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Featured How to Socialize your new Doberman Pinscher pup.

Discussion in 'Doberman Puppies' started by Dobified, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Dobified

    Dobified Jr Member

    I wrote this some time back but thought it would be useful here. :)


    So you got yourself a new puppy or dog and you want them to become a well adjusted canine citizen, socializing them in many different ways is one of the keys to having that awesome dog that is well adjusted and more importantly a happy dog.

    So where do you start ? Start socializing at home, get you pup use to new noises in the house. The banging of pots and pans can be scary at first so while you cook keep you dog/pup in the kitchen while you make normal noises, remember to always add praise and talk to your pup normally. Never coodle a pup you want everything to seem normal to them coddling can have a negative effect re-enforcing that the pup has something to be scared of. Do everything as you normally would.

    Have the radio on and/or the TV on, this helps to soothe with background noise. It is a good idea to have a radio playing sogtly at night where you new pup sleeps to ease any seperation anxiety your pup may be feeling.


    Once properly vaccinated for parvo and other diseases:


    The most important way to socialize your new pup/dog is to enroll in obedience classes. This is an awesome way to socialize your pup or dog. They learn in a class enviroment that people and dogs are OK. It is also the best way to teach your new pup/dog the manners it needs to be a good dog!

    Take your pup everywhere you go, take him for walks to a park, keeping him on a leash but allow people all kinds of people to play with your pup and pet your pup, this will allow your pup to see people are good and nothing to fear. Allow people with dogs to approach and let your pup sniff them, if at all possible allow your puppy to play with these dogs/pups this teaches your pup that other dogs are OK. It is a good idea to keep your pup on leash at first for several reason but most importantly is so that your puppy learns that being on a leash is OK and that when a new dog approaches it is ok. Leash aggression can be a big issue with dogs not properly socialised on a leash at a young age. Get him use to the sight of bicylces, skateboards and people pulling wagons with childre in them.

    Take your pup to a place where there are lots of children. Socializing with children is one of the most important advantages you cna give your new puppy. Pups learn that children of all ages are fun to be with and of no harm to them. This is so important, too many adult dogs never got the chance to learn children are good and have bitten children when they are older which can mean a death sentence to the dog. If you have friends with children young and/or older take the time to let your puppy play with them, supervised of course but the more your pup plays with children the better adjusted he/she will be.

    Take your puppy for car rides, but never leave your puppy unattended in the car. In the summer a car heats up very fast and leaving your pup in the car can cause heat exhaustion and ultimately death.

    Take your pup/dog to the beach. Allow you pup the fun of playing in the water and on the sand, This is always a very fun way to play with and socialize you new dog and pup.

    If you can take your pup to a farm to meet other animals such as horses. This is a great way to desensitze your puppy to other animals it may encounter over it's lifetime.

    Take your pup/new dog to petstores that allow dogs. This is another great way for him to get use to people, children and other animals.

    Get him use to loud noises such as clapping, popcorn popping, cars honking and other louds noises. With noises act as if everything is normal it may take some time but be patience and understanding but do not coddle just praise when the pup is calm and go about doing what you were.

    The more you do with your pup/dog, the more places you take him, the more people, dogs children and animals he meets, the more adjusted he will be and the more able he will be to handle new situtations he may find himself in later on in life.

    Best wishes with your new puppy/dog.
     
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  2. DobesMom

    DobesMom Member

    Great thread!!
    Remodeling a bathroom works too. :D (saws, hammers, weird things where they don't belong, shop vacs, etc. )
    Emmie seems nonplussed. Her breeder really did a fabulous job. This girl is personifies self confidence!
     
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  3. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Good tips - thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Dobified

    Dobified Jr Member

    LOL.. Hey I need to do that actually.. hmm... maybe I can talk hubs into a new pup at the same time. ;)
     
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  5. DobesMom

    DobesMom Member

    Ha! Good luck...remember it's a great socialization method. :p That's a good argument!!
    BTW- Our "weekend remodel" went into a week long remodel...so far. Tore up the 45 year old linoleum & found WATER DAMAGE!! Arrg. $400 project now sitting at $750...and counting. thank god hubby is the laborer.
    (this is a TINY powder room/ guest half-bath)
     
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  6. Damasyn

    Damasyn Novitiate

    Good Post ! Went this weekend to a park...Lexi did real good most of the time...except when she decided she wanted to play with a kid and got over excited and mouthed her hand...geez I was horrified. She didnt bite down..but thats besides the point. She puts everything in her mouth.

    And when some people crouch down and make those icky baby kissy noises....she will pee/dribble...I hope she grows out of that. As long as they dont baby talk to her...shes ok....but short of me yelling at people...how do you stop it LOL
     
  7. DobesMom

    DobesMom Member

    Ug, who knows what to say to them....they never listen anyway. Someone suggested to say "you're training the dog" but that was so they'd keep their hands off of them...
    Our first Dobe peed submissively. She did outgrow it for the most part.
     
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  8. hrd2gt

    hrd2gt Well-Known Member

    This is good info, I am gonna go a big further and see what things are in the WAE and WAC tests and make that an everyday thing, such as scary tall people and opening umbrellas... gotta train for things in the future...
     
  9. naomiK

    naomiK Notable member

    I'm just finding these threads and going through them; so far I'm jealous of everyone! Juno (5 mos now) came to us @ 8 wks scared of her own shadow. Still trying to convey that the world is full of noise and always will be. She has come a very long way, but, she'll make it through a toaster not a mixer; NEVER a remodel! Walking by a house with work being done is just barely tolerable after day in/day out repetition! She is v good at the park with other pups and people though and is getting better at containing her delight at meeting same when on leash.
     
