Two questions about my puppy

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Hello,

Anubis is 12 weeks old now I just got him. He has been great so far but there are two things I am working on with him.

The first is, what is the secret to calming him down. For example I can excercise him physically and mentally to do it which is fun and fine but say its around 11pm. Basically such as a command opposite of speak.


The other thing is when we are walking he tends to stop a bit. He does not pull anywhere he just sometimes stops or plops his little butt on the floor. I am trying to get him to talk side by side with my wife and I. He also tends to run into our legs a bit.

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I don't know about calming the pup down, cuz by 8 p.m. Lil Mama is done for the day.  She only gets up to go out and by 11 she is in her crate for the night.

As for walking...puppies get tired just like we do.  Think of your puppy as a toddler.  They don't quite have the stamina or physical strength yet.  Plus coordination is almost non existent. I had to shorten Mama's walks and change the time of day.  I noticed that in the evening she was more tired as opposed to the morning.  My clue was one day she just plopped herself on a green patch of grass and said "I'm not moving".  Maybe you are taking too long of walks.  Mama also has a tendency to stumble over her feet.  She'll do a chin skid and then lay there with a look saying "It was all planned...I meant to do that".

Since I am basically a newbie, my thoughts are just from personal experience.  I know you will be getting some excellent advice from other members, as I have.

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I posted on the other thread...  sorry!

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Just keep working with him... @ 12 weeks, we were walking Skye for ten minutes, twice a day... every week or so... up the walk a few minutes until your in a comfortable place. It's like when you start jogging, you don't start with that 4 mile morning run, do you? You also don't take a five year old. Let Anubis set his boundries with the walk for now... when he gets older, he can walk as far or as long as you want him to. @ 21 weeks, Skye's walks are 25-30 mins twice a day, and she's getting the hang of it. Remember, the turtle won the race!!

Joelle and Skye♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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Just be careful.  I don't start walking my dogs until they've had all their boosters and even then I wait 2 weeks to make sure their immunities are up.  Keep in mind that they are prone to parvo, distemper, and rabies until they've had all their shots.

Other people gave some good advice so I'm just going to leave that gentle suggestion.

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Last night was a rough night. We are crate training him and we basically have only locked him up when we want to sleep. So we went bed at 11 last night and he cried at 1230. I walked him he did his peeing then we came back. I locked him back up where he whined for a bit then went to sleep till 330. He cried again so I walked him and he peed. Then when I locked him back up he began barking. I did not want to wake my neighbors so I left his crate open so he would stop. The interesting thing is he slept the rest of the night till he needed the bathroom at 730. The problem was I started work at 8 (i work from home) and he has wayyyyy too much energy. I barely got anything done for 2 hours and I could not run him around outside because its raining and about 40 degrees so he doesnt like it. I managed to get him to go to the bathroom at least.

Basically though the wife and I restart our evening classes next week where we will need to lock him up from say 3 to 8pm. We may put him at my parents for that but I think he will be very verbal about it.

We are just getting nervous because we do not know how to handle his excess energy at 7am. And also he was just grabbing everything he shouldnt this morning which he hasnt done the past few day we got him. Everytime I move him away tel him no then replace the shoe sock etc with a toy he runs and finds something new.

Any tips on any of this would be awesome. Sorry if my grammer is messed up I slept barely at all lol.

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You might have to endure a few more restless nights. Human babies need changing and feeding for a long time.. why not your four legged kid??

Can you rearrange your schedule just a bit?/ Say....go to bed a little earlier than 11:00 and be able to get up an hour or so earlier, giving you time to play and help Anubis work off some of that early morning energy?

It's a huge change in our lives when one of the Doberdevils come to live with us.. but well worth it and you won't regret the small sacrifices you will happily make for him

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The crying, energy, grabbing... its normal and most of us are able to work through it... others never get out of the "catch me if you can" stage.

Taking things away and giving him his toys is a good start, but your probobly going to want to just put your socks/shoes/stuffies in a place where he is unable to get them.

The only thing I can tell you about the energy is good luck, we're still in that stage and it doesn't look like it's going to subside any time soon.

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Well he officially ran out of energy and is sleeping for now. Its amazing. Silence!!!! haha. He is a good boy my wife and I just need to help him grow out of this phase.

Anyone have some sort of tip how to get his attention. He is still learning his name and he is super ADD. When he gets excited he can not pay attention to anything. Anyone ever try those clicker training things. Im debating if that works or not.

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I haven't used the clicker method as of yet, but maybe he's a food-driven dog? Try using a tastey treat like broiled chicken meat or a hot dog to get his attention when you train him. That's what I did, but with peanutbutter (in a small amount when i first got started).

