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06-14-2013 06:22 AM
shineydobe • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class? Breaker has had ongoing classes weekly sometimes biweekly for the past 3 1/2 years. We train every morning for 20 min. and after work for varying amounts of time. Stormy has been through Beg. 1 & 2 and just started pre-novice.
• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed? This breed needs to work their brains. They are so intelligent! If we don't train there will be no peace in the evenings.
• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)We train at the park, the lake, woods, parking lots, McDonald's patio (Stormy's down stay is amazing while waiting for a cheeseburger)
• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds? My female loves to work. My male loves to love! Dobes are tricky. They are so smart. You really have to make sure you are communicating what you want and not what they think you want. Overall they are easier than many breeds.
• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?we use all the collars, clickers occasionally, target words, and play rewards. They will do anything for liver.
• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
Breaker (3 YRS.) has his CGC, and his CD. We just started working on grad novice and he loves it! Stormy (13MO.)just passed her CGC.
05-26-2013 06:34 PM
midnightrayne • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
Revan started training with puppy classes at 10-13 weeks, we then went into a beginner obedience class. After getting his CGC and knowing I wanted to continue working and then some day showing I had to find a better trainer, now I have a wonderful trainer and we train weekly towards future goals. Yes we train almost daily to help improve on what we learn in class.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?i think obedience training is important for all dogs but this breed excels at it, there is nothing better than the bond u create with your working dog.
• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places) we live in a circle so I take over the circle nightly and work, a few of us from class get together on the weekends and train at a tennis court. And I regularly take him to pet stores and work in the isles.
• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds? Our class time is an hour and a half, when I train we work about 30 minutes, if we meet up with others it's hours or until everyone is done. I prefer males they don't seem to ever be moody, or in season. I think the doberman is very easy to train they want to please you and it doesn't take long for them to complete new tasks.
• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use? Revan is food and toy driven, we use food mostly and get him hyped up with toys before we go into the ring. And of course I always praise him. We use positive and some negative reinforcement training, sometimes they have to know if u don't do what I ask there will be consequences. We train in a choke chain and a regular leather leash nothing fancy.
• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman? the reward alone of having an amazing dog is plenty for me but we have been very successful in the ring to earning his beginner novice and novice titles with lots of blue ribbons and more to come!
04-28-2013 11:44 PM
gailatmsu Obedience Training

• Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

We are training him ourselves, but if we need assistance, we do live near/work on a military base and are friends with several of the dog handlers there we can go to for advice.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

VERY important. Most people are already intimidated by them so the last thing the breed needs is to be unruly.

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

Yard and park when boys have sports practices

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

We generally spend 30-45 mins a day working with Striker. I prefer males. The easiest dogs I've trained was a miniature schnauzer (he knew German, English, and signed commands), but Strikers is coming into a close second. I haven't added in any German commands, but he can do a few signed ones.

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?

Clicker training and praise.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

A doberman that people are surprised about how well behaved he is when we're out in public. Friends of ours used to keep their smaller kids away, but now, they trust him and let them come up to him for pats whenever we're there.
02-01-2013 10:52 AM
BrunoNBuggers • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

I trained Bruno myself. He was a breeze, being older and less distractable. He is mostly dobe with a pinch of GSD for good luck. Buggles will be starting formal obedience on 2/2 but I have been working with her from day 1. At 6 months old, she is easily distracted and requires LOTS of one on one. We train throughout the day, every day.


• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

Obedience is incredibly important to me for every breed. There is nothing better than a well trained dog and nothing more irritating than an untrained, out of control dog. It's in the doberman's DNA to be well-trained, they thrive on it and need a strong, assertive leader.

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

We train in the house, on walks, in our fenced yard, in the car. Every experience is a learning opportunity. It isn't necessarily formal training, but the dogs know where I stand and what is and isn't acceptable in all situations.

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

We do "formal" training in very small increments, maybe 2 minutes at a time, many times throughout the day. I have not noticed a difference in training ease between the two sexes, age is a more important factor in my mind. I find the dobe to be a fun challenge to train, easier than a small dog but harder than a less stubborn breed.

