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At what age should I start obedience training with my Doberman?

Hi there, I'm a new Doberman owner and I'm wondering when I should start obedience training with my pup. My Doberman is currently 10 weeks old and I want to make sure I am starting training at the appropriate age. I have heard varying opinions on when to start training, some say to start as young as possible while others suggest waiting until the puppy is a bit older. I want to give my puppy the best start in life and help them develop good behavior habits, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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jo.carroll

Hi everyone,

As a Doberman owner, I started obedience training with my pup when he was about 4 months old. I found this to be the ideal age as my Doberman started to become more independent at this stage.

We started with basic training such as "sit", "come", "down" and "stay", as well as housetraining at home.

What I really loved about this age was that my Doberman picks up new commands quickly and was keen on pleasing me. The training sessions were fun and engaging. He had an unbridled energy, which we harnessed positively during training.

I also found that obedience training at this age helped him to be more socialized in different environments. Getting him to interact and socialize with other dogs and people was equally important to me.

In conclusion, I believe starting obedience training with my Doberman at 4 months was the perfect time as it helped us establish a strong bond and foundation for later training.

sjakubowski

Hello!

I started obedience training with my Doberman when he was around 6 months old. I waited a bit longer than some people because I wanted to make sure that he had completely socialized with his environment before starting training.

When we started training, we enrolled him in a basic obedience class, which also allowed him to socialize with other dogs. We worked on basic commands such as "sit", "down", and "stay". One of the things I loved about training at this age was that my Doberman connected better with me and quickly learned what was expected of him. He was more focused and ready to learn, and training helped us establish a better relationship.

Of course, training an adolescent Doberman can also have its challenges. Dobermans can be quite stubborn, so patience and consistency were key. Overall, I am glad that we started training at 6 months. It allowed my Doberman to first settle into his environment and develop his own characteristics, which I feel is equally as important as obedience training.

boehm.torey

Hello there!

I started obedience training with my Doberman when he was around 4 months old. I waited a bit longer than some people because I wanted him to develop a bit more mentally and physically. By 4 months, he was more mature and I felt he was ready to start learning commands.

We started with basic commands such as "sit", "down", and "stay" and gradually moved on to more complex commands such as "heel". Taking our time to train him made sure that he understood the basics before moving on to the more advanced training.

Additionally, we hired a professional dog trainer who specialized in training Dobermans. This was very helpful because as a first-time Doberman owner, I was quite nervous about making mistakes. The trainer helped guide us and provided us with invaluable knowledge on Doberman behavior.

Overall, I believe waiting till 4 months to start training worked well for my pup. He was more confident and better able to handle new experiences which made the training process easier.

mratke

Hi there! I started obedience training with my Doberman when he was around 12 weeks old. Initially, I was worried that he may be too young to start training, but our veterinarian advised us that it's a good age to begin training. We enrolled him in a puppy training class and started with basic commands such as "sit", "stay", and "come".

Starting training at a young age helped establish good behavior habits early on, and also helped build a strong bond between my Doberman and me. He was eager to learn and picked up new commands quickly. Training also helped him socialize with other dogs and people, which is important for Dobermans since they can be quite protective.

In my opinion, starting obedience training at or around 12 weeks is a good age to begin. It's important to make sure training is positive and fun for your pup to keep them engaged and motivated. Good luck with your training!

kevon07

Hi there!

I started obedience training with my Doberman relatively late when he was about 1 year old. The reason being, that he had some behavioral issues that we wanted to address first, such as aggression towards strangers and excessively barking. We consulted with a professional dog trainer who worked with him for a few weeks to rectify his behavioral issues.

Once we saw some positive outcomes from the behavioral training, we then started with obedience training. I found that training him later helped him to focus better and made the training more productive. He was also more receptive because he had already overcome some major behavior challenges.

We used a reward-based training method, which he found motivating and enjoyable. This encouraged him not only to learn but to also put in his best effort. We began with basic commands such as "sit", "stay", and "down" before moving onto more advanced training.

Overall, waiting until he was a year old to start obedience training was the best decision for my Doberman, as it allowed us to address his behavioral challenges effectively before moving onto training.

wkshlerin

Hey there!

I started obedience training with my Doberman when he was only 8 weeks old. This may seem like a young age to some, but I really wanted to start as soon as possible. I did a lot of research on puppy training and wanted to make sure my Doberman was getting the right start in life.

We started with basic commands such as "sit", "come", and "down", and gradually moved on to more advanced training as he got older. I found that starting training early helped build a strong bond between my pup and me. He was eager to learn and enjoyed the training sessions. Additionally, early training helped prevent bad behavior and also made him more confident and socialized around other people and dogs.

Of course, training a young puppy can be challenging at times, but with patience and consistency, my Doberman quickly learned and was able to obey basic commands.

Overall, I believe starting obedience training at an early age worked well for us. It helped build a strong bond with my pup, prevented bad behavior, and made him a better socialized dog.

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