Doberman Pinschers are big, high energy dogs and can very be intimidating if they get excited or anxious before being groomed. Whether you are grooming your Dobie yourself or taking him to a professional groomer, you will want your dog to be calm before grooming. A frightened or anxious dog can misinterpret a groomer's actions and become aggressive if he feels threatened. Even an excited Doberman, bouncing about happily, can injure himself or others during grooming if he slips off a grooming table or in a tub. Many dogs, including Dobermans, do not like having their nails clipped, as it can be uncomfortable, and if nails were accidentally nicked or clipped too short in the past your dog may associate this procedure with pain and get upset at the sight of nail clippers or other grooming tools he associates with nail clipping.
There are several things you can do to calm your Doberman down before grooming including using some bribes... err… we mean positive reinforcement.