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Topic - How observant is your Doberman to YOUR routines?

  • Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?
  • Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?
  • By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
  • How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
  • Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?
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1. I think Orson knows most of the routines around here. He knows when the kids get home from school that I will be going into the kitchen making dinner soon, he goes into the kitchen and waits on the rug until I join him. He also knows when I set the table that it is time for Daddy so he waits by the front window to watch.

2. I can't say if he knows the difference between work/non work day, but he understands if the kids didn't leave then mommy don't leave either........and he always acts the same either way.

3. Orson knows that we don't normally get phone calls after 9:30 pm. On the occasion that we do, he barks about the phone ringing (which he normally does not do) He also knows that my husband goes to bed between 9-9:30 and if he doesn't then Orson tries to 'politely' remind him by whining that he would like to go to bed now. (he tries with me too, but usually has to settle for DH)

4. Orson does notice anything "new" around the yard. Whether it is friends of the kids that left a skateboard on the porch, or something blown in the yard by accident...........and he must get a full sniff search done before anything else can happen. Back at Halloween, I decorated the front porch while he was in the back yard with hubby. Me and the kids put a "dummie" in the chair, wearing some of my hubby's clothes................when Orson came to the front yard (at 6 months of age) He went absolutely crazy!! Hair out, kicking up grass, snarling.................I had to show him it was a fake before he would calm down!!
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Java knows when I put on any type of coat that I (or WE) are going out, and she heads straight for the mudroom. Since hubby is working out of town, when he comes home on weekends she acts as though it's party time, because she knows that she will be taken for long walks in the woods with the other big dogs. All David has to say is "let's go for a walk in the woods with Max" and she bolts to the mudroom to have her car harness and leash put on.

If I do go out of a door that I don't normally enter or exits, she HAS to be right there waiting for me when I come back in.

If something happens outside that isn't part of the routine (ie. FedEx truck), she is on high alert, low growls, some barks, sits right by the window watching every move until the truck leaves the property. I would bet that deer bed down for the night in the forsynthia bushes behind the house, because she heads straight to that end of her fenced-in area, barking the whole time when I let her out at night. If she hears something like a racoon around the house at night she will bark and do a permeter check all around the main floor. Java definitely hears more of what's going on outside the house than I do - and she's my best alarm system.

She's also very protective of HER territory - she will bark if a jogger runs past our house. Not non-stop, just enough to alert me that there has been a potential violation of HER space.
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Nothing gets past my girl - she was barking at the large snowflakes falling outside just a few minutes ago.....too funny!!
Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?
Shoes on--we`re going outside. When my husband is finished eating (dinner only) they run to the cookie jar.

Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?
Everyday is fun day--I don`t work. Week-ends more fun--hubby is home so there is more pets to be gotten.

By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
Our routine is always different, we go out different doors, make different noises. They are always on guard and will tell us about it.

Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?
They know what is suppose to be outside and will investigate. They will only bark if its another person -deer--the person only happened once--they barked and I told them to come in--it was the Scotts Lawn guy. It shook him up. I told him to call in advance next time.
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Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?
Yes. He knows he doesn't always go everywhere with me. He waits to be invited.......just as he waits to be invited onto my bed. I have a king sized bed that is on a platform, the mattress is very thick and when Rudi rests his head on the bed with his saaaad saaaad puppy eyes, it is the perfect height for him.
When I am putting on my socks and shoes getting ready to leave in the morning, I'll be sitting in a chair or couch and he sits as close to me as possible waiting on his goodbye kisses.
Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?
Yes......Usually on workdays, I am up by 7:30am.....some days earlier, some days later. I get up and shower. Once my shower is done, I usually have to get Rudi up to go out or he has already gotten up during my shower and is waiting patiently sitting in the living room. On weekends/non workdays, Rudi will sleep til 11am or noon or 1 pm.........even if I am up and about.....he is such a lazy a**! On occasion (if I have partied too hard the night before) he will come up to my bed and start his very faint whiney whisper----letting me know he's got to pee. :O)
By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
I almost always use the front door to go in and out. I usually park the main car I drive in the driveway and I keep my "sportscar" in my one car garage that is attached to the house. If for some reason I use the keypad to get into the garage and thenenter into the laundry room....he doesn't know what to do with himself. He hardly ever goes into the kitchen unless I ask him to "come on in" which is attached to the laundry room which is attached to the garage. He doesn't bark unless he sees someone walking their dog down the street or someone unfamiliar to him. Then it is just one bark.....he's not a big barker.......I had to teach him how a few months ago. Crazy dog!
How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
When he sees any of my family members pull up and park in the street he has the biggest wiggle butt......he loves my parents and my older sister and her hubby!
Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?
Everything stays pretty much the same. I had a guy over the summer put on a new rolled roof to my solarium so all of his equipment were scattered about along with ladders, etc.........didn't really phase Rudi one bit.

