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Training with your Doberman

Do I really need to train my doberman? 

Short answer: yes 
Long answer: ab-so-freaking-lutely 
Really long answer: 

With any dog breed you own, you need to understand what their purpose is.  Some dogs were bred to be hunters, others for herding, others for pest control, and the list can go on.  The Doberman breed was bred for personal protection.  That means your dog doesn’t just want to be with you, they want to work WITH you. It’s in their DNA!  One of our favorite things about the Doberman breed is their versatility.  They enthusiastically want to tackle most any task, as long as it’s with their people.  Dobermans thrive in an environment in which they are not only physically stimulated but mentally stimulated as well.  Training your Doberman is a lifelong and daily commitment.  It is as necessary as food and water to your dog’s health and well being.  Whether it be agility, obedience, lure coursing, nose work, search and rescue, or protection work, your Doberman has the genetic predisposition to excel!  We highly encourage every Doberman/owner team to find something that interests them.  You will be amazed at what you and your dog can accomplish together. 

Here are just a few facilities and trainers in our area that we have had personal experience working with, from Monroe WA to Portland OR. There are many tools that work for different dogs and it’s best to find the trainer that fits your dog’s needs best. It’s okay to go through a couple trainers before finding the perfect one for you and your dog, whether that be for obedience or any other sport. 

If there is a sport you would like to get into that you do not see listed, feel free to contact us. We might not know but we can always find someone who does!

Trainer Referral List:

This does NOT discredit any trainer that is not on this list. These are simply trainers that we have personally worked with and have seen success with. We will continue to update this list as we work with more trainers. 

Alisa Sibley, Four Paw Sports

Lynnwood, WA (private & group training)

Agility, Rally


Deneese Elfenson, The Canine Resource Center 

Greater Seattle Area (private & group training)

Obedience, Reactive Dog Training, 


Erica Wells, K9 SniffTime & A Truffle Dog Co.

Greater Seattle Area & Woodinville, WA 

Nosework, Truffle Hunting, Tenacious Teens, Obedience



Eric Sanford, A Savvy Dog Training & Four Paw Sports 

Lynnwood, WA & Woodinville, WA 

Agility, Treibball, Reactive Dog Training 


John Sparks, Sparks K9 

Monroe, WA 

Obedience, Reactive Dog Training


Julie Forbes, Sensitive Dog

Seattle, WA (private training)

Obedience, Reactive Dog Training


Kay Fontaine, Mindful Mutt Training

Kenmore, WA

Obedience, Reactive Dog Training, Visual/Hearing Impaired dog training


Kenton & Becca Callahan

Mountlake Terrace, WA 



Paula Ratoza, Bae Bae's Dog Training 

Greater Portland Area & Virtual Training

Nosework, Rally, Obedience, Agility


Sparky Davis, West Sound Canine

Greater Seattle Area & Bainbridge Island

Obedience, Behavior Modification, Sport Training


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