He may be intelligent, fearless and energetic, but he’s also pretty huge. However, it’s not until you get up close and play with him that you realize quite how strong Dobermans are. You also realize his strength when he jumps up on you when you’re trying to watch TV. Now, this is entertaining for the most part when it’s just you. But guests and small children look positively terrified. So, although Oscar may not like it, he’s going to have to learn some rules.
Obedience training your Doberman will be useful for several other reasons too. Firstly, you’ll be able to use your control to teach him useful commands, such as ‘down’ and ‘stay’. Secondly, this type of training is a fantastic way to bond with your canine companion. Finally, you can channel all his pent-up energy into something productive.
Obedience training Oscar will probably be a lot easier than you realize. This is because Dobermans are naturally switched on and intelligent. The biggest hurdle will be initially conveying what it is you want him to do and setting some boundaries. However, once you have done that, you just need to reinforce training using incentives, such as food and toys.
If he’s a puppy then he should be fairly receptive. As a result, training may only take a few weeks. However, if you’ve never used obedience training with your Doberman, then it may take a couple of months. Get this training right and you will soon have Oscar performing a range of tricks for you when guests are over. In addition, stamping out any bad habits will be far easier.
Before you can start training you will need to collect a few bits. Stock up on tasty treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. Toys and a leash will also be required.
The other main requirement is time. Make sure you can set aside 10 to 15 minutes each day for training. Try and practice in a quiet room where there is less risk of anything valuable getting broken.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!
I am his owner since he starts to listen to me.
The problem is I stay with my boss who uses punishment way for obedience training.
Which makes the dobie angry. Today he made frowny face and tried to bite my boss when my boss tried holding him with force and shouted at him..
What my boss decided is just to give away this dog...
I do not want this to happen again in my life...it is just a harsh one-way decision from my boss. Please help me.....
I do not want to lose my dog. How can I do?
Hello Lee, Maybe try educating your boss about defense drive - some dogs naturally have something called a defense drive, which means when you apply physical pressure their instinct is to fight back instead of submit. This isn't exactly aggression because the dog is responding to pressure and is fine at other times. For a dog like this, training that earns the dog's respect through their mind tends to be more effective. German Shepherds often have strong defense drives too. Police training is a lot of structure, boundaries, making the dog work to earn things it wants by performing a command first, rewarding with games of tug, and consistency - but not physical pressure except when a "Bad" guy is pretending to attack during schlutzhund and protection training. Check out the article linked below and follow the Leave it method to deal with the puppy biting. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite To teach tolerance to touch, use puppy's daily meal kibble and feed pup his entire meal one piece at a time - touch an area, like an ear and give a treat. Touch a paw and give a treat. Touch a tail and give a treat. Touch a collar and give a treat. Touch mouth and give a treat, ect...Focus on getting pup around a lot of people and having them feed pup treats for calm behavior like sitting....Maybe compromise with your boss on using both positive reinforcement and fair corrections, but find a trainer online "A balanced" trainer who uses those things together correctly, instead of just someone who uses things like alpha rolls and only punishment. Sean o Shea is one good person to follow on YouTube, Ian Dunbar is a good puppy person. Maybe ask your boss if they would kindly be willingly to read this reply so everything isn't your view against theirs - but from someone who has seen the importance of both positive reinforcement and fair corrections and consistency. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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