Doberman Service Dog Training

We don’t usually see Dobermans being used as service dogs but when we do it’s a wonderful thing.

Not only do these dogs help their owners, but they also help improve the Doberman’s reputation.

Since Dobermans are intelligent, highly trainable and alert dogs they are perfect candidates for service dog work.

Although they are typically known for their work as guard dogs, I expect we’ll see Dobermans being used in other fields more. They are already being used in search & rescue, as therapy dogs, guide dogs for the blind and seizure dogs.

This video provide a glimpse into their service dog training.

Have you seen a Doberman being used as a service dog? Let us know what city and what work it was performing in the comments below.



  1. Stan Soltz said:

    I also have back problems, that cause my knees to go out and I fall doberman is always there to help me up, she also seances when I get shaky. And acutely will bark at me so I stop what I’m doing and rest.if I forget to eat I get barked at.we have been together for 6 years. I don’t know how I could manage by my self without her. If there is one problem with a Doberman as a service dog is there too queries,and want to control the situation. Tell a doberman how to do something and they will try to find a better way, it can be agrivating.

    September 19, 2016
  2. Tammy said:

    Loki is a service dog in the suburbs of Chicago. He has been in training since four months old and just turned two.
    Loki is a PTSD dog.
    He has been trained to stand front and back for crowd control and gives hugs and pressure on command for high anxiety.
    Due to there nature to be active and curious he will not let you lay around and be depressed. He will keep you on the move.
    Loki is affectionately known as our rent a pup. He is my daughter’s replacement device dog but since her husband is allergic to him he lives with us. Since he is not in full service with her family he also works with a fiend of mines daughter who has PTSD as well.
    While thy take about 18 months to settle down and begin to relax he has proven to be great in public. Being a Velcro pup certainly is the best benefit for using a doberman for a PTSD SD.

    May 8, 2016
  3. Dina Hourlland said:

    I am in north Idaho. I will be getting a dobie pup in North Carolina to bring back to train as my service companion. I am very excited. Any help anyone can give will be appreciated. I trained guide dogs and dogs for the deaf for 40 yrs. I had a dobie as a pet. Best dog ever. I am happy to be getting one as my life partner.

    December 8, 2015
  4. alyssa petersen said:

    I am disabled and have spinal stenosis, causing balance issues, always falling to the right. My 95lb, 28 inch male, blk/rust is trained as a mobility dog. My big boy “Luka” is so attuned to me, it is unreal, and he breezed thru service dog training in just 5 months! He stands next to me so I can balance while dressing, if I am on the floor for some reason, he stands by me and allows me to pull myself into an upright position using HIM as a “tool/ladder”. He seems to sense when I’m going to need his support and leans into my body. He now is 8 years old and has cancer. I don’t know if I can afford another big guy like him, especially one so bonded to me and sensitive to my needs. He has allowed me to lead a much fuller life than I would’ve had without him. I will miss him emensely when he crosses the rainbow bridge….

    December 16, 2014
  5. Pat said:

    I have a 95# fawn Doberman as my service dog. I could not ask for a more stable, reliable partner. She has that innate Doberman ability to read a situation.

    February 28, 2014
  6. RickC3C4 said:

    I currently have a Doberman in training to be my service dog. Unfortunately I just had to fire the trainer I had been using (long story). Does anyone know and can recommend a good trainer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that I could contact?

    November 10, 2011
  7. cyndi see said:

    These dogs if properly trained while young are smarter than most people driving down the road…I’d trust any doberman to lean on…over anyone off the street too!

    July 23, 2011
  8. Keiron said:

    i do not believe the dobermann should be used as a mobility assistant personally as dobes are highly energetic dogs who need regular exercise n that dobe jus isnt gettin it he looks realli upset =( thats jus my opinion though

    December 21, 2010

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