Dobermann - Character Temperament
A Dobermann can be a real pest. They want your attention and will do whatever it takes to get it, regardless of what you are doing. Dobermanns want to be near you all the time, for the most part, you can forget about even going to the bathroom alone!
If you are looking for an outdoor pet, do not consider a Dobermann.
A Dobermann wants to be a member of your family, he will not be satisfied with an occasional stroke and kind word,
he demands 100% !
Dobermanns get bored easily, if they are just put outside and left to play and exercise on their own, the results can be disagreeable as they can be quite destructive. They will chew and shred anything left in their reach, they will dig moon sized
craters in a fancy lawn and a under a fence, ruin your plant pots and destroy your favourite flowers.
Dobermanns are wonderful escape artists, and if they get bored enough will leave the safety of your garden.
The best way to avoid these possible negative scenarios is to make sure you give your Dobermann plenty of exercise and attention. Chew toys and other appropriate such items are a wise investment for your Dobermann.
Dobermanns also like to play fetch, tug-of-war is also a favorite game (but be careful as they will often tauntingly and playfully challenge you to try and get the ball or toy back)
Fresh bones from your local butcher are a great way to occupy them.
They also love to pick up shoes, some only like to bring them as a present when you return home etc.
Dobes just love to CHEW!!! So if you don't want your Dobe to re-design your favourite pair of Jimmy Choos a wise move is to keep your shoes put well away.
Is The Dobermann a loyal breed & would a Dobermann be right for me if I have children ?
Dogs have often been called “man’s best friend.” this is probably because they offer companionship and devotion with little or no complaints. The Dobermann exemplifies the concept of loyalty. When a Dobermann has bonded with you, you can expect nothing less than a lifetime of complete devotion from them.
Contrary to the negative image popular media has imposed on the Dobermann, they really are quite gentle and loving.
Above Libby with Jojavik Guardian Angel
Above Jojavik Narcissa Malfoy @ work in training
Dobermanns make wonderful family dogs.
The loyalty of the Dobermann is also seen in that they are extremely protective of their family and house.
When raised with love and attention, Dobermanns will treat children with the utmost care.
They are wonderful playmates and can be trusted to happily endure the playfulness of small children.
As with any breed this must be supervised at all times.
Adults should teach children to never abuse or mistreat these loyal companions as they do not tolerate teasing.
Even though I want a family dog will they still protect me in my home ?
First and foremost the Dobermann is bold and alert he is man's protector.
Guarding the family home, no intruder will attempt to enter a Dobermanns backyard.
The mere presence of the Dobermann is warning enough, the feeling of security one has knowing there is a Dobermann on duty is very comforting. They will bark aggressively at anyone they perceive to be a possible intruder
or threat to their family and home. Hence why this makes The Dobermann an obvious good choice for a guard dog.
Visitors should be welcomed into the home maybe treated with aloofness but never aggressively.
There is no need to train your Dobermann to protect you, he will come into his own, if the need arises, natural instinct leads the Dobermann to protect all that he sees as dear to him. However he does need direction in basic obdience and social skills, an untrained Dobermann will otherwise decide for himself what he sees as a perceived threat!!
Above Jojavik Train Robber with Chloe
Do you want a dog that is exuberant and affectionate with every person he meets?
If that is the case, a Dobermann probably isn’t for you. A Dobermann is loving and affectionate with his family and close friends but is somewhat aloof and distant towards strangers and mere acquaintances.
Dobermanns have even been known to guard their owners from other family members, friends or other family pets but this is unexceptable behaviour.
Is the Dobermann an easy breed to train?
This is one of the smartest breeds and is known for it's reasoning power and it's huge exuberance for life.
Exceptional intelligence is not an exaggeration when describing a Dobermann.
Dobermanns require firm, yet loving training and guidance and if given proper care and attention the Dobermann has the capacity to amaze you with their intelligence.
Early socialisation and training are especially important for this breed so that they do not become too dominant and territorial as adult dogs. As the Dobermann matures their intelligence and interactive personality can be a source of great pleasure and happiness.