Or if he's play driven, use his toys to keep his attention on you.

 

Good luck with the training!

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Look at YouTube for some examples on clicker training.

Don't expect to much a puppy is all play all food all sleep for a while.

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Ya perhaps we will try that. Im trying to find a good method to distract him from being bad lol. Such as when he tries to eat my cats tree. He gets so focused on it and when I move him away  runs right back. I give him a toy try to make it interesting the second i stop he runs right back etc.

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Our best friend (and some others on here) is a squirt bottle of cold water- If a sharp No doesnt work Cisco gets a chilly shot right to the nose or bum! He stops!

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Doesn't that make the dog scared of water?

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nope! Scared of the spray bottle definately not of water! He is obsessed with water actually- I don't think he realizes it is water spraying his behind!!!! I basically now just have to grab the spray bottle- any spray bottle as a matter of fact and he stops countersurfing, garbage picking, shoe stealing etc...

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Squirt bottles are great!  I use it when Lil Mama is playing too rough with Chloe.  Although, I am beginning wonder about its usefullness much longer.  This morning the sprinklers came on in the yard and Lil Mama was trying to eat the water as it sprayed out.

 

Hey, where'd it go???

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I've been known to use the squirt bottle on occasion.....hehehe   but the other day I was outside using the garden hose and Fancy was biting at the water and having a great time.  It is getting to the point here too that all I have to do is go for the spray bottle and the shenanigans stop, if they aren't so involved that they notice!

Cute pictures of Lil Mama!

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Love lil mamas lil bummy! too cute!

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I love the fact that her tail that is attached cockeyed.  It's like someone tried to play pin the tail on the dobie and missed.  I have yet to see her try to wag it.

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Cute pics..She is such a sweetie.. Would love to see her biting the wicked water!!

Something you said made me wonder about the fact that lil mama hasn't wagged her tail yet. I'm sure you've checked with your vets.. what do they say about tilt and lack of waggles???

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Honestly, I hadn't asked my vet about it.  She was born with her tail cockeyed and I just took it for what it was.  Now you have me curious.  I wonder if the crookedness contributes to lack of muscle control for wagging.  Or maybe she is just slow in developing that control.  I will definitely talk to my vet about this when I take her in for her rabies shot in a couple weeks.

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OH HOW CUTE!!!!

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So last night I had Anubis play with his cousins (Lab and Chiuaha) for a few hours so I had some relaxing time and when we got home he passed right out. Oh what a marvelous thing. I think this must be the same feeling as being a parent of a child lol.

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Yes, Andrew, there are days when our children both canine and human can be very exhausting.  The most precious moments are when they are asleep, but you know deep down inside they are just resting up for round 2.

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Yeah... Round 2.... haha. Its all good. He will be worth the early stress in the long run. Im just wondering around year old do they calm down a bit on the demand to play? As in when we all wake up in the morning do they demand playing and get annoying till they get it or will they wait till your ready?

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NO!    (sorry)

I've been told (by members of this site & my vet) that males mature more slowly than femailes -  females are calmer & more mature around 18 months to 2 yrs.  Males usually around 2 to 2-1/2 years.

Brinks is 2 yrs 3 months - from the time he opens his eyes in the morning until he sleeps again he wants to play-play-play!  He IS much calmer now that he was at 6 months, but is a high energy dog of a high energy breed and I still find it hard to keep up with him, much less get ahead of him!  He gets at least 2 hrs of outside play time (read chasing tennis balls, romping with Lady, etc) so physically he is okay - it's the mental stimulation I'm working on constantly.  That's why I love this site - I get new ideas from here & incorporate them into our routine...

Keep him busy & mentally challenged & Anubis will thrive - and sleep - like the precious baby he is!

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Well thats exciting! Also my dog is starting to pick up a new habbit today, jumping on people. What is a good way to handle that since he is only 3mo old. He had a tick on im today too :( Left a little circle i hope it goes away.

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It's okay - honest!!!  It'll get better - remember, this is Brinks I was talking about!  Just as people are individuals, so are puppies...  There are members on this site with males that are as laid-back & as calm as can be.  Please don't take my word as the gospel.  As I am reminded by my family (at any possible chance they get) I'm the one that wanted a pup with "personality".  Brinks is the only one that made eye-contact with me...  of course, at the time he was trying to push his sister's head into the water bowl... (at 6 wks old!)

