We know that dogs that don’t get enough exercise get into trouble. I suspect that a lot of behavior problems come from bored dogs not getting the exercise they need. Dobermans are a high-energy breed of dog. And if they don’t get enough exercise, bad things can happen, like boredom barking or destructive chewing. Gold! They get fat! A fat Doberman looks awful. This is an athletic breed and should look like this.
So does your dog need more exercise? My Dobermans sure do and I guess your dogs do too. On average, Dobermans need at least an hour every day. But sometimes life gets hectic and we don’t have time for a long walk with the dog. Either he’s too cold outside, or too hot, or maybe he doesn’t feel well enough to go outside. Or your dog walker is not available. There are many valid reasons why you may not be able to walk your dog.
How to Calm a Doberman Puppy
Everything is new and exciting for a puppy. They are full of energy. They will also sleep a lot, so you will have quiet periods with a short period of full activity.
The exercise needs of a puppy are different from those of an adult. This is because their bodies, joints, and bones are growing. Exercising a puppy too much can damage the growth plates. For a guide on how to exercise a puppy, see here.
The difference between being «needy» and separation anxiety
If your dog’s neediness reaches extreme levels or starts to affect him when you’re not home, then it may not just be a Dobie in need anymore. It could be a Dobie suffering from separation anxiety.
Needy Dobermans are certainly at higher risk for separation anxiety, but those are two completely different things. One is a sign of something bigger that is wrong (separation anxiety), while the other is a sign that boundaries are not being enforced (need). Separation anxiety occurs mostly when you leave the house, the need occurs when you are at home.
Games to work your nose
If you haven’t heard of games to work your nose before, you’re in for a treat! They are super fun and extremely stimulating for your Dobie. Nose job games essentially mean finding treats using your sense of smell and snout.
By encouraging your Dobie to use her sense of smell, which is her most powerful sense, her brain will work overtime enthusiastically trying to solve the problem. 20 minutes of nose job games will provide a powerful dose of mental stimulation.
What are the physical and health conditions of your dog?
Another important element to consider is the medical situation of your Doberman. His exercise needs will vary depending on his health. Therefore, consulting your veterinarian can be of great help to properly care for the well-being of your dog.
Such an athletic breed is generally in good shape. However, your Dobie could still be prone to many health problems.