJs dad and see if that helps. Im just not sure how to keep him accupied anymore. and I was also wondering if a dog is supposed to be by your side the WHOLE time when ur on a walk. Or is it ok for them to be in front of you as long as they arent pulling? 

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And excercise!  Sounds like he has a lot of pent up energy and he can't focus on you.  Try playing with a chuck-it or frisbee.  That way you can be more or less stationary while you wear him out.

Then go for a leisurely walk to work on loose-leash.  It can be short too, because you know you have satisified his excercise requirement.  For me, all I care about is that the dog is not pulling.  The leash should look like a J on your side.  Also, someone recently posted that that their dog "checks in" while on their walk, reward that!

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I agree w/ HarleyBear about the position of the dog while you're walking...as long as the leash isnt tight and being pulled, it's a good 'loose leash' walk as far as I'm concerned.  Some people just insist that their dog walk on the left side and their nose never get any further ahead than to be in line with the person's knee....to me that's pretty rigid. That's great if you're in an obedience trial, but for leisurly walking,  I like to enjoy my walking time and I want DJ to enjoy it also.  She actually will walk beside me, then walk in front of me for awhile, then circle around my right side and come up on my left side to walk beside me again often, and I never have to slow down or change my pace of walking at all.  I guess by now we both know each others' routine.

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Sure.. so very do-able.

Sofia wasn't very well trained when we got her. ( I have a feeling she lived in a crate and was used as a breeder her whole life.)

I promise you..when we first started walking, she pulled and strained and wanted to sniff the smell right out of everything. I tried the stopping and treating.. sitting and waiting.. the only thing that worked for me was to go in a circle and keep her close to my side.. I think we did at least 2 miles all in one little 8 foot diameter circle one day. Now she knows to romp with her Dad and stroll with her Mom.

Dobermans are so smart. and I think they innately want to please.. As Paul and Lil said.. just start over, relax and have fun. He will too.

Glad you're feeling better.. I know for a fact our Dobermans know when you're not up to snuff... they are like little kids..

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yea i think he could tell that i wasnt feeling good. he would just lay with me on the couch and look at me like he was watching over me. he is such a sweet boy. now that things are back on track we have been going over the basics again and he seems to be getting back into the routine. he got to go to my moms out in the country and run with no fence and play with her boxer and colie. he was so wore out when we got home he went straight to his crate and went to bed. lol 

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Once they really 'learn' something, they dont forget it.  I have taken DJ to so many different styles of training classes already, and even though at her young age, she isnt ready to apply all she's learned, it's in there--in her head--and she'll draw it out when she matures a little more.

Just keep working with Diesel, sounds like you're getting back to where you left off rather quickly now.  Yes, physical exhaustion from running and playing is such a nice thing!!!