Not an envy of a particular breed or particular individual, so much as the effortless way a dog responds to their owner. They are out there and you see them from time to time; the attentive dog that walks beside his master's heel without a leash, glancing up at him from time to time, checking in that his owner doesn't want him to do anything different. These dogs look so effortless to control, such a pleasure to be seen in public with... so unlike the unruly bundle of energy straining on the end of the leash that is your dog.
Actually, these well-behaved dogs don't happen by magic, but are the results of multiple hours of dedicated training. And the thing is, your dog can be just like that. All it takes is around 15 - 30 minutes every day and a little knowledge of reward-based training. That's less time than you spend walking a Doberman each day, so surely it has to be worth it? Give it a go!
It is every dog owner's responsibility, regardless of the size of their pet, to train them and create a good canine citizen. This is never truer than for the Doberman, which has somewhat of a checkered reputation, precisely because of irresponsible owners.
In the past, older training methods relied on dominating the dog and punishing bad behavior. While these dogs appeared to be immaculately trained, they obeyed out of fear. Modern training methods use rewards and praise to teach the dog to behave, and create a happy animal that wants to obey because he likes how you react and how it makes him feel.
Obedience training should never end, rather it should be an ongoing process throughout the dog's life. Not only does this ensure he's well-behaved but it provides precious one-to-one time and bonds him with the owner, as well as providing mental stimulation.
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