This page offers advice on buying and raising a puppy for you and your family, puppy training, socialisation and basic training tips. See FAQ's for more breed info.


If you would like to discuss booking a puppy with us, mail or call us on 01538 703072. We are happy to give information and advice on the breed, but please do not call if you a) just want a guard dog, b) are not seriously considering owning this breed or c) are shopping on price alone. Some general questions are answered in FAQ's.


Your first considerations should be health, home-bred and whether you like the sound of the breeder. There is no mandatory health testing of dogs in the UK, but Kennel Club Assured Breeders are expected to health test to minimum standards of Hips and von Willebrands Disease. Others will usually eye test for PHPV and some will test for DCM. (See health pages for details)

Some breeders write a lot about health testing and put results up on one dog, but then just write 'tested' against another. It is quite fraudulent is to talk a good talk on their website to make it look like they are focused on health, but actually do none of the health testing. If you don't see a poor health result on a breeders' website you can reasonably assume they are hiding something.

Others suggest you check the results for individual dogs on the KC website http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/services/public/health/search/- useful IF you know the exact spelling of their pedigree names. We were the first UK Dobermann breeders to voluntarily publish results of ALL our health tested dogs, good or not on our site, and still, seven years later, only two other UK breeders publish all their results.

Finally on this, no breeder can guarantee the health of your puppy and if they claim to have no such problems in their lines they are either ignorant or deceitful. That's the bottom line. I'd love to be able to guarantee your puppy's health, but dog breeders can no more do that than parents can guarantee the health of their children. As long as we do our best in health testing, that's all that can reasonably be expected.

All our adult dogs living with us at home are regularly heart tested for DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy). DCM is the 3rd biggest killer of Dobermanns in this country behind old age and cancer. DCM is a progressive disease and no breeding line is saft, so if any breeder tells you they don't have DCM in their lines, they are either inexperienced, don't keep in touch with their owners, or are lying. For further information on health click HERE.

Whilst no breeder can ever guarantee the future health of a puppy, breeders can and should undertake all necessary health tests on their dogs and bitches to ensure they are not breeding from unhealthy animals with avoidable inherited diseases. We pride ourselves on the health of our dogs whilst considering the overall gene pool. We will never compromise on character rather than breeding purely on looks for the ring. We choose stud dogs for our bitches with great care of character and health, aswell as correct looks.

Raised with love and respect, our puppies are able to develop into confident, happy dogs. They are never left unattended for long periods and benefit from early handling and socialisation with friends and their children. Our puppies are character tested under the 'Volhard' scheme, to identify their suitability for new owners in providing a puppy appropriate to their personal lifestyle and requirements (click HERE for more information on Volhard). First and foremost, they are companions whether they are also to be worked or shown. Unless prospective buyers have had a Dobermann or other working breed previously, we usually suggest a female may be better for them to 'learn with'. The breed may not always be suitable for first time dog owners, who through lack of experience may not understand some of the behaviour that a vibrant and challenging young Dobe can present. Because Dobermanns are highly intelligent and demanding, new owners may sometimes think a dog is trying to be 'dominant', and some may resort to 'coming down hard on the dog' in the misguided belief that the dog will then respect them for it. As in all cases, respect must be earned through leadership, and persuading the dog around to the owners way of thinking is more rewarding than having to physically discipline the dog. As any experienced owner will tell you, Dobermanns are a very sensitive breed, and will not achieve their best if roughly handled or stressed. There are some who advise anyone with a problem dog to assert their dominance by 'taking it around the back and giving it a whacking'. Times have moved on from when we sent children up chimneys. There are far better ways to deal with problems than by ignorant people who advise you to physically or mentally punish your dog, which only escalates an already stressful situation. Click HERE for our training page.


