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laith's picture
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Happy New Year!

My pup greeted me with the New Year with his new "trick" -- Marking! Yep, this week not only did he begin marking but his testosterone is sky high. He is non stop mayhem!

So I looked through many posts -- but figured I would start a new one. ANY ADVICE? What to expect? Since this has all started he also has had a harder time in the Dog Park. Almost all the dogs he played with DAILY a week ago are not getting along with him now. 

Help! :)

 

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Are you planning on neutering?  I'd say, if he's close to the 6 month mark, it's time that he lost his attachments.

I'm not neutering Steve yet and thankfully we haven't marked in the house but him and the other two keep up a good game of it in the backyard.  When we walk I keep him on a shorter leash and I see what the other dogs are like when we go to the park to play.  Most dog parks don't let intact dogs in, so make sure you are aware of your parks rules.  You don't want a fine.

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No, I am not planning on neutering. He hasn't marked inside or randomly. It is only after he sees another dog urinate that he goes on top of it. I was suspecting that was the beginning stage of it all. 

The dog parks we attend are okay with it. I am going to run into issues with the daycare he attends weekly for extra socalization. They require at 6 months to have all neutered, so we only have 3 more weeks of time there!

We were in the park alone a good 30 minutes before anyone came and every dog that came in, approached Laith and got upset at him. We finally put him on a leash and left soon after. He is very calm, alpha all the way. 

Thanks for the advice! 

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If he's not marking indoors, who cares what he does outdoors?  That's what male dogs do when they're off leash.  If they're on leash, on a walk, that's different to me - I don't allow them to pee everywhere.  But off leash is their time and they can go mark it up wherever. 

As for the dog park, you must realize that with a male Doberman there is probably going to come a time when he can't go there, which may be now.  Some of them just seem to have a signal asking for trouble with other males.  I had a friend with 2 males, acquired before she knew any better.  Yes, she had trouble with the 2 of them together but my point of this post is that she could walk the one uneventfully on leash.  Other dogs didn't care about him.  But the other?  It was like he was a beacon for trouble.  He didn't look for it, but it was constantly brought to him.  He was attacked a few times.  Obviously, some dogs send a signal while others don't. 

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@Glengate: I agree with you all the way. The marking doesn't bother me right now, but I am just making sure it's not going to become a issue later on where it's worse. If that is all he does- I would be just fine. :) 

And for the dog park, I was telling my friend the same thing last night. I have a gut feeling that he isn't going to be able to play the way he use too. That's why I took him out there everyday-- haven't missed a day yet, so there wouldn't be question if I socialized him. Every dog that got on him the last few days has been a male. I figured at some point he would be   intimidating/a magnet for somewhat bad attention, but didn't think at 5 months I would have to look for other outlets. It was a good way to run out his energy. ;)

Thank you for the advice!