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How much exercise does a Doberman require?

Hi everyone, I am considering getting a Doberman and have been doing my research on their exercise needs. I live in a small apartment with no yard and work long hours, so I am wondering how much exercise a Doberman really requires. I want to make sure I can provide enough exercise for them before making a commitment to getting a dog. Any insights or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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alayna90

As someone who used to own a Doberman, I would strongly recommend ensuring that you can meet their exercise needs before considering getting one. I felt unprepared for the amount of exercise my Doberman required, and it eventually led to some behavioral issues.

When I first got my Doberman, I had a small yard and found it difficult to take them out for walks due to my busy schedule. I would try to take them out for a quick walk before work, but it was not enough. After a few weeks, my Doberman became restless and started chewing on furniture and behaving aggressively towards strangers on our walks.

While I eventually found ways to manage my Doberman's exercise needs and behavior, I wish I had done more research beforehand. Ideally, you should be able to commit a good amount of time for exercise and socializing your dog each day.

If you're going to get a Doberman, make sure you can meet their exercise needs and that you have a plan in place for providing enough stimulation and attention. Working with a professional trainer can also be helpful in creating a routine that fits your lifestyle as well as your Doberman's needs.

johnson.stracke

As someone who owns a Doberman, I couldn't agree more that they require a lot of exercise. I've found that walking or running with my Doberman for an hour, twice a day really helps in keeping them content and healthy. Playing games that challenge their minds, such as puzzle toys or hide-and-seek can also help keep them entertained and mentally stimulated.

If you're someone who works long hours and doesn't have the time to get in their dog's daily exercise needs, getting a dog walker may be a good idea. I've enlisted the services of a professional dog walker who takes my Doberman out for a walk when I'm not available. This has been really helpful for when I have to work late or have other commitments, and it takes off some of the burden of exercise from me.

It's important to note, however, that while Dobermans require more exercise than some other breeds, every dog is unique, and their exercise needs can be different depending on their age and health. In any situation, make an effort in building a strong bond with your Doberman and this will make it easier for you to understand their needs and customizations that may have to be made.

crist.krystina

As someone who has owned a Doberman for several years, I can say that they are a high-energy breed and require a good amount of exercise. Ideally, they need at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day, which can include walks, runs, and playtime in the park. Without proper exercise and stimulation, they can become restless, destructive, and even develop behavioral issues.

Living in a small apartment without a yard can be a challenge, but it's not impossible. I recommend finding a nearby park or trail where you can take your Doberman for regular walks or runs. You may also want to consider hiring a dog walker or enrolling them in a daycare program a few times a week to ensure they get enough exercise and socialization.

It's important to keep in mind that every dog is different and their exercise needs can vary based on their age, health, and personality. It's always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian and breeder to get their recommendations on exercise and physical activity for your specific Doberman.

aisha.gaylord

As an owner of a Doberman for 5 years now, I can confirm that they are a high-energy breed and demand a lot of exercise to stay healthy and happy. I usually take my Doberman out for a walk for 30 minutes to an hour every day, which helps in keeping her fit physically and mentally. I also play fetch with my dog, which isn't as demanding as running but it does help in burning off excess energy.

If you're planning on getting a Doberman, you need to be willing to commit a good amount of time every day to exercise them. They are not suitable for someone who is not willing to put in this time and effort into their pet. Living in a small apartment without a yard will require more effort on your part to satisfy your dog's exercise needs. With a bit of creativity and consistency, however, it's still feasible.

Enrolling them in dog sports such as agility or obedience can be a good way to give them additional exercise and mental stimulation. This can also help keep them challenged and entertained, which can reduce the likelihood of them becoming destructive or grumpy in a confined space.

In summary, a Doberman requires significant exercise every day, and therefore you should think seriously about whether you can commit the necessary time and effort before getting one as a pet.

fschuster

I have owned my Doberman for just over a year now, and I agree that exercise is absolutely vital to their health and wellbeing. When I got my Doberman, I was living in a smaller apartment without a yard, but I was committed to providing enough exercise for her. I discovered that running and hiking with my Doberman was a great way to keep her happy and healthy.

Now that I have moved into a larger home with a yard, it has become a lot easier to meet my Doberman's exercise needs. However, it's important to note that their exercise needs do not decrease just because they have more space. They still require the same amount of exercise regardless of their living environment.

In addition to exercise, making sure your Doberman has mentally stimulating activities is also important. I've found that practicing obedience and trick training on a daily basis is a great way to keep them engaged and stimulated.

All in all, providing adequate exercise and mental stimulation is essential to owning a Doberman. They are high-energy dogs that thrive on rigorous exercise, and if their needs aren't met, they are likely to develop behavior issues or other health problems.

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