Congratulations on your new Dobie. In the next few months, your playful pup will grow into a strong, intelligent and fiercely loyal companion. Doberman pinschers are not all snarls and teeth as depicted in the movies, but they are high-drive dogs that require intense socialization.
Your Dobie’s Training Potential
Your Doberman puppy comes from a mixed-breed heritage, probably rottweiler, Manchester terrier, German pinscher and greyhound. The combination, created over a century ago to serve as both guard and companion, was highly successful. The good news is that your Dobie can learn basic obedience and complicated tasks quickly. The better news, depending on your outlook, is that you’re going to get a lot of physical exercise keeping up with your Doberman. This breed is not for couch potatoes.
Few breeds are as quick to house-train as the Doberman. Take your puppy outside to relieve himself after meals and immediately after he wakes. With praise, your Dobie will soon understand what you want him to do, but don’t expect him to go longer than one hour per month of his age without taking him out to potty. For example, a 3-month-old Dobie can wait three hours indoors before he needs to go out. The Dobie lives to please his owner, but don’t take advantage of that. If you have to leave him for more than six hours, arrange for a friend to stop by and take him out for walk.
Because of his natural propensity for guarding his people, his home and other possessions, the Doberman must be heavily socialized, starting as a young puppy and continuing throughout his life. Enroll in a puppy kindergarten class, followed by adult obedience classes at least twice per year. Take your Dobie on daily walks where he encounters a variety of people and their pets. Visit your local dog park regularly so he learns to interact with other dogs amicably. Arrange to have friends and co-workers stop by, so you can teach your Dobie to sit quietly when you answer the door.
Exercise and Advanced Training
Run, don’t walk, with your new Dobie. Better yet, get a bicycle leash and let your Doberman run beside you as you pedal around the park. Dobermans have energy to spare and require daily prolonged physical exercise to tone their temperaments. Like children with too much time on their hands, Dobies can get into mischief if they don’t receive adequate mental stimulation as well. This breed excels in advanced training techniques, such as agility competitions or search-and-rescue, and enjoys endless games of fetch. Training a Dobie is an investment in time, patience and consistency, but you’ll be rewarded with a loyal and loving companion for life.
- The Howell Book of Dogs – The Definitive Reference to 300 Breeds and Varieties; Liz Palika
- Doberman Pinscher Club of America: Training and Obedience
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