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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