How many times in your life have you paid a visit to your local GP for your annual check-up? If you have already had a long and industrious life, you may be living, breathing, and eating quite well today. You are more than likely quite fit too, and this is down mostly to the fact that you also keep your body clock tuned with its necessary and regular exercise. Those of you who barely give the GP a thought may be living on borrowed time. Sooner or later, your sedentary and poor lifestyle habits may catch up with you.
Those of you who are fairly sedentary and don’t give much serious thought to exercise or, at the very least, any form of physical outdoor activities, can forget about owning a Doberman Pinscher. The Doberman is genetically designed to be a supreme athlete and therefore needs to be physically active. It also needs regular (and appropriate) exercise to keep in shape and stay healthy. Those who are serious about your dog’s health and exercise requirements cannot be expected to be around it all day long. After all, you still need to work during the day.
In the ideal domestic living environment, it is hoped that your dog has perfect company during the day. Whether it’s a family member or a helpmeet, it will ideally be someone who loves your dog nearly as much you do it. Also, the dog must be comfortable with that person, able to build yet another trusting relationship with yet another human being. In a perfect world, you could have not one, but two Dobermans. At least that way, the dogs have each other for company and will be encouraged without much coaxing from you to be physically engaged with each other.
Speaking of which, it is important that your home has more than enough space for the Doberman to trot about during the day. This is a dog that cannot be motionless for most of its day. When at home, and particularly during the dog’s first two years of life, play with it as often as possible. Not only is the dog getting its exercise, its thriving naturally on social interactions with a human being that it loves dearly. Take your dog to the park at least twice a week. There is no excuse, and no one is demanding that you spend hours with your dog this way.
And the weekend already is two day’s long. Anything between a half hour to an hour should make the dog’s morning or afternoon. Ideally, you’ll be out and about with your dog for that quality hour and trying to make the most of your bonding and quality time with it. I am extremely fortunate in that I love this exercise. I’m no spring chicken and can tell you that sometimes it does wear me out. I integrate walking, sometimes fairly long distances into my work day. Instead of hopping into a car to get from A to B, I walk instead.
In between writing up my blog posts even, I take a short walk just to loosen up and give my mind (and eyes) a bit of a refresher. Bear in mind that sitting in a stationary position for long periods of time can do your own posture undue harm. So think about this in terms of the Doberman’s world. It was never genetically programmed to sit still all day long. It must be in continuous motion. Also, while exercise is crucial to the dog’s well-being, similar criteria apply as to humans where over-exertion is concerned. The ambitions of some highly competitive dog handlers really make me angry sometimes.
I liken their cruel drilling of competition or show Dobermans to that of preparing half-starved racing dogs. Yes, Dobermans do love their competition and their sport. They do love being physically active, but never to the point of such over-exertions. Not only will it harm the dog’s physical health in the long-term, it can be particularly damaging to its psyche. There is nothing worse than an unhappy Doberman. Such unhappiness can also lead to tempers flaring and dangerous snapping and biting for no apparent reason other than to add more fuel to the human lie that Dobermans are inherently dangerous creatures.
I love my walking. Dobermans, being typical dogs, but, of course, more physically active under healthy circumstances, also love their long, relaxing walks with their keepers. I encourage this physically and mentally stimulating form of exercise for both man and his dog wholeheartedly. People who still don’t seem to find time to walk their dogs should reconsider whether they are emotionally suited to keep dogs in the future. You either love them or you don’t. And if you do, you will be walking your dog at least twice a day.
No one is suggesting that you and Joe need to be gone from the house for hours on end. You can vary your walks each day. Some days’ walks can be shorter than others if needs be. Also, do vary the routes you take each day. Just as much as you might become bored taking the same route each and every day, you can also appreciate that your highly intelligent, and yet faithful, Doberman can also become bored seeing the same lampposts and park benches every day.