Hey guys, I have a Doberman and I have noticed something really peculiar about him. He tends to stalk me all the time, and I wonder if it's a common behavior among Dobermans or if my dog has some psychological issues. I am really worried about this behavior because sometimes when I am walking around my house, I suddenly feel his presence behind me, and it scares the hell out of me. I have tried to ignore him and even scold him when he does this, but that doesn't seem to have any effect on him. Can someone please share their experiences with their Doberman? Have you also noticed this behavior in your dog or is there something that I am doing wrong that is causing this behavior? I would really appreciate any advice or tips on how to deal with this stalking behavior. Thank you in advance!
Hi there! I have a few years of experience owning a Doberman, and I can definitely relate to your situation. My dog used to stalk me all the time as well, and I used to feel pretty creeped out. However, after doing some research and consulting a few veterinary experts, I found out that this behavior is relatively common among Dobermans.
Apparently, Dobermans are a protective breed and often view their owners as their "pack" that they need to keep an eye on. They also tend to have a strong prey drive and may see their owners as potential targets for playtime or hunting. That being said, you should try to distinguish whether your dog is just being protective or if he is displaying aggressive behavior.
If your dog seems to be exhibiting stalking with aggressive intentions, then it's best to seek the advice of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. In the meantime, you can try to redirect your dog's attention with a toy or a treat whenever you notice the stalking behavior. You can also try to establish yourself as the alpha pack leader by teaching him commands and rewarding him when he follows them. Hope these tips help!