Doberman is a well-muscled, high energy, intelligent breed of dogs. To maintain good health and prevent boredom, they require at least 1 to 2 hours of daily exercise to not pent up energy according to DogStruggles.
Too much energy and boredom are some of the critical causes of behavior issues in dogs. These include destructive behavior, barking, digging, and escaping.
This requirement of exercise is for a healthy adult, Doberman. A Doberman puppy has different exercise requirements as their bodies are developing and growing. You must provide three types of activity and exercise to your Doberman every day.
- Daily walk
- High-intensity activity
- Mental stimulation
DOBERMAN WALKING TIME
A daily walk is essential for a Doberman. This not only releases the pent up energy but also stimulates the dog’s mind with sights, sounds, and smells.
The minimum time for the walk should be between 30 to 45 minutes daily. You can do it once daily, but two would be better if your schedule allows. The walk should be a brisk trot. Dogs like routine, therefore try to do it at the same time every day. Daily walks are better than no walks the whole week and a long walk on the weekend.
Walks, off the leash, in a park, are ideal if your Doberman has good recall. You can use a retractable leash alternatively, to give them more freedom with control. Doberman is tough and willful and tends to pull when they are on a leash. Dog collars are available designed especially for this breed to maximize their walks and training.
There are head lead collars that loop over the dog’s head and mouth and prevent them from pulling, as they make its head go down until they let the tension out from the leash. Half check collars are leather with a metal chain running through them. They tighten slightly when the dog pulls and release when they stop.
Prong collars can be used for training. It has metal prongs that push lightly into the dog’s neck to correct pulling. They have a quick-release mechanism, so the dog has less stress
To tire them and strengthen their muscles, you can add some extra resistance to the walk by using a dog backpack or weighted vest. Not more than 10% of their body weight should be added. Walking on sand or uphill are other ways of adding resistance.
DOBERMAN EXERCISE IDEAS
High-intensity activity is also essential in addition to the daily walk. It helps to further tire your Doberman and maintain muscle tone. Keeping the muscles strong supports joints and tendons, preventing injury.
Toys for Dobermans are a great way to stimulate the mind and provide additional exercise. Here are some ideas for exercise and activity for your Doberman.
- Flirt Pole
- Frisbee Toss
- Jolly Bal
- Backyard Agility
- Running, biking, or skating with your dog
- Tug of war
- Spring Pole
- Dog toys that move on their own