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What should i do my 12 month old Doberman Dog does not bark at strangers when they come inside my house?

Hi everyone,

I am a proud owner of a 12 month old Doberman dog. She is smart, active and well-trained in most aspects. However, I have noticed that she does not bark at strangers when they come inside my house. This concerns me as I believe my dog should alert me if a stranger comes into our house.

I want to know if this is normal behavior for a Doberman or if I should be concerned about her lack of response. What can I do to train her to bark at strangers? I appreciate any advice or tips on this issue.

Thank you!

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Hi there,

I also have a 1-year-old Doberman who was very quiet around strangers when he first came to live with us. As a first-time dog owner, I was concerned and unsure of how to train him to bark at strangers when they entered our home.

What worked best for us was to hire a professional dog trainer who helped us with behavior modification training. The trainer used a "trigger and reward" training technique, where they would trigger my dog's behavior by exposing him to certain stimuli, such as a knock on the door or the sound of the doorbell, and then immediately reward him for barking.

Through this training, my Doberman learned that barking was an appropriate response to strangers entering our home. We also worked on desensitizing him to different sounds and movements that he would encounter, so that he became more confident and comfortable around strangers.

Overall, I found that working with a professional trainer, who has experience with Dobermans, was the best way to train my dog to bark at strangers. They were able to identify specific behaviors that needed to be modified and provided personalized training sessions to help my dog adjust to his new home.

In conclusion, there's no one-size-fits-all solution to training a Doberman to bark at strangers. Sometimes, it's best to seek professional help to ensure that your dog is trained appropriately and safely.



I also used to have a Doberman who was very quiet when strangers came into my home. It made me feel uneasy as it seemed like he wouldn't be able to protect me if something ever happened.

To teach him to bark at strangers, I first had to work on building his confidence. I would take him on walks to busy areas so he could see and interact with more people. I also incorporated games into our training sessions to boost his confidence and make training more fun.

When he encountered strangers in our home, I would gently encourage him to bark by repeating a command like "speak" or "alert". When he would bark even just a little bit, I would reward him with a treat and lots of praise. Over time, he became more comfortable and confident in barking at strangers when they entered our home.

Additionally, I found that exposing him to different situations and people helped a lot. I invited friends and family over to the house and would also take him to dog parks so he could see and interact with other people and dogs. With time, he grew more confident and comfortable barking at strangers.

It takes time and patience to train a Doberman to bark at strangers, but with consistent practice and positive reinforcement, it can be done.



My experience with my 18 month old Doberman is a little different as he has always been quite vocal and barks at anything unusual or out of the ordinary. However, I do understand the concern of a dog owner who wants their dog to alert them about potential threats.

One method I have found effective in training my dog to bark at strangers is to use a command word whenever they come into the house. For me, the trigger word is "who's there?" Whenever a stranger comes into the house, I would say this phrase in a firm and loud tone to trigger him to start barking.

Of course, it is important to reward your dog whenever they bark at strangers to reinforce the behavior. I would give him a treat and lots of praise as soon as he started barking. Gradually, my dog learned to associate the trigger word with barking, and now he barks whenever he senses a stranger in the house.

In conclusion, with patience and consistency, any Doberman can be trained to bark at strangers. The key is to find what works best for your dog and reinforce the behavior with treats and praise.


Hello everyone,

As a Doberman owner, I empathize with the concern of wanting your furry friend to alert you when strangers enter your home. My 3-year-old Doberman was always friendly with visitors and never really showed a desire to bark at strangers. However, I was able to teach her to do so using a slightly different method.

Instead of trying to get her to bark immediately when a stranger enters the house, I began by training her to give a low growl when she sensed something unusual. Whenever someone unfamiliar entered the house, I would tell her to "let me know," and positively reinforce her response with a treat and praise.

As she grew more confident in giving the low growl, I then gradually increased the level of stimuli until she was able to bark at full volume. Now, whenever someone unfamiliar enters the house, she gives a warning growl and bark, letting me know that someone is present.

In conclusion, every dog is unique and may require different approaches to training. With positive reinforcement and patience, any Doberman can be taught to bark at strangers when they enter the home. The key is to find what works best for your individual dog and to consistently reinforce the desired behavior.


Hi there!

I have a 2-year-old Doberman who also used to be very quiet when strangers would come into our house. I was also concerned about her behavior since I wanted her to be protective of our home.

What I did was to start by rewarding her every time she barked at something unfamiliar, like a car passing by or a visitor at the door. I would praise her and give her treats for doing so. Eventually, she started to associate barking with a positive reward and would be more likely to bark at strangers.

I also started to introduce her to more people in different settings to increase her confidence around strangers. I would take her on walks where she could see and smell other people, and I would invite friends over to the house so that she could interact with them in a controlled environment.

Overall, it takes time and patience to train a dog to bark at strangers. But with consistent positive reinforcement and socialization, I was able to teach my Doberman to be more alert and protective of our home.


Hello everyone,

My 4 year old Doberman Pinscher has always been a vocal dog, but that did not mean he would always bark at strangers when they entered our home. Instead, he would often whine or make other vocalizations. While this was cute at first, it made me worried that he wasn't being protective of the household.

What worked for us was to try to understand why he was not consistently barking at strangers. We discovered that my Doberman was suffering from separation anxiety, which might have led him to become anxious when strangers entered the house. So, instead of focusing on making him bark, we worked on reducing his separation anxiety through behavior modification training.

Once his separation anxiety was under control, we slowly added stimuli that would trigger his barking, such as us knocking on a door. We initially started by giving him praise and treats for every small bark, which slowly became louder and more consistent. By training him like this, he began to understand that it was his job to be protective of the household.

Through consistency, patience, and identifying the root cause of our Doberman's behavior, we were able to train him to bark at strangers when they entered the house.

In conclusion, understanding what might be causing your Doberman to not bark at strangers can be crucial in changing their behavior. Once the root cause has been addressed, strking a balance between positive reinforcement and gentle stimuli can lead to effective training.



My Doberman, who is now 2 years old, has always been very vocal, especially when someone new comes to our house. However, there have been times when I need him to stop barking or calm down when visitors come over.

To address this issue, I have been practicing the "quiet" command with him. Whenever he starts barking excessively, I say "quiet" in a firm and calm voice. When he stops barking, I immediately reward him with treats and praise.

I found that by consistently practicing this command, my dog is now able to quickly calm down and stop barking on command. This has been particularly helpful when we have visitors with young children or people who are afraid of dogs.

In addition to the quiet command, I have also been working on socializing my dog with people of all ages and genders, so that he becomes more comfortable with strangers. This has helped him to become more confident, which in turn has reduced his need to bark excessively.

In summary, training your Doberman to stop barking at strangers requires patience and consistency. I found that the quiet command, along with socialization, was helpful in reducing excessive barking.

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