All in all, I guess I really got what I wanted........a dog people feared just because of the breed/size/notariety, but also a big baby at heart. A dog that can sleep in and not be too demanding every single day. He loves to just sit or lay on my small front porch. My house sits up on a hill, so when people walk by they go to the other side of the street. If they only knew what a big lug he is and we have an invisible fence!
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* Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?

Seth knows my routines pretty well. He also knows my actions, especially the difference between just getting dressed and getting dressed to go somewhere. Must be body language.


* Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?

I don't think so. Seth acts the same way regardless if I'm going to work or going out for a bit. He gets very vocal and whines a lot.

* By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)

Seth whines very loudly and won't lay down unless I make him.

* How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)

Seth hides behind me and then darts out to poke whatever it is that's new. I keep control of him if there are strangers around so he doesn't scare them.

* Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?

I don't think Seth pays attention to that. He reacts by trying to get as close to the "foreign" object or living thing as possible, but will occasionally bark.
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* Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?
During the week when I get up for work she hears my alarm go off. She stretches and greets me at the bedroom door. She leads me to my coffee maker and sits until I finish making it she then goes to the door and I let her out. After she comes in she runs up the stairs and makes sure I go to my PC and check email and news. If I make a stop before I go upstairs she comes down and tries tripping me and looks at the stairs. When we get up there, we have a few minutes of playtime. When she thinks im done reading the news (when she knows its time for me to get dressed) she paws my leg twice. She races down the stairs and waits at my bedroom door. When I open it she gives my girlfriend a kiss (shes still asleep) and walks into the bathroom while I get dressed. When im done and getting ready to leave we have our goodbye time consisting of a hug and a rub (if I dont she gives me this mean look).


* Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you? Both dogs know when its a weekend and know not to make a sound untill 9am. After we are alive, they have doggy play time while me and the GF have our coffee. If its passed 930am and they dont have breakfast the let you know it. Notice we dont go upstairs haha


* By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc) Not really but they do think its crazy that I can go out the front of the house and come back in the back. They get so happy to see me haha


* How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc) If someone is outside (close to the house) Cayenne(dobe) barks twice and goes to see whats up. Dozer (amstaff) growls like chewbacca barks up a storm and checks every door and window in the house.


* Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there? If its a person or a cat they make sure I see it. If its something else they dont pay much attention to it.
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Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?

Risa knows my morning bathroom routine. She sleeps until she hears my hair dryer turn off. Both dogs wake up when I turn my computer off and/or shut my laptop. Fiddler runs to his crate for a treat every time my husband eats in the tv room. Every time I'm on the phone, both dogs get soooooooo annoying. They know when I leave the house whether I"ll be right back or whether I"ll be gone for awhile.... I could go on and on. They notice everything!

Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?

I don't really have a "normal" schedule, and so this doesn't really impact them. They are, however, used to waking up when my husband gets up for work. He takes them out around 7:00 am.

By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)

They don't really react when my routine differs.

How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?

They bark. We just moved into our new house about two weeks ago. Last week Fiddler saw a strange car parked outside. (Nobody was in it.) He started barking at it. I was amazed than in just a week he already knew which cars belonged here and which cars didn't!
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My boy knows I'm getting ready to take him on a walkie before I know!
* Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?
They do not allow us to sleep or remain in bed past our usual times. They do certain things at certain times of the day, and if we are a minute off, they tell us. Oddly, when it is getting toward daylight savings time changes, they adjust immediately. Their powers of observation and deduction/problem solving are uncanny. They know my wardrobe and shoes, and which ones mean I am going somewhere. As soon as I pick out certain clothes, they start getting excited that they might be going somewhere. They know my pocketbooks, and they know I usually don't use the hair dryer unless I am doing something special. If I pick up a pile of laundry, they head for the garage door. As soon as I even think about cleaning the kitty litter, it seems they ALL know it, and want to help. I could go on and on. The most amazing thing is that they know when it is Thursday, "garbage day" - the biggest holiday of the week. They love those trucks.

* Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?
When I worked, they certainly did. On weekdays, I could shower, get dressed, and leave with not a sign of an issue. On weekends, they knew I would stay home, and play in the mornings. I'm sure they read my body language, and the timing of things. Now that I don't work anymore, they realize that all days are fair game! Oddly, when I do have a meeting or appointment, they don't make a fuss. Very intuitive.

* By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
They are pretty OK with changes in routine - they like a little shake-up. And we use a lot of tools, and do a lot of projects... but they certainly are aware of these things. They get excited when a big thing happens, like the cutting down of our huge old tree that was dying - it fascinated them to see all those guys in a tree. They make friends with contractors, and Alex truly believed he was the project supervisor - he loved construction stuff!

* How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
They bark, investigate, race back and forth along the fences, make sure we know, watch carefully, then take a nap.

* Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?
Oh yeah . . . they do not approve of birds, and chase them away from the yard : ( . . . . and also bunnies and weasels and squirrels. They have no right to be in our yard. They also really do not like when people park across the street from our house (we live on a private road, which they think is only for us). And, as far as they are concerned, bicycles, scooters and skateboards are evil. Oh, and they REALLY get peeved when the cable guy climbs the poles outside our fence. That is NOT OK!!
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Topic - How observant is your Doberman to YOUR routines?
Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits? Nick is learning our routine well. He knows that if he is hungry to go to his crate and he gets a snack. This of course is because he is still quite thin and we are trying to fatten him up.
Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you? Since Nick is still new to us, he is still learning the routine.
By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc) Nick will either investigate or act tough. This depends on wht is causing the confusion.
Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there? Nick hasnt learned this too well just yet but we have a foster basset that is in a different fenced area and Nick growled at him when they first met. I think Nick knows he is new and Nick is trying to maintain his dominance when i allow.
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Two of many examples

With my last doberman I couldn't even pull out a suitcase without her starting to cry. If she wasn't going with me I had to hid getting ready to go out of town. If she was going I had to go ahead and put her in the car a full 30 minutes before I left (of course running with A/C) so she would calm down and know she was going.

IF I walk into the living room with my tennis shoes on she runs to her leash.
Topic - How observant is your Doberman to YOUR routines?

  • Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?
  • Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?
  • By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
  • How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
  • Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?
Yes to all
Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? YESHow well do they observe you and react to your habits? They sometimes remind ME that I forgot to do something!
Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day?Yes, they always know that when it rains it means RAIN DELAY day! Do they act or behave differently to you? YES they do know rain delay means sitting around the wood stove kickin' back!
By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine?YES (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home?They check it out. (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? YESHow do they react to things not supposed to be there?
They bark, stiff leg it up to the 'intruder', them pee on it, strutt and walk away!
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I AM my dogs KEY, it's always been that way. von Cosack Dobermann
My girl Kyrah is 7 months old.

Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you? Actually she does seem to know the difference between the two. She doesnt really act different but over the holidays when I left her home as she had been spayed instead of taking her to work only for two days then we were home for 4 believe me the day the routine was the same and my daughter was up getting ready for school she would not leave my side and was determined she was coming to work with me. It was too cute!

By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc) Not sure we always go in and out of two doors but she is usually sitting there waiting for me if I go out one without her.

How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc) If there is a loud noise like someone dropped something in the kitchen she will normally investigate cautiously. She is by no means tough not yet anyway. She will usually stand behind my two terriers LOL

Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?
Just found this one out today while out for a walk which we do alot there were some work trucks parked on the side of the road and she stopped short before we were even to them and then walked along sniffing alot. There were no guys outside the trucks so she noticed them as different objects I guess. Then as we passed two guys were sitting in the truck and surprisingly she didnt bark.
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Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?

oh yeah my zeus can tell exactly what i plan to do. every morning i get up and right after i get out of the shower he knows its time to eat! he knows when i just feel like relaxing and he knows when i feel like taking him for a walk. after i eat supper he will go wait in the kitchen cuz he knows he gets to eat shortly after me.

Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?

Most def. he knows if he doesn't hear my alarm go off by the time the sun comes up that i'm gonna stay home and play with him:) sometimes he will let me sleep in a couple hours but most of the time he gets me up cuz he wants to eat. he just waits patiently while i watch tv and drink my coffee til the dew dries up a lil and then its PARK TIME!!

How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)

i live in an apartment and he can recognize my neighbors, but if they have a visitor and he doesn't know them he will bark at them. he also barks at the birds that land on my patio:) if if someone drops something from above me (i'm on first floor) then he goes nuts....he doesn't like that for some reason...lol

zeus is the best dog i've ever had....he is soo awesome. i've had labs, beagles, cocker spaniels, golden retrievers, and some muts. he is by far the most loving and funniest dog in the world!!
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Do you think your Doberman knows your normal routines and actions? How well do they observe you and react to your habits?
Yes! Mason knows all my normal routines and actions. When I'm in the bathroom getting ready for work or going out he whines because he knows I'm leaving. Anytime he sees me putting on my coat or hears me grab my keys he gets all concerned that I'm going to leave him.
Does your Doberman know the difference between a workday and a non-work day? Do they act or behave differently to you?
Yes! On weekdays he sleeps in my room until my alarm goes off at 6:45. On weekends he gets up around 8 or so (I like to sleep in :) and go into the livingroom until I get up. Not sure what he's doing in there, I think he just gets bored and wants a change of scenery.
By your routine action around the home, do they react to situations which are out of your routine? (Enter/exit the same door, making loud noises, etc)
mmm...not really. He pretty much reacts the same no matter what I do. He wants to know where I am, what I'm doing, where I'm going and any other business of mine he can figure out.
How do they react to situations which are not normal around the home? (bark, go investigate, act tough, etc)
Yes! All of the above. I think it's hysterical when he catches my reflection in a window at night and gets all tough!
Does your Doberman know what is supposed to be outside around your home? How do they react to things not supposed to be there?
Yes! He has to go check out everything that wasn't there before. I've even caught him checking out the flowering trees when the blossoms open up.
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This is my first Doberman and I've never had a breed that is more observant and tuned in to me and what I'm doing.
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