Family / Pack Instincts

A Doberman puppy will view its new owner and family with his Pack Mentality. This is the reason we love dogs. Instinctively, the puppy or dog wants to please his superior pack members.

This is also why it is important for all members of the family to actively participate in training of the new Doberman puppy and subsequent adult Doberman. A well tempered Doberman will see any members of the home that takes part in training as a superior pack member. Very young children, too young for active participation, will be seen as puppies and treated and protected as such.

In fact, one of the most important responsibilities of the dominate pack members, even in the wild, is to teach and train the young. Likewise, when bringing a Doberman puppy into the home, the Doberman owner must take over this alpha responsibility. He must train the new puppy. The basis of training a puppy is teaching him how to get what he wants in an acceptable manner.

A good example is the greeting. In nature, when the dominate pack members arrive home, the puppies greet their superiors with displays of submissive affection. This usually consists of holding the head low and vigorously licking the superior’s mouth.

This is less acceptable in the human’s home. It is also what your puppy is trying to do when he jumps up. He is trying to greet you in the customary puppy way. A 10 week-old puppy pleading for your affection this way is very cute! Will he outgrow it? No. Remember, domestic dogs essentially stay puppies their entire lives. Once he is six-months old and 65 pounds, you’ll realize your folly in not cutting this out at its onset.

The Doberman owner must teach his puppy that jumping up, or lifting its soon huge paws off the floor for any reason is bad. Rather, the puppy should learn the proper greeting of sitting while looking up in anticipation for a pet on the head. A good habit when handling the Doberman or any large breed is to only offer a hand when the dog is sitting.