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Can a 10 year old doberman be trained to become obedient?

Hi everyone, I am a pet owner and I have a 10 year old Doberman who has never received proper obedience training. He is a friendly and affectionate dog, but he tends to pull on his leash, bark at strangers, and jump on people. I am wondering if it is possible to train my 10 year old Doberman to become obedient at this point in his life. I understand that training is easier when dogs are younger, but I really want to improve his behavior for his safety and the safety of others. Any advice or success stories would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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elenor58

Hey there, I admire your dedication to improve your 10-year-old Doberman's behavior. I had a similar experience with my dog who was already 8 years old when I started training him. I found that the most important thing is to establish a good bond with your dog, so that they see you as their leader and feel more inclined to follow your commands."

"I also agree with finding a professional dog trainer who can help you with obedience training. They can assess what specific commands or behaviors your dog needs to work on, and come up with a training plan that suits your dog's age and personality. Positive reinforcement is always the way to go, and treats or toys can be great motivators for your dog during training."

"I also recommend working on one behavior at a time, and being patient with your dog as they learn. It's important to celebrate small successes and be consistent with your training regime. Finally, a lot of love, kindness, and patience can go a long way in training an older dog. Good luck with your Doberman's training, and I hope you see positive changes soon!

baumbach.bethel

Hello there! As a fellow Doberman owner, I completely understand where you're coming from. I also have a senior dog who needed obedience training, and I was convinced that it was too late for him to learn new behaviors. But with consistent training and a lot of patience, my dog made great strides in his behavior."

"My advice to you is to start with basic obedience commands like "sit", "stay", and "come". Once your dog has mastered those commands, you can move on to more specific training such as leash training or addressing problem behaviors like barking or jumping. You should also try to make training fun and engaging for your dog by using positive reinforcement, like treats or a favorite toy."

"Lastly, don't forget to give your dog lots of praise and attention when they do something right. This helps to build a bond of trust and respect between you and your dog, which is crucial for obedience training. Just remember that even if it takes a bit longer to see results with an older dog, it's never too late to teach them new behaviors. Good luck with your training!

telly46

Hello, I have a 12-year-old Doberman who I also had to train in obedience. Like the others have said, it's definitely possible to train an older dog, but it will require more patience and effort. One thing that helped me in training my Doberman was knowing how to read my dog's body language and understanding what motivates him."

"For example, my dog was highly food-motivated, so using treats during training was effective. However, I learned that he didn't respond well to negative reinforcement or punishment, so I had to structure my training in a way that was positive and rewarding for him. If you're unsure of what motivates your Doberman, a professional trainer can help you figure that out."

"In addition to this, I found that training my dog in small increments of time, instead of one long session, was more effective. This helped to keep my dog's attention and made the training more enjoyable for him. Lastly, don't be afraid to try different training methods until you find one that works for you and your dog."

"I can't stress enough how rewarding it is when you see improvement in your dog's behavior, especially as they age. And remember, it's never too late to start training your dog, regardless of their age.

sydni68

Hello everyone! I've had a Doberman for over 13 years and I've had experience giving her obedience training. I also believe that training takes time, patience and repetition. But consistency is also key, it's important to make the training a part of your and your dog's daily routine."

"I also think that staying positive - both for yourself and your dog is critical in achieving good results in obedience training. Remember that your dog looks up to you as the pack leader, and respond positively rather than negatively is more effective in building trust and raising confidence with your dog."

"I would also suggest that you prioritize the proper use of voice commands and body language in your training routines since your Doberman is now an adult. As their owner, you need to give clear communication and command, but also remember to remain patient since it may take a bit longer to get the desired results."

"It's never too late to start training your Doberman irrespective of their age. Begin with the basics and gradually work towards more complex training exercises. A well-trained Doberman is not only happy and obedient, but also a good companion to have around. Good luck and have fun training!

micaela63

Hello! I also have a senior Doberman who had little obedience training as a puppy. I can definitely relate to your situation. What worked for me was finding a professional dog trainer who specialized in older dogs. They were able to help me address my dog's behavioral issues and teach him obedience commands. It took patience and a lot of consistency, but my dog made significant improvements in his behavior."

"I would recommend looking for a trainer who uses positive reinforcement techniques and who has experience with senior dogs. It's important to have realistic expectations and understand that older dogs may take longer to learn new behaviors. However, with your dedication and commitment to training, I believe that your Doberman can become more obedient and well-behaved."

"It's also important to work on training regularly, even if it's just a few minutes a day. Consistency is key in reinforcing good behavior and preventing bad habits from resurfacing. Best of luck to you and your furry friend on this training journey!

talon30

Hi there, I understand your concern about training an older dog, but I also have personal experience with successfully training a senior Doberman. One thing that helped me was setting realistic goals and not expecting too much progress in a short amount of time."

"Another important factor is consistency. A lot of people think that training is just a one-time event, but it's an ongoing process that requires dedication and commitment. With that said, it's important to prioritize your dog's obedience training and set up a daily routine that works for both you and your dog."

"I also found it helpful to have a good understanding of dog behavior and positive reinforcement training methods. Behavior problems are usually symptoms of underlying issues or needs, and addressing them requires patience, understanding, and a positive attitude."

"I hope my advice helps you in training your 10-year-old Doberman to become obedient. With enough patience, effort, and love, any dog can learn new behaviors and make progress towards being a well-behaved, happy companion.

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