Training Doberman Puppies
Doberman Pinschers are one of the most popular dog breeds in existence and have been around since the late 1800. These highly intelligent, athletic, large breed dogs are loyal to their masters and protective of their packs. Due to their energy and natural tendencies, training Doberman puppies may present some challenges. However, their intelligence levels make Dobermans one of the more natural breeds to train. Do the right things, and your Doberman Pinscher will catch on quite quickly. **The name "Doberman" comes from the man who bred the first of the dog breed, Karl Louis Dobermann.
Choosing The Right Doberman Puppy
So you've decided to buy a Doberman, hooray! When choosing your puppy, keep in mind that taking care of a Doberman can do some work, but when you have a dog that's ideally suited for your household, it's utterly worth effort. Dobermans do have some health problems to be mindful of, but they are pretty healthy puppies overall.
When you're looking at puppies, be critical! You want to find a puppy that's eight weeks old or older. An eight-week-old Doberman is more likely to have had sufficient time being with his or her litter. It is also during the eight weeks that dogs become accustomed to a) being around other dogs/people or b) being isolated. The former is the best way to go; choose a Pinscher puppy that is friendly. If the puppy is already, to begin with, training only becomes that much easier.
Training Doberman Puppies
Training quiz question! When should you start training your Doberman puppy? Answer: as soon as humanly possible. This means teaching your puppy as soon as you bring it home. The only exception to this rule might be if your puppy hasn't reached between eight and ten weeks of age. Waiting until this age is a good idea because it ensures the proper socialization of your dog and will reduce potential aggression pitfalls.
A great blueprint for your puppy is to conduct your Doberman Pinscher puppy training in four phases: the housebreaking phase, the BBP training phase, and the obedience phase.
The housebreaking phase kicks things off and is done to make sure that your Doberman can live indoors without going to the bathroom all over carpet, floors, and furniture. If you have a particularly stubborn pet, you may want to consider crate training. For those who aren't familiar, crate training is, it's merely a rectangular enclosure, usually made from wire, wood or metal, that a sets a training boundary for your Doberman. Using the crate keeps cleanup confined to one area. Completing this first phase of training can be worth its weight in pet owner gold.
I like to term phase two the BBP phase because it's the time when you teach your Doberman behavioral basics (hence the BB) and (P) position yourself as the leader of the house, and master of your pet. Get those ground rules set! Doberman biting and nipping are definite no-no's, and you want to make sure your dog doesn't do either of them. Using toys and role-playing are a great way to teach your dog not to bite. It may sound a little silly, but if you make a distinct whining sound to show that biting doesn't feel right, it can be a great lesson for your dog.
Again, crate training may be a smart idea during these early phases because your dog will become acclimated to following house rules far faster than if let your Doberman lay in your bed (Doberman's LOVE doing that, by the way, ...if you made them) or jump on the furniture. Training this way will help to prevent separation anxiety later.
The obedience phase is crucial, too.
It's during this time that you can teach your dog more specific commands like "sit," "stay," "lie down," how to respond to his or her name, among other authorities. This phase generally should happen between three and six months and will take the relationship with your Doberman to a whole new level.
How Doberman Puppy Training Can Protect Your Dog
If you have a puppy, he or she is going to be curious about the world around them, just as a young child is once they're old enough to stand, walk around and explore.
Curiosity isn't a bad thing, but it's important to teach your dog the essentials that will keep them from being injured or worse. Make sure your that dog has been trained to stop at curbs and not to chase cars. Also use your leash wisely.
Your Doberman should not be unleashed if they haven't proven that they can go for a walk without pulling on the strap or return when being called by name.
Yes, there is a lot goes into making sure that your Doberman Pinscher is appropriately trained, but enjoy the process and treat your pet as an extended member of your family. Training your dog makes for a more fulfilling pet/owner relationship.