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I have a female doberman and i love her to death but she jumps on the leather couch, scratches it, jumps up on people when the come in.. is doing terribly at the potty training and shes 4 months old!? I really need some suggestions and help.. I've been thinking about either A.. selling her.. or B. having her be more outdoors.. now don't freak on me please.. she would just sleep out there but she loves to be inside so much i am afraid she would bark and freak out out there.. Another otpion is she could sleep in the garage but I don't want her to bark out there either.. any suggestions
For any other dog, I'd just say "lots of exercise," but for a 4 MONTH OLD? I'd say LOOOOOOOOOOOOOTS of exercise!! Puppies (and they're puppies for at least 2 yrs even if they're full grown!) are bursting with energy and have to let it out some way.
As for the jumping on people, there are a few things you can try: (1) Do NOT acknowledge her presence when you come home or in from outside or whatever for the first minute or two. Settle in, put away whatever is in your hands, take off your shoes, grab a drink, yada, yada... and THEN greet the dog. (2) Another suggestion is that when the dog jumps up, throw your hands up in the air (as if being arrested! LOL), and sternly say "no." When the dog is back on all fours, give lots of love and attention. Keep doing that over and over and it'll eventually sink in. (3) This works on some dogs, but possibly not puppies... when the dog jumps up, run off screaming to another room and slam the door as if you were hurt in the process. It's an extreme negative response that in no way hurts the dog like hitting her would. Wait at least 30 seconds, and come out of the room as if nothing happened. Again, you'll have to do it several times.
Another note, because this is a PUPPY, you'll have to refrain from allowing her to jump on you during playtime. An older dog might understand the difference, but a puppy definitely won't.
I've been thinking about either A.. selling her.. or B. having her be more outdoors.. now don't freak on me please..[/b]
Do we have that reputation?
the other girls. I have two dogs ~ one is 1 year and one is 8 months. I'm still working with them on that. We started right away. (Don't get me started on the well-intentioned people at the dog park that re-inforce the behaviour in Roxy.)
I guess what I'm trying to say is, you will have to be consistant forever but will SEE consistancy with the dogs in two years. Sure they'll listen for brief moments inbetween but because they're puppies until two, they will have times they don't listen... Only time, consistancy and patience will get you through it all.
Good luck hon. Stick around and let us know what works as you come along.
dont sell your puppy, she just needs exersice and training, i am having the same problem with my 9 month old pit but i will never sell him we so attached to him like he is attached to us, he is a good dog, that only thing with him is that he is jumpy.
(3) This works on some dogs, but possibly not puppies... when the dog jumps up, run off screaming to another room and slam the door as if you were hurt in the process. It's an extreme negative response that in no way hurts the dog like hitting her would. Wait at least 30 seconds, and come out of the room as if nothing happened. Again, you'll have to do it several times.[/b]
These ladies have good advise, and I really have nothing to add, other then to say this would be SO FUNNY to watch. I can see where it would work, my dog jumps, but is also a very sensitive dog, so I think this would shake him up. I just may have to give it a try. Maybe I should video tape it too.
Ignoring my dog when I come in helps a lot too.
ok, without reading all of the other (I'm sure) good advice, first...I'm going to go ahead and reply with my suggestions. If I'm repeating someone, I'm sorry.
4 months old or 14 years old...the best thing for dogs (especially medium to extra large breeds) is lots of exercise. Not a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood, or "letting them in the fenced in back yard" for a while. That just doesn't do it. Dogs need real exercise. A couple of walks a day for 45 minutes at a good pace...or (my favorite) talking them to the local doggy park for socialization and playing ball!
A tired dog is a good dog.
It's SOOO hard not to talk to puppies in those high pitched voices (unless of course your a man) but that encourages an excited response. Talking to them more like you would a young teenager who's a little outta hand, would be better. (unless you freak out on the teenager! lol then don't use that example) A slow, deep calm STRONG voice, giving the same command, so the dog understands "no jumping"
Also, when someone visits...have them step inside the door and stand still for a minute so the dog can sniff them. That's a NORMAL reaction between dogs...they normally don't jump all over each other when they first meet, they will each stand rather still, and sniff sniff sniff...THEN normally walk away or engage in some manner.
The couch... This is a suggestion. Put a blanket on the seat of the couch, and then find a cheap couch cover, until your puppy is fully trained. Now, for training...diligence. If the dog gets on the couch, jump up, walk over, say "No" or what ever your command is, and put the dog on the floor. Stand over the dog. Always show dominance. It may or may not sink in fast. Some dogs are quicker than others...just like people lol!
Your dog is a puppy. Again, some dogs take longer than others. The easiest way to potty train, in my opinion, is to not free feed/water in the beginning. The puppy should be taken tinkle around 15 to 30 minutes after a drink. It should also be taken #2 around 30-45 minutes after eating. It needs to be taken out many MANY times a day. Do not discipline your dog for having accidents. If your dog is "going" grab it and run outside. If he's already gone...well, clean it up and use a good enzymes cleaner-so it won't return to that spot and do it again. When you do take your puppy potty after a drink or eating...while walking around with your dog have a chant "go potty" or "go to the bathroom" Something that you will say all the time, every time it's potty time. I, even, took a biscuit outside with me and after Soldier went potty, I would praise him and then make him sit and give him a biscuit. Soldier was completely potty trained by 6 1/2 weeks old this way. (he was adopted at 5 weeks old from a shelter) If you work, it's going to take longer. You should also implement a crate. A crate would only be the dogs safe space and bed. Not used for punishment. It will help the dog considerably. If you do work, have someone come to relieve the puppy every two hours, if possible, while it's a puppy.
Also, call a vet or pet store and find a reputable puppy trainer. The classes are not only great for teaching you how to teach your puppy, they are great for socializing
Don't give up, and don't 'Put' your dog out. Surely you knew a puppy, much less a doberman, was going to be a handful when you took ownership of it. You just need patience and diligence. A good puppy class will help tremendously