Stigma attached to our beloved Dobermans

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I think it wrong that their is such a negative stigma attached to this marvelous breed. I would love to be pro-active in educating the public. I think the doberman gets a bad reputation because of how they look and thats wrong.

If you want to be "proactive" in educating the public. Socialize and train your dog so that you can bring him out in socail situations, parades, festivals, parks, malls...etc. Nothing says more than a well behaved (trained) doberman in public. And you get to show off a bit too =-)

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I agree Gunny but it is still difficult.   We joined an obedience class and Cleo excelled, not only in her obedience training but in her soical skills, she loved everyone and most dogs, I say most because she was very scared of a collie that went for her (she was still young and she lay down and submitted totally).  One day when a new person joined the group, Cleo went over to say hello and this person just froze and before I could open my mouth, another girl shouted out, don't worry Cleo is a really nice doberman, so I called over, as are all dobermanns, its bad owners that are usually the problem.

Now this collie that attacked Cleo had to wear a muzzle to stop it biting other dogs, it was very people friendy but dog agressive and everyone in the class felt sorry for Cody because he was just nervous that's why he attacked, now I'm sorry but he had been going to the class for about 3 years and still had to wear a muzzle and I just feel if he had been a doberman they would have labelled him aggressive not nervous.  

Another thing that really made me mad was when we first got Cleo, I was showing workmates some puppy photos of her and one of them shook his head and said ' viscious dogs those' and then walked away.  Now what made me mad about this is that his guy had owned and loved german shephards and I feel he should have known better as they also get a bad press.   

I am afraid it is very difficult to change people's perception of Dobermanns, all we can do is try.

 

 

 

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Gunny's 100% right about training and socializing to try to be as proactive as possible to change the way people see this breed.  I take my doberman everywhere...to the bank, to the farm store, to pet stores, just walking around town....everywhere that a dog is allowed to be, and I will occasionally encounter someone that will obviously shy away from us, but for the most part, Ziva has shown the people in my little town what a well behaved doberman is like, and I get so many nice compliments on how calm and chilled out she is in crowded stores.  The only way to change people's perception is to show them first-hand.  Training is a life-long commitment, no matter what the age of your dog, or how well trained you think he/she is.  Every day there should be reinforcments in good behavior and commands.