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Training and Obedience

The Doberman takes to training, even as a very tiny puppy, magnificently. This highly intelligent breed actually seems to be capable of “sensing” and feeling what his master is thinking and what he wants the Doberman to do.

The Doberman is as close to being”human” as any breed of canine.   They have the desire to please and comply with the requests of their master.

Because of these wonderful traits and their intelligence, they are trained very easily and quickly and retain the lessons very easily.   They can be very “testing” at times, but with patience and guidance, they are remarkable in their ability to learn and anticipate the situation.  Basic Obedience training is imperative for the Doberman.

This is a breed that must be under control—both physically and mentally—because their traits as a breed all combine to produce a fast, athletic dog that has a large jaw filled with large teeth.

If the Doberman is not trained, respected and properly disciplined—they have the capability of doing great harm to someone, even a family member. It is no different than a child that must be raised with rules and respect for the adults (parents).

The Doberman must love and respect the family as the authority in his life, and this must start at a young age in puppyhood to guide and gently mold the young Doberman into a welcome member within the family and into the greater realm of the community.

Dobermans are unsurpassed in their ability to learn, respond, protect and be a loving, fun companion—but they must be trained to temper and control their temperament traits to produce the “ultimate pet and companion.”

Here are some fabulous sites for information on *TRAINING*.   Please spend some time to understand the Doberman and why training is a requirement for a happy, responsive and in control companion.

Clicker training articles

Articles by Suzanne Clothier

Competition obedience training articles

Understanding canine drives

submitted by
Theresa Mullen
DPCA Public Education Committee