Doberman Puppy Behaviors

It’s important to teach any large breed puppy to never jump up or put its paws on people. Often new Doberman puppy owners and others around the Doberman puppy find this jumping up adorable, and not only fail to correct the behavior but inadvertently reward it by returning the affection. A small eight-week-old Doberman is adorable when jumping up, however, as the puppy grows this friendly behavior becomes dangerous.

Jumping up is natural. In the wild, a puppy greets its family by licking their mouths and offering its face to be licked. Essentially, this is what the puppy is trying to do, reach the person’s face. When a person crouches down to a jumping puppy, it only reinforces this behavior by giving the puppy what it wants.

To correct the jumping up behavior, the puppy owner must show the puppy that his actions will never get what he's working for. An effective way to do this is to stay standing, or stand up, and turn away when the puppy jumps. With an older puppy that understands, a deep “NO” correction should also be used.

This method will teach the puppy how not to get what it wants. We now must teach the puppy how to properly get your attention and affection. With my dogs, I train them to sit. Only when a dog is sitting with all four paws on the floor does he get affection and this is a very good practice for any dog owner.

The “sit” command is helpful when training away the jump up. If the puppy is young, and has not learned such basic commands, there is no better time to teach it. Continue turning away from the puppy if it jumps. Once the puppy settles down, grab him by the collar, give the sit command, and back him up into a sit. Once in the sit, give praise and move close to him so he can also return the affection. If he breaks from the sit, and especially if he jumps, immediately stand and turn away.

A Doberman puppy will quickly learn what to do. In no time he will learn that the best way to get and give affection is to plop his little body in an eager sit next to his owner or people he meets. It is also important in the puppy stage to always reward this behavior.