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I am currently looking to buy a Doberman puppy to be trained as a service dog for me. I have a seizure disorder, and my neurologist suggested that I look into potentially getting a dog to act as a seizure response animal. My last dog was a red Doberman (his name was Hunter) and while he was not trained as a service dog, I did train him to help with basic things after an attack (alerting my neighbors, bringing me my phone etc.) Hunter was a rescue and was the best dog and companion anyone could ever ask for. He was so intelligent and loyal and stuck by my side all the time. I started researching the breed more and absolutely fell in love with them. Hunter passed away almost two years ago, and while I needed some time to get over the heartbreak of losing him, I am finally at a place in my life where I am ready to get a new puppy.

My concern is that I have never bought a puppy before. I have rescued puppies, but never purchased from a breeder. I am trying to wade through all the information to find a reputable breeder. I know some of the red flags to look for when searching for a decent breeder, but I fear that my lack of experience in searching for breeders will lead me to miss something.

Does anyone have any recommendations for good breeders that have experience placing dogs for service or therapy work? Or a breeder that breeds with a focus on temperament? I am sorry if I sound naive, I just want to make sure I utilize every resource before making a decision. I am currently living in New York but am absolutely willing to travel for the right pup.

Thank you so much for any info or advice anyone can offer.
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You might want to at least give Rebecca Floyd (Southern Pride Kennels) in Mississippi.

She has kind of taken over a spot that a long time breeder who got involved in raising/breeding and finding puppies to be trained as Guide Dogs for the Blind.

I don't know for sure if Rebecca does anything with straight therapy but she might have some ideas for you and she's a long time Dobe breeder too.

You can find her phone number on the DPCA Breeder information. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

Good luck in your search. We've got some people on these forums who may see this and send more information about where they got their therapy dog and who or how it was trained.

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We've had several threads here on DT about Dobermans as service dogs over the years. While I do have a few friends who use Dobes as service dogs, they will be the first people to tell you that typically you should consider another breed first. Dobermans are not often considered the best breed for service work for a lot of reasons, and there are very good reasons that Goldens, Labs, Poodles, etc are used.

I'm going to link you some threads.
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