He may look menacing, but he also sounds pretty terrifying too. When your Doberman was a puppy his barking wasn’t a problem. In fact, it was pretty entertaining. However, now he’s grown up and still won’t stop barking. It means the postman is terrified of delivering your mail. It means as soon as someone walks past your house they are ushered past to the sound of your Doberman. His barking is also dampening relations with the neighbors, who are fed up of listening to him bark at all hours of the day and night.
Training him to stop barking will bring you some much-needed peace and quiet. If you introduce a second dog into your home, training him to not bark will stop your new dog picking up the bad habit too. This training will also mean other dog walkers may feel more inclined to stop for a chat.
Training your Doberman to stop barking is a lot easier than most people realize. The first thing you will need to do is take a number of steps to deter him from barking in the first place. Once you have got him associating barking with negative consequences, you can then focus on using positive reinforcement. You will need to use obedience commands to first teach him how to bark on command, so you can then instruct him to be quiet too.
If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner. This means you could see results in just a week or two. However, if he’s older with years of barking under his collar, then you may need up to six weeks. If you can get this training right you won’t have to worry about introducing your friendly Doberman to guests and strangers ever again.
Before you can start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will be needed for one of the methods. You will also need treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. A toy or two will also be required.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training and try to find a time where you both won’t be distracted.
Apart from that, you just need patience and some earplugs, then work can begin!