I got my dobe when he was 8weeks and now he is a year old, so he is still in trainning, hes great with kids other animals AND hes my 1st ever dog, always been a cat person when growing up, i am now 21..
All i have done is use my commen sence. A dobe is much like a kid anyway, never doing as they are told, running round, frying your head kind of like a toddler terable twos lol.
When he is eating randomly put your hand in the bowl/take it off him, calm him down then give it back to him, then when he is ok with that start putting your face in it and pretend to eat it, it makes him know whos boss, if he goes to bite you tap him on the nose he will get the hang of it, again calm him down then give it back to him. Same when it comes to kids, best way i can think of, and the way i have done with my dobe, is to think like a kid yourself, pull him, push him, pull his fur, ruff over fussing. Basicly over annoy him, every time he goes to bite slap him on the nose lie him down on his bed and DONT look, talk or touch him for an hour, that way he will get to know that if he goes to bite he wont get anything for a while. Do everything a kid would possibly do. Do it ruff enough so he can feel it and trys to pull away from you but not ruff so he squeeles, give him loads of love and hugs when you grab him and he dosent go to bite or pull away. I know it sounds nasty but i would rather him learn quick than bite a kid.
Treat him like a kid if he does something bad slap his nose and tell him to lie down, dont give in when he starts whinning,shaking or creeping. if he gets up lie him back down and tap his nose. ect, ect just use commen sence. you want your kids to be good people when they grow up, disaplin as a child helps same with a dobe...
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I breed and show (UKC) Dobermans. It is mostly in the lines. I have 6. My foundation male, Duke is a Golden Retriever in a Doberman body. Sweetheart, and a therapy dog also. Great with anyone...ANYONE.. I decided to improve my lines conformationally and crossed a Duke daughter with a nice working Dobe. The stud was well mannered and has a good disposition, but a working dog just the same. The puppies are wonderful, conformationally excellent good all around dogs... but what's missing is that super sweet GR type disposition. They tend to want to be a little more "busy" they need a job. I would yes, still classify them as good family dogs, but the Duke offspring I would classify as excellent family dogs.
The problem? I let the politically correct crowd convince me to neuter him.. A decision I regret to this day. Luckily I kept a good daughter from his final litter, and pray she has his beautiful, quiet nature.
Please research your breeder and check with vets, they know who has good family Dobes and whose are more of a sharp nature. The good ones are out there....
I have owned 3 dobermans. Two I raised from pups and this third one I got when he was about a year old. I have had Moe about 7 years now. All have been great with kids until just recently.
My boyfriend has two children ages 7 and 12. The youngest a girl. Moe bit her this past weekend and it scared us all to death. Moe has never been agressive and we really don't understand it. Moe is huge, 120 lbs, and he did not break the skin but did leave a bruise on the child. I felt really bad but will not let the children around the dog again.
Rottluvr really get a life..... There is a world of difference between a disposition and temperment. There are LOT'S of sweet tempered Dobies out there and they certainly have their place in this world...Such as the typical family that needs the visual of a Doberman for home protection, but not the sharp nature of the European imports. My Duke has a fantastic disposittion but not the best TEMPERAMENT. He can be trusted with children. He is emotionally more stable. And trust me if called upon to act like a Doberman, he'll step up to the plate. I like the more stable dispostion of todays American Dobermans. I'm not out to raise police dogs, although I did combine Duke's daughter with a working line...the results are not surprising...they are sharp, but very kind natured Goldens are great, but they do not have the high intelligence and smooth coat of a Doberman... they bore me....GIve me a sweet natured Dobie any day! They will be Dobermans, sweet or not...Just minus the edge
We have a rescued Dobie. She was 5 when she came home to us. She had been abused before - she is missing fur from previous owners shooting paint balls at her. She does not like to be patted on the head, as she still fears she will be struck - have to come from below and scratch her neck.
We also have a 1.5 year old child. She is FANTASTIC with him. Very patient, very gentle. We have another dog who is also very good with the baby, but will warn him from time to time. The Dobie does not "warn" him with a growl. If the baby is bothering her, she cries -- to alert us. She is good when he is eating, she is good when SHE is eating (he has taken food from her bowl while she was eating during a moment of inattentiveness on my part that still makes me cringe, but she just let him do it and kept eating).
I agree with the other posts - YES, each dog is different and you should never ever make assumptions esp. when children are concerned. My experience with our Dobie is that she is very patient and loving with our son. My nephew (age 5) even played vet with her; she let him look in her ears and sat very still.
Did I get a miracle Dobie, considering her current temperment and prior abuse? I think so. But I also think this breed has an undeserved bad reputation just because they look scary. EACH AND EVERY DOG needs to be evaluated around a child, and mine certainly was (and still is). My experience - our Dobie is patient and loving with our baby, and terrifies the s*** out of people who walk by our house or come to the door. Perfect combination. She's an angel.
When it comes to children, you have to be careful with any animal. The doberman breed is no less trustworthy or even tempered than any other breed. My neighbors had a pair of Spaniels that they wouldn't let their children play with - but they would let them play with my dobies. Whatever breed you are looking for - try to meet both of the parents. If they are nervous or aggressive - then you might want to move on.
It really depends on the dog not the breed... My grandmother had a Red Doberman all through out when my sisters and I were growing up. My first memories of my grandmothers are of me playing with her doberman in the front yard, the one my grandma had was extremely nice but if anyone such as the neighbors came up Inga was right by my side as if they did anything to me they would be sorry. She never acted any other one of my grandma's pets and she never even nipped at me as I can recall. But like I stated earlier it depends on that dog not the breed do a tolerence test on the dog you are thinking about buying
I have a doberman and a 10 month old and key is lots of interaction with children and adults they are cautious of new things so interact them as puppies as much as possible they are very smart dogs hence war and police training so everything they learn as pups they will recall. It irritates me to have everyone talk bad about a breed that is just as loving as any lab or shepherd out there.