Doberman: loving, intelligent, and protective

Home Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Basic Guidelines to Puppy Training

  • Learn to recognize normal puppy behavior and understand canine interaction and communication
  • Create a trusting and intimate bond right away and throughout your dog’s life
  • Always use only positive, rewards-based puppy training techniques
  • Make training sessions fun for your pup and always end on a positive note (i.e. when he’s completed something successfully)
  • Never punish your puppy by shouting, smacking or scaring him
  • Don’t try to overpower or bully your pup, this will either make him scared or combative
  • Don’t play tug-of-war or rough-house with a puppy that is dominant or pushy
  • Socialize your puppy early, often and throughout his lifetime
  • Enroll him in at least one course of formal obedience training classes(and complete it)
  • Use firm-but-fair discipline lovingly and consistently (Obedience is highly important to establishing and maintaining a pleasant family unit.)
  • Model the behavior you want to seeing your pup (i.e. be calm and confident) because he’ll follow your lead

Note: A Doberman is especially sensitive to a humans emotional state (positive and negative), and a puppy can react in 3 typical ways: Positively in secure and trusting submission, negatively in fearful submission (tail tucking and hiding or yelping) or in aggressive behavior (growling, biting, or obnoxious behavior (i.e., barking directly at you, extremely rambunctious and getting into everything, tearing things up)


Helpful tips to help your home life run smoothly

  • Set up a regular daily routine, and stick to it as closely as possible
  • Make at home obedience training lessons a priority and keep them enjoyable
  • Give your pup plenty of exercise every day – an exercised puppy is an easier puppy
  • Enroll him in an obedience class, and attend consistently
  • Make sure she receives regular  socialization experiences
  • If you see any new/problem behaviors, nip them in the bud quickly
  • Get everyone involved in puppy care, even children and elderly, it helps a pup know his family unit and place in the pack


Teach Him/Her to ‘Earn’ things and Reward Him

  • From basic obedience commands, to games and good behavior, reward her with treats and lots of praise!
  • Ask Pup to ‘sit’ ‘wait’ ‘down’ or ‘stay’ before giving him his food, playing a game, or putting on his leash etc….. and make sure he obeys before he gets whatever it is he’s waiting for
  • Always use positive reinforcement and reward her with lots of praise!


Don’t Let Him Take Up Elevated Position

  • If you allow your pup to lie/sleep on beds or furniture, make sure she still knows you are the authority
  • Do not allow Pup to have any preferences over a family member
  • In the canine world, a physically elevated position is symbolic of an elevated social position


Hand-Feed Your Pup

  • Feed Pup his kibble by hand, either one piece at a time, or a palm full at a time.
  • Everyone should practice this; even little children can do it with some adult help
  • Stick hands in dish when Pup eats
  • Dogs respect those who control the resources of their lives, and food is an important one

*This also helps to head off food-guarding issues as your pup becomes totally familiar with human hands, and her food, being in close proximity.


Maintain Regular Training Sessions

  • Make sure everyone in your home participates in teaching your pup basic dog obedience commands to make sure that pup understands that he must obey his/her human at any time
  • The ‘Leave It!’ command   is one that every puppy/dog should know
  • It also helps prevent resource guarding behaviors by teaching your pup that she must give up any object (even an edible one) if you ask/tell her to
  • Enrolling your puppy in at least one basic obedience class is really a must. It helps strengthen the bond between you, gives you access to hands-on help with any problems that arise, is a great socialization experience for Pup, and mostly, an obedient dog helps a household run a lot smoother


On top of these major points, it’s important to:

  • Maintain a regular and predictable daily routine
  • Give Pup plenty of daily exercise and mental stimulation (training)
  • Feed your puppy a well-balanced and nutritious diet
  • If you have children in the house, don’t forget to teach them to respect your puppy too:
    • No ear/tail pulling, and no rough-housing and no teasing
    • No waking up a sleeping pup suddenly or abruptly
    • No running, screaming, squealing, hand-flapping (can trigger prey-drive)
    • No snatching toys/bones/food from the puppy
    • Teach them to use ‘Leave It”