Surrender Alternatives

We’d Love to Help You Keep your Dobie

In our experience, these are the top reasons why people consider giving up their dogs of any breed, and surrender alternatives for each.

Lack of needed training/Behavioral Issues

Dobermans need a job, a strong leader, and continued training. DHDR recommends these trainers. In some instances, certain trainers are able to provide discounted services to those avoiding surrender.

Challenges with Puppies

A qualified, positive trainer can be a great way to get a handle on an unruly Doberman puppy. If you can not make it work, surrender to DHDR as opposed to listing online or giving the  puppy to a friend.

New baby

Planning and training before the baby is born will definitely help. Reach out to our trainers. Never leave a child unattended with a dog, and if you are looking to determine if you can repair the relationship between your dog and your child, we strongly recommend Pet Behavior Solutions listed on our trainer page.

Dog/dog or dog/cat aggression

Often times, training can be very helpful in resolving dog/dog aggression in the household, and should be pursued. If the issues are of sudden onset, it is important to see a vet to rule out any health factors. A dog-aggressive dog can spend months to years in foster before being adopted, so be sure to do as much as you can before trying to surrender to rescue.

Family financial hardship, eviction, home loss

Sadly, personal financial distress is the hardest problem to solve. We know it can happen despite your best efforts and that it can be very hard to fix.  If you really are at the end of your rope financially, and when our resources permit, we will accept your dog and find him or her a wonderful forever home. Before that, please explore the following resources:

Insurance discrimination

Occasionally people run into problems finding an insurance company that will insure a home with a resident Doberman. This is breed insurance discrimination. After all, even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the  American Veterinary Medical Association tell us that no data support banning Doberman Pinschers. Insurance discrimination is simple consumer exploitation.

Fortunately, many insurance agents in Arizona will insure Dobies including Farmer’s Insurance, Allstate, and StateFarm. Marc Sollee with K9 Friendly Insurance donates $25 to each new client referred by DHDR, and has some of the lowest rates in Arizona.


We know that giving up a dog is a bitter, painful experience. We want to help you avoid it, if possible.  We start with the expectation that you are willing to do anything you can to keep your Dobie. Please contact us if you have any questions – we’d love to talk to you directly to help customize a plan to help you keep your Doberman.

If there is no possible way you can keep your Doberman, get started with the surrender process now.


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