I have already mentioned having a six year old female doberman, and asked for advice. The dog is great, but lately an issue has risen. She was just fine with the 3 members of my family (me my mother and my father), until one day my father brought a new pig at home to raise. Ever since, the dog is barking at my father fiercely and even rushes to bite his legs. My father did absolutely nothing to cause this behaviour. (After that I noticed that the dog may be generally nervous around men.) When I'm with the dog, or my mother, she does nothing no him, no barking no biting, but when my father is alone outside the dobie gets wild. I told them that he should feed the dog, which he does every now and then. I also told him to give her treats which he does all the time, but it doesn't seem to work. After a while she starts barking again when she sees him, it's getting dangerous. What could be the case here? What could we be doing wrong with the treats or the body language? And what else could we do? I thought that maybe she's not nervous, and that she just doesn't respect my father so a few walks on a leash with him holding it would do some good.
Giving the dog treats while she is barking(biting) is like giving her a sign that says hey it's ok to bark, bite, and show agression. Choke collars work so well but some ppl find them inhumane but, they do work, very well but it's always smart to have a harness on the dog as well as a choke collar bc their heads are sometimes much smaller than their necks like my dobie is, and regular collars tend to slip off if the dog spins around or ducks it's head down. Try her on a leash and harness around ur dad and when she starts barking, stand ur ground and hold on tight bc u kno how strong they are. Talk to her and give her commands to "stop" or "no" when she starts misbehaving and barking/biting. Get her to sit or heel at ur side as soon as the episodes start. And u should know that physical discipline should be very light w/ this breed or it could turn ur dog against u as it gets older if u are too harsh w/ them while they are puppies but dont let this scare u and keep u from being stern and blunt w/ them when neccessary. When she stops misbehaving and u get her to sit or heel at ur side(left side is most common), it is now the time to give her a treat(s) and praise her for doing whatever it is that u have commanded her to do. U just gotta show her who's boss and only reward her when she has done something u asked or something that she knows is right. And the heeling beside u will only improve w/ walking, while making her heel beside u, never letting her nose come past ur toes while in stride. Each time she starts pulling away or when her nose goes past ur toes, stop her dead in her tracks giving her a slight tug or jerk backwards, tell her "no", and say "heel" very sternly, and place her on ur left side while the whole time ur repeating, "heel". Getting her to sit each time u stop will only help the process and help her learn what the words mean. But u have to let her kno that u are in control, not her. And ur father should definitely participate in these steps w/ u so that she is loyal and submissive to him as well as u. She's a dobie so she's stuborn like a dobie usually is. But once u gain control, u got it for good. They never forget their lessons. They do get rusty but only when U start slacking w/ training, exercising, and disciplining. The more time and work put in w/ these dogs, the better the results u get of course just like w/ any breed. And fyi, dobies are very loving towards their master(s) and crave attention, which also comes w/ the downside, jealousy, around ppl and other animals including: dogs, cats, horses, and even pigs! But once again u have to be the boss and maintain control of ur dog if aggression arises. U may not always have complete control of her so of course keep an eye out for any sticky situations that could possibly arise so that u can make sure that they are avoided. U cant predict ANY dog so just be cautious, especially w/ dobermans. Getting a dog to heel and act calm while walking or while around ppl or other animals isn't easy at all and takes time, some more than others, some less. But once ur dog, and U as well, grasps these methods, u will notice a difference in the way ur dobie acts towards u, ur father, and towards other ppl AND animals. Key words: Time, hard work, and discipline. U gotta maintain the discipline, no matter what. Never give in to ur animal or give up on yourself. If u give up on yourself then u are giving up on ur dog and nobody wants to do that. U are the master, not the dog. U owe it to ur dobie to become the best owner u can be for her and help her become the best dog she can be for u.
U just gotta show her who's boss and only reward her when she has done something u asked or something that she knows is right. And the heeling beside u will only improve w/ walking, while making her heel beside u, never letting her nose come past ur toes while in stride. Each time she starts pulling away or when her nose goes past ur toes, stop her dead in her tracks giving her a slight tug or jerk backwards, tell her "no", and say "heel" very sternly, and place her on ur left side while the whole time ur repeating, "heel".