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Storm

By Amy

August 21, 2022


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Storm is a registered Doberman Pinscher under Tackleberry Solutions and is specifically bred for service as a protection dog.

Available for purchase. Claim your puppy now!

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Available for: $5900

*Price is determined by bloodline and time spent training. 

What Makes Storm Special

  • Born June 21, 2022
  • Raised in a Litter of 8
  • Female
  • Black
  • Breeder: Amy Arthur

ID # Breakdown

Storm and her ID breakdown: A1.7Z

  • A = Mother is Athena
  • 1 = Athena's first litter
  • 7 = Puppy Number
  • Z = Father is Zeus

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Personality 

(While she is young enough that you could still change her name, Storm is what we are using for her training sessions.)

Storm took her test on 8/8/2022 and scored a very solid A. Keep in mind that as her personality grows and develops, she may become calmer. As of right now I can tell you that she enjoys claiming her food away from the other puppies and is not afraid to assert her authority among her siblings. These are all good signs for a protection dog as confidence is a key factor.


In the past, we've aligned our A type personality score with the Volhardt grading system. However, we've found that their summary of a canine that scores a 1 (or an A) does not match what we've seen of protection dogs and Doberman Pinschers in general.

 Here is what we've found: 

A canine that has an "A" type personality has little to no fear. They're confident in themselves to the point where they are not frightened by new encounters like other canines with a lower personality score would be.

Curious About New Things

As a result, when presented with a new experience, they're more likely to be curious about the object/person instead of frightened. Obviously, this will differ with each puppy/dog depending on several variations such as age of the dog, size, movement and noise level of the object or person, etc.)

Less Likely to Develop Fearful Aggression

In conjunction with that, a type "A" dog can also do excellent as a protection canine because they are less likely to develop fearful aggression.

Because of their confidence and lack of fear, they'll likely be more friendly towards strangers, so you won't have to worry as much about accidental bites or stress about taking your protection canine out in public. (Don't let this fool you however. With the right training, an A personality can easily go from friendly to protection mode on command.)

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Be warned, in some cases, they may not be friendly to new people/animals. Sometimes an introduction will be necessary in order to show your canine that the visitor is not a threat. At other times, you may need to secure the canine somewhere else until the visitor has left. As always, this will vary strongly based on several factors to include their socialization level, training, etc.

Smarter

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Furthermore, a dog that has less fear is able to think more clearly. Making them more intelligent and quicker to pick up on commands. So much so that many canines with this personality score will have a natural "6th sense" so to speak that can aid them in judging the character/intent of another person. 

This could even include picking up on danger from many different factors to such as natural disasters like an earthquake or a fire, or from people such as an attack or ambush.

Potentially Great with Children

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In fact, we've found that an "A" type canine normally does really well with children. They've shown that they can be smart enough to realize that children are vulnerable and have demonstrated more care and protection towards that member of their "pack."

Service work examples that would work well with this personality score:

  • Police Dog
  • Military Canine
  • Personal or Family Protection

Your Own Confidence is Important

Even though we've found through experience that even novice dog owners can train a dog with a type A personality score, they will have to ensure that they're willing to be consistent and willing to learn how to do so. 

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This is because an A personality score will want to be the alpha. Also, their high intelligence level will give them the need for regular exercise and play. Otherwise, they could develop bad behavior as an expression of their boredom or dominance.

They'll Want to Be the top Dog

If you have other dogs in the home, be sure that they are not also scored as an A since both Alpha personalities could cause them to clash. However, a ton of early socialization will help smooth this over.

In summary, you can be confident that your dog is going love working and give it's job everything that it has got. An A type personality is the type of canine that would die for you in the battlefield if it had to.

Social Outing Assessment Oct. 2022 Age: 17 Weeks

On October 19, 2022 I took Storm on a 1 on 1 social outing assessment. This was to see how she would perform in public based on her previous social outings and behavioral development.

Side note: Keep in mind that it was 7:30 - 8 pm when the test was conducted. However, Storm still did really well despite being a bit tired.

Social Assessment Summary

If you combine every aspect of Storm's behavior, she shows a lot of potential as a protection dog. While she'll need a little bit of work to boost her confidence while in public, I really do feel like it will grow with time.

Furthermore, her Alpha and playful personality implies that she is spirited and intelligent. 

Lastly, don't forget to factor in how dedicated she was to the children. This shows that she was smart enough to realize that they were vulnerable and had the desire to stay near them as a result.

Entering the Store

At first, Storm was not comfortable with the leash and did not want to move with it on. As a result I had to carry her into the store. This made it a little bit difficult to gauge her response to the automatic doors.

Consequently, I placed her down by them once we got in and tried to gauge her reaction then. She wasn't exactly afraid of them, but she didn't want to go near them, either.

Gauging Confidence and Curiosity Level

Upon entering the store a little further, she was a bit shaky and still did not want to walk very much while on the leash. (This may have been because she was still a bit sleepy.) Furthermore, she seemed very determined to stay next to my children.

However, after a few minutes, she stopped her slight shaking, her tail came up and she started to show curiosity towards her surroundings.

Response to Strangers

Storm wasn't exactly friendly when strangers came by. However, she did not growl or bark at them either. The impression that I got from her body language was that she didn't see them as a threat but wasn't interested in socializing. Again, she was determined to stay near my children.

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Play Drive

While she was a bit guarded in public, she has shown a very high play drive at home. She loves tug of war and enjoys the attention.

