I have been involved in dog rescue for many years.
I have seen fostered, transported, owned, and helped a great many dogs.
Recently a general call went out to rescue groups about an 8 month old
Doberman that was getting towards the end of her stay at a kill shelter.
I felt very bad for the dog, and adopted it for myself.
I admit I have not had prior experience with the breed, and this dog
has some behavioral issues.
She is a beautiful Doberman, and she is very sweet and affectionate
to me. I have no problem training her to do the regular things,
come when I call, lay down, sit, etc. She pays attention and loves
I ensure that she gets enough exercise every day.
The problem is when I bring a friend over to my house, or we meet people when she is on a leash. She will snarl and bark at them, and in general
look pretty ferocious. I have to hold her to control her.
I have yet to get her to accept friends that come to visit.
I had a dog trainer that was supposed to help me work with her,
however I got laid off from my job of 11 years, and can no longer
afford to pay for the training. Once I have a new job I will.
The trainer said she was afraid, not aggressive.
I understand the breed as a protective trait, and that is normal
I also see she is very scared of big noises, moving boxes, new things
in the house, big dogs, new ppl.
I am doing my best to help her meet other dogs and be off leash and socialize.
I need help in how to help her, how to train her, how to improve her
behavior around my friends and people who visit the house with my
consent. Also people we meet when walking on a leash.
I do not expect her to change overnight, but if someone could give me
pointers on how to work with her, that would be awesome.
If someone can recommend a training video or a good book on the topic
I would be very grateful as well.
Some people I have spoken to say its wrong for me to have taken the dog
when I do not have experience with the breed and I understand the sentiment and I know it would have been better for her to be with an experienced
Doberman owner, but I was her last chance.