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Personal Protection Bite and Tracking Purebred Dobermans

We require that all of our prospective buyers pass a compatibility test prior to applying for a puppy. Join our Waiting List for the Next Litter (We expect to breed as soon as Patricia goes into heat!) You can view our puppy contract for more information.

Ruby: Blue Female $2499

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Beware of Liability Dogs

In contrast, "on October 24, 2014, 7 year-old Logan Meyer of Hustisford, Wisconsin, was mauled to death by his parents' Rottweiler. They had been training the animal to be a protection dog." 

"The case resembles the killing of a boy in 1997 which led to second-degree murder charges. A woman named Sabine Davidson owned two Rottweilers that she was training in Schutzhund (German for "protection dog"), which includes protection dog training as well as other types of training."

"Her Rottweilers killed an 11-year-old boy as he was waiting for the school bus. She was convicted of second-degree murder.


Personality Matters

Although those incidents are certainly due to a failure in training and proper containment, the majority of dog owners forget to include one vital aspect when looking for protection, the dog's personality!

To clarify, consider a dog with an opposite inclination. How many times have you heard (or know of) of a canine running in fear from perceived peril instead of protecting their family or standing their ground?

Warning Signs of Dogs Not Fit for Protection Training

Bred to Work

A dog that aces our test would be scored as a type A with our grading system.

  • Eager to Work
  • Confident
  • Protective
  • Offensive Capabilities

To expound, consider a dog that is scored with a high personality score (type A according to our grading system). This is a dog that is going to be ready for work.

Experienced dog owners/trainers are recommended for this type of animal in order to train it for protection work. Although someone with less experience can learn to train one if they are firm and consistent. A dog like this would be excellent for both offensive and defensive work. 

While we've expressed caution before with this type of personality, we've found in working and socializing our own type A dogs (and puppies) that they are extraordinarily loving and smart.

Our Protection Dog Bite Training eCourse will teach you how you can form a bond of trust with your dog while teaching it to be a fearless protector.

Too Timid/Fearful

A dog like this would be scored as a type D or F with our grading system.

  • Easily Scared
  • Unpredictable Reactions
  • Fearful Biting
  • Overly Submissive

In contrast, a dog that scores a timid level (type D according to our grading system) is motivated by fear. 

Consider this, what do you do when you are really scared? How are you likely to react? A dog is very much the same way. A canine with a personality that is lacking confidence and is scared easily will be unpredictable (type F). They are just as likely to bite unnecessarily as they are to run away. Essentially, you've got a wild card.

While D type dogs need caution, they are generally very loving pets. They're more likely to be submissive to they're owners and need occasional reassurance that you're not mad at them. Furthermore, they'll probably be great with your children and show them a motherly type love and affection. They're also likely to want to cuddle a lot.

Traumatic Influences:

Furthermore, keep in mind that any dog that is treated wrong can develop a type D personality of a more severe kind. If a dog is abused or experiences a highly stressful or painful event (especially during their fear stage which is between 8 - 12 weeks [this is why we don't ship our puppies]) they can be prone to react more out of fear than out of confidence.

Likewise, caution is advised when training a dog for protection work. You want to teach the dog not to be scared when faced with an attacker. This is done by never letting the dog associate their work with pain, abuse or injury - but the assurance that they have what it takes to do the job and stop the bad guy.

The Answer!

At Tackleberry Solutions, all of our dogs undergo a personality test. If they do not pass the test, they do not get certified. 

Aside from proper training, personality is a BIG deal for us. If you test a dog that is either too aggressive or too timid, you DO NOT train it for bite/protection work.

Likewise, the dogs that we breed must have the right personality to cultivate the proper protection/service dog line. We're working to expound and improve the Doberman breed with a personality built to protect and befriend. 

That is to say that when the owners do their part to train and socialize their protection dog, they should not have to fear that their dog is going to bite or attack someone when they shouldn't. Our dogs are not bred for show, they're bred for service work.

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Personally Trained VS Professionally Trained Protection Dogs

At Tackleberry Solutions, we recommend that you buy and train your own protection dog from a puppy. Why? Consider the following:

Personally Trained

What makes dogs such great service pets is their loyalty and love for their family (their pack.) That bond needs to be formed as early as possible. Dogs that you train yourself are:

  • Not as hard to train as most people are led to believe
  • Custom conditioned to Your Own Needs
  • Able to Serve Longer
  • Cost Effective
  • More Loyal
  • Consistent Training is Easier to maintain

Have you ever seen a dog who is attached to their handler function or obey when they are handed over to someone else? It doesn't happen. That service dog WILL NOT work nearly as well under the guidance or direction of anyone other than the person that trained it.

