Activities For Doberman Shepherds

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Introduction

Some hybrid dogs have quirky names that make it a bit hard to tell which breeds are their parents. The Doberman Shepherd isn't one of those dogs. In fact, the Doberman Shepherd has a number of unique traits and features that help them stand out from other hybrid breeds - even ones that share at least one parent. Doberman Shepherd's have a very distinct appearance for starters; they tend to have large tan patches of fur that make a "bow tie" shape on their chests. Combined with their jet black coats, they can immediately be distinguished from any other dog breed out there.

Flyball

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Flyball Box
hurdles
Tennis Ball
Activity description
Flyball is a game that combines aspects of agility training, relay racing, and fetch to create an experience unlike any other. Dogs will need to be able to head the instructions of humans to properly play, so one could say that there are elements of obedience training mixed into this game as well. To play, you'll absolutely need a flyball box and some type of ball that your dog can safely grab with their mouth. Additionally, four hurdles are used as obstacles for jumping over. Your Doberman Shepherd will jump over the hurdles, pounce on the flyball box to get the ball and then run back to you. You can play at home or join a team for a competitive environment. This activity is best attempted during sunny weather if you are playing outside in your backyard.
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The aim of the game
The goal of flyball is to give your dog an intense physical workout while also testing them to see how they react to different obstacles and challenges. To that end, pouncing on the flyball box will help your dog work up a good sweat; it's activated by pressure, so your dog essentially has to run forward and pounce on the front of the spring-loaded box with a great deal of force. Just training with the box alone will help your Doberman Shepherd stay in shape, but when you add hurdles to the mix the challenge is increased.
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Hurdles and speed
Hurdles will add an extra layer of physical challenge to this activity, but they'll also prompt your dog to think on the fly. Your Doberman Shepherd will have to learn how to go over the hurdles; teach them to traverse one at a time and once they've mastered that, add all four. Then, add the hurdles to the flyball box pounce and they have essentially completed the course. Teaching them to bring the tennis ball back over the hurdles to you is next. Finally, increasing the speed is the last step. If your dog enjoys the game, join a flyball club for the ultimate test of speed and a fun socialization activity.
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Bowling

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Bowling Ball
Bowling Pins
Dog Sized Mini Slide
Activity description
This activity was inspired by the story of a Goldendoodle whose human caretakers taught them how to bowl (more or less) when they were a puppy. What they did was pretty ingenious; they got a miniature slide, no larger than their dog, lined up the slide with an array of bowling pins, placed the bowling ball at the top of slide, and then encouraged their dog to stand up and push the ball down. You can replicate the same thing with your Doberman Shepherd, as these dogs learn just as quickly as Goldendoodles do. The items you will need are fairly cheap too, making for endless fun any day of the week!
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Set 'em up
You likely won't be able to find a bowling alley that allows pets onto the premises during their normal operating hours, so you'll have to make your own alley. You can simply set up the pins in the driveway of your home if you've got one or you can find an area of the park that'll do the trick as well. You can also set up the alley indoors, but we recommend moving any fragile items away from the play area.
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Knock 'em down
The rest is all a matter of gravity; once you place the ball at the top of the slide, you'll need to hold it in place until your Doberman Shepherd comes over to you. Encourage your dog to push against the ball, only letting go once your dog has applied enough force to push the ball all the way down. That's basically it! Keep playing with your dog and see if they eventually get a strike.
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Simon Says

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
Simon Says is a classic game that's often played with toddlers and preschool aged children to teach them how to recognize and follow commands. Considering that most dogs have the mental faculties of a toddler, your Doberman Shepherd will be able to learn the ins and outs of this game really quickly. As an added bonus, you don't need to spend any more on high tech equipment to play Simon Says with your dog! Just make sure you have some treats at the ready, as you'll need to reward your pup when they do a good job, to reinforce positive behavior.
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Show...
First, you'll have to show your dog what to do when they hear you say a certain word or phrase; show your dog that they need to raise one of their paws up once they hear you say "wave" or "shake." Show them that they need to go prone once they hear you say "lay down." Reward them with a treat once they perform the proper action to let them know they're doing a bang up job.
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...Then tell
This part of the Simon Says activity is all about getting creative and keeping your dog on their toes. Dole out a number of phrases and commands - first one at a time and then one after the other - making sure to only reward your dog after they've completed the job. See how long your dog can go before they slip up, then reward them anyway for being a good sport.
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Box Games

If this activity sounds vague, that's because it's actually a phrase that refers to a collection of different games that all involve using cardboard boxes. The sky is the limit with this one; you use cardboard boxes to hide your dog's food then encourage them to sniff it out. Or, you and your four-legged best friend can build a fort together.

Tag

This activity hardly needs any sort of introduction or explanation; it's an oldie but a goodie that'll help you and your Doberman Shepherd burn a little bit of fat off while having tons of fun. Take your dog to a nice, open park then touch them and try to avoid getting touched by your pup for as long as possible.

Conclusion

Doberman Shepherds have a lot of great qualities and endearing personalities, so we think that one of these dogs can learn to become complimentary members of all sorts of families. Doberman Shepherds aren't too difficult to raise, especially in comparison to some of the more stubborn dog breeds out there, so even if you're an inexperienced canine caretaker you'll still be able to get along just fine with one of these guys. The catch is that you've got to be willing to get active and creative with one of these dogs, as they'll be the opposite of a couch potato.