Hello, I have a 10 month old male doberman. I am an experienced dog owner but I'm new to this breed. Despite all the research I did before deciding to bring this dog into my home, I somehow failed to notice the part about them being high energy. I know that part of the problem is that he is a puppy and he is not neutered. I know that he will mature and we will have him neutered soon. But I think we still will have a high energy dog on our hands. We have a large yard for him to play in but he doesn't do much playing that isn't destructive unless we are doing it with him. I play with him several times a day and when we are home he is in the house with us (usually dismantling it) We have been through obedience and he sits, and downs and stays etc. but he still repeatedly chews things up and strings trash and cat box litter all over the house. I'm thinking this dog needs something to mentally challenge him and direct his energies in a more positive way. This leads me to my question. Do they make a toy that will last more than an hour with an 80lb dog that loves to shred things? Do they make anything that will hold their attention? (like a dog puzzle?) I've tried the treat ball and it is absolutely his favorite but if I don't supervise his play time with it he rips it to shreds. I also have 2 small children and I can't spend all day supervising the dog's play. I would also be interested in any suggesteed recreational training besidees the basics. Is there anything that this breed in particular accels at? Please help this exhausted mother.
Hi I can understand how you feel my life is full of energized boxers. I did make a toy for Melvin that he really found entertaining. I don't know if you have seen the balls that are about the size of a soccer ball. They are like a honey comb with only the skeleton holding the ball together. The rest is hollow. Well I put a squeak toy in there and he can't get it out It squeaks and he looks so perplexed trying to figure out how to get to it. He throws this thing around ,its so funny. Filled kongs are good for a couple of minutes. good luck !
Dogs are naturally curious walkers. Most dogs require at least a 30 minute up to 1 hour walk everyday to help maintain a healthy mind. They get bored & destructive when we don't provide something new and stimulating for their senses to take in and then you end up with a trouble maker. While you mentioned play time with your dog, it is not mentioned any walking activities. Your dog needs a job that speaks to their natural instinct in order to calm the mind. Try walking for at least 30 minutes every morning, making sure that you are directing the job and not being drug down the sidewalk. Halfway through the walk, take a "sniff break" allowing the dog to explore some of his new surroundings with his nose as a reward for doing a good job of walking in the "heal position". At the end of the walk reward him with one last "sniff break", take him in the house and then reward him further with food and water. You have now created his first "job" of the day.
Now for a new play idea...I had a young female Dobe that had more energy than anyone else in the family. My son would love to run in the back yard with her but it became difficult since they were both so clumsy that my son was constantly falling if she bumped him. I found a wonderful solution...bubbles. One day my son begged to go outside so we could blow bubbles and our Doberman naturally came out with us. My son prefered me to do the blowing so that he could run and pop the bubbles with his hands. Our Dobe quickly caught on to this new game and would run along popping bubbles to the point of shear exhaustion. The more wind, the better she liked it too. This became our first line of action during those hyper moments. Also a quick way for her to become comfortable with new people to our home and they always got a huge kick out of blowing bubbles for our dog to pop. You should always make sure you use nontoxic bubbles, or purchase bubbles made for dogs (they make bacon flavor bubbles!!!). Remember, a dog with a "job" is a happy dog, no matter how silly the "job" seems to us humans.
Hey guys, Thanks for the ideas. I really appreciate it. I know I do need to walk him more I will try to better with that. I've seen the honeycomb ball before but I thought it looked easy to tear up. I like the idea of the toy in the middle though. I'll give it a shot. I also love the bubble idea. My kids love for me to blow bubbles and they pop them with toy swords. It is one of their favorite games. It never occured to me to bring the dog into that game. Also we discovered last night that our dobe loves to chase a lazer light around the room. It was hilarious. Thanks again!
i can soooo relate!!!!! i have never even been near a dobie, never mind having one live in my home!!! it has turned out to be the most amazing experience i have ever had with a dog. our boy lucky has more energy than the two of us, but we have found that giving him something to keep his attention for long periods of time, works great for us! i asked my local butcher if he had any beef stock bones! i roast the bones, uncovered, for about 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. it seems to harden the bones, so that even with lucky's scissor teeth, it can keep him happy and busy for hours! i also bought a kong type ball with a bell in it, and so far it's indestructable and he loves it. he pushes it all over the house... good luck with the dobie! if you can hang in there, it will be SO worth it...the love we get from this breed is truly amazing! dana and jeff sebastopol, cali
I have found that playing hide and seek indoors with my Dobe to be a fun filled activity. I will run and hide in a room and call his name and he will run around and search for me. After he finds me I will then hide in a different spot. It's quite funny to watch your dog run around and search for you.
our dog likes her Kong a lot, or just get another dog for him. Get a kennel for him first off though. He needs his own place when you aren't home. He might be destroying things from stress or anxiety. I like to play hide it games with my dog. I take her toy or a tasty treat and make her sit and stay. Then I walk into another room out of her site and hide her toy/treat. I then call her into the room to try and find it. It gets the dog thinking.