Hi, I'm Dakota

Status: available

About Dakota

Hi, my name is Dakota and I’m an 11 month old, 83 lbs male with some room to grow and add weight. Expect me to weigh about 90 lbs. I’m a big and physically strong dog so my size can be a little overwhelming, but once you get to know me I will be 90 lbs of wonderful.

When meeting new people inside my house I can sometimes be a little cautious and reserved. When I do approach you, whether I’m inside or outside the house I do not like rapid hand movements around my head and I don’t like loud noises. I respond very well to a soft touch and gentle pets on my shoulders. I’m a little bit less cautious when I meet new people outside of the house.

It can take me a few days to warm up to some people in a new environment. At my current foster home I made a very quick bond with two adults but was cautious with two others. After a few days when I was comfortable approaching them, soft voices, gentle pets, shoulders rubs, and treats were the key to helping me feel comfortable.

Once I was comfortable with everyone in the house, I became their loyal companion and followed them just about everywhere in the house. They all joke now that they have a 90 lb Doberman lap dog. Now I’m not shy about giving them kisses or rolling over for a tummy rub, or sometimes climbing on the couch with them.

I like to take walks outside when the weather is cool and I also like to run in the yard and play with my nylabone or ball. I’m working on basic obedience commands like “sit” and “stay”. I do need some work walking on a leash. I will tug on the leash when I see other dogs.

I’m house-trained, well-behaved and calm in the house, and I am crate-trained. Sometimes I like to nap in my crate, that’s my alone time. I sleep through the night in my dog bed, but not in my crate. I’m very alert to everything going on outside the house and I will bark to let you know when there are other dog’s, delivery drivers, the lawn service, etc. I’m calm when getting in and out of a car as well as when riding in a car.

I will likely do best in a new home where someone is home most of the day for a least the first few weeks after my adoption. It would be very helpful if my new home has had Dobermans in the recent past and it would be helpful, but not essential if they’ve had a male Doberman. I will also need a large fenced yard, an invisible fence is not ok. I might not be the best dog for a first time Doberman owner.

This is My Story

I found myself needing DAR&E to find me a new home.

DAR&E only places within the Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Delaware, and in portions of both eastern West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania. Please do no apply to adopt if you live outside of those areas. Please visit our Adoption Process page for additional information on adopting one of our DAR&E Dobermans & an online application!

Our dogs are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and microchipped.

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