my moms had dobermans for years and there born to be protective watch dogs.Its just there instincts. But at 6 months old its still a baby, and there very playful when there young. but i no it will protect you. if someones out side or coming in it will bark and my moms dogs even bitten some peoples butts. you should deffinetly make sure it lissens to commands so it wont hurt someone that doesnt deserve it.
I do not think that you want your dog to be aggressive toward strangers. You want your dog to be on a walk with you and attack "strangers"? That is aggressive. What you want is your dog to be "on guard" when you are in the home and the dog is around family. CONGRATULATIONS, you need to do absolutely nothing to initiate that behavior. That is what dogs do. Watch the dog the next time someone walks by the fence. Does it watch that person? Does it stick up its ears? Does it bark like mad? See, behavior naturally there. Please do not try to make your doberman aggressive.
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I train protection dogs. There is a big misconception that protection dogs are weary of strangers. This half true. The temperment of a protection dog is one that is very specialized. Most dogs have whats called a flight response. Meaning if they feel they are in danger they would rather run away. Very few have what's called fight response. This where the dog goes on the offensive when a threat is present. Now since these dogs with fight response are so hard to find most trainers go to a prey model. They teach the dog that protection is no more than a game of tug of war, totally elimanting the idea that there is a threat. The trainer teaches the dog that threatening behavior is not a threat at all but more of a stimulus that initaites a game. Just like when a dog sees a leash (the stimulus) and gets happy (the behavior).
If a dog has a flight response, There is really no hope of making a protection dog out of this dog. I like my dogs to a fight response, with a pinch of nervousness in them. The nervousness is so they care.
The Doberman has always been looked at by the general public as a great protector. I have not seen this to be true. Dobermans seem to be one of the more nervy breeds that make them quite challenege to be protectors. They tend to have a lot of flight response.
Pedigrees in working dogs are important. This is because generally parents who were good protection dogs, will produce good protection dogs. about 10% of the dogs out there can do this work.
And it's been my experience that many people would love to beleive thier dog is rin tin tin and would do anything to protect them. But most dogs would not. It's not that they are bad, but most dogs are concerned about thier own saftey.
Also, in order to get a dog to protect you, you have to do a few things really early in thier lives, which unfortunantly you have missed. The relationship between handler and dog has to be close, really close. I mean that dog would have to run through fire to come to you.
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I'm not sure what things I could have missed, gunny, in developing this relationship. This is a dog raised inside, sleeping with us. She's just 6 months old, so I haven't tested the fire theory. Would be one heck of a dog to go through fire for anybody! Not a normal instinct.
Yes, she's got fair manners as taught. Still have to discorage from jumping up on people though. The only commands she knows are "quit", or "come here". The first thing we had to teach was not to play bite. She has not just been treated as a pet. But, as part of the family that we had to share our space with. I wouldn't let my child misbehave either without a scolding. Especially knowing they will grow to be quite large, and something else to deal with. Open to more advice on training since that is your expertise. And, no I don't want a misbehaved attack dog. Just a protective companion.
"The only commands she knows are "quit", or "come here.."
Maybe I am missunderstanding.. but that is a problem. Lu (pit bull) was in training around 5mos and knew all the basics plus. We worked everyday on sit, stay, heal, down, drop it, paw, fetch etc. These are smart dogs that need human interaction to make them happy.
Having a dog such as Doberman or Pit Bull (I have had both) is a BIG responsibibility.
What if your dog does bite? Are you aware that legally in some states it could come back on you, even if it was a robber? Not to mention your homeowner's insurance. I do understand professionals wanting to train these dogs for specific work purposes such as agility, K-9 unit etc.
I do not understand pet owners using these dog as weapons for stanger's. In the end it make's a bad name for the rest of us who enjoy just how smart & intelligent these dogs can become. In my oppinion if you want better protection get an alarm system... & stop trying to initiate a real problem!
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