Doberman Pinscher Puppy Training Basics

a naughty young Doberman puppy running along the back of the sofaWhen training a Doberman puppy, it’s important to understand what your training efforts are essentially working toward. What training does is teach a dog how to get what it needs and wants in an acceptable way.

Behaviors such as jumping up, play-biting, and barking are all natural behaviors a young Doberman puppy will use to get what it instinctively needs. Through training, the puppy will learn better ways of getting these instinctive needs in the family setting, and will be a much happier Doberman puppy as a result.

It’s also important to understand that a Doberman puppy is very different from an adolescent or adult Doberman. A Doberman puppy less than six-months of age is in a development stage. Many of the behaviors it displays such as growling, biting, and rough play are not signs of aggression, but simple behaviors that help develop the necessary mental and physical abilities it would need for survival in nature. These behaviors are healthy, but should be molded by the puppy’s family to be displayed in acceptable way, just as the mother would mold them in the wild.

Dobermans, and all dogs, are a result of what their owners make of them. Dobermans do not simply become aggressive nor do behavioral problems simply appear. Such problems are a result of the dog’s experiences and it is the Doberman owner’s responsibility to control these experiences and provide training in order to raise a healthy and happy Doberman.