Activities For Doberdanes

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Introduction

Doberdanes are a very unique breed of hybrid dog; resulting from crossing a Doberman with a Great Dane. These distinct dogs really stand out amongst the crowd due to their sleek, jet black coats, strong builds, and stoic dispositions. If you're looking for a dog that can serve as a guardian for yourself and your loved ones, while also being incredibly fun to play with, the Doberdane may be the answer to your prayers. These dogs tend to excel at physical activities, but they also can be taught a number of tricks and learn how to participate at dog shows with time.

Incline Exercise

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30 - 45 min
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Frisbee
Activity description
Doberdanes are naturally very fit and athletic dogs, but they can become so much more fit and athletic depending on how their caregivers train them. This first activity on our list is actually an umbrella term that references a menagerie of activities that you and your Doberdane can try out the next time you've got access to an area with an incline that's not too steep. Parks, beaches, and even sand dunes all make great places to get an incline workout in, with hilltops and mountainsides being particularly noteworthy and scenic places to exercise at. You don't need much to get into this activity either, just a few dog toys for your companion and some active wear for you.
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Warm ups
Warm up exercises are the sorts of things that get the blood pumping and the joints limbered up. Before you and your Doberdane start tussling around on an incline, consider doing a few jumping jacks and jogging up and down the incline - after stretching of course, we don't want anyone cramping up here!
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Incline frisbee
That's right, we're going to be playing frisbee on a slanted surface for this step. Both you and your dog will notice how the arced angle of the terrain will work your leg muscles out more than usual. That's really the benefit of doing anything on an incline; the slanted angle adds an extra layer of challenge to any activities you choose to try out.
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Early Socialization

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15 - 30 min
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Treats
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In about 4 to 6 months after you first adopt a Doberdane puppy, your cute little rascal is going to be replaced with a tall, statuesque dog who'll be utterly unaware of their own strength. To help make everyone's lives easier, we highly suggest that you get your Doberdane used to dealing with other people and animals at a very young age. This process is referred to as socialization and it's often times overlooked or outright skipped by certain dog owners, leading to the old "mean dog" stereotype that we're all sick of. The best way to avoid raising a mean dog is to socialize them while they're young.
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Used to the great outdoors
Every dog is different - regardless of breed, age, or pedigree. Some puppies of the Doberdane breed will prove themselves to be social butterflies. Others will be a lot more reluctant to set a single paw outside the comfort of your home. If you've got a puppy that's a bit on the agoraphobic side of the fence, take them for short walks around your backyard, and then around your house or apartment complex.
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Familiar faces
The first group of people you should get your puppy used to are your loved ones, since it's very likely they'll be seeing each other around for many years to come. Moreover, friends and family will be more patient and understanding with a nervous young pup, allowing your Doberdane to get a feel for interacting with humans besides yourself.
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Dog parks
Dog parks are great places to take a young dog that's beginning to get the hang of socializing with others. Not only will they get the opportunity to mingle with other humans, but they'll also get the chance to meet with dogs of all shapes and sizes. If your dog still seems a bit nervous at the park, stay by their side and reassure them that there's nothing to worry about. Frequent the park on a regular basis and the socialization will be highly ingrained.
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Tracking Training

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1 hr
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Leash
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Both the Doberman and the Great Dane have fantastic senses of smell and intuition - two traits that have helped them gain reputations as being some of the best tracking breeds out there. Their Doberdane offspring can learn how to track people and other animals down just as well as either of their parents, given that they're exposed to the right kind of training. That's where this activity comes in; the goal is to help your dog develop their ability to find missing persons or animals by following their footprints or smells. This activity is best attempted in areas where there's lots of space and foliage.
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Safety first
We didn't list this activity as "hard" just for kicks and giggles; you and your dog will be out in the wilderness trying to find tracks where there seemingly are none. Essentially all of your attention will go to tracking during this activity, so we feel it's best to pick a place that's spacious yet safe and secure.
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The "scent" method
One of the ways you can teach your Doberdane to track someone or something down is via scent. All dogs have innately strong senses of smell. Doberdanes just so happen to be among those breeds of dogs that can learn to hone that sense of smell to a fine point. Make sure that your dog gets a good whiff of the scent you'd like them to track down and then gently guide them along until they reach their objective.
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The "tracks" method
Teaching your dog to find a person or another animal based on their tracks is an equally valid, if not much more tricky, means of track training your Doberdane. It may seem easy (pointing your dog in the direction of a series of footprints and then asking them to follow the trail,) but this method can get very difficult when the tracks aren't so easy to find. This step may take the know-how of a professional trainer. Research courses that can be taken as a fun activity to further hone your pal's skills.
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Weight Training

This activity is pretty straightforward in theory; it aims to help your dog become stronger by urging them to train with various amounts of weight. As with human weight training, it's important not let your dog bite off more than they can chew early on (unless you want your puppy to end up in one of those "gym fails" videos that are all over the web,) so start off light and then help your dog gradually working with more weight.

Dog Puzzles

Doberdanes are pretty brainy breeds, when all's said and done. To help your dog become much more well rounded, we think it'd be a good idea to expose them to a few dog puzzles so that they can train the greatest muscle of all - their brain. Dog puzzles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so look around for the ones that best fit your Doberdane.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you've come to gain a greater love and appreciation for Doberdanes after reading about just a few of the exciting activities you can try out with dogs of this breed. That being said, we'd like to encourage you not to see this guide as the be all, end all of the exercises you can try out with your Doberdane; experiment and see what kinds of things the particular Doberdane you're caring for is in to. Even among the same breed, no two dogs are so alike that they don't have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Figure out what makes your Doberdane tick, then scratch that itch.