Delegation of Doberman Puppy Responsibilities

The Whole Family should be Involved

When a sweet little Doberman puppy first enters a home, the family usually argues over who gets to do what for the puppy. However, after the novelty wears off and the puppy reveals himself as the leaky, chewy, poopy master of disaster that healthy Doberman Pincher puppies are, neglect can often occur from family members expecting each other to pick up the puppy responsibilities.

A wise prospective Doberman owner will make the delegation of puppy responsibilities a deciding factor in the search for a Doberman puppy. The entire family must agree to do their part in the puppyraising process before agreeing to get a Doberman puppy.

For the first few months, puppies require a lot of work and sacrifice. Until about four months of age, puppies tend to get leaky after four hours. This means someone each night must take the responsibility of letting the puppy outside in the middle of the night. Puppies this age also need to be fed three times each day with soaked food, so someone needs to be in charge of soaking and feeding.

Puppies also need exercise under supervision, supervised stimulation (play), affection, attention, and someone to remedy their trail of disaster. All of these responsibilities of puppyraising need to be identified and delegated to willing individuals.

If only one person will be responsible for the puppy, this plan is still essential. This person should make a puppy schedule and work to find the most efficient way of properly caring for the puppy in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed and stressing the puppy.

The only case where a single person is totally responsible for the puppy is when that individual lives alone with the puppy. All members of the home must take part in care and training of a puppy. If any member is unwilling or claims not to like dogs, it is best not to bring one into the home. Such a situation creates an unfriendly atmosphere and is unfair to any dog.

Besides taking puppy responsibilities, all members of the home should also take part in training. Training is the responsibility of superior pack/family members and so will help establish all the people in the home as superiors. This will virtually eliminate future problems with poor behavior when the master is out, and with dominance aggression.

If a member of the family fears the Doberman, or dogs in general, this is not a reason to avoid bringing in a Doberman puppy. This person likely has had a bad experience and there is no better way to conquer such a fear than to raise a well behaved polite powerful companion such as the Doberman, as long as this person is dedicated to making it happen.

If children are delegated some of these responsibilities, a second layer of delegation should be allotted to an adult to train the children on how best to care for the puppy, as well as hold the children accountable for neglecting their responsibilities. In my experience, however, children are often the best puppy care takers, especially little girls.