I am considering adopting a Doberman Pinscher and have been doing a lot of research on their personality and behavior. While doing so, I came across the term "velcro dog" and I'm not sure if this applies to Dobermans. I know that some breeds, like the Labrador Retriever and the German Shepherd, are known for being velcro dogs because they form strong bonds with their owners and like to be near them most of the time.
I am interested in getting a dog that will be loyal and affectionate, but I also don't want a dog that will become overly attached and suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. Can anyone who has experience with Doberman Pinschers share their thoughts on whether they consider them to be velcro dogs or not? And if so, how do they manage to prevent separation anxiety?
Thank you in advance for your insights!
As a Doberman Pinscher owner, I would say that they can definitely be considered velcro dogs. My Doberman is incredibly loyal and affectionate towards me and likes to follow me around wherever I go, whether it's inside the house or out on a walk. He's always by my side, and it's clear that he loves being close to me.
That being said, I have also worked hard to prevent separation anxiety from becoming an issue. I make sure to give my Doberman plenty of exercise and mental stimulation so that he's tired and content when I leave the house. I also gradually increased the amount of time that I was away from him, starting with just a few minutes and slowly working up to a couple of hours.
I also leave him with plenty of toys, chews, and a comfortable place to sleep so that he's happy and content while I'm gone. By doing these things, I have been able to prevent any separation anxiety from developing in my Doberman, even though he is definitely a velcro dog!
Hope this helps!