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What type of obedience training is recommended for a Doberman?

Hi everyone,

I am a new Doberman owner and I am wondering what type of obedience training is recommended for this breed. I have read that they are a very intelligent and eager to please breed, but they can also be stubborn at times. I want to make sure I am training my Doberman in the most effective way possible so that we can have a strong bond and a well-behaved pup. I am not sure if I should focus on positive reinforcement training, traditional obedience training, or something else entirely. Any advice or personal experiences with training a Doberman would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Hi all,

I have had my Doberman for only a couple of months and I agree with the other users that positive reinforcement techniques are the way to go with this breed. In particular, I have found clicker training to be a highly effective method that keeps my pup eager to learn.

Clicker training involves using a small device that makes a distinctive clicking sound when pressed. The sound is paired with a reward such as a treat or praise to reward the dog for performing the right action. This technique ensures that the dog associates the sound with positive reinforcement and behaves better.

Moreover, I think it's important to remember that Dobermans need a significant amount of exercise daily. I have noticed a remarkable improvement in my dog's behavior after making sure that she's tired out from exercise before our training sessions. Regular exercise is important for good behavior and mental well-being.

In conclusion, incorporating clicker training and exercise, along with positive reinforcement techniques, has been a powerful combination for me in training my Doberman. However, every dog is different and owners should try different techniques to see which one works best for their specific dog.


Hi everyone,

I have had my Doberman for four years and I found that a combination of positive reinforcement and traditional obedience training works best for my dog. While it is true that positive reinforcement is the popular choice among many Doberman owners, sometimes it is necessary to opt for traditional obedience training, especially in situations when your dog is not responding to positive reinforcement.

For instance, my Doberman would sometimes become overly excited and not listen to my commands, no matter how many times I made use of positive reinforcement. I sought the advice of a professional trainer who recommended the use of traditional obedience training techniques that emphasized structure and discipline.

I found that employing these techniques together with positive reinforcement not only helped to keep her behavior in check but also strengthened our bond. It is important for Doberman owners to tailor their training approach to the individual needs of their specific dog.

For certain we all want a dog that listens and is well-behaved, but the approach to achieving that can vary depending on the personality of the dog. That said, consistency, love, and patience while training our Doberman is key for success.


Hello there,

I have a 5-year-old Doberman who is very well-behaved thanks to positive reinforcement training. I found that using treats and praise for good behavior worked wonders with her. Dobermans are very smart and eager to please, so rewarding them for doing something right will motivate them to continue the good behavior.

Traditionally, Dobermans were trained using physical punishment, but I found that to be unnecessary and potentially harmful. Positive reinforcement training helped strengthen the bond between my Doberman and myself and made training a fun and rewarding experience for both of us.

I also attended obedience classes with my Doberman, which helped her socialize with other dogs and learn new skills in a controlled environment. It was a great way to reinforce her training and help her become a well-rounded pup.


Greetings all,

I've had my Doberman for six years and from my experience, positive reinforcement is definitely the way to go. While traditional obedience training can be effective, it's crucial to not use negative reinforcement techniques or punishments that could harm our pups. As some other users mentioned, the use of treats and positive reinforcement in response to good behavior worked well for me.

Also, I suggest incorporating the use of Doberman-specific toys into your training. Dobermans require a lot of stimulation, so incorporating play into training sessions worked wonders for my pup. It made the training sessions more enjoyable for both my dog and me, while also making her exercise at the same time.

As my fellow dog owners have suggested, consistency is also extremely important. I found that practicing commands frequently and rewarding good behavior in realtime helped my dog understand the meaning of each command more effectively. With lots of patience and persistence, anyone can train their Doberman to be the most perfect pup.


Hi there,

I've been a Doberman owner for almost a decade now and have found that positive reinforcement training has worked wonders for my pup. Dobermans can be quite strong-willed, so using treats and praise to motivate them to behave is a great way to keep them on track.

In my experience, regular obedience classes are also a must. During these classes, my Doberman was able to socialize with other dogs and learn new commands in a structured environment. This, combined with the training we did at home using positive reinforcement, helped to create a well-behaved and loyal dog.

One thing I'd like to add is that consistency is key. Reinforce positive behavior every time as it helps the dog connect the behavior with the reward. With a bit of patience and persistence, any owner can have a well-trained and happy Doberman.

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