Life hasn’t been the same since your Doberman came bounding in. True to their nature, he’s energetic, loyal, alert, and fearless. He charges around the house each day playing with kids and greeting anyone that walks through the door. And despite his tough appearance, you know he’s all soft and cuddly inside. The only problem is he isn’t quite as receptive to training as you would like. You’ve managed to teach him to ‘sit’, but other commands, such as ‘stay’, are proving a little more challenging. You simply don’t want him pestering you at the dinner table anymore though, so ‘stay’ is an instruction he is going to have to pick up.
Training him to ‘stay’ will also help when you have guests, such as small children over, who may be slightly unsure of him to start with. It will also help instill some discipline into him, making it easier to teach a range of other commands too.
Teaching your Doberman to ‘stay’ can be challenging. However, fear not, there are a number of effective techniques you can employ to get him following your lead. Plus, Dobermans are intelligent and obedient, so they are relatively receptive to training. You will need to use an effective motivator throughout training though. Food will often do the trick. You will then have to gradually build up the ‘stay’ using strict obedience commands.
If he’s a puppy then he may struggle even more to stay still. However, he should also be a quick learner. Best case scenario, training will take just a few days. Worst case scenario, your Doberman is old and unable to stay still. Then you may need a couple of weeks. Succeed and you’ll quickly be able to get the peace and quiet you sometimes need.
Before you start training, you will need to collect a few items. Stock up on his favorite food, or some tasty treats. For one of the methods, you will also need a clicker.
You will then need a quiet room where you can train for a few minutes each day, preferably when there won’t be noisy kids running around the place. Also, choose a room where things aren’t likely to get broken if he decides staying still isn’t for him.
Once you have all those boxes ticked, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!