If you are experiencing Doberman problems related to training you’re not alone. Sometimes training problems arise due to not understanding the nature of the breed. Dobermans are highly intelligent and possess a tremendous amount of energy. They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation or they become bored and boredom leads to problems.
Dog owners of any breed will experience some problems. Dogs will jump, bark, chew, whine, growl and bite. Dogs will be dogs after all. They are also creative and can come up with all sorts of interesting things to do.
So, whether you are a Doberman owner or plan on becoming one, you should expect problems, especially if you get an older dog that wasn’t properly trained when he was a puppy. Some of the more common issues and solutions for Doberman problems are:
Dobermans, besides being smart and energetic, are very social and loving. They are also loyal and dedicated to their people. Having originally been bred for protection, they have a tendency to be aggressive toward what they perceive to be a threat. This tendency will be stronger if they aren’t properly socialized as a puppy.
Without socialization your dog may become stressed or fearful which may lead to aggressive acts. Also, a dog that has not been neutered or spayed will have a stronger tendency toward aggression.
Be proactive rather than reactive to avoid Doberman problems because of aggression by socializing your puppy when he is very young. Dobermans are pack animals and will take the leadership role if you don’t. So, be the leader by becoming a strong alpha presence. When you do your dog doesn’t need to be aggressive anymore.
Dogs bark, it’s a part of their nature. Sometimes barking is good and sometimes it isn’t. Obviously you want your dog to bark to warn you of an intruder. Barking to let you know that someone is at the door or to remind you to feed him is okay. Being social creatures, dogs also communicate with other dogs by barking and that’s okay too, unless it becomes excessive.
The barking all day while you’re at work is something you will want to avoid. By making sure he has had sufficient exercise, plenty of attention, food and water and a comfortable place to sleep before you go to work will go a long way toward reducing the barking. Crate training would also help.
Avoiding Doberman problems because of barking begins with consistent training. By teaching him to come, lie down and stay, he will focus on those tasks and will more than likely immediately stop barking.
If your Doberman gets agitated and starts to show signs of stress, especially if you give him a lot of attention before you go to work and when you return home, you’re creating a separation anxiety situation.
Besides barking when you’re away, he could actually begin hurting himself, pull out hair, scratching and causing “hot spots”, breaking teeth, or even doing damage to your house.
This is not a situation you want to create. To prevent Doberman problems with anxiety, start teaching him at a young age to not seek attention before you leave home or after you return.
Doberman problems can get out of hand if you don’t start training early. Build a relationship with your Doberman by spending quality time with him while he’s still young so that he stays happy and healthy all of his life.