I am a new Doberman owner and I am a bit concerned about my dog's behavior. Lately, my Doberman has been becoming increasingly protective of me and my family. While I appreciate his loyalty, it can be a bit overwhelming at times.
For example, he has started barking aggressively at anyone who comes close to me or my family members, even if it's just someone passing by on the street. I'm worried that this behavior might escalate and become dangerous.
I want to make sure that my Doberman is well-behaved and not too aggressive. What should I do if he becomes too protective? Are there any training techniques or resources that can help us manage his behavior?
Thanks in advance for your help!
I completely understand your concern. I've had a similar experience with my Doberman in the past. He started becoming overprotective of me and my family, which made it difficult for us to have guests over or simply go out for walks.
One thing that helped us train him was to practice socialization. Taking him to dog parks, obedience classes, and exposing him to different environments helped him understand that not everyone was a threat. We also worked on discipline and obedience training. This made him more confident, which in turn made him less anxious around strangers.
Another technique that worked for us was to reward good behavior. Every time he showed good behavior around strangers, we praised and rewarded him. This made him understand that good behavior results in rewards.
Lastly, it's important to note that this behavior may also be influenced by your own behavior. Dogs are highly sensitive to their owner's emotions, so it's important to remain calm and confident around them. This will help them understand that everything is okay.
Hope this helps!