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?

I use a prong collar, a clicker, and bits of chicken liver for training. I dry the liver in the fridge for a few days so it isn't icky on my hands. Other than the prong I use positive reinforcement. I find the prong a valuable tool but only use for extreme situations, such as walking with lots of distractions. Bruno wears a prong for walks but he doesn't know that the leash isn't hooked to it, it's hooked to his flat collar. His prong is also very loose now, since we don't use it for corrections. He wears it because it's his cue to behave around horses, other dogs, etc.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

I love that my dogs are so tuned into me. They have amazing focus and I feel that training has strengthened our bond. What's better than a nice loose leash walk, followed by a big romp in the yard, and then a nap with two tuckered out dobes? Not much, in my opinion.
01-24-2013 11:38 PM
sophia_dave101 Dog obedience training is a way for owner and dog to learn to speak with each other successfully. Contrary to public opinion, obedience training is not some method by which a dog learns to perform some necessary but artificial activity on command.
09-29-2012 09:58 PM
ajp240 • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
We took a puppy class that consisted of five one hour classes. We continue to train twice a week with our schutzhund club.
• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?
Essential unless you want your dog to run your house.
• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
At home, inside and outside.
• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?
5-10 minutes at a time. I haven't had both a male and a female Doberman, just a female. I think they are easier to train than other breeds I have had, but sometimes get overly enthusiastic! That's ok though, it's fun!
• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
Since my dog is a puppy, we are using food. No clickers.
• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
So far, a better house dog!
09-27-2012 02:57 PM
dobermama Obedience Training

• Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

With my first dog (German Shepherd) I did the formal classes, have trained all my subsequent dogs myself. We train every day for their entire lives- it enriches them and gives them something positive to do.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

It is absolutely crucial for ANY dog, of ANY breed.

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

everywhere

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

No more than 15 minutes at a time- when puppies it is interspersed throughout the day, as an older dog just a few times a week unless something new is being taught. I have always had better luck with males than females as far as willingness to obey (unless food is involved). Dobies are a cake walk compared to Rottweilers, and also easier than German Shepherds. About equal to Golden Retrievers, but much smarter and less distracted/hyper.

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?

Praise. Regular nylon collar and leash as puppy. No leash, no collar as an adult unless in a public place.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

My newest family member is 11 wks old today- he has already mastered "sit" and is almost completely solid for "drop". Is nearly housebroken and learning to properly greet other people and stay in close proximity with immediate recall off leash. I have had him for 2 wks tomorrow. My goal is to get his CGC before his first birthday.
06-20-2012 03:04 PM
Matt Vandart Obedience Training

• Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

Only did one with my new females as I had them both at the same time.
Didn't go back, have never had any formal training in training dogs (?)

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

Number one priority

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

everywhere

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

10mins- 1hr
neither, I have only ever had one male and he's only 7mnths so is still in training so cant make an opinion.
dobermans are simples compared to English bulls!!

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?

All of the above, slip lead is the only lead I use

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

don't understand this question
12-04-2011 06:06 AM
Sirjof
Potty Training

I am at my wits end. I have never believe in buying a pedigree dog, and I have had 4 mongrels over the last 20 years.
I went against my own judgement, and got a Dobbie. I love him to death, but I am so frustrated, that at 9 months old, he is still doing #1 and 2s in the house.
The longest it ever took one of the mongrels, was 3 months.
Pedigree dogs are really not that smart are they? Is this normal for Dobbies? He has been neutered already.
Any suggestions?
03-15-2011 12:26 AM
DocWriter
Obedience Training

Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class? Hugo went through the entire series of PetSmart classes. I have no idea how many classes that was... I'm guessing around 24-30 !?! He graduated from the course, so there is little need to re-hash those basics. We still have daily training on a variety of subjects. Though, the format is VERY different, and wouldn't look like training to a novice.

How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed? Oh, of major importance! This is a powerful, and smart dog - he would be out of control without some training!

Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places) Everywhere!! Training Hugo is done the same way I taught my daughter... many years ago - all the time! As a 'home schooler' she was never 'out' of school. Everyplace afforded SOME education.