Take my wife for example. She is the one that feeds our protection dogs every day. She plays with them and she is around them for most of the day. However, my dog, Athena will not follow her directions as well as she follows mine. While she will obey me flawlessly, she will hesitate and get distracted when my wife tries to train her. The same thing applies to my children and their dogs. I've tried to get Patricia (my daughter's dog) to go tracking - and she performs better EVERY TIME that my daughter works her. Why? Because that is her handler. That is the person who has worked with her the most.

Professionally Trained

Although the idea of purchasing a dog pre-trained to serve you seems appealing, you're missing the bigger picture. If you consider all of the benefits of training the dog yourself, you'll understand why it is worth the time and work. Dogs that someone else trains have the following issues:

  • more complicated to command
  • no attachment to you or your family 
  • are older (won't Be With You as long)
  • super expensive
  • Are Lacking in individualized needs
  • Consistent training is not established with new owners

 In order for professional dog trainers to prepare a dog to protect and obey someone they've never met, they have to specifically prepare the animal not to get too attached to any one person. 

That means that they are pretty much taught to listen to anyone. This is not good if your attacker knows anything about dogs.

While a professionally trained dog will do what it is trained to, it is highly unlikely that they will be as forceful and effective as one who is working under the command of someone that has always been the one to direct them. That bond has to be there!

Final Considerations:

Dogs have a shorter memory than people do. And much like people, dogs forget things. Consistent training is VITAL even among dogs who have been trained professionally. If you want your dog to remember and react the way it is suppose to with your commands, then you MUST perform consistent training. If you've got to do that regardless of which dog you purchase, pre-trained or otherwise, why are you dishing out more money?

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Protection dogs that you train yourself are 1,600% less expensive! That is 17 times Cheaper!! You could purchase a puppy from us and still have enough money to buy a CORVETTE with that much difference!

Protection Dog Cost:

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Personally Trained $2000 - 5000
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Professionally Trained $85,000 - $230,000
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Testimonials

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I bought a protection dog Yes!!! All the puppys were in excellent health and they were very knowledgable about the puppys and how to train them They are great people who know what they are talking about. I have actually already told someone who was asking about my puppy where i got her and how awesome and knowledgeable ya'll are! Would 100% reccomend not only for protection dogs but also the war time tactics. You cant find the information and knowledge that they have anywhere else! They are awesome!!

Courtnee Suhr
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Protection Dog The service you provided was far better than any service I have ever received. The phone conversations were very informative and welcoming. You can tell the care you have for your fur babies and you don’t mind sharing your knowledge. I’m very thankful to have met such a wonderful family and am really enjoying my new best friend. I will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a well trained and lovable Doberman puppy. Thank you again for everything!

Shannon J Dunston
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Heidi is AWESOME! She is the smartest little girl, and SUCH a lady. She is quickly adjusting to life on our farm and is doing great with conquering her fears. She is no longer afraid of dirtbikes! :p

G. Arthur

Certifications and ID Numbers

Every puppy that we breed is assigned a unique ID at birth. This is to help us keep track of who their parents were and what litter they came from (vital for future breeding, rooting out health concerns and personality evaluations). 

However, there is more to the ID number than that. Upon completion of our personality test, every puppy (that passes) is certified by Tackleberry Solutions and awarded a special ID tag that is hand cast, stainless steel silver and made especially to last. 

How to Verify a Puppy's Certificate

After certification, a page is dedicated to each, individual puppy with their personality score, ID number and verification information (sex, color, breed, etc.)

Note: Puppies that don't pass will still be cared for, loved and if possible, given or sold to a home that can fit their needs. The biggest difference here is that they will NOT be recommended for service dog training or breeding.

Why? This is where the ID number comes into play. Anyone that buys a puppy from us, can prove that their dog was certified by Tackleberry Solutions and what their personality score was with that ID number. All they have to do is go to our blog page, and enter that number into the search bar.

If the information that pops up associated with that ID number does not match the specs of the dog (or that ID number doesn't exist), then that dog  was not certified by Tackleberry Solutions. As our name grows, so too will the value of your dog.

Furthermore, if you wish to verify the identify and lineage of the dog (for your own breeding purposes), you can do so from anywhere simply by looking at their dedicated page online. Every puppy that we certify will be linked back all the way to their first certified litter of puppies.

This is very powerful because you'll be able to view the dog's lineage and their predecessor's personalities for each puppy that has ever been certified by Tackleberry Solutions.

