Are Dobermans good at obedience or agility?

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I absolutely LOVE obedience trials and training dogs, and I was wondering if dobies are good at obedience trials? I know they're smart and disciplined but does anybody have experience? I also love agility trials are they good at those?

Well if you love obedience trials and training then you would know that Dobermans are one of the best at it. Most also LOVE agility.I have experience with both.

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Yes, they are very good at either obedience or agility with a talented trainer. 

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Yay! Thank you ^_^

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More often than not, if there is a doberman in any given obedience class, it is likely the star, and it's also likely the dog that others wish their dog would act like.

Kevin...unless your training Romeo,then people are happy they don't have one lol. He is one handful of a dog.

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When it comes to agility I can't imagine a better breed.  They are so smart and so athletic.  Dobies also seem to be so in tune with their humans, which also is a benefit in either obedience or agility.

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The dobe I had about 10 yrs ago was scared of his own shadow.  I thought agility would help to bring him out.  He did great once he got over his initial fear of each apparatus.  I would literally climb to the top of the A-frame to coax him up and over.  Wish I had video of those days.  We would have won AFV for sure.

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Yes! They are so very, very smart and LOVE to jump (for at least my dobe, Zelda XD) I haven't taken Zelda to classes yet, but i'm planning to in the future. :)

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We met a Dobe named Piper when I had Loren in a manners class a couple of years ago. Piper was a rescue, but you would've never known it w/o being told so. Kevin hit the nail on the head, Piper was the star! So quiet, polite, and very eager to please, even with all the little yappers...like my Loren!! LOL!!!

2 out of 3 of mine loved agility and obedience. Romeo on the other hand not so much. I should have started him younger. Although they had all the equiptment when we were raising the litter and he is a climbing machine, now he doesn't see the need for it or see it as fun. We spent so much of our time in Schutzhund getting the basics down this past summer when I should have equaled it out with the other sports we love to do around here. Oh well will just have to work at it more.

Thought I'd share some of my favorite agility photos of Paris (Romeo's mother) at an agility cometition we were at. She is my very favorite dog I've ever owned. So devoted and smart, this dog will do anything I ask of her and give it her very all.  She is absolutely stunning to watch on the agility field her ears are always up and she is looking for direction from me at every turn or jump. This first one is funny her eyes looked crossed lol. She loves the tunnels!

 

 

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rnd, Paris makes flying look so easy.   I took Z to a basic agility class--just sort of an "obstacle awareness' thing to see if we might want to pursue the sport, and also to build her confidence up.  Agility classes certainly DO help build confidence, but she just didnt have her heart in it like I had hoped she would.  Still, it was fun and very educational for her and mostly for ME.  I have a whole new admiration for the handlers that train and do agility---it's much harder work for the human than it is for the dog.

I love that photo of Paris jumping, it shows how far from the jump she started and how she is clearing it. The next one in the series which I didn't post shows how far she actually clears the jump in her landing. What a jump span!

Agility is a great confidence builder. I will take Romeo when he is a little older into the beginning classes to see how he likes it and see if I think he will be good at it or not. Right now I have to get the wild man obedience trained though...WHAT A JOB! He is certainly giving me a whole other learning curve. Just when I though I knew it all LOL!!! I don't think Romeos heart is going to be into the agility though not like his mother. The further you go into agility the harder it gets. I'm not sure if I will ever be able to go on to compete in excellent work just because I get lost on the course lol.

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Great pics, Paris is so sleek and atheletic!!!!

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Wow she really does look like she's flying!

Great agility photos of your girl Paris!  she launched herself about 4-5 feet before the jump! She was probably a rock star at the broad jump? what a focus, what drive! awesome...

would love for Gemma to love agility but I do not think she would. She lives for the tug toy and bite work and I am going to take her the Schutzhund road or the Mondio road...

I love to watch Dobies do agility though... such grace and intensity! ROCK stars in anything related to 'thinking'... using their brains and their athletic prowess is what they are bred for! 

simply ROCK stars! Paris was certainly one! 

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amazing photos! i really loved that last one! i want to get our pup into agility and flyball.

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How did I miss this thread? I never pass up an opportunity to look at a Paris picture.. she is such a spectacular girl.. wouldn't  be surprised to see wings growing out of her back on that last shot.

Thanks Des for posting them!