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Hey, Andrew, remember at this point you have a baby!!  I would not take my baby out on public grounds until you have had all three parvo shots!!  Dobe pups can pick up the parvo virus from contaminated ground as well as hookworms, YUCK.  But Parvo is the big concern.  Stay on ground that you know no unfamiliar dogs can get to.

You really can't expect a 12 weeks old pup to "heel", make it fun and encourage him to follow you with voice.  He will get tired and he'll let you know when he's had enough! 

Dobe pups, like kids, need consistancy.  Decide what you are going to do when he jumps,( like turn around and ignore him and as soon as he stops jumping turn back around and reward him with a pet when he is not jumping) and ask that anyone who comes around to meet him, do the same.  Tell them he is in training and you do not want the jumping to be rewarded with petting.  They will appreciate this when he is 90 lbs and is NOT jumping on them!  You can add "no jump" as a verbal!

It is so easy to want to punish bad behavior.  But, you have to remember, he doesn't know what good behavior is yet.  We humans seem to confuse our dogs to no end!!  Come get on the couch and cuddle, hey, no, get off the couch!!  Best not to start something you do not want your puppy to do when he is that 90 lbs dog!  Be sure to reward with your voice and petting when they do what you want them to do.  I like using the word, "YES".  That is my clicker.  If my dog is walking next to me at a nice heel, I tell her, "Yes, good walk!"  If I ask them to sit and wait for their dinner to be put on the floor, I say "Yes, good sit or good stay".

A game you can play to get good eye contact..... put your little bit sized treats ( chicken ( boiled and cut into cheerio sizes, cheese, turkey hotdog, whatever) in your mouth or next to your eyes (if you don't like the in your mouth thing) and say "watch me".  As soon as he looks at you... give a treat.  Once that is mastered, extend the time.  Once that is mastered, when you say "watch me" and he looks at you, either spit the treat or throw the treat to the left or right onto the floor.  Now, he has to watch you, to find out where the treat is going.  The "watch me" is so important for future training.  If your dog is not looking at you, you can be sure he is not thinking about what you are about to say!  It's the first thing I like to teach our pups!

Crate training...... rule of thumb.... a pup can be in a crate for one hour for each month of their age.  Thus, a 4 month old pup should only be put in a crate for 4 hours at a time, not counting when they sleep at night.  This is why we always ask new puppy owners, "who will be home during the day to feed and house break the puppy?"  Putting a puppy in a crate for 8 hours during the day is asking alot.  The crate, however, can also be a great tool.  If your puppy is getting, what we call the "zoomies" and runs all crazy around the house, a few moments in a small area (their crate) will help calm them down.  When they appear calm, let them out and tell them what a good job they did calming down.  Do not think of it as a punishment or put them in there with anger in your voice.  Just a calm, OK, in ya go! 

A great book that has quick referrals for each issue that can come up is:  "Good Owners, Great Dogs" by Brina Kilcommons.

Hope this all helps!! Good Luck!  You'll do fine!

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Oops, sorry...that's Brian Kilcommons, not Brina!!

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from Andrew87:.....Also my dog is starting to pick up a new habbit today, jumping on people. What is a good way to handle that since he is only 3mo old.

A good 'rule of thumb' is to not allow your puppy to do anything now, while it's still little and cute, that you want it to continue doing when it's big and powerful.  Jumping up on people is a big NO-NO for a dog that is more than likely going to be at least 80 lbs or more when fully grown. Jumping up on a small child or elderly person could be disaster, even if he only wants to play.  Since he's only 3 months old right now, he's still small enough for you to just put your hand on his shoulders and push him back down and tell him "no" or "no jump" or even "sit" if you can place him in a sit position while doing it.  Correct him the instant you see him jumping up, or better still, just getting in position to jump up on someone, and do it every single time....dont let him think its ok sometimes and not ok other times, that will just confuse him.  Dobie pups learn so quickly, it shouldnt take very many times to get through to him, as long as you are consistant in your training.

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clicker training is ok but its best to start off with a food treat and then move up to the clicker. the clicker replaces the treat, instead of giving food for a good behavior you give the dog a click. this can be confuseing for newbies to the clicker training method and will click when they are not supposed to as if to get the dogs attention with.

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If all the options above do not work - Just leave him alone. 

Laith didn't respond to a squirt bottle, coin shakers, anything. Someone gave me the advice on this forum: Put some ear plugs on your neighbors door and tell them it will be over soon. Let him cry it out. Only thing that worked for Laith. If you keep him on a schedule, you will know when he needs to pee, etc. b/c you will be taking him out every 15-30 minutes. Don't let him play you! lol

Treats are a good way to get his attention! I have found mental stimulation wears them out more than physical.