Your Doberman is a fierce looking canine. You often forget this because you know they’re all soft at heart and just want to lick everyone and cuddle. However, it’s when strangers walk by and look wary that you realize their strength, speed, and size can be intimidating. Those characteristics, however, are also why you think your Dobie would make the ideal hunting companion. Not only may training your Doberman to hunt solve your pest crisis, but it may also relieve some of that endless energy they seem to have.
Training your dog to hunt also brings with it several other notable benefits. You’ll have some company when you’re out stalking prey through fields early on weekend mornings. This type of training will also assert your position as pack leader, giving you greater control over your canine pal. Lastly, you’ll have a productive avenue to channel their energy into.
Training your Doberman to hunt isn’t like training him to ‘sit’. You will have your work cut out for you over the next few months. You will need to use obedience training to ensure they follow your instructions when they’re out hunting. You may also have to lead by example in some scenarios. Training will also consist of getting them familiar and excited by their prey.
If your dog is just a puppy, then you have the ideal student to train. Your Doberman should be at their most receptive and eager to please. So you could see results in just a month or two. However, if your Doberman is older and more interested in sleeping than chasing down prey, then you may need up to six months. If you master training, you will have a well-trained, effective canine hunter. You’ll also have a great way to stimulate and exercise your dog.
Before you start training, you will need to make sure you have a few bits. Firstly, you will need prey decoys and scent spray to get the dog used to their future prey. You will also need an effective motivator. So stock up on treats or break their favorite food into small pieces.
Set aside 15 minutes or so each day for training. In fact, the more you train, the sooner you will see results. You will need a yard and local fields to practice in.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!