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You're the same one with the thread about training a "junk yard" dog (like from beethoven!)...So, you want to create a dog that is ferocious and trained to bark at strangers passing by the empty lot you shove him in everyday...But you are also forbidden from doing any guard or protection training or work with this guy through a contract you SIGNED when you rescued him?
You can't treat a Dobermann like just any other dog. They belong with their family as part of the family. You need to raise them with a fair hand, which this "dominating" business is not fair, and it will not lead to your dog respecting you. A submissive dog (in the manner you are using "submissive") has the potential to snap at any moment. Stress can lead to fear, fear can lead to a certain type of aggression that in this breed is possibly one of the highest causes of negative press.
Perhaps the reason your dog wont bark at people, vagrants wandering by your lot..is because you've made him afraid of "challenging" people through this ridiculous "dominance" exercise. You've desensitized him. Just speculation, as we cannot truly know what any animal is actually thinking.
If I were you, I wouldn't come back here and challenge Incredibledobes on her post. Too many newbies don't realize just who she is and what she does and end up looking foolish because of it. As she said, you've taken his Fight instict from him, so all he has left is Flight. This is why he scrambles away from you, in fear, most likely.
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