Dobermanns require mental and physical exercise; they are not a 'Sunday afternoon walk in the park dog'. They require their owners to be of a steady nature (mentally) and to be experienced handlers. Due to the need of the Dobermann to be part of your 'pack' they are not a breed suited to solitary confinement. For that reason we do not sell to people who are out at work all day or who intend to keep their dogs in a kennel. This breed is not suited to environments where they are not treated as a member of the family. Like all dogs, they need rules to work to. That doesn't mean they won't try to step outside the rules, Dobermanns will push and test you if they feel you may not be a worthy leader, especially the males during adolescence when they can be quite hard work, but if you gain their respect with calm authority, you will be rewarded with absolute devotion and loyalty. If you try to dominate, suppress and bully the dog into submission, you will cause more problems than you had before by introducing conflict and fight. If you are having problems with your dog and need training, Jay is a qualified BIPDT trainer.

As part of our support to the puppies we breed, and those sired by our dogs, we hold puppy training days which are enjoyable for owners and pups alike. We cover all the basic training requirements, how to handle any difficulties, and help owners to learn how to start tracking/working/obedience/showing training. All the days involve off lead socialisation for puppies and end with a romp in the fields. We usually have a maximum of 10 pups per day or it becomes chaotic. This was one of four training days this summer (08), on the 14th June. L-R Richard & Lisa with Riot (Nominator x Leia), Vince, Victoria & Lizzie with Jack (Nominator x Leia), Mike & Karen with their Jack, Lisa with Lexie (Nominator x Tikka), Mandy & Gary with Logan (Nominator x Leia), and Tracy with Flynn (Nominator x Hastra Kastra).


We are available before and after you buy your puppy. Our after sales support is second to none as we always sell our puppies with the clear understanding that your dogs' health and welfare remains our paramount responsibility even if they are no longer in our home. If and when necessary, we will travel to help you with any problems or training requirements you may have. If we are unavailable when needed for help, we will ask someone to take our place.

Our puppy pack includes: Full guide to caring for your Dobermann puppy's mental and physical welfare (see download on main page). Training guide ~ including basic guide to control and training of your puppy. Behaviour guide including how to deal with any problems such as separation anxiety, house training etc. Health guide ~ worming, teeth, ears, eyes, coat and skin care, nail care etc. Exercise guide.

Pedigree history, breeding background and KC Registration documents. Food and detailed feeding guide including information on changing to natural feeding if required. 'Comfort blanket'. Guide to house training (we start house training around 5 weeks). Microchip registration documents (all our puppies are microchipped before leaving us). Guide and support in to working your Dobermann whatever your requirements - Basic/advanced Obedience/Tracking/Working trials/Obedience/Schutzhund/agility etc. Show training /training assistance here is free for Aritaur puppies. Health certification. Purchase agreement. 4 weeks free insurance. Unlimited support and re-homing assistance for the lifetime of your dog.

If you would like to own an Aritaur Dobermann please mail or call us.


Choosing a breeder who starts toilet training early is a useful start, but your puppy now needs to realise that they can't relieve themselves whenever or wherever they like.

When she relieves herself in the house and is caught in the act, she won't know she has done anything wrong - it's like a baby wearing a nappy - they just go when they need to - so just pick her up and put her outside using a command word. If she has weed in the house and you haven't seen her doing it, don't bother reprimanding her, it will be pointless and she'll only get worried and anxious because again she's done something, but doesn't know what. You therefore need to return to basics.

1. Bladder control. She has never had to hold herself, so initially these decisions need to be made for her. She must be taken outside on the hour, every hour without fail. It is critical you don't forget, set an alarm if necessary, for any mistakes at this stage are your fault and will undo all your work. After a while with no accidents (no sooner than a week), you can start to lengthen this time to an hour and 5 minutes, 1 hour and 10 minutes then 15 minutes and so on. Don't push your luck, again at this stage a mistake is a real setback.

