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Conformation:
Dobermans are considered to be medium in size with a body that is square. Compactly built, muscular and powerful for great endurance and speed. Elegant in appearance, of proud carriage reflecting great nobility and temperament. Energetic, watchful, determine, alert, fearless, loyal and obedient.

Agility:
is one of the fastest growing dog sports! It is a high speed, near missing, close calls game that you can play as a team with your dogs. Working as a team, you direct your dog over obstacles that are set in random order. The goal is to correctly and safely navigate the course as fast as possible. Titles can be earned in the AKC, USDAA and NADAC. The Doberman Pinscher Club of San Antonio has many members that actively and successfully participate in Agility.

Obedience:
Obedience training is an essential part of dog ownership, especially Doberman ownership. Dobermans are powerful and intelligent creatures. If the Doberman owner is not training the Doberman, chances are the Doberman is training the owner.

Contrary to some views, obedience training is not a grueling or rigid process. It is a natural process where both the dog and owner learn how properly to behave and communicate with each other. This process is essential for a well adjusted Doberman and a happy Doberman family.

There are plenty of books that offer lessons in obedience. If it’s available a local obedience class is a great opportunity. Not only does an obedience class provide experienced instructors, it also provides a great place to begin socialization of a Doberman puppy by allowing him to be around many other dogs and people. These other dogs and people also serve as distractions for the dog to learn to ignore while obeying the handler.

Basic obedience focuses on heeling (walking next to the handler) on lead, and commands such as sit, down, stay, leave-it, and most importantly, come. Any dog lacking obedience to these commands, especially powerful dogs like the Doberman, is an accident waiting to happen that can only be blamed on the dog owner.

Advanced obedience is recommended with Dobermans. Dobermans thrive on this type of work, the bond developed between dog and handler is truly a wonderful experience, and an obedient Doberman benefits the whole breed. The public is impressed with a kind and obedient Doberman, in particular those with preconceived notions.

For the ones that want to show off their skills with their dog, there are obedience competitions at different times in the area in which you may live. These competitions are a friendly and productive experience, competing for personal score rather than in head to head competition.

American Kennel Club (AKC) trials offer three levels of competition, Novice, Open, and Utility

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