Dobermanns need leadership and direction.
When given enough (and hopefully early) training, the Dobermann easily masters the basic commands of sit, stay, and down.
"Basic training" is a must... Dobermanns are too smart to be permitted to misbehave, owners need to be firm and consisitent with the training, to own a Dobermann you must be one step tougher and smarter than they are. Do not think that tough means harsh or abusive, harsh owners need to look for another breed because Dobermanns are very sensitive and will not deal well with rough treatment. Abusive treatment will quickly result in a Dobermann with a broken spirit and quite often aggressive temperament.
If you have had little or no experience of dog training, the Dobermann can become very hard work. Their intense character often borders on stubbornness. They have a very strong will as even with the best of trainers the Dobermann will sometimes adopt a certain look which clearly says "Oh yeah?...Make me!"
TRAINING THE DOBERMANN
All members of the family should be involved in training the new puppy and must be consistent in correcting negative behaviour and rewarding good responses.
However the Dobermann will often bond closer with one family member, so will look for direction from an individual pack leader rather than the whole family as he matures.
This is a dog that is so alert that it will pick up on any deviation from the desired command.
For example; if the owner asks the dog to sit and then rewards him for a “sloppy” sit, the dog will always give a poor performance.
This is the nature of their intelligence and attention to detail, and you can either take advantage of it, or let it work against you.
Sloppy training will result in a sloppy level of obedience, and this is such a waste of a remarkable breed of dog.
The Dobermann can and will train itself to give minimal obedience.
Negative behaviour such as mouthing, jumping up, not focusing on a given task and slow responses must be correctively trained out. Patience, persistence and dedicated training with the Dobermann puppy brings the best results.
Train your puppy in the same way every time and they will be an eager student that can quickly master everything they are taught. With consistent obedience training the owner will improve communication, strengthen the trust and earn the dog’s respect.
I would like to work my Dobermann ?
These dogs have been bred to work for man and although the Dobermann of todayis far less aggressive than their ancestors they have retained strong working instincts.
The Dobermann is mentally superior to most breeds, with high drives, high energy and excellent working ability.
The Dobermann's greatest desire is to please and work for humans although they do need to know who is pack leader.
The Dobermann excels at canine sports such as Agility, Flyball, Obedience trials and Working trials.
One usually associates the Border Collie as reigning supreme in agility competitions but the Dobermann is also an incredible agility athlete.
Dogs that are required to work with the police, SAS, and other services are tested for their desire to work, courage, intelligence, perseverance and protective instincts.
Schutzhund also tests the dog's trainability and the bond between dog and handler (The dog must first have completed advanced obedience before learning the three basic areas of Schutzhund which are tracking, obedience and protection)
Other traits such as strength, endurance, agility and scenting ability are necessary for the dog to pass a Schutzhund test.
People often misinterpret this sport as being one that trains a dog to be aggressive and attack people, this could not be further from the truth as a Schutzhund dog is at all times 100% under the control of it's handler and seen through the dog's eyes this is just another form of "working" as long as basic obedience is introduced there should be no problem, this elegant, muscular, powerful, lively dog has an extremely complex character.
The Dobermann is a body guard capable of handling any situation and works instinctively and independently.
For a well adjusted and confident dog mental stimulation is most important.
Although working your Dobermannn is not a definate necessary it's purely just another "hobby" like showing which is fulfilling for your dog and yourself, only here you can work your dog at different levels of obedience.
We ourselves do not have any interest in working our dogs that live at Jojavik, they are trained in obedience skills as puppies this is carried forward throughout the rest of their lives. It is essential that our dogs learn these skills to ensure they mature into well adjusted adults, living in harmony within their pack in our home.
REMEMBER - A DOG WILL ONLY GET AWAY WITH BAD BEHAVIOUR IF THE OWNER LET'S IT...
Above Jojavik Helluva Dancer with puppy J.Sergeant Blast