Doberman Pinschers are a large breed of dog. They are known for their loyalty and their ability to guard and protect their homes and owners. They were bred as protectors and they are still used today, for their original intention. Even though they have the ability to become aggressive, they are also very sweet natured dogs and can be very loving to their families. Because they love their family so much, they have the potential to suffer from separation anxiety and need an owner who is willing to work with them. They are playful and high spirited and require a lot of exercise to keep them happy and mentally challenged, or they get bored. This is not a dog that is suitable for just any dog owner. Quality and consistent time is needed to be spent with a Dobie in order to train and socialize them right so that they grow into happy, healthy adult dogs with even tempers and good dog behaviors. Doberman rescues are all throughout the U.S. and can be a great place to get a Dobie, if the breed is right for you. If you are interested in adopting a Dobie from a rescue, there are things you should know before you do. Here are five things you should ask a Doberman rescue before you adopt.
1. What is the dog’s history?
Rescues take in dogs that have been rescued from all different kinds of situations and environments, and some are pretty horrific situations for the dog. Dogs can have many different types of behavior issues from experiences they lived with prior to their rescue. Knowing what the dog’s history is, how he was rescued and what he was rescued from, can help you better understand his past, and the type of behavior he might be exhibiting or trying to overcome.
2. Will you need to do any special training with your Doberman?
Because most rescue dogs have lived through some bad experiences, they may suffer with mental or even physical issues that might require special needs, or special training to help him overcome them. Make sure you understand your Dobie’s mental and physical health before you adopt. If your Dobie will need special training, therapy for any injuries, or special care, you will want to well informed so you are prepared to deal with the dog’s needs before you head home.
3. What medical care have they received?
You will want to know what all type of medical care your Dobie has received while in the care of the rescue. Has the Dobie you’re interested in had any injuries or surgeries while in the rescue. Any illnesses? Has the Dobie received shots or been spayed or neutered? Rescues don’t always know what the medical history is of each dog before they came to the rescue, but you should know everything about the dog’s medical history while at the rescue, and will want to make sure you leave with the dog’s medical history of everything that was done to and for him while he was at the rescue.
4. Is it riskier to adopt a rescue than purchase one from a breeder?
It is common to think that adopting an older dog as opposed to a puppy, might be risky, but typically, an adult dog already has his personality traits developed and you should be able to see their individual personalities when you visit and spend time with different dogs at a rescue. You can still train an older dog, too, so that you can instill certain behaviors in the dog you adopt. Dobie’s are highly trainable, and well beyond puppyhood. A Dobie rescue will be able to tell you about each individual dog’s personality so that you can be matched with a dog that’s right for you, your family, your lifestyle, and your home.
5. What if the dog doesn’t work out?
Sometimes, despite giving it your all, a rescue dog just doesn’t work out. Before you take a rescue Dobie home, make sure you understand the rescue’s policies about what you can or cannot do if, for any reason, the dog just doesn’t work out at your home. Rescues don’t want any dog to go to a new home, only to be put back into a rescue-type situation, so typically, rescues will work with you even after a dog goes to a new home. They will try to help you resolve issues so that a dog can stay in their new home. However, if the dog just doesn’t work out, you need to know what your options would be, so be sure to ask what support they give after adoption, and what their policy is on a dog who doesn’t work in their new home before adopting.
Dog rescues are a great way to find a dog and give a dog that was less fortunate in life, a better future. Doberman’s are also one of the most popular breeds of dogs for families. If you have a lot of love to give to a dog and can open up your home to a Doberman, check out a Doberman rescue near you.