How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds? Hard core training in done in small sessions of 20-30 mins. Generalized lessons are simply... on-going. Hugo is my first Doberman, but if the breed is anything akin to others, then I imagine that females are easier to train than males - - - HECK it's true even with MEN

What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use? Hugo loves popcorn... he'd even give up a stuffed duck for THAT! Hugo is taught in 'French' and 'Sign', however English just sorta 'slides in' in places like day care and/or groomers, etc. I use a clicker, food, and praise almost equally.

What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman? A 90 pound, 17 month old Doberman who doesn't pull my arms out of their sockets!! Hugo is STILL a puppy, albeit, a very large puppy - but he doesn't knock people over, eat small dogs or children, pee on the furniture, or cling rabidly to my leg. People think he's the beautiful, sweet, wonderful dog that he is
10-31-2010 02:41 PM
DobermanDobbie I used the treat and clicker training on Dobbie. But I want to learn more about training him. I still do not consider myself successful in the line of dog training. So I am planning to enroll him next month for a formal obedience training.
05-30-2010 11:51 PM
DagniTheDobie Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take?

5 month old pup beginning a basic manners class this week. Just finished puppy kindegarten which was mainly to socialize. They taught basic commands like sit and down and come but really we already started working on those with her. After basic manners we are probably looking more towards a personal one-on-one trainer for her after 6 months so that she can speed up her pace!

Do you still continue to train when not in class?

Absolutely. Training outside of class is a must. If you don't train your dog outside of class, she'll lose it. It's like piano lessons...you go to a class, learn a new piece of music but if you don't practice it at home, when you go to your next class you still won't have any improvement on it.

How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

Absolutely crucial. Dobermans are wonderful but they need to have boundaries set and they need structure. I think especially with the negative image Dobies have, it's the owners responsibility to make sure their dog doesn't perpetuate that image and that comes with good training.

Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

Anywhere we can think of. Mainly in the house but we do training outside too, at parks, parking lots, yard. We also just incorporate training into her everyday routine.

How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female?

No idea about male or female since she's our first pup! I'll average about 5 minutes per training session. Usually she gives me a pretty good idea of when we should stop. If she starts repeatedly not getting something I'll give her an easy couple of commands she knows cold and treat/praise her for those and then stop there. Always end on a positive note!

Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

Yes. I've seen firsthand at training classes. She's usually the one who 'gets it' the fastest. Of course that's also the most annoying part because when they don't do something you can't use the excuse that they just don't get it yet because you know they do.

What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc)

Mostly food, she's very food-motivated. The second she even HEARS the treat bag open she will be sitting in front of you looking up at you. I've had to be very careful to be discreet because otherwise I can't practice certain training such as 'look-at-me!' when she's already sitting there eyes glued onto you!

I'll also use toys when I'm teaching commands like leave-it or drop-it or even stay. Also sometimes if I think she's had too many treats, her reward will be a nice game of catch or tug. Oh, and praise. I don't use the clicker because I think that complicates things since you always need to have a clicker on you. Not a problem if you're in your house, you can just run and get it wherever it is, but if you accidentally forget it at home and you're out...you have to resort to verbal praise.

We were told at our puppy kindegarten that you can use clicker or a 'yes' which is what we use. You can also use both of course but we just use 'yes' and then treat. That 'yes' is our clicker. After that we'll follow-up with good girl or other praises (sometimes including hugs if it's something really tough!) but it will always be 'yes' then treat.

We have her leash for walks of course but no special collars like prong collars. For me any kind of additional aid is really if training absolutely fails. Training requires patience and I want to give my pup an absolutely fair chance before I use training assistants.

What methods of training do you use?

I'm completely about positive reinforcement. My boyfriend wants to incorporate corrections but I think if she's doing great with positive reinforcement, why do we have to do anything else? I know many people do both and I think that's probably what we'll end up doing, but we'll see...I'm still set on positive reinforcement.

