You can start training your Doberman puppy to come when called at as early as 8 weeks of age. This smart and loyal breed is generally eager to please. Our positive training methods will show you how to teach your Doberman puppy to come when you call them, without using harsh punishments.
This valuable behavior is called “recall,” and it just may save your dog’s life one day. Dogs of any breed that have a strong recall were usually worked with as puppies, and continue to practice this skill with their owners over the course of their lives.
If you bring some patience and consistency to your training game, you will start to see your Doby puppy understand the “Come!” command in just a few short sessions. By the time she is an adult, regular practice and “proofing” will make her recall strong and reliable.
Dobermans can learn to have a strong and reliable recall. However, it is critical to know your individual dog, and have a strong sense of what is more important to him than your rewards. For example, many Dobermans have a strong prey drive. He may never be fully safe off leash where there is a chance that small dogs or cats could distract him and incite him to chase.
When training you Doberman puppy to come when called, it is important to make every successful recall a rewarding experience. If you call her to you and then punish her, you will be undermining your training efforts. If you need to call her to you before you crate her, always try to include a short game or a few rewarding tricks before having her go in her crate.
Finally, every puppy loves a game of chase – so be careful when you choose to play it. If you call your pup to you, and he does not come, never chase after him. Instead, walk or run away until he comes after you.
Before you get started with training your Doberman puppy to come when called, be sure to have your motivators (treats, toys, and praise) ready to go. In addition, get a 25’-50’ long line leash or rope that you can attach to his collar for the steps of training that will require you to enforce the recall command.
Remember that trainings sessions for all puppies should be 5-15 minutes long, depending on her attention span. Keep things fun and exciting or your little pup will get bored or distracted. This will undermine your efforts to keep her focus on the things you are trying to teach her.
To recall command and to attack or bark
Jacson is a sweet little guy. Once he is old enough, take him to positive reinforcement obedience to start learning his basic commands. Once he has attended a few levels and formed a solid bond with you, you can teach him more protective commands. However, I do not recommend any attack training without the consultation of a professional. In order to keep everyone safe (Jacson, other dogs, yourself, and people), he needs to learn the safe way to approach and alert you to a situation that needs attention. In the meantime, yes, recall skills are essential: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-greyhound-recall and https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-come. Here are tips for teaching Jacson to bark: https://wagwalking.com/training/bark-when-someone-is-at-the-door. Remember, a solid knowledge of sit, down, stay, heel, leave it, etc is needed as soon as he is ready for classes. Good luck!
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I have 3 pee pads laid out throughout my bedroom he goes on all of them but also goes on the floor I would like to only have 1 pad and how do I get him to stop peeing out of his pads ?
Hello Cristina, Check out the crate training or exercise pen methods from the article linked below. At this age, the exercise pen method will probably be easiest due to pup's limited bladder capacity while so young. This method can be used with a pee pad, disposable real grass pad, or litter box and the steps for teaching are the same for each. If you plan to transition pup to going potty outside later, I highly suggest using a disposable grass pad instead of pee pad - since pee pads are made out of fabric and many dogs will confuse them with things like carpet and rugs when they are removed later when it's time to transition to outside. Disposable real grass pads: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com Exercise Pen and Crate Training methods; https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy For litter box training, also know that you can purchase special dog litter and litter boxes with lower front openings if you choose to go that route. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He keeps biting and chewing on unnecessary things. He doesn't follow commands and has a very erratic sleep cycle. Its become very difficult to potty train him and at night he doesn't sleep much. I need urgent help!
Hello! It sounds like you are dealing with multiple issues. These are very normal for puppies this age. As your puppy ages, he will slowly start to learn what is acceptable and what isn't. But I am going to give you some training tips and commands to hopefully speed that process along! The first place I am going to start is to suggest teaching him the command, "leave it". Leave is good to use in place of "no". It is for anything you want him to leave alone, or not get into. Teaching “leave it” is not difficult. Begin the lessons inside your home or in an area with very few distractions. Here are the steps for teaching “leave it”: Make sure you have two different types of treats. One type can be fairly boring to the dog, but the other type should be a high-value treat that he finds pretty delicious. You will also want to make sure that the treats are broken up into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take him too long to eat them. Put one type of treat in each hand. If you like to train with a clicker as your marker, you can also hold a clicker in the same hand that holds the high-value treat. Then, place both of your hands behind your back. Make a fist with the hand that is holding the treat of lower value and present your fist to your dog, letting him sniff. Say “leave it” and wait until he finishes sniffing your fist. As soon as your dog is done sniffing, you can either click with the clicker or say “yes.” Then offer him the higher-value treat in your other hand. Repeat until your dog immediately stops sniffing your hand when you say “leave it.” When you say “leave it” and he stops sniffing right away, leash your dog and then toss a low-value treat outside of his reach. Wait until he stops sniffing and pulling toward the treat. As soon as he does, either say “yes” or click and then give him a high-value treat from your hand. Practice this exercise a number of times. Over time, by practicing “leave it,” your dog should stop pulling as soon as you give the cue. When rewarding him with a treat, make sure that it is something good, not plain old kibble. By doing so, you are teaching him that asking him to leave some food doesn’t mean he won’t get anything, but that in fact he might get something even more delicious. When your dog is reliably responding to the cue, you can teach him that “leave it” can apply to other things as well, not just food on the floor. Repeat the exercise with five different items that are fairly boring to your dog. After using five different “boring” items, start using slightly more exciting items. You know your dog, so you alone know what items he would consider more interesting, but don’t jump to high-value items right away. To increase his chances of success at learning the cue, you want to work up to high-value items gradually. If Kleenex or a piece of plastic, for instance, would attract your dog on a walk, don’t start with those. Choose the items based on your ultimate goal: Anytime you say “leave it,” you want to be confident that your dog will indeed leave whatever you are asking him to leave. . The reward he receives when he leaves an item can change as well. If your dog has a favorite toy, squeak it and play for a moment when he comes running to you after leaving the other item of interest. Most dogs love interacting with us, so a moment of praise or play with a toy can be just as effective as a treat. Now onto potty training. Keep in mind that dogs can only hold their bladders for as many hours as they are months old. So he can potentially hold his bladder for 2 hours max right now. And that is after the last drink of water. Also, puppies usually have to go #2 about 20 minutes after they eat solid food. Including treats. It can take a month or longer for them to understand the concept of waiting until they are outside to go potty. So if you are unable to keep an eye on him in the house, don't let him have free roam of the house. Keep him confined to a kennel or small space. If you are home with him during the day, setting him up on a schedule will not only help your potty issue, but it will also help him with his sleeping issue. This schedule should include his meals, putty breaks, exercise, and training time. You can organize the schedule in a way that suits your dynamic the best. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for writing in!
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He likes to nip and bite in the early evening
Hello! Here is some information on nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.
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