Dobies are social animals and dislike being ignored. If you ignore a Doberman pinscher there is a good chance they will do something to get your attention. If the resulting action is good then praise, if bad continue to ignore. You are almost always better off ignoring your dog than yelling at him. Your dobie is simply seeking attention and is indifferent as to whether the received attention is positive or negative. If you follow this argument to its logical conclusion your dobie will eventually only do good things. Eventually he will be obedient.
Start as you mean to finish. Don’t let your puppy get away with something you would not condone in an adult dog. Just because your puppy is small doesn’t mean it should get away with bad behavior. Vets often report they dislike treating small dogs the most. They are the ones their owners haven’t disciplined for biting.
Never give a Doberman pinscher a command which you know they will disobey or that you know you cannot reinforce.
Consistency is key to successful Doberman training
When it comes to dog obedience training, there are many aspects that contribute to success. Supervision, practice, patience, timing, and providing leadership are all necessary, but the key to successful dog obedience training is consistency.
Consistency is doing the same things and enforcing the same rules time after time, with no exceptions. Simple in theory, but not so simple in practice.
Assume you have decided the kitchen is a Doberman free zone. The only way to enforce the new rule is to consistently not allow the dog in the kitchen. From now on each time your dog ventures into the kitchen tell them “no”, redirect them to a another area of the house such as the living room and place them in a “down/stay”, then praise the dog for his obedience.
As consistency is the key the new rule needs to be enforced all of the time, not most of the time or some of the time, but every single time mister or little miss mischief wanders into the kitchen.
As previously mentioned, simple in theory, but not so simple in practice. ‘Every single time’ means when you are going about your daily life and tend not to be in ‘Doberman pinscher training mode‘. If you think it is easier to let it go just this once, or you think the dog didn’t see you see him you are only fooling yourself. Your dog saw you see him. He knows that you saw him but aren’t doing anything about it.
If your dog knows they are getting away with it now, why not later?
It can be very difficult to be consistent 100% of the time. However, by taking that extra 15 seconds to redirect the dog they can learn to change a habit in just a few days.
The ‘consistent’ rule also holds true for every dog behavior you want to modify.
Consistency is the reason dogs adopt new behaviors from a professional dog trainer after the first or second lesson. Professional dog trainers know the importance of consistency.
Good luck with your Doberman training and remember that you will learn ‘how to train your dog’ from your dog. Above all else make it fun for both you and your furry student.