Doberman are traditionally bred to be guard dogs for their intelligent, loyal nature, making them a perfect pooch for hunting sheep. They can make wonderful family dogs as well as working dogs due to their kind, loving nature, combined with their alert and observant character.
From hunting in Alaska, Utah, Wyoming, or any other state in America with an abundance of nature, the extreme outdoor challenge of hunting sheep is for the adventurous. It will bring you a sense of achievement, mixed with the thrill of the hunt. The cold, harsh weather combined with the warmth and company of your Doberman will make the hunt an experience like no other. What better way to challenge yourself and build the relationship between you and your dog?
Keep in mind that hunting sheep is not as common as hunting other types of game. Many sheep are domesticated, owned, and hunting them is very illegal. If you want to hunt sheep, you'll likely have to focus on hunting their wild counterparts that are free game. Double check the laws in your area to ensure that your hunting is not going to be a problem.
Training your dog to hunt is important for obedience training, keeping them regularly exercised, and maintaining mental stimulation. Training a Doberman on one level can be a task easily met as their loyalty and intelligence make them willing to learn. Although, the task of hunting sheep can be a little difficult.
You can start training your pup on simple obedience at around eight weeks old. From here, the perfect time to train them is around the age of one year old. Beyond this age, it is a little harder, as your pooch will have already formed a normal way of doing things and retraining them maybe a little difficult, but not impossible! From beginning to end, it will take around eight to ten months to train your pup to hunt sheep with constant work to keep their skills up. Your pooch should be able to be sufficiently trained in the art of hunting sheep by two years of age.
To get started, you will need to source an area in which you are allowed to hunt sheep or their wild counterparts. This can range from a medium-sized ranch to a hundred acres of land. Your Doberman should be trained in the simple commands of ‘Sit’, Stay’, and ‘Come’. This will allow you to let your puppy off-leash with confidence that they will return back to you.
Dobermans, like any dog, respond well to a lot of praise as well as a commanding attitude. Be prepared to bring a confident, playful, and full-of-praise approach with you when training.