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Are kennels good for Doberman Pinschers?

Hello everyone,

I am a proud owner of an adorable Doberman Pinscher named Max, and I am wondering if it is a good idea to keep him in a kennel. I have heard mixed opinions on this topic, and I am not sure what to believe.

Max is currently a year old, and he's a very energetic and active dog. He loves to play, run, and explore his surroundings. However, I sometimes have to leave him at home when I go to work, and I worry about him getting into trouble or causing damage. I have read that kennels can be a safe and secure place for dogs, but I don't want Max to feel confined or restricted.

I understand that every dog is different, and what works for one might not work for another. So, I am looking for some advice from fellow Doberman owners or experts in dog training and care. Is it a good idea to keep Dobermans in kennels, or should I explore other options?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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I have been a Doberman owner for many years now, and I have never kept my dog in a kennel. My dog, a year-old Doberman Pinscher, is a very energetic and intelligent dog who loves to keep herself occupied. Therefore, instead of keeping her in a kennel, we involved our dog in various activities, like playing fetch or teaching her new tricks.

We also take our dog to a daycare center, where she gets adequate physical and mental stimulation while we are away. That way, she gets to socialize with other dogs and enjoy her day without being confined to her kennel.

One other thing we have tried is to use puppy pads as a backup option for our dog when she needs to answer nature's call while we are not in the house. We placed the pads strategically in case of accidents, and this has worked well for us.

In conclusion, while kennels might work for some Doberman owners, it is not a perfect solution for every situation. By keeping our Doberman's abilities, temperament and energy usage at the forefront, my husband and I have tried several methods to keep our dog engaged and entertained while we are away, and each has proven successful.


As a Doberman owner, I can understand how concerning it can be to leave your Doberman Pinscher at home for an extended period. Personally, I have never kept my dog in a kennel while I was not at home. Instead, I have trained her extensively and provided her with a safe spot to rest when I am not around.

Dobermans are intelligent and love to please their owners, so I took the time to train my dog to behave appropriately when alone. I gradually introduced her to the idea of being alone for short periods and then gradually increased the time. I also gave her some toys and treats to keep her entertained while I was away.

We also have a designated spot for her to rest when she wants to take a nap. This area is equipped with a comfortable bed and some toys, so she can chill out there whenever she wants.

Overall, my dog has behaved well and caused us no trouble while we were not around. I think that with proper training and care, Dobermans can learn to be comfortable by themselves in the house without having to be kept in a kennel.


Hey there,

As a Doberman owner, I am always looking for the best way to keep my dog safe and comfortable, even when I'm not around. I have never used a kennel for my Doberman and instead have opted for crate training.

Crate training is not the same as keeping your Doberman in a kennel; it involves teaching your dog to view their crate as a safe and secure place. By doing this, the crate becomes a place where your dog can go to rest, relax and feel content when you're not around.

Our Doberman has a crate in a room we are mostly at, and whenever we can't give her full attention, we ask her to go to her crate as a temporary activity - this has worked well for us. When we are leaving the house for an extended period, we also leave some toys, water, and a comfy bed for our Doberman to stay comfortable.

Overall, I think that crate training is the best option for Doberman owners who still value freedom and flexibility. With crate training, your dog will feel more comfortable, and you will have a little more peace of mind that your dog is safe even when you're not around.


Hi there,

I have a 3-year-old Doberman Pinscher that I have been keeping in a kennel since he was a puppy. It has been a great solution for us as he feels safe and secure in his space, and we don't have to worry about him getting into trouble while we are not around.

I would definitely recommend kennels to other Doberman owners, especially if their dogs are highly active and curious like ours. We started gradually introducing our pup to the kennel by leaving him for short periods at first and then gradually increasing the time. We also made sure to provide him with toys and treats to keep him occupied while we were away.

Our Doberman now loves his kennel and often retreats there to rest and sleep even when we are around. Overall it has worked great for us, but I do understand that every dog is different and what works for us might not work for everyone.

Hope this helps!


As an experienced Doberman owner, I would like to lend my two cents to this thread. While I understand that kennels might provide a sense of security to some dogs, I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of keeping my Doberman in one.

My dog is very active and needs a lot of exercise, so keeping him in a kennel for long periods doesn't fit my lifestyle or my dog's needs. Instead, I have found that making sure my Doberman gets enough exercise and mental stimulation helps keep him calm and happy when I have to leave him alone.

One thing that has helped me is to use a puzzle feeder, which engages my dog's mind and provides him with a source of entertainment while I am away. Additionally, I take my dog for extra-long walks in the morning and in the evening, so he is nice and tired by the time I leave for work.

Apart from that, we have set up our home to make sure that there aren't any objects or things that could be harmful to our dog if he was to get free rein. We also ensured that our home is secure, so he doesn't have any chances for escape.

In conclusion, every dog owner has their own set of requirements that suit their lifestyle and the needs of their dog. While kennels might work for some Doberman owners, I prefer to provide my dog with plenty of exercise, mental stimulation and a secured home environment.


As a Doberman owner, I have opted for a combination of crate training and daycare for my dog. My Doberman is very energetic and needs plenty of exercise and socialization, so keeping her in a kennel all day would not be an ideal situation for her.

First, I taught her crate training to ensure that she has a safe and secure place to relax and be in while we are out. She enjoys sleeping in her crate, which we keep in our bedroom, and even goes in there to rest when we have people over.

We also take our dog to a daycare center two to three times a week, which she loves, and gives her time to socialize and play with other dogs. As a result, she comes home tired and ready to relax, making it easier to train her and possibly work on new commands.

I think combining crate training with daycare is a perfect solution for Doberman lovers who have busy workdays. It keeps your dog safe, secure, and happy and helps them avoid destructive behavior.

In conclusion, every dog owner's situation is unique, and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to keeping your Doberman secure and comfortable while you are away. However, I have found that a combination of crate training and daycare has been a good fit for my Doberman and me.


I have also been a Doberman owner for quite some time, and in my personal experience, keeping my Doberman in a kennel has not been a favorable option. Having personally spent time with several Dobermans, I have found that they just don't seem to be fond of being cooped up in such confined spaces.

Instead, I have opted for a more natural approach with my Doberman Pinscher. I have worked at home, so my dog has access to a yard where he can run and play in. I have also made sure to give him plenty of toys and playtime to keep him entertained during the day.

Furthermore, I found that training my dog was key to feeling confident in having him at home alone. I started with short intervals and slowly increased the duration. Over time, he learned that it is okay to be alone and developed self-control, discipline, and good habits. I emphasize that building trust and bonding with your dog is the most critical element in preventing issues that may arise when you are not at home.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that every dog owner has to make individual decisions concerning their dogs based on what works best for them. Dogs are unique, like people, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

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