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? Even rawhids don't last that long. 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.
You could keep him on a leash with you for a lil while as much as possible.nuetering really will help alot.Kong toys are great thats what we buy Eliza our APBT.You can fill it with dry treats or this spray liver in a can.She'll try for etleast an hour to get the stuff out..and its pitbull proof.As far as stringing stuff through the house toilet paper decorates our house lol.But maybe some agility training? something with a purpose.A simple job or 8 (lol) throughout the day might help.Best of luck.
How many and how long of walks do you take him on? It sounds like he needs at least a few long walks per day (playing for a few minutes here and there during the day just isn't cutting it). And since you have little ones, all the better...everybody gets some exercise!
I've had a couple of dobes, and both of them loved to fetch. Seems like a good thing to try and could involve the whole family, so you're not away from your children.