New pup, a few questions

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I have a male, took him home aged 8 weeks. On the whole things going well but a few questions.

Will he see me as less dominant if I let him on my lap for cuddles? He has snapped at my face once whilst on my lap.

I can't start leash training because he constantly bites the leash, any ideas to stop this?

I am really struggling to teach the down command, he will only do it for a treat, I assume he is not very submissive, any suggestions?

What age do they grow it of the nipping and biting phase, generally? I'm keen to socialise him with kids but he is still learning bite inhibition so I'm a. It worried he might frighten the kids.

Thanks.

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He won't see you as less dominant if you let him on your lap, and I wouldn't focus or put any effort into appearing "dominant" in his eyes.  Just keep up the training, lots of play time, be fair, and the rest will fall into place.

 

How old is he now?  This is all very common puppy stuff and very easily fixed.  I would recommend a training class or 2, will be a huge help in getting these behaviors worked on.

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Hi kevink

he's 10 weeks. I have been training as much as possible before classes start in 2 weeks.

I have high standards, just want to be sure he gels with my nephews, my sister is scared of the breed, I want to put her mind at rest so hopefully he won't nip the kids.

Hi , congratulations on your new pup , enjoy him he ill grow so fast . He is still ver young at 10 weeks , but getting him to lie down for a treat is good going . As babies food is the object to get them interested in doing as you ask then the rest is practise and fun training times . Courses are great if they have puppy classes near you . Doberman pups do seem to keep pushing boundaries but I have always let Mina on my knee on the floor never the couch . Growing as she is you cant really see me any more with her on top of me !!! Keep going ith the lead maybe when he a bit tired , get him used to it ... Hopefully he will grow out of biting it .... Keep kids coming to see him , get him used to them ... They are boisterous so could knock a kid over by accident . Mina would nip me but not my niece ... Just keep a close eye ... They get into everything !!! Take care Paola . 

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Congratz on the pup. I also just recently got a puppy he will be 10 weeks tomarrow. The dominance thing you can start with making him sit and stay before you sit his food down. Let him know that you are the hand that feeds him. At first you will need to give him a little help. get a cup so he can see you pour the food in his bowl, then tell him to sit, Place him in a sitting possition and say stay, If he moves before you want him too start over. Make him stay for about 5 second and adjust as you feel comfortable. This will take some time and patients but Les has been doing this now for 2 weeks and he sits and stays on command most of the time.. Hes still a puppy but were off to a good start.

Ive learned that time, patience, and consistancy is key.

As for the leash I really cant help you, Les walks really well and dosnt chew. Im just working on his pulling. I hope this helps

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Congrats on your new family member!  Snuggle and cuddle with him whenever you can, he will love it and you.  For biting, keep approved chew toys handy and treats, when he bites, put a chew toy in his mouth and when he starts to chew, praise and reward, or click and reward if using the clicker training method which is highly recommended.

Dobies play very rough, supervise all play with children and stop any unwanted behavior immediately, both that of the puppy and the children.  The children will get the pup very excited and rough housing will escalate.

Enjoy your newest edition to your family!

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Thanks all for your help.

 

i think we are getting there, he has learned to sit, stay and leave it, still working on leash control.

he gets more snappy whe. He's hungry. I just fed him a raw chicken wing, he ate it in literally 5 seconds, no exaggeration. Down command still difficult, he will only do it witha treat.