What Are Doberman Must Haves? Raising A Happy Doberman

When it comes to everything you need to spend for Dobermans, there are a few things that can help make sure they are safe, healthy, and comfortable. You’ll find some of the basics for your Doberman right here. 

Quality Dog Food

Dobermans are active dogs and need a diet that meets their nutritional requirements. Choose a nutritious, high-quality dog food specifically formulated for Dobermans. 

Nutritious, high-quality dog food
Nutritious, high-quality dog food

Quality dog food is made from wholesome, natural ingredients and contains a balanced proportion of nutrients necessary for a dog’s overall health and vitality. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Protein: Quality dog food often has a source of whole protein (like chicken, beef, or fish) as the first ingredient. It should make up a significant portion of the food’s content.
  • Healthy Fats: Dogs need fats for energy and the absorption of certain vitamins. Look for foods with named fat sources, such as chicken fat or flaxseed oil.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Fruits, vegetables, and grains can provide necessary vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Look for a variety of these in the ingredient list.
  • No fillers or by-products: Quality dog food doesn’t contain fillers (like corn or wheat gluten) that provide little nutritional value. It also doesn’t contain “by-products,” which are parts of animals that humans wouldn’t typically eat.
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives: Natural foods don’t need these additives. Some artificial preservatives have been linked to health problems in dogs.

Comfortable Bed

A comfortable and supportive bed provides a cozy spot for your Doberman to rest and sleep. Choose a bed that is appropriate for their size and provides ample cushioning.

Training Equipment

Training items are crucial for Dobermans, given their size and energy. Tools like a gentle leader or a no-pull harness, as well as more general training aids like clickers and treats, could be useful in educating your Doberman.

A crate or kennel is a safe and secure space
A crate or kennel is a safe and secure space

A crate or kennel is a safe and secure space for your Doberman. It can aid in house training, prevent destructive behavior, and provide security. Make sure to choose a crate that is fit for their quite large size and can contain a comfortable bedding inside.

Exercise Equipment

Dobermans are high-energy dogs that require plenty of exercise
Dobermans are high-energy dogs that require plenty of exercise

Dobermans are high-energy dogs that require plenty of exercise. Consider getting a sturdy leash and harness and some toys that encourage physical activity. A Frisbee, tennis ball, or even agility equipment could be great for keeping a Doberman entertained.

Proper Identification

A well-fitting collar and sturdy leash are a must
A well-fitting collar and sturdy leash are a must

A well-fitting collar and sturdy leash are a must for daily walks and outings. A durable collar with ID tags for identification and your contact information, or even a microchip, is needed for the safety of your Doberman. If your pet ever gets lost, these items can help reunite you. 

Food and Water Bowls

Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are recommended for food and water. They are durable, easy to clean, and less likely to harbor bacteria.

Doberman Appropriate Toys

Mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise for Dobermans. Your Doberman will appreciate it if you give him or her one to several forms of playthings in a day. 

Mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise for Dobermans
Mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise for Dobermans

Interactive Toys: Puzzle toys or toys where they have to figure out how to get a treat out can be mentally stimulating for Dobermans. Examples include the Kong Classic Dog Toy, the Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy, and the Tug-A-Jug by Busy Buddy.

Tug Toys: Dobermans are strong dogs that enjoy a good game of tug. The Goughnuts Tug Dog Toy is durable and built to withstand their strong jaws. 

Chew Toys: Given their strong jaws, Dobermans need durable chew toys. Some chew toys, like the Nylabone DuraChew toys or the Benebone Bacon Flavor Wishbone Chew Toy, are good options that are not only fun for them but also help keep their teeth clean and healthy. 

Fetch Toys: Playing fetch is a great way to help Dobermans burn off a lot of energy. Durable fetch toys, such as the Chuckit! Ultra Ball or Kong Flyer Frisbee, can stand the Doberman’s powerful jaws and allow for a good game of fetch.

Plush Toys: Some Dobermans may like to cuddle with plush toys, but be cautious, as they can destroy these quickly and potentially ingest harmful materials. If you choose plush toys, make sure they are durable, such as those from the Kong Plush line, and always keep an eye on your Doberman while they are playing with them.

Grooming Supplies

Dobermans have a short, thin coat, so they don’t require as much grooming as some breeds, but you will still need basic grooming tools. These might include a quality dog brush, dog-safe shampoo, nail clippers, and dental care items like a toothbrush and dog-safe toothpaste. However, basic grooming supplies like a brush, nail clippers, and ear cleaning solution are essential for regular maintenance.

Safety and Travel Items

Ensure you have a properly fitting car harness or crate for safe travel with your Doberman. Additionally, reflective gear, such as a harness or collar, enhances visibility during walks in low-light conditions.

Veterinary Care

You need to spend on regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive treatments for fleas, ticks, and heartworms to maintain your Doberman’s health and well-being on a weekly or at least monthly basis. 

Natalie Shin
Natalie Shin

Meet Natalie Shin, a devoted veterinarian, a passionate pet lover, and an invaluable contributor to Get Your Pet Certified.
She has been an invaluable part of our team at Get Your Pet Certified, fervently writing and sharing her knowledge and experiences.