Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted July 30, 2014
Dobies have a bad reputation but believe me when I say this is one of the best dogs I have ever owned. While an avid barker (which I had to suppress with a shock collar) she was smart enough to know which people were "intruders" and which people were welcome in the house. We had some gardners that had our gate code and would come garden while the family was at work and school, and she never bothered them. She was so easy to train, only needed 2-3 repetitions to understand the most basic commands as a puppy, and was also crate trained quite easily. Daisy would help us take care of my baby sisters and would come to us to let us know one of them was crying. We completely trusted her to be alone in the room with a baby. While a great family dog, I would not recommend this breed for apartment dwelling, since they are extremely intelligent and can get bored while you are away. As far as grooming is concerned, they tend to get really dry flaky skin which needs to be brushed out. All the dobermans I've had died a little young (7-8 years), and I think this is because they weren't spayed or neutered.