The breed was developed by a tax collector to protect himself on his rounds, and this makes the Doberman one of the few dogs actually bred to accompany a person on walks. This gives you a definite advantage in training your Doberman puppy to walk well on a leash, but keep in mind that this is an active, energetic dog that will need to be well exercised if she is expected to walk gently with you on-leash.
To encourage walking nicely and to make walks a pleasant experience for your puppy, have her favorite treats and toys available. Use your particular Doberman puppy's personality to determine what sorts of rewards she will like best, but bring a variety in case this active dog loses interest in one or another. Determine early on what distance you would like your Doberman to walk at. Dobermans are very good heeling dogs, and if you would like a conformation heel, you can work with your puppy towards that, so long as she has plenty of off-leash exercise as well. If you would rather give your dog room to lope beside you on a flexilead, ensure that she is quick on a recall in case she should get too far from you. You don't want to have to reel in your Doberman puppy on a flexilead.
How can i stop my little dobie from nipping and biting me. He’s getting stronger and stronger.
Hello Raymund, First, check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Yelp" method. Use the "Yelp" method so that pup is still getting some type of feedback from you. At the same time however, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method from the article I have linked below. As soon as pup is good at the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when he attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if he makes a good choice. If he disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method found in the article below also, to gently discipline pup for biting when you told her not to. Know that it takes a puppy a lot of practice to develop impulse control in general though - it's normal for progress to be very gradual with this, keep practicing and it should pay off! The order of all of this is very important - the yelp method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing, so it is more effective. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup gets especially wound up, he probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed durable chew toy like a Kong for a bit to help him calm down and rest. Also, know that mouthiness at this age is completely normal. It's not fun but it is normal for it to take some time for a puppy to learn self-control well enough to stop. Try not to get discouraged if you don't see instant progress, any progress and moving in the right direction in this area is good, so keep at it. Another good thing to do at this age that can help is to get pup used to being touched and handled calmly. Use pup's daily meal kibble to practice with. Gently touch pup somewhere like an ear and feed a treat at the same time. Practice this with ears, paws, the collar, opening mouth gently, belly, tail, ect...Rewarding with a treat each time and being very gentle. You can have other gentle people do the same thing with pup to help with pup's socialization also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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