Are Dobermans hard to train? 4 Crucial Considerations

by Amy Arthur  - January 17, 2024

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Smart. Agile. Large. Are Dobermans hard to train? Don't get one until you've learned about these 4 crucial considerations.

First, I wanted to stress that there is no simple "Yes" or "No" answer to this question. To explain, my first response when asked whether a Doberman is hard to train, is that they are one of the easiest breeds in the world to work with. Which is true, they are. However, there is a catch.

That is to say, Dobermans are easy to train, IF you know how to work with this unique breed. Above all, my goal with this article is to help aspiring Dobermans owners to decipher if this breed would match their needs.

Accordingly, no good breeder will ever allow their dogs to go to just anyone. Likewise, it isn't about the business. It's about ensuring a compatible match and preventing situations in which Dobermans are abused, abandoned, or otherwise in need of rehoming.

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Hello, my name is Amy Arthur. Your Doberman breeder and guide. My goal is to help you determine compatibility and gain the confidence that you would require in order comfortably handle this unique breed.

Above all, your ability to understand the psychology behind the Doberman's needs is a crucial element for excellent ownership. My gift to you, sharing everything I know about them. Indeed, no one should have to rely on blind google searches to uncover the Doberman's secrets.

Are Dobermans Hard to Train?

With that in mind, here are 4 crucial considerations to ponder before getting a Doberman. Specifically, if you can work with all 4 points, then training a Doberman should be an empowering and easy experience:

  1. 1
    Undoubted Confidence
  2. 2
    Ability to Comprehend the Doberman Language
  3. 3
    Understanding of Basic Needs
  4. 4
    Keeping it Realistic

Side Note: The Doberman is one of the top 5 most intelligent breeds in the world. Foundationally, while this does make them very easy to train, their high intelligence can backfire if you're not familiar with their needs or how they communicate.

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Undoubted Confidence

Are Dobermans hard to train?

Significantly, Dobermans are not just super intelligent. They are specifically bred to form a tight bond with their owner and thereby work on a deeper level beyond most other breeds. 

Likewise, this perceptive nature of theirs makes it possible for them to read not just your body language, but your heart rate, subtle gradations in your tone of voice, and even your core emotions. As a result, if you doubt in your ability to train your Doberman, or if you don't trust your Doberman, they'll immediately be able to pick up on your concerns and will subsequently reflect your attitude in their own way.

A word from professional experience: the Doberman's ability to read people is so acute that it is the closest to mind-reading that I've ever seen. To explain, the communication of your Doberman with you doesn't just help you with training, but also functions as a very insightful aid in reading others.

Ability to Comprehend the Doberman Language

With this in mind, you can easily check your own demeanor based on how your Doberman reacts to you.

For example, let's say that you are trying to train your Doberman how to "sit." However, you increasingly grow frustrated because your Doberman won't stop running around and refuses focus on you. Subsequently, when you finally do get your Doberman's attention, their tail goes down and they keep trying to crawl behind you.

To translate, you've got several problems on your hands:

  1. Your Doberman isn't getting enough exercise
  2. You lack confidence in yourself and are not exhibiting the proper authority
  3. You've allowed yourself to feel irritated, your Doberman can sense this and doesn't understand what they've done
  4. This Doberman's confidence level is suffering and needs to be reinforced
Are Dobermans hard to train?

Undoubtably, just like people, Dobermans have their own personality as well. Indeed, some have inherited their true work-bloodline and are full of the required confidence for specialized tasks. Others are more introvert in nature and will need a different approach with training in order to build up their confidence.

Likewise, personality testing and understanding your Doberman's continued behavioral development will help you maximize their potential during training.

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Understanding of Basic Needs

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Markedly, while meeting a Doberman's basic needs may sound like an obvious point to make, it is actually the most critical. Furthermore, despite it's foundational importance, can often be overlooked or accidently forgotten if not considered carefully.

For example, Dobermans are a high-energy breed. As a result, without proper exercise, their pent up energy can make training difficult.

To illustrate, think of it this way. Let's say that you're an athlete. As a result, your body is used to regular exercise and is not prepared to sit around all day. During the holidays, you decide to take a break. Your body doesn't get the memo and continues to create the levels of energy it is used to expending each day. As a result, you have difficulty falling asleep, you can't concentrate and your body feels tense, like a coiled spring.

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Likewise, Dobermans are much the same way. As a result, their behavior can be drastically impacted if all of their needs are not being met. Significantly, be sure that you are meeting these 4 points:

  • Adequate & Proper Food
  • Mental Stimulation & Love
  • Weather Appropriate Shelter
  • Regular Exercise

Are Dobermans Hard to Train? Keeping it Realistic

Lastly, while there is nothing wrong with having high expectations, be sure to keep your training goals realistic. To explain, pushing too much too fast can have negative consequences when working with a Doberman. Indeed, if you don't end every training session with your Doberman on a positive note, you'll be teaching your Doberman that they can decide when training is over. 

For this reason, being able to read your Doberman's body language and their readiness to learn it just as important as everything else. Similarly, don't hesitate to start at square one again if your Doberman needs more emphasis on the foundational aspects of obedience.

Above all, it is your relationship with your Doberman that will dictate their level of respect, responsiveness, and reliability with you. Undoubtably, a poor experience is eminent without consistency or molding your training program to the personality of your Doberman.

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Don't Set Yourself Up for Failure

In conclusion, if you're getting a Doberman, I highly encourage to to check out my owner's eCourse. Significantly, it was designed especially for Doberman owners looking to maximize their potential and be able to establish a strong bond with their intelligent canine. Click here to learn more.

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Amy Arthur

I breed, train, conduct personality tests, and find homes for work and service grade purebred Doberman Pinscher canines. Preparing these dogs for life as an excellent quality family pet or service canine requires a lot of work, dedication and experience. My children, the dogs, and my farm are my life. When I'm not taking care of them, I'm expanding my knowledge and working on ways to improve their lives.

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