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!