It is a known fact that dogs need a certain amount of exercise daily. Dobermans, in particular, need lots of arduous physical exercise throughout the day. Vets even recommend a minimum of one hour of physical exercise for Dobies. A good, low-impact way to stimulate your dog physically is to go swimming. The majority of dog breeds, including Doberman Pinschers, absolutely love to be in the water. In fact, their excitement is palpable once your dog jumps in the water and starts to swim or play with toys. Moreover, during the hot summer months, swimming is a good way to cool your dog off and prevent the possibility of heat-related conditions.
Playing Frisbee can be a potentially fun activity between you and your dog. It is somewhat similar to a game of fetch, albeit one that involves a Frisbee disc and is more challenging. However, while most dogs would probably be interested in watching the Frisbee disc fly and retrieving it, most dogs will not know how to catch it. After all, you cannot expect your dog to get it the first time around, right? Training is needed in order for your dog to pick up the game. A regular game of Frisbee is a great way to use up your Doberman’s energy and can also help strengthen your bond and improve communication with your pooch.
Doberman Pinschers are fast, athletic and can run at incredible speeds. Sometimes, a regular walk around the neighborhood or in the park will no longer satisfy their need for physical activity and exercise. One way to keep up with your Dobie’s high energy levels is by putting yourself on a set of wheels. One of the best options is to go cycling with your dog. By being on a bicycle, you get to keep up with your dog’s pace without tiring yourself out like you would if you ran with your Dobie. Likewise, your Dobie will be able to go at a pace that will satisfy their need for physical stimulation.
For Dobermans, mental stimulation is just as important as physical. When left bored and alone, Dobermans may display some destructive behavior. A good way to keep your dog mentally active is through a scavenger hunt. To do this, take your Dobie’s favorite treat or toy and hide it in an area in your house that is easy to find. Then, command your dog to look for the treat. When the game gets too easy, make your hiding area more challenging in order to keep your dog mentally stimulated.
The Doberman Pinscher is an intelligent breed that can easily pick up new information. This makes the breed a perfect candidate for obedience training. Start with basic commands such as “stay” or “sit” to get the training started and slowly move on to more difficult commands. Do not forget to reward your Dobie after each training session.
Doberman Pinschers are lovely but fierce dogs that need constant physical and mental stimulation. Moreover, variety is the spice of a Doberman’s life. By the trying the abovementioned activities and switching things up every now and then, you get to prevent your Dobie from being bored and thwart any potential negative behavior as a result.