Useful "tricks" to teach a doberpup

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Hey All,

I adopted a Doberman puppy at 11 weeks (he is 6 months now), and we went through puppy class and all the usual starting training including:

Sit
Drop It
Recall Command (Come when called)
Targeting (touching his nose to hand on command)
Paw
Walking along on a lead
Wait (until a release command)
Watch (making eye contact)

I am very curious to hear what other "tricks" people have taught their Dobermans, and what they find to be the most useful in shaping them into a well behaved dog.

Thank you,
Derrek

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Since Ziva has always had a fascination for empty plastic water bottles, I incorporated that into a 'trick' of sorts.  I started out by teaching her 'pick it up' with many different things, and later that became a dual command of 'pick it up'---she picks up the plastic water bottle', then 'recycle', and I tap the side of the big cardboard recycle box we have sitting in the dining room and she will bring the plastic bottle to me and drop it at the edge of the box.  She gets a BIG TIME reward (treats) for doing that, and it's a hoot to watch my company's face when I tell her to recycle their empty bottles.  LOL

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I LOVE Ziva's trick, that's adorable.

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I keep wanting to video her doing it, but it's hard to do the video AND the running back and forth tapping on the side of the box.  Some day. 

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Not really a trick but Q loves to carry...he carries charity buckets...wood, the peg bag, washing and has his own purse for the market. I didnt really teach him....just assoicated the word 'carry' when he had objects in his mouth. Of course  "leave it" is a good one for us as there is stuff i dont want him ever putting in his mouth. Took him a while to get out of the dead penguin habit but we finally got there although i had to buy a siren/air horn which just about made him wet himself. But the dead penguins often carry so many bad pathogens.

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and sorry i should have said....gorgeous pup you have :)

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Ziva is a beautiful girl and I'm sure you are happy with her.

Cato

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The lady who taught me how to train dogs taught her Dobie, Denton, how to fetch his own poo-bag at the dog park. She doesn't even have to tell him now. If he does it, he goes to get a bag whether she's noticed or not, then brings it back to his 'present' and waits. 

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Um, Q Tip, that's very interesting.  Most of us don't have a dead penquin problem LOL!!

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Lol...You dont?  sorry we often get dead birds, hammered by storms or some other factor...never a problem but give Q a penguin and its like yay ..TOY...they kind of swell up after a couple of days....Q learnt quick that i would chase him if he had one.....and that was great fun. So i stop doing that and he would follow me up the beach with the said pengu in his mouth....for miles...that didnt really bother me as gundogs often carry birds but after gettting really sick twice...i decided enough was enough.....:) he dosnt go near them now :) and i chase him just for fun to keep him happy.

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Haha, I was confused by the dead penguin too, I thought it was describing how Q would lie down to cover what he had in his mouth, I didn't realise you meant a real penguin.   LOL

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Of course, if you lived in Arkansas, you would be dealing with red winged black birds. Thousands have fallen from the skies there two new years eve in a row. No explination on why this has happend in the same area twice, back to back.

Cato

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Cato, I just saw that on the news, they said "blackbirds"  I didn's know they ment redwings. :( We have them on our pond in the summer, that's so sad.  Love the redwings.

DSH, beautiful face.

Zivas Dad, you have GOT to tape that.

and Q, penguins, really?  we love penguins.  All I have to worry about my 2 bringing home is dead deer parts and dead turkeys.  yuck

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Oh--another useful 'trick' to teach your doberman is "pick it up".  Start out by giving that command to something you drop that you KNOW your dog will pay attention to and pick up in his/her mouth, like a toy or a stick.  When they do (even if it's just for a nanosecond) make a big deal out of it. Just repeat that command over and over, making it a game, and ultimate payoff is a treat when the dog picks it up and holds it for a second OR actually hands it to you.  If that happens---throw your dog a parade!!!  Keep doing the 'pick it up' command with things your dog is familiar with, and slowly start trying to use other things, like a empty plastic bottle, or a pr of socks, whatever.  This is a very useful thing for your dog to learn how to do, and actually quite easy to train--just takes more patience than anything else on your part.  My last doberman, Darmok, would actually pick up 4 different stainless steel dog bowls and bring them to me, and actually STACK them in my hand.  She also learned to pick up a quarter off the floor and hand it to me. (I have youtube vids of her doing these things, and also of her taking my socks off my feet and giving them to me.  LOL)  I sure miss that dog.

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I would love to see the utubes Ziva now im on broadband,

Scotty...Q is good about not laying in the dead...but Sophie is a terror for it. Aghhh...so many baths for her :)

 Cato??? again??? remember last years ones, do you have the link?

. Chris B...turkeys? hehehe...my cat used to bring home whole rabbits :(

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I was listening to something on NPR about birds crashing into Walmart parking lots thinking it was a lake or pond.  So sad.   

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Q.....I do not have the link. It was reported on Fox News for two days. You might try foxnews.com to see if yo9u can find the story. They first thought that fireworks might have killoed the birds, but there were no fireworks this holiday, so it certainly is a mystery.

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I didn't see "down" mentioned yet...also an important one!  Dakota knows leave it, take it, get it, and find it as well.  They all come in handy!  I talk to her a lot, just like I'd talk to a person, and I find she's very in tune to general phrases and tones of voice as a result.  Not really "commands" per se but I can use any number of phrases to get her to come with me, if we're walking off leash, for example come here, come on, come back, let's go, what are you doing, where are you, what's this - all of these will bring her running back to me when paired with a certain tone of voice.  I find the more I talk to her the better we are as a team if that makes sense. 

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I'm so glad to find these!! I was just going to ask what to teach him..now that he is feeling better...he is getting bored and we live in SD so it is FREEZING right now..since in his other life he was forced to live outside..he has no desire to be out on days like this going for long walks. Today i taught him to search and find...so maybe i will try take it, leave it..pick it up. 

but i'd still love any other suggs! love this dobie place!!