Are Dobermans Difficult to Train and Maintain?

Dobermans are powerful, energetic dogs that need a lot of exercise. Socialization and obedience training from an early age are essential for this breed. Learn more about how difficult it is to train and maintain control of a Doberman.

Are Dobermans Difficult to Train and Maintain?

Many people believe that training and maintaining control of a


is a difficult task, which can be off-putting for potential owners. It is true that the Doberman Pinscher is a demanding breed that requires a lot of attention and guidance from its family. This breed is very athletic and needs to be walked briskly every day and run regularly. Activities must be varied to keep the Doberman's interest, as they are intelligent dogs that get bored easily.

Mental exercise is also important for this breed, as they were not designed to be lazy. If they do not get enough exercise and company, they can become restless and develop behavioral problems. People who work long hours should not adopt a Doberman.For more information on the Doberman Pinscher, see Everything Your Family Needs to Know About the Doberman Breed. It is important to have a routine for both you and your dog, and to schedule training sessions at the same time every day.

The first step in training Doberman puppies is teaching them to sit, followed by teaching them to stay. Positive reinforcement rewards and praise are the best way to reward good behavior, rather than using disciplinary measures or physical punishment. Dawn Vendegna-Perovic, a professional trainer specializing in working with Dobermans and Rottweilers, Nicholas Dodman, professor, section chief and program director of the Department of Clinical Animal Behavior Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton (Massachusetts), and Ardis Braun of Dobies and Little Paws Rescue in Fillmore, California all agree that Dobermans are loyal, obedient and dedicated to their owners. They are often referred to as “Velcro dogs” because they rarely need to be called; they don't want to be separated from their owners.

To understand the Doberman's personality, it is important to remember that these family dogs will do anything for their people as long as instructions remain clear and consistent.Dobermans need a lot of exercise; if they don't get enough exercise they can become irritable or aggressive. Socialization and obedience training from an early age are essential for this breed. Cage training can be difficult with a new puppy, but since they are very intelligent dogs it is important to learn the process quickly so it can be done at home.