Have your dog make her an offer she can't refuse. You can have dogs in your dorm rooms? Wow, I mean I had dogs in mine but they only had 2 legs. A buddy of mine had a huge Doberman, I mean HUGE. Shogun scared the doodie out of people, he was a horse. He wouldn't hurt a fly, unless told to, great dog, just take her out with your dog,toss a Frisbee around, light cocktails, dinner catch a show (just not CATS) she'll warm up
try asking your roommate not to judge before she meets the dog and spends a little time with him. she's judging and doesn't even know the dog. breed plays a minor part, since most dobermans do tend to be aggressive. notice how I said most and not all dobermans. so that means some could be like angels, but most of them are agressive.
I know it doesn't seem fair, but Dobermans are big dogs and can be intimidating. It isn't fair for your roommate to feel intimidated in her home either. Some people just are not comfortable around large dogs, and dogs can feel fear, which makes them uncomfortable. In this case I think it would be best to keep your dog away from what can turn into a bad situation.
The dorm will allow you to have a dog? Huh... nice! Try having your roommate meet your dog. Take them both to a park so she can see what the dog's temperment is like & how he acts around her. If the dog likes her & is friendly with her, maybe she'll change her mind. Bring some doggie treats that she can give to your dog, that'll definitely make the dog more friendly with her. Good luck! :) (BTW & just my opinion... I don't think I'd want to take my dog to live in a dorm, even if your roommate & the college allow it. Dorm rooms are generally very small, and for a large dog who will be left alone a lot... eh... doesn't seem like a very good idea.)
Having rotties I am familiar with your problem. My mother is Afraid and could never get over the fear. The only way is if your room mate agrees to interact with the dobie away from home and realizes that they can coexist. It's a frame of mind thing don't force the issue. His/ her Fear will cause the animal to be dominate causing problems.
Hi. It's unfortunate, but Doberman's do have an intimidating reputation. I would have them meet each other. If she already feels hesitant, it would probably be best if she met him in a public place where she could see how he interacts w/other dogs and people. Also, there may be a size variation. Depending on what size her poodle is, the Dobie may be bigger. It will also depend on the gender. Even if your Dobie is fixed, if her poodle is a male also, there could be conflict. If the poodle lived there first, he is going to have a territorial issue and your dog will feel submissive. A lot of conflicts to overcome between you and her already. It's a tough call. I wouldn't suggest putting you or your dog through it. You may not be happy because you couldn't have your dog. She might feel your resentment. Be cautious, either way.
Just straight out, is your dog aggressive or not? It's not like he/she can say "You're dog is still aggressive!!!" if your dog really isn't aggressive. I mean, my dog is part, only part, doberman, but he's not crazy aggressive. He's only protective of our property, but perfectly friendly anywhere else. So, if your dog is like that, then your dog shouldn't be living on campus.
Dobies like so many big dogs have a erroneous reputation for being aggressive and dangerous; you may be able to convince your roommate to accept your Dog, but what about the rest of your Dorm? Would it really be fair to your Dog to have you be on constant watch and nervous about the reactions of all those others? Dobies are at heart very gentle and sensitive and I worry that so much tension around could make him nervous and jittery.. Not a good thing for the Dog.:-(.
If you mean on campus in the dorm, they won't allow dogs. Getting caught with one may get u kicked out. If in an apartment, many won't allow big dogs, and may charge extra money. Would take a big place, and they need a place to run/exercise. I have owned them before, they are good dogs but many people are scared of them.