2. Command. (Word association). Every time she urinates, give her a command word. This could be anything - "do your business", "have a pee", whatever, but nothing you usually say to her, and continue this while she is urinating, repeat continually in a happy voice with lots of praise. You may sound like an idiot, especially if you're shouting happily your command across the other side of the field, but she'll very quickly learn what to do. It is important to repeat it over and over repeatedly in the same tone, whilst she is weeing. The words need to be virtually drummed into her.

If you can get her to wee in a particular place, then so much the better - again it's association that is important, however, be aware that bitches in particular who lack confidence, may show reluctance to urinate anywhere else even when away from home and it can be dangerous for them to hold out for a long time.

3. Restriction. Often puppies who are raised in a particular area of the house, urinate in that place if they can't get outside. Our dogs always return to the dining room, because that was where their puppy pen was, and access to outside was via the French windows next to it. You must therefore remove that option from her. If she has to be allowed to roam around places she has previously urinated in, then clean that area with washing liquid ie Persil as it contains no trace of ammonia to attract her to the patch and covers any existing scent.

Praise is the way to train dogs, not punishment. Never, ever rub the puppy's nose in his urine or excrement. Anyone who does that is not fit to own a dog, because a) it's disgustingly cruel and b) it is their fault for not knowing how to train a dog properly!


SOCIALISATION - Introduce your puppy to as much as possible before 12 weeks of age. If your pup sees something new to her after 12 weeks, she is far less likely to be able to accept it and may show fear avoidance. It is important not to fuss or reassure your pup if they are worried. Just sit next to them, let them watch it for a brief period, then distract them by briskly walking on and give them a treat when they respond to you.

Aritaur pups are vaccinated using either Procyon or Duramine vaccines, starting at 7 weeks and finishing at 10 to allow for early socialisation. These products are also the only two which cover Parvo Type 11, Coronavirus and are 3 year protocols hence avoiding repeated annual vaccination.

  How to end a perfect day's learning. 14th June training day.

CRATE TRAINING - crates or cages can be useful with a young puppy. It provides a place of safety when you're out/asleep, and saves furniture, shoes and walls from being destroyed whilst you need to go out. However, training your puppy to go in a cage must be done carefully, otherwise puppy will think he is being punished or trapped whereby panic will set in. I personally hate the modern reliance on crates as they teach no self control for the dog who just gets frustrated being shut in a metal box.

We will not sell to anyone who plans to keep their dog in a crate or cage past puppyhood.

When puppy falls asleep, pick him up gently and lay him in the crate with the door pushed to. When he wakes up, don't take so long that he starts to cry, or you'll get involved with having to wait for him to stop before he can come out. He may need to relieve himself urgently, but if you return to the cage whilst he is crying, he will begin to think he can cry to get you to come, so don't delay.

During the day whilst you are at home, train him to go in the cage for a treat like a big bone that he can spend hours chewing on. When he goes in the crate, tell him what a good boy he is, but in a soothing steady voice, not an excited one.

When you leave him, just walk away as in the separation training. None of the "now be a good boy, Mummy won't be long chatter ". That will only reinforce any anxiety. Do not feed him through the bars of the cage. It will only escalate that he wants to get out. When you return, ignore him. Go past him (bouncing to get your attention), no talk, no touch, no eye contact - as Cesar Millan says, and make yourself a cuppa/open your mail/unload your shopping. When he's calm, THEN you pay attention to him. Don't wind him up again, just a calm, loving cuddle and praise him for being calm.


