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why is my doberman so needy?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new doberman owner and I'm starting to notice that my dog is very needy. He constantly wants attention and always follows me around the house. Even when I'm sitting on the couch, he wants to be right next to me and get pets. I've tried giving him toys and even taking him on long walks, but he still seems to want more attention.

I'm not sure if this behavior is normal for dobermans or if there's something else going on. I want to make sure my dog is happy and comfortable, so I wanted to ask if anyone has experienced this with their doberman and what they did to address it.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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I can understand your situation as I have a doberman myself. From my experience, it seems that dobermans are very affectionate and naturally want to be close to their owners.

To address this behavior, I’ve given my doberman his own space where he can feel comfortable and have his personal belongings. I’ve also trained my dog to go to his designated space when he needs some alone time. This has helped me to establish healthy boundaries and allowed for some much-needed space whenever I need it.

It's essential to keep in mind that dobermans crave human connection and may display needy behavior when left alone for extended periods. Engaging your dog in activities that reinforce positive behavior goes a long way in reducing their neediness. This can be achieved by investing in toys and engaging them in fun activities such as training and playtime.

Lastly, I’d like to stress that every dog is unique, and what works for one dog may not be applicable to others. So, it's essential to pay close attention to your doberman's behavior and make changes accordingly.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your doberman!


Hi there!

I have a doberman, and I can say from experience that they are a needy breed, but it's due to their loving nature. When you adopt a doberman, you inherit a dog who will be loyal to you throughout their life. It's essential to treat them with love and care, incorporating fun activities into daily routines.

In my case, I noticed that my doberman became very needy when he was bored, anxious, or simply needed something to do. To manage this, I spend a lot of time creating different play ideas for him. This could be playing catch, hide and seek, or simply long walks. I make sure to incorporate mental stimulation games, which typically exhaust him, and he appears calmer.

I also make sure to have short training sessions to reinforce positive behaviors, which help boost his confidence and minimize fear or anxiety. Positive reinforcement, in general, is a great tool to build trust and obedience within your doberman.

Finally, if his neediness is something that concerns you, it's a good idea to consult with a professional dog behaviorist. They can help you identify the root cause of the neediness and provide you with a personalized plan to manage the behavior.

As a doberman owner, always remember that love, care, and attention are essential to keeping them comfortable and happy. Good Luck.


Hey there!

I had a similar issue with my doberman, and honestly, it was quite frustrating at first. However, after doing some research and talking to my vet, I learned that dobermans are specifically bred for security and protection. That's why they're naturally very protective of their owners, and this results in their needy behavior.

To manage this, I've made sure that my doberman gets plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. I take her for walks and runs daily, and I also provide her with plenty of toys she can play with when I'm not around.

Another important thing I've learned is that positive reinforcement is essential when it comes to training my dog. I use treats as rewards for good behavior and discourage any negative behavior. Patience and consistency have really helped me manage my doberman's needy behavior.

Overall, it's important to remember that dobermans are very loyal and emotional dogs, and it's our responsibility as owners to cater to their emotional needs. I hope this helps!



I have a two-year-old Doberman that I rescued from a friend, and I can relate to your situation. My doberman was very needy and always wanted my attention, especially when I was working from home.

To address this issue, I've tried to establish a balance between giving my doberman attention and ensuring that he understands boundaries. Setting a consistent routine has been extremely helpful in helping my dog differentiate between when it's playtime and when I'm busy. I also have a designated play area for him with various toys and treats that help keep him occupied and happy.

I've also realized that socializing with other dogs and people can reduce separation anxiety and improve their behavior. I sign up for weekly socializing classes, where my dog meets and interacts with other dogs, and this has significantly reduced his clinginess.

Lastly, I also noticed that adequate rest and sleep time significantly influenced my dog's behavior and need for attention. A few nap times interspersed with play helps my doberman regulate his energy levels and thus reducing his need for attention.

I hope my experience has helped you out, and best of luck managing your dog's behavior.


Hi there!

I have a doberman too and I totally understand where you're coming from. Dobermans are known to be very loyal and affectionate dogs, so it's not uncommon for them to be needy.

What has worked for me is creating a routine for my dog, including designated playtime and cuddle time. This helps my dog understand when it's time to relax and when it's time to play.

I've also found that mental stimulation games like puzzle toys and obedience training sessions can tire out my dog and fulfill his need for attention.

Lastly, it's important to remember that dogs are social animals and they thrive on human interaction. So, spending quality time with your dog every day, even if it's just a few minutes, can go a long way in fulfilling their emotional needs.

Hope this helps!

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