1. S. short said:

    I have had Dobies for 40 years but was unable to overcome my young adopted girl’s shyness and signs of becoming a fear biter. I had experienced this problem when I was showing and breeding in the 70’s, but not this bad. A wonderful trainer identified her shyness as genetic and not environmental. He said we could not train her out of her fear of everything ,but could train her to trust me completely and become calm while under my control. An intense year of basic obedience training for both of us followed. All I wanted was to be able to take her to the vet and not muzzle or restrain her just for a basic exam. Now at the age of 5, Robin is a wonderful companion and well trained in basic obedience. I am very aware of her body language and can tell when she is becoming nervous or frightened. I immediately give her a sit or stand command (she is too vulnerable on down) and she relaxes. I must be very aware of her limits and put her in no situation where she can be harmed.
    As for aggression with other dogs. Per my trainer, don’t allow it. That’s what training is for and be very firm, you are the alpha.

    December 6, 2012
  2. Kumar said:

    Very useful one for pet dog owners.

    May 6, 2012
  3. PJ said:

    We have three Dobermans and I think perhaps the CGC would be an interesting thing to pursue with a couple of them. They are all trained in basic obedience and I do agility with one. They are all rescues, however, and tend to react poorly to other dogs on leashes. Off leash they’ll play normally with other dogs, but on a lead it somehow blows their minds to see another dog on a leash. It’s very embarrassing. I’ve tried sitting at a park with them individually and just letting my dog watch other dogs on leads go by, but every time it’s like a national emergency when they see that other dog and I end up getting a lot of dirty looks. I wonder how people who own older Dobies deal with these sorts of reactive behavioral issues? I’m sure it’s more straightforward if you start out with younger dogs.

    February 7, 2012
  4. Becka said:

    Both of my Doberman Pinschers passed their CGC on the first try this spring. Sam, a red male, was 1 year and Sasha, a black female, was about 18 months. They get compliments everywhere they go on how pretty and well behaved they are.
    I’m planning on doing higher level obedience with Sam and Sasha is higher energy so she is working agility (she already jumps about 40″) and schutzhund. I love my Dobes!

    September 13, 2011
    • Jaki said:

      I have same issue with my dobes. I think the best you can do is keep distance far and distract dog with fav food. Don’t worry about other people.

      February 7, 2012

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