PUPPY BITING is probably the most common question we are asked 'how do I stop my puppy biting me/the children?'. It's often a difficult concept to get your head around, but puppies won't bite natural leaders - if they do, it's just once. Most of the time it is because puppy lacks direction, mental stimulation, and he is attention seeking. The remainder of the time it's because the children have been rolling around on the floor with pupy biting at their clothes/arms etc, and the puppy can't therefore be expected to learn that is not acceptable behaviour. Don't put the puppy in that position to make mistakes, then you won't have to correct it. One lady asked me recently 'how do I stop my dog jumping up at the work surface?! This to me is quite odd, because if you don't want the dog to jump up, you push it off! If you have to have lessons in this sort of 'how to' situation, you will 100% not cope with a Dobe. There is no technical manual. You can learn skills, but you either have authority or don't. See more on BEHAVIOUR PAGE


All puppies bite, nip and chase with their teeth like mini land pirhanas, it's what puppies do. They are not being mean or 'vicious' ; you just need to teach him not to and that is not by smacking. The best way to treat a puppy if he has been over-rough when playing, is with a firm "NO BITING!" and with you walking away from the game. Puppies will nip when playing, and just as they have to with their litter~mates, they need to learn bite tolerance (ie what hurts). Nipping can be associated with teething (don't forget at 5-6 months to provide something to chew on, or it could be your shoes), and it is also of to see what they can get away with - or not! Mimicking litter mates with a loud cry and walking away from them, will usually get the message across and often diverting the puppy onto biting something fun like a raggy toy will make you far more popular and exciting to be with. Do remember puppies don't have TV or books, and they don't have their litter mates anymore, so if you aren't providing an interesting environment for your puppy, you'll get a bored puppy who is attention seeking. In the same way that you would sit and play with a child, you should expect to spend as much time with a puppy. A year of hard work will result in a great dog. If you are lazy and skimp on time with your puppy, you will give you what you put in.

Brinley (aka Ch Aritaur Heracles at Brintala), with his daughter Talia (Aritaur Marmalade Vamp at Brintala).

Never ever smack a puppy or dog across the face or nose. You will end up with a head shy animal and it is the fastest way to create a snappy animal. If you tap puppy on the nose as some believe, the automatic retaliation is to bite back. Remember to emulate the way a bitch enforces her discipline on the puppies with a warning growl, eye contact and a quick snap if necessary; this behaviour should be imitated by you when correcting puppy's behaviour. Hold puppy gently around the scruff, just to stop them biting for no longer than a second, then release and give long gentle strokes to calm him down. If he turns around to bite your hand, you are either holding too hard, or you are introducing conflict and need to find another way. Try first easing off a bit on the hold, but otherwise distract them with a loud noise and them immediately divert their attention onto something positive like a quick training session. Show them there is another way by giving them a chewy toy - usually flesh is much more yielding and toys don't yelp, but he will get the idea if you just fold your arms or walk away and ignore him. Remember, you would never let an adult male dog, chew or mouth your arm, so don't allow it as a youngster. Do not expect a puppy to understand that rolling on the floor with your children is okay but running after them biting their ankles is not.

Remember at all times that puppy needs a lot of mental stimulation - this breed is so intelligent, it's like leaving a 5 year old playing alone all day. Puppies don't have television to occupy them so you must do plenty of activities with them. See the Books Link for ideasFirst time owners into the breed frequently contact us to ask how they can cope with keeping puppy occupied because they are behaving really badly - they are bored. This phase will not last forever, but it can be hard work (especially when your favourite shoes are eaten - and whose fault was it? That'll be yours for leaving them lying around and for not keeping your dog occupied!).


Aritaur Helina, Histabraq & Hermione –
(Int, Multi, Russ Ch Tamerlan iz Slavnoi Stai x Ned Ch, Europa Jugend Siegerin Aritaur Dominatrix)sunbathing aged 10 weeks. The H litter - including the UK Bitch Breed Record Holder, UK & Ir Ch Aritaur Hipnotique, sister Ch Aritaur Helina and the brothers UK & Lux Ch Aritaur Heracles at Brintala, and Int, Lux Ch Aritaur Histabraq SchH3, became the most titled UK litter in history. They made their dam Lux, Bel W & Ned Ch Aritaur Dominatrix, the Top Brood Bitch in the Working Group 2007 and their sire Tamerlan, Top Stud Dog 2007 - the first Dobermann outside the UK to achieve the title.

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