Your Doberman is, for the most part, extremely friendly. He usually loves meeting new people and pets. However, on occasion, you have heard a yelp from downstairs. You rush down and your Doberman has tried to bite your young child. Now you’re not sure if he’s just playing, but you don’t think he meant to cause serious harm. But you’ve also been on walks when you’ve seen him go to bite other dogs. This may have been harmless to begin with, but now you’re worried it could progress into something serious.
Training him not to bite is essential. He may become increasingly aggressive and he could cause someone serious injury. As a result, he may end up being court ordered to be put down. Alternatively, he could get into a fight with another dog who could cause him serious injury and land you with significant vet bills.
Training your Doberman not to bite is thankfully a lot easier than many people realize. Firstly, you will need to take a number of deterrence measures to remove the temptation. You will also need to use strict obedience commands to increase your control. There will also be a socialization element to training. This will ensure he knows what behavior is and isn’t acceptable.
If your Doberman is a puppy, he should be a fast learner and eager to please. This means you could see results in just a week or two. But if he’s older, stubborn and been nipping or biting for many years, then you may need up to six weeks to fully get a handle on it. If your dog is aggressive, consider getting the help of a professional trainer or behaviorist.
Before you start training, you will need to gather a few things. You will need a muzzle and some tasty treats. Like most dogs, Dobermans are food-motivated, and the right incentive will be essential for swift results.
For one of the methods, a water spray bottle and deterrence collar will also be required. Then set aside just 10 minutes each day for training and come ready with patience and a positive attitude!