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My 7 month old Doberman just won't calm down. He gets plenty

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My 7 month old Doberman just won't calm down. He gets plenty of exercise and is very rarely left alone.he is still biting us and just barks at us most of the time. He rarely settles during the day - love him to bits but drives me mad at times. Any tips on how to calm him down.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the Doberman's name?
Customer: Vinnie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Vinnie?
Customer: No maybe it is normal behaviour for a 7 month old we have always had older rescue Doberman's in the past this is the first puppy. He is just on all day!!!
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 month ago.

Hello and welcome. This is just a short note to introduce myself or to request needed information for your problem. My name is ***** ***** I have been in the dog field for 25 years. I am a Therapy Dog & AKC Evaluator/trainer/ as well as an assistance/service dog trainer, specializing in behavior. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I am working on your question now.

Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 month ago.

It is normal for a puppy to always be on and different dogs have different personalities so that adds to the mix.

If you have not started any training I would do so as this can show him how to behave inside the home through commands. I would train in short sessions , about 10 minutes but do this several times a day as your schedule allows. Training can be done when you are cooking dinner, cleaning, doing laundry etc. anytime you are stuck in one place , training can be done.

I would encourage clicker training as it is a positive method. I will direct you to a link on how to do this.

I would also invest in mind stimulating puzzles for dogs such as Kong, buster cube or treat dispensing ball, etc as this uses a dogs mind and this is important to tire him out. You can also take something like a large gatorade bottle and put his dose of kibble in there along with a biscuit or two and let him figure out how to get his food out, as this also works as a puzzle and tires the mind as well as introduces problem solving so his barking at you may diminish over time. Make sure to interchange toys also, dogs are like kids, if a toy is laying around they get bored with it and don't touch it. But if you put it away for a week then reintroduce it , then it seems new again.

Clicker training/positive method training/ print off

http://www.clickerlessons.com/

video’s to see how clicker training is done, scroll down to videos http://www.clickertrainusa.com/clicker-training-videos.htm

clicker maintaining focus http://www.clickertraining.com/files/auto-eye-contact.pdf

Kong these work great when stuffed with cream cheese and frozen

http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Extreme-Dog-Large-Black/dp/B0002AR0II/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982805&sr=1-1&keywords=kong+dog+toys

Buster cube

http://www.amazon.com/Buster-Food-Cube-Large-Colors/dp/B0006G54OU/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982864&sr=1-2&keywords=buster+cube

Dog Puzzles. If you just type in dog puzzles on amazon you will come to a page full. I just happened to pick this one . PetCo also carries dog puzzles.

http://www.amazon.com/Company-Animals-Ottosson-Brick-Interactive/dp/B001KZ4WJE/ref=sr_1_23?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982918&sr=1-23&keywords=dog+puzzles+for+large+dogs

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