If you own a Doberman, you know how hard it is to train one. It requires patience, hard work, the best equipment including a collar and leash and the right tricks. One thing is for sure: your Doberman will need a lot of training before it can follow your instructions. Known for their intelligence and uniqueness, training this breed is not as easy as training others. But you can always use their intelligence to your own advantage. We have compiled a few important tips and tricks that can help you with the training. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Reward Your Doberman
While training your Doberman, you need to make sure that you don’t punish it, or you will not be able to train your dog at all. Always have a few rewarding tricks. You must keep toys and treats with you so that you can show your Doberman how much you appreciate what it does. Just like humans get more motivated when they are rewarded, the same goes for your Doberman.
Game of Chase
For example, you can play a game of chase with your dog. The best way to do this is to call your Doberman. If it does not come, do not go after him. Wait till it comes after you. You can either run or walk away from a little so that your Doberman follows you. This is the most basic trick, and you will not have much difficulty with the game of chase.
No Long Hours
If you think you can train your Doberman for hours in one day, you are mistaken. Think of students in a classroom. If the lecture goes on for hours, people are not able to grasp the concepts. The Doberman brain works exactly like that. It has a short attention span. Therefore, to ensure that your efforts don’t go to waste, keep your training sessions under 30 minutes. This way, your Doberman will not be distracted or lose interest.
Start With Obedience Training
Basic obedience is the first step of your Doberman training. Teaching your Doberman to sit, stay, lie down, come and leave are a few commands that are a part of the obedience training. Some of them are easy, but some can be more difficult to teach. To teach your dog to sit, hold your Doberman’s snack in one hand to attract it and make sure that it is not within its reach. Then, say ‘sit’ and point with the other hand to the rear end. Your Doberman will sit just to see the treat. Do not forget to reward and praise your Doberman right after! But if your dog does not immediately do that, keep trying and putting in more effort.
Training a Doberman is not a piece of cake. Usually, the dogs are hyper or distracted, and you will need to put in the extra effort. Your Doberman may learn some commands quickly but take more time in learning others. But you will definitely enjoy the process.