People buy Dobermans without being completely familiar with the breed and assume that they are fine if they are left home alone like other breeds. Unfortunately, they soon discover that separation anxiety is a huge problem that causes them to moan, bark, destroy doors, furniture, and everything else, and even go to the bathroom in the house, despite the fact that they are tame.
Dobermans with separation anxiety will typically follow you from room to room, get stressed out when they know you’re leaving, and act overly excited when you get home, like you’ll never walk through the door again. Chances are, if your Doberman is displaying any of these traits, you need to appropriately address separation anxiety.
You may feel like your dog is misbehaving when you leave him out of spite because he has been left home alone. Actually, this is not true. A dog suffering from separation anxiety is stressed because he doesn’t have his leader, not because of your actual absence. Causes of separation anxiety include any kind of change in your family’s normal daily routine, separation or divorce, death of a family member or other pet, and a new addition that is brought into the home, such as a spouse, an additional baby or pet.
If you pay a lot of attention to your dog when you get home because you feel bad about leaving him, you are dealing with separation anxiety problems completely badly. What you really should do is ignore your dog’s excited behavior for the first few minutes until he calms down. Once she’s completely calm, offer her a generous amount of affection. In this way, he is not associating the attention he receives with your absence but with his good behavior.
Of course, this is easier said than done because many people have a hard time ignoring their dog and end up giving in. However, once you do it a few times and stick with it, you will see that it really works.
Also, if you are dealing with separation anxiety from a Doberman, it helps to spend a day or weekend going out and back all day. Start by staying out for five minutes and increase your time each time you leave. Every time you return home, be sure to ignore the behavior until your dog is calm. Many people have had success with this method in just one day. The goal is to teach your dog that just because you are gone does not mean you are going to be gone for long. This is important because most destructive behaviors take place in the first few minutes after you leave.