Puppy Peves...

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Hello All,

I am new to the forum, and have read some very interesting tips on this site.  My fiance and I are the proud new parents of a 10 week old dobie named Frank.  We've had him for a couple weeks now.  I am writing to ask some questions I have concerning our pup.

We have been very good about keeping him in routine, as far as potty training goes. Sleep-Outside. Play-Outside. Eat-Outside.  He's already getting good at going to the door as soon as we let him out of his crate.  I want to know if it is good to keep his water bowl down all day or just put it up until he eats.  He's been drinking a ton of water the past few days and has been having random little accidents.  I leave it out now until about 2 hours before I go to bed. 

I understand a puppy's need to chew, and we've provided him with plenty of toys to chew on.  But sometimes when we are playing he will all of a sudden just stop playing with the toy and bite on my arm, hand, leg, foot...whatever he can get his little jaws on.  I tried the Cesar Millan "pack leader claw" to the neck and the TTSSHH (I have been reading his book HOW TO RAISE THE PERFECT DOG) but that does not work for me.  I even make him sit afterward for several seconds, then I will try to praise him for that, then it just starts all over.  He just goes after my hand and the thing that really bothers me is he shows me his teeth and will lunge.  I try to distract him with another toy and it works for a few seconds then he'll just lunge back at my arm.  Is this just a puppy thing?  How should it be disciplined? This all happens when I stop him from biting on things he shouldn't be biting on, too.

We are going to sign him up for obedience training after we crop his ears and they are all healed.  

When he's calm and submissive I give him a lot of praise.  I am looking forward to little Frank growing up to become a full sized dobe, but I also do not want a 80ish pound wild man! 

 

Any feedback is appreciated,

Frank's Mom

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Hi and welcome!  What a cute little boy you have there!  And...welcome to the world of doberman puppies.  They are extremely mouthy and "taste" everything.  Just keep on showing your disapproval and hand him something the he is allowed to bite on.  Mine likes to suck and chew on stuffed animals.  She knows what "no bite" means and stops as soon as I say it, but gets in her wild moods and gets a little carried away.  That's when the calm assertive as Ceasar would say comes into play. 

I was concerned too about the amount of water that she drank, but it seems according to people on here that it's normal.  I imagine they have to wash down all the fuzz and stuff that they manage to find!  I wouldn't withhold water from him except before bedtime.

Enjoy the little guy, he's going to amaze you!

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Learn to 'expect' the biting, and be ready to give a loud, stern "NO BITE" or whatever your word is, and have something that is appropriate for chewing ready at all times to make the switch.  Be sure to tell him what a good boy he is when he takes the chewey thing from you and attacks it instead of your hands.  I taught Ziva that licking was ok, and "soft" mouthing was ok, but nothing else that involved my hands or arms was going to be acceptible.  Puppies need to put their mouth on things--it's sort of how they learn what's what and takes the place of handling things like humans do with their hands and fingers.  Some people will say 'Never let your dog touch your skin with its teeth' but I disagree.  There is a way that they can still put their mouth around your hand or on your fingers and be gentle when doing it.  It takes a LOT of patience and multiple repetitions of correcting the inappropriate behavior and praising them up when they do a good thing, but it can be done. 

About the water issue---yeah, they drink like horses.  I'd only withhold water at night before he goes to bed if it tends to make him have night time accidents.

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Cisco is manic for water- He will hear the faucet turn on and he runs full tilt to the sink and plows into the cabinet... I was concerned at first, but have found he is thirsty because he is crated for 4 hrs at a clip and he plays hard- I would be thirsty too!

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Thanks for the response. He's getting a lot better. He still will be playing with his toys and then all of a sudden turn to me and lunge at my hand and show me his teeth, but I'm assuming he is just wanting to be played with. So I tell him no bite, make him sit and then give him a toy to play with. He's been remarkably easy to train, which is what I expected. He's so bright.
I had another question, has anyone gotten the stomach surgery on their dobe to keep their stomach from flipping? Our vet recommended it but our breeder said as long as he doesnt rough house too much the first 30 or so minutes after eating he should be fine. We are 50/50 on it right now. But what about everyone else? He gets his ears done Thursday :)

Thanks again!