Regardless of your pup’s breed, gender or age, these warning signs should always be noted, identified and treated if they appear.
Growling doesn’t mean your Doberman is aggressive
It’s always been normal for growling to blend into the aggressive dog category too freely. Many dog owners overreact when their dog growls because they feel that their dog is disrespecting them, or they believe that they cannot trust their dog in the future because they now believe that he is aggressive. However, just because a dog growls doesn’t necessarily make them aggressive.
Before we continue, it is important to mention that growling can also occur while the dog is playing, especially if it is a game like tug. The growls heard in these situations, playing tug of war or growling when playing with another dog, are not threatening; it simply means that your Doberman is actually engaging in the activity. You need to take into account the context of what his body language is saying to figure out what he is trying to communicate to you.
In World War II, Dobermans were used extensively by the United States Marine Corps during various battles for control of the Pacific. In the Battle of Guam, 25 Dobermans died serving their country in battle against the Japanese. They were referred to as «Devil Dogs».
However, the modern Doberman is a far cry from the «devil dogs» of the past. They have far fewer aggressive traits than the Dobermans of many generations ago. The main reason for this is that modern breeders have removed many of the aggressive traits from these dogs in order to make them more docile and more suitable for a family environment.
Management and worst case scenario
If such medications don’t help, it’s time to make some tough decisions. Anger syndrome can be controlled, but not cured, so everyone in your family should be aware that angry episodes can recur.
You want to make sure everyone knows what warning signs to look for that could indicate an aggressive episode. It may also be important to determine how you will handle your dog if an angry episode occurs.
Natural prey drives can cause Dobermans to attack and chase small animals or prey. There’s even a term for this, «predatory drift aggression.»