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We have Puppies!

One puppy is still available! 

We require that all of our prospective buyers pass a compatibility test prior to applying for a puppy. Join our Waiting List for the Next Litter (We expect to breed as soon as Patricia goes into heat!) You can view our puppy contract for more information.

Ruby: Blue Female $2499

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Tackleberry Solution's Protection Canine: Patricia

This is Patricia. She is going to be the mother dog of our next litter. We chose to breed her because of her super loving nature and mama-bear mentality. She is very submissive and cuddly to her family. The amount of love that she has for her "pack" also makes her VERY eager to protect it. Patricia has earned the nickname "Gator" because of her tendency to twist in a death roll while bite training. You can view her page here.

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Hazel

Tackleberry Solution's Protection Canine: Hazel

This is Hazel. She is the mother dog of our last litter. We chose to breed her because of her gentle, yet defensive temperament. She is very loving, she also is smart and not afraid to protect her family. She is also a very good judge of friend from foe. We are not afraid to have her out when friends come over to visit. Check out the video to see some of her training as a protection dog. You can learn more about Hazel by going to her page here.

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Meet Dutch

Dutch is a red Doberman. He is full of love and is the best snuggler. He is very obedient and always wants to please his owners. He is great with kids, and loyal. Dutch is very mellow but has an excellent on/off aggression switch. He has trained in bite work, tracking, and loves catching a frisbee. Click here to view his page.

We expect to breed again as soon as Patricia goes into heat. Pass our test if you'd like to join our waitlist.

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Meet Our Previous Litter (From Hazel)

12 puppies all together. All very healthy with no runts. There were 4 standard black females, 3 red males, 2 red females, 1 blue male, and 2 blue females. 

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Care During Pregnancy

Hazel was fed a very special home-made diet of meat, organs and bones from various animals during her pregnancy. To include: chickens, beef and pork.

We supplemented her food with coconut oil, home-made apple cider vinegar, food-grade diatomaceous earth (for extra vitamins and to discourage parasites) and dog friendly vegetables.

Food Intake and Health

Hazel's food intake increased dramatically during her pregnancy/nursing period and we worked very hard to feed her 3 and 4 times a day with as much food as she needed. (As a result, we emptied an entire storage freezer full of food in just a matter of weeks.)

I'm very proud to say that although it is common for the dam to loose some of her fur after birthing puppies, Hazel never did. Her coat continued to look sleek and healthy (even while caring for a large litter of 12.) - Which is why we try to steer away from commercial dog food, especially during this time.

Early Stages of Life

Hazel's labor was smooth with no complications. She birthed 12 healthy puppies in a few hours. None of them were runts.

For the next 3 weeks, we took turns staying next to Hazel and her litter of puppies night and day. This was to ensure that none of the puppies were accidentally crushed by their mother and to make sure that all of the puppies were getting enough milk. Through lots of hard work, we didn't lose a single puppy.

Hazel had to be hand-fed a soft meal of diced up meat, organs and vegetables because she was too dedicated to her pups to leave them long enough to eat.

We had their tails docked on day 1 since the puppy's pain receptors were still forming. This minimized stress on the litter and the mother.

Furthermore, their bedding had to be changed several times a day in order to keep both mom and puppies in a healthy environment.

2 - 4 Weeks of Life

Starting at 2 weeks and forward, we started preparing the puppies to be potty-trained. Since they were not quite old enough to go outside, we used a towel as the "potty-spot" and diligently worked with them EVERY time they woke up to nurse and defecate. (It was very much like having a litter of newborn babies.)

As a result, the towel and their sleeping area had to be constantly cleaned to ensure that the puppies didn't associate the smell of urine/fecal matter with where they slept.

Closer to 3 weeks old, we started supplementing their diet with ground up organs, oatmeal, raw eggs and coconut oil. This was done several times throughout the day and at least once during the night to ensure that all 12 puppies were getting what they needed. Furthermore, we had to increase the food intake of their mother so that she could continue to provide them enough milk.

It was also during this time that we didn't have to sleep next to them anymore, but still had to get up with them several times a night to clean their sleeping area and ensure that all of the puppies got a chance to nurse. Each time, it took about an hour or more to do the job right.

At this point, we made sure to sit next to Hazel every time that the puppies nursed or she would get up and walk away before they were done. We would speak gently to her and check her for signs of stress while she nursed. I feel that her reluctance to nurse was because she wanted to be with the family again and was lonely for attention. She had grown particularly attached to my wife who was still having to hand-feed her on occasion. (However, her appetite to eat on her own had dramatically improved.)

