Can the Doberman be trained to treat other animals gently; such as small dogs?

Yes, the Doberman is very paternal and tends to treat smaller animals like their own puppies. Young Dobermans also treat small animals like puppy littermates. This means rough play. The Doberman puppy needs to be corrected from rough play by the alpha, his owner, when play becomes rough with a fragile animal.

The Doberman learns quickly and will soon learn the kitty or the Chihuahua is not a chew toy. He will learn that they are good snuggle partners but need careful and gentle paws and noses.