Are Male or Female Dobermans easier to train?
Male and female Dobermans have different personalities. When it comes to training, every dog is different. An important part of effective training is to understand your dog and how to motivate and teach him or her.
When it comes to the Doberman, ease of training will come with your understanding of your Doberman. In my experience, males are more ready for work and like being goofy. Females are clingier, wanting affection more than anything, and like being sweet.
Training wise, you will find more differences between individuals regardless of sex. So the answer is: both.
Are our puppies registered?
Yes all Munro Dobermans are micro chipped or tattooed and registered with the Canadian Kennel Club.
What support is offered?
We offer support to you and our puppies throughout their lifetime and we encourage owners to keep in touch, share photos and any important life events. At Munro Kennels we ensure you are trained in proper taping of the ears and offer any support necessary. We are here to answer any questions you may have about health or issues you may be having. Also as part of our contract we take our puppies back at any time during their life if their family is unable to care for them any longer.
Can Dobermans be trained to treat smaller animals gently?
Yes, the Doberman is very paternal and tends to treat smaller animals like their own puppies. Often young Dobermans treat small animals like a puppy or littermate. Sometimes this can also mean rough play. The Doberman puppy needs to be corrected from rough play by the alpha, this being his or her owner, when play becomes too rough with another animal or person.
The Doberman learns quickly and will soon learn the Chihuahua or the kitty is not a chew toy.They will learn that they are good snuggle partners but need careful and gentle paws and noses.
Do Dobermans make good family pets? Good with Children?
Dobermans do seem to choose a particular member of the family as their favorite, usually the family member who trains them and tends to there needs, often creates a stronger bond. Besides being bred as a personal protector at the side of a single individual, the Doberman has also been bred to become a member of the family. Making them a wonderful family dog.
The Doberman tends to treat the children of the home as they would puppies. Puppies are valuable in the dog's mind. The Doberman can also sense the children's vulnerability and their importance to the family. Because of this, the Doberman is highly protective of the children, often guarding or blocking a potential hazard. This attribute is of course helpful if danger is near the child, such as strangers, wild animals, or another rambunctious family pet .
The Doberman's protectiveness of children is one of the many reasons the Doberman owner must maintain his alpha status. A guest lifting his arms or laughing loudly near the baby may cause an angry Doberman to appear, growling and shielding the child. This can be a little disconcerting to a guest and is a good example of when the alpha should correct a behavior. This Doberman tendency to treat children as puppies creates other areas of concern. Rough play, for example, could worry a protective Doberman.
In general, a Doberman is great with kids. However, it has recently come up in conversation, “If you have kids, you shouldn’t risk owning a Doberman. You should get a dog you know can’t hurt your kids.”
If this is wisdom – remember no dog is 100% safe. Especially dangerous are the little innocent looking dogs with no training or aggressive temperaments (barking or snarling). Very few people breed these little cuties for reliable temperament. They may not be capable of as much damage, in a single bite, as a Doberman, but they are still capable of great damage. Additionally, smaller dogs and dogs not as reliably tempered as the Doberman are more likely to react adversely to things children tend to do; loud screams, pulling on an ear, and accidental collisions.
The bottom line is: children should be taught in how to act around a dog. Children should also be under supervision around a dog. Keep in mind the Doberman is not a babysitter, but the helper.
Is there any sports that fit a Doberman well?
Dobermans are bred to work and work is what they love. It is the responsibility of Doberman owners to keep their Doberman active and mentally stimulated. A fun way to do this is by participation in dog sports that demand both athletic and mental abilities that a Dobermans greatly needs to exert.
Some examples of Doberman sports/ activities are:
Confirmation - This includes Junior Handling
Search and Rescue
Canine Good Neighbor Program - http://www.ckc.ca/en/Raising-My-Dog/Responsible-Ownership/Canine-Good-Neighbour-Programs
Pet Therapy Society - Pets can be certified to visit hospitals