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Danny's picture
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Roxy has made it to 1yr old and boy are we surprised!  We are still training and I'll be honest, 24 hours a day 7 days a week is a bit much ... I'm tired.  So I need some help, she has definitely got it that my husband is the boss but conveniently forgets when I take her out for a walk and I am the primary 'walker', by husband walks her 1 mile in the am and I walk her 2 miles at the end of the day and she has started giving me alot of grief.  Jumping up on me, chewing my arm like it a chew toy (and it hurts) and just becomes a nut case.  Once she I can refocus her we continue and finish the walk but it is not easy to get her refocused - any suggestions? 
Also she is a nut case in the car, every weekend I'd like to go walking in the city or park but putting her in a car is just asking for the 'crazy' dog syndrome and we have practiced keeping the leash on her for a quick correction and it helps, my husband will even sit in back with her to make sure she behaves and for the most part she does but it becomes a very stressful event and I don't enjoy going anymore so I walk her around our block (2 miles).

I was really looking forward to another dog (our two previous dogs have both passed on), I looked forward to walks & taking her everywhere but I can, she gets the crazies with me.  Help.

Don't get me wrong I am not giving up and I try to be firm and consistent, but I get dispirited some days - will she grow up soon or at all?  I don't mind the energy, I just look forward to the day when I don't get the 'crazies' from my Roxy girl.

Thanks for any thoughts!  Roxy's mom.

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Joined: 2010-01-18

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Usually when people tell me they're getting worn out by their dog, that also means the dog is getting away with bad stuff - like jumping-up. I try to remind people in this situation that letting the dog get away with something, especially a Doberman, undoes a couple hundred time you didn't. This is just an assumption though.

Yes, she will mature. Girls usually start straitening up around a year of age.

If she's giving you more trouble than your husband, that means she's not respecting you as much. Don't step over her, make her get out of your way. When you feed her, make her sit for a few second before you give her the release command. And this jumping-up and biting business... she's old enough to know better, you need to shut that right down. Next time she jumps up, you stand over her and give her the BIGGEST meanest NO you've ever given - then ignore that little ninny. Let her come and try to apologize. When she does, keep ignoring her. After a little while, approach her and give her a command - SIT - then give her a calm little pat on the head. Likewise with the biting. Those two are really bad habits - don't let either of them happen again.

Walking on a lead is important to asserting you alpha status. I would recommend starting off with her like a puppy. When you go for a walk, view it as a lesson in walking on the lead. You can even start in the house on the way to the door. Keep that lead loose! you can't administer a correction with a tight leash. When she pulls ahead of you - this is alpha behavior - give her a good correction and a NO. Then give her the heel command and get her back at your side (give her a quick bit of praise) before you move closer to the door. She'll learn she's not getting out the door unless she stays behind you and lets you go out first.

It's good to do the initial heeling exercise in the house or private area, so you don't look crazy yelling at your dog.  ;) Remember the basic system. Keep the lead loose, when she walks out ahead give her a correction and a NO, praise her when she returns to the heel position and continue to praise while she stays there.

Woman can have a little trouble with the heel exercise... or actually I shouldn't say that. Gentle people and people not used to pushing and pulling 100+ pounds can have some trouble. This has to do with improper lead work. You shouldn't be pulling or pushing or otherwise working at the lead. Hold the lead folded up with both hand at the center of your body. Don't try holding it with one hand at your side. When you administer the correction, use your whole body, like you're stabbing the ceiling with a stick. If she still gets out of hand, you can throw your whole body into it by stepping backwards. Don't worry about hurting her. As long as the correction is a quick 'snap' all it does is give her an awful pinch. What can hurt her is continuous tension strangling her.

Be sure you have the pinch collar on properly too.

If you get frustrated or tiered stop training. Put her in the kennel for a nap or something. They can sense frustration and this is not an Alpha trait. Alphas don't get frustrated or upset. Alphas watch the horizon and sniff the air, when someone steps out of line, the Alpha comes down hard and fast for their own good. They don't huff and puff or argue with anyone.

Let us know how things go and ask any question or for any clarifications. I know it can be stressful, but it's probably only a few little things you need to change or improve to make a big difference. And remember, training is teaching a dog how to get what they need in the best way. Corrections are for her own good, and when done properly will make her a happier calmer dog.