We often get asked: “how often do you bathe your Dobermans?”, “should I worry about causing dry skin by giving baths too often?”, and many other really great questions! So, we’re talking the time to answer the big ones, as well as lay out our grooming schedule for all of our European Dobermans. It’s not a one size fits all program, but we’ll lay out the fundamentals and the time frame you want to make sure to do at least each task on your European Doberman.
Bathing your Doberman
There is an ages long debate about animals and how much their behavior is determined by their genetics, and how much is determined by their environment. On one side there are hardliners that insist that no breed is inherently more aggressive or dangerous than other breeds, and that the only determining factor is the environment that they are raised in. On the other side are those who believe that each dogs behavior is determined by some parts their genetics, and some parts by how they were raised (I have not ever seen someone advocate that a dog’s behavior is determined only by their genetics).
In talking with dog professionals and reading online discussions and opinions, there is a marked disconnect between those thinking that a dogs behavior is determined only by how they were raised. I have had almost hundreds of conversations that go almost exactly as follows (usually the person i’m talking to states how breed X is misunderstood),
“Why do you think that X breed has such a high rate of biting people, including their owners?”
“Stereotypes and the way they were raised. X breed are actually very sweet and gentle, it [only] depends on how they were raised.”
“So you don’t think some breeds are naturally more aggressive than others?”
“Do you think that some breeds are more athletic than others? Or more intelligent than others?”
This is one of many socialization things we do before puppies go home. Loud, startling noises are an easy thing to socialize for when you start early. I was about 50 yards away shooting an AR, while the puppies were eating. At this age they have such a high food drive, that a loud noise will distract them for a moment, but with the reward of food being constantly in front of them and accessible, its a guaranteed positive experience. Continuing this at a safe distance as they age, while doing 1 shot closer by (1 shot at a closer distance is not likely to cause hearing damage. a second shot increases this chance), will make sure you end up with a dog who isn't gun shy, and is considerable better around loud machinery etc.