There are many reasons why Doberman aggressive behavior is observed by dog owners. It could be as simple as a dominance issue between dog and owner. It could even be related to a past incident which was not dealt with properly, say for example, an attack by another dog. Whatever the cause for the aggression, the most important thing is to address it at the first opportunity. If this is not done, the Doberman’s aggressive behavior can be quite scary and dangerous too.
The Source of Doberman Aggressive Behavior
Aggression in any dog may start when the dog is as young as six weeks old. This is a crucial stage of the puppy’s life which lasts until he is around fourteen weeks old (or more in some cases). This is the time when his training in how to relate to other dogs and people should be taking place.
The puppy should never be removed from the rest of the litter before reaching eight weeks of age. During this time and up to being at least ten weeks old, he should be treated gently. This means no hitting, yelling or harsh discipline as these are the things that encourage Doberman aggressive behavior over a period of time. By the age of fourteen weeks, the dog needs to have been socialized properly with other dogs and people. This should prevent any future incidents of aggression from occurring.
There are numerous factors which can trigger aggressive behavior in dogs. For instance, heredity and genetics play their role in this with certain breeds displaying more aggression than others. Aggressive behavior is also quite often spotted from time to time in dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.
The environment the dog lives in is all important. If the conditions are poor or his master treats him harshly the dog is much more likely to react in an aggressive manner as he gets older. This is also the case when socialization with people and other dogs has not occurred at the right stage of the dog’s life or if he has been the subject of attack by another animal.
Doberman aggressive behavior often develops because of the need of a pack pecking order to be established. The dog will test his supremacy by adopting a threatening stance or even biting when he feels it’s necessary. For this reason the dog owner needs to be dominant when the dog is young. The owner must ensure that this remains the case. He must never allow the animal to assume the alpha leadership role.
How to Stop and Control Doberman Aggressive Behavior
When your dog has reached sexual maturity, which occurs usually at just over twelve months of age, any bouts of aggressive behavior should be addressed straight away. Start by letting the dog know who is boss, and don’t make the mistake of rewarding him if he appears to be scared. He will only see this as a prize for the aggression he has shown.
Training your dog to respond to the commands you give is of great importance. He needs to be aware that you are the one in control as far as walking and feeding are concerned. If the dog is allowed to be leader and takes liberties in your home, this will result in aggression being shown to others both indoors and outdoors.
Dogs often strike out in fear if they have defensive-aggressive tendencies. This happens particularly in the case of improper early socialization. Some dogs see children as threatening. By taking your dog to a behaviorist or to training sessions the problem can soon be alleviated. He will quickly become acclimatized to the social atmosphere.
Doberman aggressive behavior is a problem but it’s one that can be controlled even in older dogs. It’s best to bring it under control before a person or another animal gets hurt and your dog is held responsible for the incident.