Associate grooming tools with positive things like food. Leave brushes, clippers, and nail trimmers near your Doberman’s dog dish or around the house so he is used to seeing them. Touch your Doberman with tools and provide treats to create a positive association.
While it may be tempting to ambush your excited Doberman or rush through grooming, if your dog is upset or agitated, to get it over with, this is the worst thing to do. Instead, let your dog know what you are doing, let him investigate tools, work slowly and steadily. Have tools ready and available.
Be calm, gentle and firm while approaching your Doberman for grooming and during grooming. Do not be intimidated or get excited as this will escalate his mood. Talk in a firm, steady voice.
Exercise your Doberman with a long run and play before grooming, so any excess energy is burned off and your dog is more likely to be calm.
Prepare for grooming at a time of day your dog is less active, like in the afternoon or evening, not first thing in the morning.