Here are some tips that will help you when you train your Doberman Pinscher to be a well behaved dog:
1. KNOW YOURSELF. (The most important tip!!)
Not all people are gifted with a fondness for dogs. If you don’t love dogs or lack interest in them, It’s better to leave the training to experts. There will also be times when we have to be creative and innovative in our training. Dobermans are smart but we have to outsmart them. Furthermore, Doberman training needs a lot of care and gentleness.
2. Be Patient.
Mistakes are unwanted but expected, we have to tolerate and correct them. Doberman training requires a lot of patience. Don’t expect your dog to perfect everything in one teaching. There would be times when they slip. We have to bear in mind that though Dobermans are intelligent, each dog is unique and they learn at their own pace.
3. Start when they are puppies.
A puppy is easier to teach than a full grown Doberman. They are still in the process of learning and are acquiring new skills every day. They are willing to learn and willing to please their master. Unlike an older Doberman who will already have a strong character. If authority is not instilled in them, they are more stubborn and harder to mend.
4. Correct bad habits.
Behavior problems are acquired. Chewing, barking and jumping are normal for puppies. However, if you wish them gone when they reach adulthood, you have to train them while they are young. You have to constantly correct this behavior every time you see them doing it.
5. Give positive reinforcement rather than Punishment.
Positive reinforcement means you give them treats and praises whenever a good deed is done. This way of teaching will motivate them to learn and to please you more. If you punish your dog during training, your Doberman will not like the training experience and become uncooperative. Worse, they could hold a grudge and become more aggressive in the future.
6. Be Consistent.
The key to a successful training is consistency. You have to be consistent in what you teach them and in your reinforcements. You should only use one command for a desired action. Consistency is also strengthened with repetition. Train your dog everyday and correct them whenever the needs arise.
7. Involve all Family Members.
It is best when you involve your family members. Since the puppy mingles with everyone in the household, everyone should learn about training. This will not only ensure consistency in the training but will ensure that they are handling the puppy well.
8. Make the Session Fun and Short.
You should include trainings in your daily routine. Make it short, lasting for not more than 15 minutes. Make the session Fun. Be creative. You can play with your dog while you teach them to stand, sit and come.
9. Show your Dogs Love and Affection.
If you want your dog to love and protect you, you have to do the same. Be gentle in handling your dog, this will gain their trust and loyalty towards you. If you become a harsh trainer or owner, your Dobes will do the same.