Your Unique Doberman will adjust well to being in his crate, please just be patient and remember they are only 9 weeks old and just left the only family they have known.
Since they were weaned they each have learned to spend some quiet time alone in their crates.
Buy a crate just large enough to turn around and lie down in comfortably, if you purchase too large of a crate they may relieve themselves in the corner away from the bed.
They sell crates now with dividers for growing puppies, so keep that in mind also.
Keep in mind that that they will grow and you will eventually need to purchase a new crate.
Crating your Doberman puppy when you are away or unable to watch them will help prevent accidents, chewing and other unwanted behaviors.
Your Doberman puppy will learn to enjoy their quiet time and you will most likely find them curled up inside in their own "den" when you are least expecting it.
It is a common misconception that crate training your Doberman puppy is a cruel practice. This is just not true! Think of "Wolfs Dens" or "Coyote / Fox holes", even though domesticated your Unique Doberman is still a dog with a dogs instincts!
Keep your crate covered for privacy and comfort and you will find that your Unique Doberman will love the crate!
Remember your Unique Doberman wants to be with you at all times, they will be worried about your safety and whereabouts, this is called separation anxiety but in all my years of owning Dobermans I'm convinced it's separation anxiety because they worry that we will not be able to properly protect ourselves without their supervision.
Keep the crate nearby where you spend most of your leisure time so they can see and hear you, if you lock your puppy away from you it will cause them a great deal of stress!
Remember you purchased a dog that was bred to be their humans constant companion.
Be ready to start crate training your Unique Doberman puppy as soon as you bring them home. The first time you put your Doberman puppy in the crate that first night it should be after a period of play or exercise and most importantly right after he's relieved himself outside, let him wind down from his play time first, then put him in his crate, close the door and go about your normal bedtime routine.
Understand that they will cry for you because you just rescued them, they were just taken away from the only home they know and have probably just spent a few scary hours on a noisy plane, please don't reward the crying by getting them back out of the crate when you've put them in for bedtime!
Your Unique Doberman was bred to be with their master and they need to be with their master, that is why you purchased a Unique Doberman in the first place right?
So, the first night when you come home with him make sure he's fed and watered and after 2-3 hours of play time have went by take him outside until they've completed their duties then you can put them in the crate for the night. Give him AMPLE time to complete their needs! Do not rush them or you will only have accidents as soon as you bring them back in the house.
Expect your 8 week old puppy to be taken outside for the last time at 11:00 pm and taken back out by 5:00 am. Remember this only lasts for a couple of weeks, when they are just a bit older they will have better control and will be able to last thru the night just like a human baby.
As we are only very familiar with our own Unique Dobermans temperaments, growth and behaviors, please feel free to call or e-mail us at anytime with questions about your Unique Doberman.
If you do not have a Unique Doberman please contact your puppies breeder directly as they are the best lifetime resource for your puppy's special needs.
By the time your Unique Doberman is 14 - 18 months old IF YOU ARE DILIGENT in the house training, they will be ready to be trusted unsupervised in the house all night long in your bedroom and for short periods alone during the daytime.
Housebreaking a puppy is something that just cannot be rushed, just like posting their ears don't give up too soon and don't only post ears or housebreak when there has been an accident! If you are consistent in your training and taping both will be a complete success.
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