I'm considering getting a Doberman as my new furry friend, but I keep hearing that they can become aggressive if not trained and socialized properly. I'm a bit worried because I've never had a dog before, and I don't want to make the wrong choice and end up with an aggressive pet.
So I was wondering if it's true that Dobermans become aggressive without proper training and socialization? And if so, what exactly does proper training and socialization entail?
Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
As a former Doberman owner, I would like to add that proper training and socialization are indeed essential for these dogs. However, it's also important to note that aggression is not necessarily a breed-specific trait, but rather a result of improper training or neglect.
My Doberman was a rescue, and it was clear that he had experienced neglect and abuse in his previous home. Despite my efforts to socialize and train him, he displayed aggressive behavior towards other dogs and humans. It was a difficult and heartbreaking decision, but I ultimately had to surrender him to a rescue organization that specialized in rehabilitating dogs with aggressive tendencies.
The point I want to make is that owning a Doberman or any dog requires a commitment to providing them with proper care and training, and it's important to be realistic about your ability to do so. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, aggression can still manifest in a dog due to past experiences or medical issues. In those cases, it's important to seek professional help and make decisions in the best interest of both the dog and the community.
Just my two cents.