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Gunny is doing amazing at almost everything.  She is house broken and learning commands very well.  The problem we are having is with mouthing.  It always seems to be on lorelei. She respects our stuff and sticks to chewing on aprpriate thing, but it seems like if she is not on leash she has to have her mouth on lorelei.  Trust me lore has gotten sick of it too.  Anyone have any tips? It does not have any aggression in it, just play and it's getting old quick.

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This is something that the group has experienced and I have read a bit about the mouthiness of the doberman when they are going through the growing years, it should be stopped she needs to learn that it's not appropriate, there are numerous threads here on the subject if you want to do a search here in the forum for those......they should be in the training forums like this one....i am sure others here will have some good advice on how to teach her not to do this.....hang in there...

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Thank you for the reply tailsin.  I did a search when no one replied right away...kinda took that as a cue that it may be common.  So here is what i am doing: Gunny wears her leash all the time so i can quickly slow her down when needed.  I spend a lot of time on the floor and when she starts to mouth lorelei i grab her muzzle and say no.  I am seeing improvement with the mouthing buut now the stinker is stealing everything lore picks up..since i am often sitting on the floor i am typically claiming it as mine and after they both are ignorin it i put it back in their toy box.  Not sure if that is gonna work or not.  Feel free to throw any advice my way.  

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it's been a holiday weekend so I will hope that others will pop in here soon to help out with this one. If you are seeing some improvement that is good news. I will be watching this thread to see what advice comes in......

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We did the same thing with Dallas, we also redirected him to his toys. 

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A loud "Ouch!" and re-directing worked for Harley to stop biting.  We accepted licking and now,oh my, I have a kissy doberman!

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The mouthing is on the doxie not us. easy to get it to stop on us she picked that up right away!  So keep going on the muzzle holding?  I try to redirect with toys and chewies but Lore is far more appealing than these things so it doesn't keep her attention long.

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In our home it was cats and an old pug.  The muzzle  hold and toys worked but we had to work at it for a while.  I 'm sorry I can't be more helpful.  I did read something about time outs and leash work in this fourm.

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Timeouts are going into implamentation tonight...and i will keep pushing with the muzzle hold...trusting it will work...

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Sorry, I didn't read it correctly.  Yes, we raised a doberman puppy with a smaller dog and we used time-outs and a water bottle to correct rough play.  

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No worries...thank you for the additional advice and encouragement.  

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An associate I work with suggested the bitter apples spray. She said she had this same problem with her dogs and she used the spray on shoes to tech her dog not to chew shoes. She said she finally sprayed some on the dog that was being bitten and its what worked for her. I've never personally sprayed an animal with it but I do know it works well to teach puppies not to chew on hands. So as a last resort you might try it. 

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I have considered it...i used it on a few things when she was a little younger...it is worth a shot.  Poor lore as tiny scratches in so many places...it makes me sad.

Last night gunny was seemingly a bit under the weather and calmer than normal.  She was fine by morning.  So i didn't have to do anything in the way of discipline.  If we are back at it i will update with how things are working.

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I have had some great success over the last few days with using my clicker. Typically i am anti clicker but i was at a loss for how to make my point more clear and make her want to stop.  So woth my dehydrated chicken and my clicker i have her stopping when i say stop and not just temporarily usually.  This is in addition to working on impulse control and long walks.  The combination is working it seems.

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I'm glad you found something that is working for you!

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I've heard of MANY dobermans over the years that actually LIKE the bitter apple spray...  I would recommend regular training techniques, god forbid you have one of the dogs that likes the spray, now the problem becomes worse.

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Kevin i have the nature's miracle version which she doesn't like but i have been using my silly little clicker and she is starting to get a clue.  Last night she worked thru learning lay stay in no time.  Which keeping her busy like that of course kept her away from lorelei.  I am spending basically all but an hour of my free time at home training or walking gunny.  She also gets time to play of course but since playing involves lore it works out to be more training lol 

This is going to be a long term project.  No overnight miracles here. Not unless you have further advice lol.