Single people, Emergencies, and Dobermans?

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DobermanGuy's picture
Joined: 2017-12-11

Not sure why but here lately I have been spending a lot of time worrying what would happen to my Dobermans if anything was to happen to ME.

It could be anything. A car accident, a major sudden illness or hospitalization, etc. Being single and having no close family anywhere near me my girls would be screwed if I had say a heart attack while out and woke up days later in the hospital.

So... I set about doing something about it to make darn sure that if anything should happen to me - my girls will be properly cared for no matter what. Everyone has different situations and obviously there will never be a single solution that fits all Doberman owners but I will still share the steps I took in the hopes that some of it may help someone else and THEIR Doberman should they find themself in an emergency that requires someone to care for their dogs for an unknown period of time...


First thing I did was grab a new spiral notebook and start making notes about each individual girl and their daily 'routine'. My current girls are not very old (just under 3) but if fed on their regular schedule they each can be expected to potty on a regular schedule. On a regular day (and understanding who usually does what and when) my girls can easily get by on as little as 3 potty breaks / trips outside and those trips do not have to be very long. 

First potty break of the day for my girls and 99% of the time they will both pee and Dystopia will drop off a poop. The second 'just got home from work' break I can easily expect that both will pee and Patience will poop. A third break about a half hour after they get their dinner results in both going pee again fairly quickly.

If my girls get fed the normal amount of their food and at the normal time every night I can pretty much set my watch by who 'needs' to go out and do whichever particular potty at what time. 2 scoops each (+ any extras) at about 8:30pm in my case. :)

Imagine if a semi-stranger was suddenly having to care for your dogs and how difficult it would be for them if they had no idea what the normal 'routine' and feeding schedule was and compare it to how easy it 'could' be if they had some notes to go by...

If I feed mine their 2 scoops a day at about 8:30pm and give unlimited fresh water they can get by on as little as 3 trips out per day (5 min or less trips) and both taken together at the same time. One somewhere between 6 and 8am, one about 4 to 7pm, and one about 9pm. More is better but my girls can get by just fine on this sort of schedule if needed. 





I would definitely have a plan for your dogs if something were to happen.  The first place you should look is your breeder.  I am the safety net for any dog I ever bred.  

I'm not single, so don't have as much worry about my dogs if something happens to me. Two of my 3 Dobermans were from my own litters, so I don't have a breeder as a back up for them. Mabel is from a breeder that would certainly take her back if needed.  I also belong to a local Doberman club and know that the members would help out with my dogs if needed..... as I would with theirs.  I also have a good relationship with my local Doberman rescue - it's a good relationship to have!


DobermanGuy's picture
Joined: 2017-12-11

I would definitely have a plan for your dogs if something were to happen.  The first place you should look is your breeder.  I am the safety net for any dog I ever bred.  

I'm not single, so don't have as much worry about my dogs if something happens to me.


Hate to say it but in my case their breeder would be the last choice for me. I am not at all exaggerating when I say that poor lady works 12 hr days a minimum of 5 days a week at her veterinary clinic. Saturday hours as well. Being a small business owner myself and understanding how hard it is sometimes - I could not bring myself to dump more work / responsibilities on her. 

Very glad to hear that you have a large support network of friends / family already lined up. Really admire the fact that you have so many different options for any 'just in case' situation. My goal here is to get to that same level of security / piece of mind  with respect to my current girls. 



For right now I went with a long time neighbor lady that lives right across the street. Have known her now for about 20 years and she is about as nice of a neighbor as one could ask for. VERY 'dog friendly' and has had a pack of dogs herself for as long as I have known her. While not a Doberman owner I have seen her care for many different breeds of dogs over the years and she seems to have a good head on her shoulders when it comes to different breeds of dogs and caring for them.

Spoke to her recently and explained my concerns / worries and asked if she would be willing and able to assist me 'just in case' there ever came a need. Fortunately for me (and my girls) she did not hesitate to agree to be there for us should any need arise. I consider this a small blessing...

Had her come over last weekend so I could give her a spare key and go over the home alarm + where all the dog supplies / food / meds are kept and how to distribute them. (who gets what and when stuff)

I have one girl with seasonal allergies that sometimes requires medication and really needed to go over that stuff in person vs just writing down instructions in a notebook. Showed her where to look for the signs that the dog was needing meds and then demonstrated how exactly I gave those meds to that dog when needed.

The dog had already had her meds for the day when neighbor lady came by and did not need a double dose so I demonstrated with an iron suppliment tablet. Ended up being a few minutes well spent as how we do meds here is not at all like she does them with her dogs. :)


When I picked up the pill bottle and shook it a few times both Dobergirls came running and lined up to get one. Got to show her directly how to tell which dog was which when up close to them so the wrong dog would not be getting expensive meds that it did not need. Surprised her to see allergy dog pretty much suck the pill down like it was a treat when it was offered up. 

Explained that 'sometimes' they get a milkbone treat after taking a pill but not always any more. They come running and line up because they are conditioned to think a real treat is in the deal somewhere for them if they take the pill first.