As a result, Storm shows a lot of potential with protection work training. However, I would like to work on her confidence a bit more first.

Interaction with Other Dogs/Puppies

When it comes to her littermates, Storm likes to be the Alpha of the pack. She does not hesitate to put another puppy in its place. While she does like to play with them, she is very consistent about keeping a level of respect there.

As a result, I've had to limit my play sessions with Storm away from the rest of the puppies. This is because she will get overly assertive about the toy, and it causes contention.

Side note: While Storm will not be pushed around by other dogs/puppies, she has sown a lot of love and patience towards my children. I've seen them love all over her and she loves them right back.

Confidence Test 12/29/2022

The confidence test is done to gauge how a puppy reacts to a stranger suddenly showing up within their line of sight. It is important that this is done on neutral territory in order to best gauge their reaction in a strange environment.

While I'm looking for a canine that is confident and not fearful, I also want to be sure that the dog isn't acting over aggressively either which is also a sign of fearfulness.

As a result, what I'm really looking for is curiosity, and confidence. This can then evolve more fully into protection training once they've overcome basic obedience training and the bite command.

As you will see in the video, but puppies featured here (Rogue and Storm) reacted really well.

Health Information

Current Training

While I currently have not been able to work with her as extensively as I would like (due to an intern shortage), she does catch on quickly and is eager to please.

Right now Storm responds to hand signals but has not yet mastered verbal commands. She knows sit. I'm also working on teaching her not to jump by requiring that she sit for everything that she wants. Which is a work in progress. (This is especially helpful when entering or leaving a building or gate in order to prevent her from darting because she must sit before she can go through.)

As far as potty training goes, I have not had an accident with her while working with her in the home or at a store. However, I cannot guarantee her behavior in a new environment as I have not been able to fully vet her to my satisfaction.

On the other hand, I can tell you that potty training should go very smoothly. Just be sure that you are consistent and watch her closely for the first couple of days.

More on Grade A Personality Scores

In the past, we've aligned our A type personality score with the Volhardt grading system. However, we've found that their summary of a canine that scores a 1 (or an A) does not match what we've seen of protection dogs and Doberman Pinschers in general.

 Here is what we've found: 

A canine that has an "A" type personality has little to no fear. They're confident in themselves to the point where they are not frightened by new encounters like other canines with a lower personality score would be.

Curious About New Things

As a result, when presented with a new experience, they're more likely to be curious about the object/person instead of frightened. Obviously, this will differ with each puppy/dog depending on several variations such as age of the dog, size, movement and noise level of the object or person, etc.)

Less Likely to Develop Fearful Aggression

In conjunction with that, a type "A" dog can also do excellent as a protection canine because they are less likely to develop fearful aggression.

Because of their confidence and lack of fear, they'll likely be more friendly towards strangers, so you won't have to worry as much about accidental bites or stress about taking your protection canine out in public. (Don't let this fool you however. With the right training, an A personality can easily go from friendly to protection mode on command.)

Protective

Be warned, in some cases, they may not be friendly to new people/animals. Sometimes an introduction will be necessary in order to show your canine that the visitor is not a threat. At other times, you may need to secure the canine somewhere else until the visitor has left. As always, this will vary strongly based on several factors to include their socialization level, training, etc.

Smarter

Rogue_A1dot6Z_purebred_doberman_pinscher

Furthermore, a dog that has less fear is able to think more clearly. Making them more intelligent and quicker to pick up on commands. So much so that many canines with this personality score will have a natural "6th sense" so to speak that can aid them in judging the character/intent of another person. 

This could even include picking up on danger from many different factors to such as natural disasters like an earthquake or a fire, or from people such as an attack or ambush.

Potentially Great with Children

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In fact, we've found that an "A" type canine normally does really well with children. They've shown that they can be smart enough to realize that children are vulnerable and have demonstrated more care and protection towards that member of their "pack."

Service work examples that would work well with this personality score:

  • Police Dog
  • Military Canine
  • Personal or Family Protection

Your Own Confidence is Important

Even though we've found through experience that even novice dog owners can train a dog with a type A personality score, they will have to ensure that they're willing to be consistent and willing to learn how to do so. 

Purebred_Doberman_Pinscher_Black_Male_from_North_Carolina_Protection_Dogs

This is because an A personality score will want to be the alpha. Also, their high intelligence level will give them the need for regular exercise and play. Otherwise, they could develop bad behavior as an expression of their boredom or dominance.

They'll Want to Be the top Dog

If you have other dogs in the home, be sure that they are not also scored as an A since both Alpha personalities could cause them to clash. However, a ton of early socialization will help smooth this over.

In summary, you can be confident that your dog is going love working and give it's job everything that it has got. An A type personality is the type of canine that would die for you in the battlefield if it had to.



The Parents of: Storm

Tackleberry Solution's Protection Canine: Athena

Athena personally belongs to the owner and founder of Tackleberry Solutions, Christopher Arthur. She is our smartest, most agile and hardworking canine. Athena is the only one of our dogs that excels in every area that we've trained her in: Bite/Protection work, Search & Rescue, and Therapy. Athena loves her job and she shows it when it is time to train. Click here to view her personal page.

Tackleberry Solution's Protection Canine: Zeus

Zeus is a 100% European purebred Doberman Pinscher. He is very loving and enjoys playing. While Zeus is protective of his family, he is also very friendly to visitors and does very well with children. Click here to view his personal page.

More Pictures of Storm

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Storm is the puppy towards the back with the blue collar. Rogue is the one forward with the purple collar.

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