What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

No rewards but it's pretty cool watching her progress through her training and I love watching that light go off in her head when she gets it.
01-11-2010 10:13 AM
secuono • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
We went to this one place where you could go to as many classes they had for the level your dog was at. Usually 2 classes a week, whole training was in Gold9mo/Silver6mo/Bronze3mo. They also had helping classes you didn't have to pay for. We made the mistake to going to a Rowdy Rover class, it killed our ability to go to any other class! This place cost a lot of $ and going from up to 8 classes a month down to just 2 was unacceptable. When we tried to go to a regular training class, they stopped us at the door and told us we were not allowed until he passed the other class, but by then, my membership would be over! I demanded my money back and never took him to another class anywhere.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?
I wish I had money to take him to classes now since he has calmed some around other dogs. It would be nice to get him to meet other dogs/people and do some distraction around them.

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
No classes anymore, so yard, walks, in house, store.

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?
Kohaku learned very fast, but it's the distraction that he has trouble with. Dobies are brilliant, they teach themselves.

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
Food and praise, but if I don't have food, you can see it in his face he is not happy with me. Had the Clicker, it was pointless, since you can Speak a sound instead of having to click and keep forgetting as soon as he does the command. He has a head collar for walks, pinch collar(new) works well for not pulling but I wish it wouldn't loosen the clips! Only way he doesn't pull is that collar. He has a easy walk harness too, works well, but still some pulling. He has an ecollar during warm months to keep him in the front yard, but he is still learning. I try only doing positive reinforcement, unless cussing every now and then is not..lol.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
Things he has learned to do?? Here is a list of his tricks!
sit, lay, down(off furniture, etc), crawl, come, stay, paw(if you are left handed, you get the right paw. if your right handed, you get the left one!), hold(in mouth), hold something on his nose, leave it, drop it, spit, go get it, back(back up), pull(me up a hill on walks or pull on towel to open fridge, etc), upa(for a hug), kiss, what is it(to investigate something that freaks him out), fetch half way, get(move away from area), he learned to open sliding doors all on his own, push doors open, open his crate door by pushing it in so it bounces open and then he nudges it open,
and he knows hand signals for all of these, no need to speak!
10-21-2007 07:14 PM
Burns
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• Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
We enrolled Red in a beginner class at Petco when he was 14 weeks old. He by far the best behaved and most well-trained dog there (we had already mastered sit, down, sit/stay, down/stay). He loved the class because he got to play with all the other puppies, but other than the socialization with the other dogs, I got pretty much nothing out of it. I won't go back for the intermediate class there. There is another obedience program that I'm thinking about doing with him, but it's MUCH more expensive... still have to try to con hubby into it...

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•How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?
Very important. You HAVE to be able to control such a large, strong dog.

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•Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
Mostly the backyard, but also on walks, in the pet store, vet office, or any other place he goes with us. I try to do it in a variety of environments with varying levels of distractions.

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•How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?
About 5 minutes at a time, a couple times a day. Red is our first dog (that we are training ourselves from puppyhood), so I don't really have anything to compare, but I personally think Red is very easily trained. He would train even faster if I knew what I was doing half the time!

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•What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
Food rewards - hard treats, soft treats, and cheese. I haven't tried hotdogs yet, but Red is extremely food driven and would eat dirt if you offered it to him. :p

Also lots of verbal praise. I use "good boy" a lot which he is getting to recognize as a release command (along with "ok"), so I have to be careful not to say "good boy" until the right time anymore!

I just bought an Easy Walk harness for practicing walking without pulling, which has worked well so far. I have no need to use choke or pinch collars.

I just bought a clicker today and am just working on the association of clicker = cookie, so we'll see how that goes...

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•What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
No titles yet - though my goal is to do CGC with him.

I guess my biggest reward/accomplishment is that everyone tells us that Red is the most well-mannered and well-behaved puppy they have ever met! :biggrin55
10-21-2007 09:08 AM
Julie W • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

I took obedience classes back in the early-mid 80's from Sandy Pepper (now Sandy Overgaard) of Pepperhaus Rottweilers. She's the one who got me into showing in the first place in obedience. More recently this past summer I started working with the Willamette Valley Schutzhund club and have attended two schutzhund seminars there, with Les Flores and Dean Calderon.


• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

Honestly out of all of dobermans over the past 34 years I've seriously trained one for obedience, and an now in the process of starting Cher. Others I have done the breed ring with, but no obedience.


• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

When not working with the schutzhund club....in the summer I train in my backyard, in Petsmart (on my own, not in a class), or at the park. In the winter I train with the sch. club or inside Petsmart.

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

If it's the schutzhund clubs Saturday practices, I'm there half a day, but it's all the dogs and working on all different stuff. If I'm on my own I normally spend about an hour to an hour and a half if I'm not at home, but it's not solid obedience, a lot of it is just walking and playing in between training. If it's at home generally just 10-15 minutes at a time.


• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?

Food, toys, praise. I don't train any particular "method", I just do whatever works the best for me and my dog to keep them happy, motivated and enjoying themselves during work.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

The first doberman I showed in obedience was a child prodigy. He earned his CD in one weekend at a 3 day show at 6 months old and his first two legs towards his CDX by 9 months old before he was stolen from me.
10-21-2007 02:45 AM
saesms i watched many videos from www.expertvillage.com and also read some books, videos were much helpful, i use a mixed treat like apples, carrots, liver, cheese, so that they do not get used to one thing
11-24-2006 12:21 PM
Christi Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

I think Senta was about 3 when i started the formal training and also here at home.. probably about 20 min a day with the basic obedience. We trained for a yr before I put her in compitition.. I always continued to train at sperotic times during the day.. or maybe just before our walks.

How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

I believe training is 'very important or beneficial with this breed. Any dog can try to get bossy or rule the roost... I am ALPHA!! it not only makes your dog have good manners, but I think all in all it shows us the Doberman is very smart.
• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

I trained just about everywhere I could think of a good distraction place.. public places, park and the cemetery ( pretty quiet there) had a nice big field for me to work her in..


• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

about 20 min a day... I have never owned male dog so i cant say there..

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
Nuked pieces of hot dogs or somekind of dog treats....

What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

A more confident dobergirl, well mannered and a CGC..CD and CDX
11-16-2006 05:15 PM
lyngr • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

We went to basic puppy K (7 weeks) and now we are on the next level.
Yes we try to train her outside of classes.




• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

We shall see. lol.



• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

I take Nike to the bus stop every morning, and visit Pet friendly stores.
It's difficult to take her for walks with my 3 yr old, so that doesn't happen as often as I would like.




• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

Short sessions throughout the day.

I've never owned a male, so I can't compare.

My retriever mix, Luna, is far more obedient and eager to please. Matter of fact, she never had a lick of formal/obedience training and is as close to a perfect dog as you can get. Of course, Nike is just a puppy, so time will tell.
I hope some of Luna's manners will rub off on Nike.



• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?

TREATS! This girl loves treats.



• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

When I first started taking Nike to the bus stop in the morning, she would flip out and bark. Now she sits nice and calm. She is gentle and friendly to the parents and kids, which makes me proud.
06-21-2006 04:29 PM
Prettydobie Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself?formal obedience training
How many classes did you take?2
Do you still continue to train when not in class?Yes i think it is important to do that so they dog doesnt forget
How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?Very important we must prove that we can control the dogs
Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)Walks and public places i dont do it in the backyard cause i have made that her free zone
How much time do you spend in a training session?2 hours minium
Do you find it easy to train a male or a female?I found personal my mother red heeler trained better but i also think you have to put the breed into account when anwsering this question
Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds? Personal no i think there are some breeds that are easier to train
What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Food and Toy
Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) Leash I pefer her to always be on a leash when not in the backyard simple because if soemthing does happen i know i have control of her
What methods of training do you use? At first i started with voice commands once she had that i did it without saying anythign and only using hand gestures
What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?More people seem to want to pet her and ask me questions about dobermans when they see shes trained before i got her trained very few people would talk to me about her they would just stand and stare
01-23-2006 11:09 AM
TwoDobieGirls Obedience Training

• Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

Both. My 2 1/2 year old, Storm, was my very first dog. I'd wanted her my whole lofe, but she was my first, and I learned a lot! It helps that I've been into horses my entire life - there is a lot about training any type of animal that carries over to another kind. I belong to an obedience club and also train at another kennel periodically. The obedience club we belong to has formal obedience classes for the public, and then goes into show ready, open, utility, agility and tracking for members. The intermediate and advanced classes that are open to the public often include Rally as a way to get more people involved in taking their dogs' training further.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?
Extremely important. You all should see how they railroad my husband, because I am the one who does all the training. It's funny how they take advantage of him. When it comes down to it, they listen to him, but you can practically see them snickering!
• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
Backyard, farmers markets, pet stores, playgrounds.
• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?
However long it takes to end positively on what I want to work on. You have to go into training sessions with a plan, and know when to stop! A bored, over-drilled Dobe is no fun. I don't have any experience with males - both of my girls are females. As far as other breeds? I think Dobes are so much smarter, but you have to train differently. You can't drill them like you can Goldens, for example. Storm and Ava both would get so bored, and I learned to recognize when I needed to stop. In classes, just because everyone else is drilling a "front" 100 times, doesn't mean you have to! Do it three times corretly and break it off, play, relax and give them a belly rub. I think Dobes are so smart that they are insulted when you drill them.
• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use? I use their prong collars on an as-needed "reminder" basis. Other wise they both go in flat leather collars and leads. Being Therapy Dogs, they have to be reliable on a flat collar at all times. They are mostly rewarded with food, although Ava appreciates a toy at the end, and with Storm I need to jump around and get her excited because she's so serious!
• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
The amazing amount of knowledge they accumulate. They know so many words and phrases, and so many gestures and expressions that half the time I don't need to say a word. Storm passed the CGC and TDI testing at 8 months of age - it was only afterwards when the club figured out that a dog had to be 1 year old to be TDI certified! Anyhow, she and Ava both have their CGC and TDI certifications and are active Therapy Dogs. We are going to our first show the first weekend of February, and also have another the second weekend, so by then end of those two shows I hope to be able to say that Storm has her CD and Ava has her RN. Storm has begun some training for tracking and Ava has begun agility, and I'm sure they will both at least try a little of it all!
01-19-2006 11:21 AM
LapDog • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
We do both...we took Duchess to her puppy class then she started obedience and she also moved on to agility...she is a year and 9 months now and we continue to take her once a week to a class just for her enjoyment and keep things fresh in her mind.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?
This breed LOVES to train! and they look awesome doing it! Which is the reason we take her once a week still to a public class...(she likes to show off lol) I think taking them when they are puppies is also very important...they introduce them to other puppies...and they also introduce them to some "scary" agility equiptment like tunnels and very small jumps to build their confidence.

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
We train Duchess's at her dog class...also a lot in the living room. We need to start strictly doing training outside in the backyard...we should have done this at an early age! so that she would listen to us and not think the backyard is a "PLAY ZONE ONLY"

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?
Training sessions in class are 45 minutes...when they are puppies...the attention span is short..and they are easily distracted as time goes on. When we train in the living room ...it is just short spurts of 10 minutes probably. Dobermans are easy to train...the only thing is that sometimes they can be so smart that they are stubborn...In agility...I noticed a lot of the Dobermans like to atleast one time take off on the owner and just start trotting around the building lol...once they got this out of their system...they would come back and work real hard lol. Dobermans catch on quick! at 6 months Duchess looked smarter than all the older dogs there! Now she can be completely off the leash for healing...sit, stay come...etc...Sometimes when Duchess was younger the smells were wonderful to her and seemed to be the only thing that mattered! lol

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
we use a combination of treats and praise...we don't need to use a prong collar when we are specifically training...but if we are out and about...and don't have the time to be training her while we are doing whatever were doing we will need to use it. Like I said at class she no longer needs a leash...but when she was a puppy we were always sure to have our 6ft leash.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
No awards...but with Dobes you will always get a lot of compliments! How gorgeous she is...How smart...How attentive...people have told us Duchess would make a great Therapy dog...We still need to get her canine good citizen test.

