Dobermans are extremely intelligent and learn commands quickly. Teaching your Doberman to come when called is a canine survival tool that ensures your Dobe comes to you before running out your front door into a busy street. Practice equals perfection when training the quick-to-please Dobe.
Teach your Dobe to respond to his name. Wait for him to look away and then say his name. Unlike other commands, this can be repeated several times until your Dobe realizes you're addressing him. The second your dog looks at you after you say his name, praise him verbally using his name and give a treat. This exercise can be performed several times per day by everyone in the household.
Use a six-foot leash to teach the "Come" command. With your Dobe on the leash, say, “Come” once and quickly move backward. Continue moving backward until your Dobe gets all the way to you, according to the Humane Society of the United States. When your Dobe is at your feet, praise him verbally while using his name and give a treat.
Increase the leash length to 20 feet. Say, “Sit, stay” if your Dobe has learned these commands. Otherwise, have a volunteer stand behind your Dobe with her fingers laced across his chest. Hold a treat in front of the dog's nose and run away excitedly, saying “Come” and the dog's name. When your dog reaches you, praise him enthusiastically and give him a treat. Continue running before saying “Come” and continue to increase the distance, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Make the "Come" command a game. Have a friend stay with your Doberman as you disappear into another room. Yell, “Come” from a different room and wait for your dog to find you. Once he reaches you, praise him and give a treat. Increase the level of difficulty by moving to rooms farther away.
- Practice the "Come" command daily. If you train your dog for 20 minutes daily, your Dobe will follow simple commands within two to three months, according to the Dog Training Guide.
- If your Dobe refuses to come, enlist him in a dog obedience class. These classes provide a positive and fun learning environment for your Doberman. You can also try different rewards for when your Dobe responds to the command, such as small bits of cooked chicken, cut-up turkey hot dogs or a favorite toy.
- Start teaching the "Come" command the first day your Doberman comes to live with you.
- Never repeat the command more than once. If you're repeating “Come” twenty times before your Dobe comes to you, the training is ineffective. Ineffective training of this command can result in tragedy for your Doberman.
Melissa McNamara is a certified personal trainer who holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and communication studies from the University of Iowa. She writes for various health and fitness publications while working toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing.