Importance of Socializing Your Doberman Pinscher

Positive Experiences Create a Positive Outlook

Shy Dobermans, Dobermans who bark at the neighbors or guests, and Dobermans who act aggressive toward people and animals inappropriately, are lacking a strong alpha figure and training, but are primarily lacking socialization.

Socialization is the process of introducing a dog into positive situations involving new people, animals, sights, sounds, and smells. Socialization is also the most important responsibility of the Doberman owner, with regard to training.

This process conditions the Doberman to regard new things not simply as threats. If your Doberman is allowed to meet new people in a positive situation, he will associate future new people he meets with this positive situation. Likewise, if your Doberman has had positive experiences with strange animals, noises, sights, and sounds he will associate such things in the future with this experience, and approach them with confidence and sureness.

If you intend your Doberman for protection or protection training, socialization is still important, perhaps more so. Socialization will not degrade his protective nature or ability. An important attribute of a protection dog is sureness. A protection dog must be confident and able to follow commands under stress. Socialization promotes sureness.

For example: in Schutzhund, a protection dog test and sport, the protection dog is required to walk in the heel position alongside his handler through a group of people, confidently displaying his sureness around strangers.

Socialization is important to the psychological health and emotional well being or your Doberman. An unsocialized Doberman will stress easily and develop problems with anxiety. Even if you intend to keep your Doberman isolated at home or on your own property, socialization is essential to his health and proper behavior.