Owning a pet isn’t always easy, but having an animal companion for you and your family to love and adore for years to come outweighs the difficulties. Let’s examine four common Doberman issues, namely some of the behavioral problems you might encounter when training and caring for your Doberman Pinscher.
This is one of the bigger issues for Doberman owners. You really have two courses of action you can follow when dealing with your dog’s aggression: 1) You can let the aggression go unchecked and completely lose control of your dog, or 2) you can find out what’s causing the aggression, and make some tweaks in your training to reduce your Doberman’s aggression levels over time. I highly recommend going for option number two; it will make you a happier pet owner in the long run. and keep your pet out of trouble later. Your Doberman’s aggression can happen for a number different reasons, getting to the root of your dog’s problem is a necessity. Do whatever it takes to do so, even if it means seeking the professional help of a vet, behaviorist or dog trainer.
Doberman Pinscher Separation Anxiety
Often a dog’s behavior can be misattributed to being mischievous, being angry or being aggressive. Sometimes when your Doberman chews up your furniture or destroys other parts of the home, it can be related to separation anxiety.
Think about toddlers for a moment, human toddlers. Sometimes if daycare is a new experience, what happens when Mom or Dad drops them off and drives away? The child pitches a fit! Of course some kids respond differently, but the crying and acting out is a way of the child saying “I don’t know what to do! My Mom just left me!!” It’s really no different when you’re dealing with your dog. When you leave, your Doberman may be acting out in response to his feelings of abandoned by his master. Through proper training, it is possible to curb this response.
Your dog pauses ominously…no movement whatsoever…as if he’s preparing for something. He crinkles his nose, causing his front lip to curl, revealing a rather sharp set of canine teeth. He growls with a tensed brow and deep, focused eyes. He attacks!
In most situations a Doberman won’t attack immediately, unless trained to do so. There is usually something that has triggered a biting response. What exactly causes a dog to bite someone. There are a number of different factors: fear, aggression, to protect itself of members of its pack, anxiety, and training.
Doberman Growling & Barking
Your dog’s growling and barking can be caused by very similar factors that trigger biting: fear, confusion, aggression, etc. Growling is generally a precursor to barking, which can be a precursor to biting. Growling can also be a response to unfamiliar settings or unfamiliar people. This is why guard dogs will growl and bark, alerting their masters to a foreign presence. Barking & growling aren’t necessarily bad things, but understanding why your Doberman Pinscher is doing it, will help you to take a big step forward in learning more about, and communicating with, your dog.