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  10. TrinityDobes

    TrinityDobes Novitiate

    Naomi - you are being a great dober-mom and the key is consitency, consistency, consistency, and keep at it the first year to 18 months can be challenging with a pup that has no baggage - I won't sugar coat it, it will be harder for her and for you - but consistency and staying committed to training and exposing her to these things will eventually pay off in spades by the time she reaches 2 years of age - patience coupled with firmness and you being a strong authority figure (leader) will give her the security she needs to build her confidence with each new thing she masters.

    Hang in there -sounds like you are on track, keep up the good work!
     
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  11. naomiK

    naomiK Notable member

    Thanks - appreciate the support as well as the timeline!! I know it's worth it - she's wonderful when she wants to be!
     
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  12. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Words to live by! I had security issues with Buddy too and sometimes thought it would never end, but slowly but surely one day I would realize we had overcome something and I hardly noticed!! lol Training is a daily thing, Naomik, with just about every move you make, a lesson can be learned. Keep at it and you will have a Doberman you can be proud of! :thumbsup:
     
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  13. naomiK

    naomiK Notable member

    Agreed. We do a lot of things together and I try to make everything a learning/bonding experience for us. I go from the basics we learned in our puppy class: find its, lots and lots of sits - downs, which she has now forgotten what the word means 75% of the time, but you know what I'm saying. I'm going through the Ed Station here and using those links. Valuable and I'm learning a lot. Things between us and for us have improved already. I know it will take (us) a long time to mature....
     
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  14. Wendy

    Wendy Notable member

    I am having issues here. My boy is very "shy". He puts tail down and if he can hides behind me. He still does a little whine if people or other dogs approach to fast. I have been taking him to park, dog park and let people pet him, with my hand on theirs at first to show its ok. Don't know if I am doing anything right. Not used to having a dog so skiddish.
     
  15. Dobs4ever

    Dobs4ever Hot Topics Subscriber

    Wendy - how old is the dog??? Change your approach - Do not put your hand on them as he is not learning to accept them on his own. Start back at the very beginning and just approach folks and have him sit beside you. Do not let him go behind you. He must face the challenge. Tell the people not to acknowledge the dog at all. Just stand there and talk to you. Stay there until he relaxes. Then walk away. Do this until he can approach people and sit calmnly. THEN start to have them hold a treat in their hand and just let the dog go reach to get it. They should just hold it down and not towards the dog at all. Just stand here and if he remains calm then walk away. If he does not take the treat that is fine as long as he remains calm. Then approach them and ask him to sit - Have them get down on the dogs level and hold their hand for him to sniff with a treat in it. You need to break it down for him as he is feeling overwhelmed but too much too fast.

    Take him as many places as you can - on leash and do not allow him to go behind you ever. At this point it will be a long process. If you have a group of people - make a circle and just walk him in and our and around the circle. It is critical that you not talk to him during any of these exercises other than to give a command. Sit - do not feed the negative energy. Stand tall and confident. Do not bend over to the dog at all.
     
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  16. Wendy

    Wendy Notable member



    He is 7 months. He was doing good than we came across a vet office that I believe did something to him, cuz he was almost worse than when I first got him. And then he got parvo and had to be quarantined for like three months.
    When we were able to venture out again he was super bad! He would literally run screaming away from people and dogs.
    He is better now, he just tucks tail and avoids. If he comes over to me in fear I usually just step away or sometimes I have to give him a shove away.
    I guess I just need guidance and to know eventually he will be his crazy self around everyone not just the family.
     
  17. Dobs4ever

    Dobs4ever Hot Topics Subscriber

    Do not shove him away or move away. That confuses him even more. Stand your ground and with the leash just step to his side If he goes behind you again step back to his side. Parvo is a 10 day virus - why would any dog be quarantined 3 months???

    Take him for walks. Keep moving - do not let him stop and cower Move straight ahead with confidence and stop every 10 paces and treat him for staying with you. If he freaks at something just S?TOP and stand very tall and very still. Just stand there. Do not look at him or talk to him. Once he settles down (even if it takes and hour) then say lets go and move forward with confidence again.

    You don't want him his crazy self around anyone He needs direction on how to behave properly around all people. It starts at home by teaching him what is expected around family then he will have a better understanding of what is expected outside with strangers. He needs to sit and greet.

    If at all possible he desperately needs to be enrolled in formal obedience classes to help you both.
     
  18. Wendy

    Wendy Notable member

    Omg, I meant 3 weeks...sorry don't know where that came from. Vet advised to wait about 2 weeks after last day of treatment before venturing out again, just in case.

    We went to dog park today and I followed your advice and just stood there still and he did great, still a little nervous but he was taking the lead in sniffing other dogs before they got to him.

    Thank you for the advice, already paying off!
     
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  19. BamaMom1227

    BamaMom1227 Jr Member

    My Athena is 10 months old and I have taken her out in public many times. She does great with strangers and is so friendly and lets people pet her. However when we are home, she is terrified of strangers. She will bark and run and hide. Is this a normal reaction? She is the first Dobie for me and I don't really know what to do. I have 3 teenage boys living in the house so someone always has a friend dropping by. Thanks for any and all advice.
     
  20. shadash

    shadash Notable member

    The way Athena acts in front of strangers at home is typical of a Doberman.

    Next time someone new comes by put a choke chain or prong collar on her with a leash before opening the door. After opening the door correct the actions you don't want her doing. Also do not let her hide.
     

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