01-19-2006 01:25 AM
Jedski Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
Jeddah & I take a private obedience class, with one-on-one instruction lasting for around an hour to an hour and a half. We met with the trainer weekly for the first three weeks, and have now gone to a fortnightly lesson. We try and train daily, depending on the weather. Most of my daily interaction with Jeddah does involve some sort of training anyway. Usually reinforcing commands and hand signals to keep her "thinking".

How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?
In my view extremely important. Owning a fear agressive dobe to me has been a test of stamina and strength. I want the public to look at my dog and appreciate a beautiful breed. I feel that I would be letting down the breed by not training Jeddah. I think she is also a much happier dobe, by reading her body language. Another benefit is the physcial control aspect, so much easier to control a trained dog.


Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
Everywhere - backyard, every walk we take involves training and then she gets some free time.

How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds? Time spent, can be as little as ten minutes or up to a hour. Just depends on Jeddah's attitude and how much free time we have. I have found Jeddah to be the most intelligent dog that I've ever owned. Very easy to train - when it suits her! I've never owned a male, so cannot make comparisons.

What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
Rewards - lots and lots of praise. We also use food and toys from time to time, but the praise is the winner in my eyes.
Special Training Aids - My only success has been with a prong collar. Have tried every other product on the market, until I got to the prong. I combine this with a 6 foot sturdy leather leash, one that I can trust!

What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
Jeddah does not have any formal accomplishments, as we left her very first obedience club at week 6 and didn't return! Rewards have been vast..... Firstly, to learn to come to her own name, every time. Then to be able to be in the same room as a cat or two, without treating them as prey. Learning to trust another dog and just to play. But most of all, the look on her face when she's achieved something new and you tell her "good dog".
01-18-2006 07:55 PM
Molari Obedience Training

• Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
I train myself. I train for a good companion and not so much a finished obedience dog. GKar knows all of the standard sit, come, down, stay, heel but for us heel is just a walking command. I do not care about the sitting when I stop or having him sit next to me prior to starting. He does all of these on or off leash by voice and is about 90% on hand signals. I tend to concentrate on manners and house commands.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?
I think it is important for any breed.

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
We train everywhere. In the house and backyard, in the truck, during walks and in public places.

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?
Typically no more than 5 or ten minutes at a time but in a day we could have 10 or 20 sessions depending on what we are working on. I like male Dobermans more than females. I think they are easier to read. I have not had any real issues as far as training Dobermans go but I think that they tend to think more than some breeds do and that makes training them more entertaining.

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
Praise during the actual training but toy is the ultimate reward. I use a 6 ft leash and a large choke collar. The larger collar does not hurt him like a small link would. I do not use the collar to correct him, it is an insurance policy. I guess praise and preemptive instructions are my training method. I try to catch problems before they happen and deal with the issue before it becomes a bad habit.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
A good friend to live with is the best reward but it is nice to have it noticed. GKar and I were in PetCo or PetSmart last week, it was a mad house with kids and dogs all over the place, the cashier said he was such a gentleman for ignoring everything going on around him and patiently waiting.
01-06-2006 11:00 AM
Kratty • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?

We have taken Nikita to 3 formal classes so far. She went to puppy kindergarten class aroung 4 months old, She had her basic Obedience class around 7 months, and went to a Wonder dog class at 10 months old. Wonder dog class was similar to basic but we added distance and distractions to all the training commands and started alot of the foundation to do off-leash training. Most of the class the dogs were dragging their leashes around on the ground. I wanted to complete her final OB class before she turned one, but it got cancelled due to low enrollment. This would have been her Great Outdoors class. It is all off-leash training outside. Now we are waiting for a little warmer weather before scheduling it again. We train constantly outside of class. I included training into everything we do. I believe you need to incorporate this into their daily schedule so this behavior is routine and not a specific setting.

• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?

It is vital for all first time doberman owners to take these classes. It’s a great way to bond to these dogs. They want to work and need to work. If you do not give them a job, they may pick a profession you might not like. Once they understand what you expect out of them, they will do their best to accomplish this. Mostly, it for the owners, we are 70% responsible for all inappropriate dog behavior. I wanted to make sure I had an ambassador to the breed that I would be proud of while out in public. The doberman image is changing, but the majority of the public out there still has this vicious impression of the breed. Having a well-behaved doberman is critical of having a great relationship with your dog.

• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)

We train everywhere. On walks, all public areas, or where ever we go with Nikita. My favorite place to train is in the center of town. It has a small park that is the town’s center with shopping/eating places all around it, with all the main traffic circling it. It’s also the business district. So much noise, traffic, and people, that once I am able to keep her full attention, nothing seems to matter around her. I even take her to the care dealer when we get the oil changed on my vehicle, most places do not mind this when they see her going through her training routine.

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds?

It really depends, new commands or routines seem to last longer at first. Once she has it going, we incorporate into our daily routine. We might spend 2 hours training in town, but over that period, we might have numerous 10 minute periods that are used for specific training. By combining training in to fun activities and keeping them fresh, it doesn’t burn her out. Only had a female so far, so can’t compare it to a male. I found it difficult at first to train the breed. Once we found the way to make her understand what we wanted her to do, it became easier. Finding the communication path I think is the hardest part.
They are really smart dogs. The only downfall is that they try to anticipate what you want them to do before you ask them. That’s annoying.

• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?

We use food or toys as a motivator. Since she loves the fetch game, we started to use that as a training tool. It’s more like if it’s anything about play, she will do anything for play. No special leashes, except I want to be able to get her to the point of working without a leash, only in safe conditions though. That much control is where I want to be.

• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?

Having a well-behaved doberman is my biggest achievement. I have a lot of compliments from others of how behaved she is at her age. Being able to include her in many activities we do and not having to worry about what she will do is awesome. This had laid the groundwork for almost all our other things we want to do with her. Mostly, changing the view of the breed from others is very gratifying.
01-04-2006 02:27 PM
frznbuns • Did you take formal obedience classes or train yourself. How many classes did you take? Do you still continue to train when not in class?
all of our dog went to basic puppy kindergarden classes for 8 weeks.
Spirit, Raven and Gypsy also went to 2 weeks of in house training. the trainer kept the dogs for 2 weeks and trained them. we went to the trainers a few times during the training to be trained ourselves and to train with the dogs.
I try to do some training everyday but with 4 dogs it is hard sometimes but they do not get a treat with out going through some sort of paces.. sit, down, leave it, dead dog ect..
• How important/beneficial is obedience training to you for this breed?A trained Doberman is a happy Doberman is my 2 cents... All dogs need training but I really feel that Dobermans are happiest when they are training or working..
• Where do you train outside of classes? (backyard, walks, public places)
With us it is all of the above! training is just second nature! I really try to train no matter where I am even if it is just reenforcing sit, heel, down,

• How much time do you spend in a training session? Do you find it easy to train a male or a female? Do you think a doberman is easy to train compared to other breeds? Our training sesssion may be only a minute or two to sometime half hour. depends on what we are doing! having both male and female dobermans I really do not see a whole lot of difference between training them. Spirit loves to train and please us, but I have been trying to teach him to play dead for 3 years now!! now Raven, is smart as a whip.. she learns so quick, I bet i could teach her almost anything if i had the time! But again, it took almost 4 years to teach her to catch something that was thrown to her like a treat. LOL
• What type of rewards do you use, if any? (food, toy, praise) Do you use any special training aids? (leashes, clickers, etc) What methods of training do you use?
We use both food and praise when training, it really depends of which dog I am working with at the time.
• What have the rewards/accomplishments been since you started training your doberman?
Spirit has his AKC Canine Good Citizen Award. I was so proud of him. We went though classes that were to be for 6 weeks but at the end of the 4th week the trainer wanted to go ahead and test him and he passed with flying colors! She then used him the rest of the class as an example of a good dog and what they should be doing. I am hoping to get Raven and Iris their AKC CGC awards also in the spring.. Gypsy is a different story, she is not always other dog friendly so most training is done by me. But she is a very good girl!
The one thing that I wanted to add is that I feel Training is not only for the dog but for the owner! A dog is a dog and will do what a dog does but a Good owner know how to controll a dog natural instints and make them fit into human livestyles! Train the owner also!!
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