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I am trying to get my doberdude out and socialized as much as possible. I am waiting for an English speaking trainer to come to my base and teach a puppy K class (I live in Germany). They say by the end of the month they will have contracted someone certified to work with Americans. My four month old boy is shy around people, however frightened of new dogs. I have a few friends that come by for "puppy play dates", and he LOVES his dog friends.

We go for walks in the afternoon and I like to take him through the corn fields, or the woods. I try as much as possible to walk him off leash. We typically go for 15-20min tops. He works very well will the recall- 98% of the time.

We've had him for 1.5 months, and I feel as though he is situated and bonding well with me and my husband. But yesterday I noticed something rather odd that concerns me..

I took him out for his walk and he was doing well until Havok and I ran into a small fluffy dog walking toward us with his two elder owners. Havok was not happy at all about this situation, he fought against the leash to turn and run the other direction. There after the rest of our walk he trotted next to my side "squeeking" as I call it. The high pitched cry. My question is when this happens, should I continue the walk or just turn around and go home. I understand that he is still young and developing awareness and confidence but if he is not enjoying the walk I don't want it to be a traumatic experience.

Any and all feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Where about in Germany are you? I might be able to help :) 

The bit about hiring a trainer who is 'certified' to work with Americans sounds very odd to me! We usually do not need to get certified to work with foreigners :)

I would say your best bet would be to look for a local dog club. They are plenty and all around! You should find a few dog trainers there. Despite what most Americans think, we do take English classes (mandatory) from 2nd grade up and I am sure you will find people there who will have no problem communicating with you. 

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The way the on base Vet explained it to me was they have to find someone to be able to come on base and use the facilities. I am assuming that it will be in their contact to get the clearance to come and go as they please. lol but I know nothing on how that works exactly :p

I am living in SW Germany; the Eifle about a 10 min drive from Trier. Love it here!

Thanks for the help DextersMom!

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He was scared. My puppy does the same thing, when I leave her alone in a room with strangers for example. She will cry/squeek untill she see's me again, and then for a long while after I am already back she will continue to 'squeek'. I think it's her way of letting me know that the situation made her very upset, and she continues to voice her opinion still after it's passed. She's still upset about it!

If I was in that situation, after Havok seen the dog and reacted the way he did I would try to re-direct his attention. Have him sit, give him a treat. Or next time, when you see a dog approaching, direct his attention to you. Make him sit. Give him a treat. So next time, when he see's a dog coming he won't think of being scared, he'll think of "last time a dog passed I got a treat!" Positive reinforcement. :)

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I just want to update on Havoks process..

 

Thanks to your suggestion I have been working on building his confidence with keeping his attenion on me and using positive reinforcement on our walks. And it's working!!

Friday I took Havok to the vet for his booster shots and we were in the waiting room for 40min! That's a long time for a doberpup. Well I brought some treats with me to reward him on good behavior & he was an absolute prince!! I was so proud of him I could have burst with joy. Even the vet complimented his behavior.. she was shocked on how well tempered a pup at his age. It went so well, infact I brough him to my job to meet the coworkers and his nub was happy and relaxed Good Boy Havok!  No squeeking and no jumping. I've been working with him that he gets affection with he sitting and calm. I told my coworkers for consistancy purposes and, like a charm Havok sat and soaked up the hugs and kisses. Eventually it was nap time and he got tired and found my desk to curl up for a snooze. 

My heart is full and proud to have such a good companion and best friend. Thank you all for your support and helpfull suggestions. Even if it wasn't directed for me I sure to appreciate your dedication to the breed.

 

happy dance!

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I am glad to hear the suggestions posted worked for havoc.  Great to hear Havoc is doing so well now and enjoying the affection from people and not scared to pass another dog.  : ) Great job on redirecting and getting past the fears!!!

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I'm so happy for you and Havoc! Walks should be more relaxed for both of you now!