4 - 6 Weeks of Life

During this time, the puppies started moving around more on their own, but they still weren't quite ready to go outside. As a result, we spent a lot of time chasing after them, cleaning up fecal matter and, in most cases, moving them to the potty-spot when we noticed they were about to poop/pee.

At this point, my children joined our endeavor to play with and socialize the puppies. They very quickly became used to being handled and picked up in awkward positions. I was very impressed with their patience and tolerance of our children's interaction with them.

6 - 7 Weeks of Life

Kennel training begins.

After the puppies have grown enough teeth to be able to somewhat chew their food, we began to throw whole organs, slabs of meet and sometimes ribs into their kennel. This was done for several reasons:

  1. Contain the mess of eating and keep flies off their food
  2. Help them associate positive feelings towards the kennel
  3. Give them something healthy for their teething gums to chew on

This type of feeding also resulted in a pleasant surprise with their training (one in which we will continue to cultivate with future litters). Since all of the puppies were feeding off of the same slab of meet (much like in the wild) they very quickly learned that their teeth could hurt. A paw or an ear would accidently get chomped on and they would self-correct each other (by yipping or barking at the assailant.) 

This is significant because it transferred over to their time with being handled by people. Consequently, they had learned early on that their teeth can hurt and were much better about not nipping when being handled (which is often a problem among puppies). My wife was even able to stick her hand in the middle of all of the feeding puppies to help hold a slab of meat or two and they were all very careful not bite her fingers as they ate from her hands.

To emphasize the importance of this type of education, it plays a vital part in training as a protection dog. Knowing that their teeth can cause damage, they'll be better able to know when it is ok to bite and when it is not. 

7 - 8 Weeks of Age

By this time, we had all of the puppies kennel trained. To expound, they were all used to sleeping in one and they all knew not to pee/poop in one. Now they were ready for the next step: potty-training. 

Since they were old enough to go outside, we placed their kennel by the door. Whenever they were awake, we would let them walk out of their kennel and out of the door. They were no longer allowed to pee inside the house. When they were tired of playing, they would come inside and go back to sleep in their kennel.

9 - 12 Weeks of Age

Our puppies are now potty and kennel trained. Time for obedience training! 

Every day, we spend individual training time with each puppy. They are familiarized with their name, taught manners, socialized and prepped for service work custom designed to their personality test scores.

Pass the Test to Get a Puppy

We expect to breed again as soon as Patricia goes into heat. All buyers must pass a $9 compatibility test to obtain approval of our waitlist.

Where are we located?

  • 410 Carter Thigpen Rd, Mount Olive, NC, 28365, US
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  • 919-223-7741

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Home Coming Gifts

As you can see, we take pride in our work and go the extra mile to ensure that our puppies are well cared for and prepared as best we can for training as a service/protection dog.  

With that said, let me expound a little on what will come with our puppies, should you choose to purchase one from us.

First of all, as you already know, our puppies will come with a certification award stating their personality score, along with a dedicated page and a hand-cast, stainless steel dog tag with their ID number. 

Reducing Buyer Stress

Second, we will have their ears cropped military style with a certificate of health, a parvo vaccination record and recent deworming information.

Why crop military style? This goes back up to our "show of force." Not only does this style of ear look elegant, not only does it prevent health issues (like ear infections), but it also helps to make the Doberman look more intimidating. It is literally safer for your protection dog to look as mean as possible (even though it may not be) because it prevents would be attackers from even testing your canine to begin with.

Third, our goal is to ease the stress of buyers and provide them with everything that they'll need to get started with their new baby. So we will send each puppy with a care package.

Care Package Contents

*Keep in mind that all of these gifts are optional to your needs and may also vary from litter to litter.

Ear Posting Kit

Now you're welcome to post your dog's ears however you wish, but I've come up with a system on how to do our Doberman's ears in the most unobtrusive manner possible. I'll be sending you home (unless declined) everything I use to do that. *Refer to the video for instructions - or you can ask me if you're not sure how*

Purina Puppy Chow for Large Breeds

I'll be sending you home with a bag of dog food (the brand we've been feeding them) to hold you over for a little while. You can also use this dog food to help wean them onto the brand you like without upsetting their digestive system too much. *I recommend you supplement their food with broth, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, raw eggs, organs or meat.

Training Treats

You can use this to keep your new baby happy on the way home or save it for your very first training sessions (start early.) Either way, they will come in handy.

Dog collar and ID Tag

This collar will be specially fitted to your puppy's current size (I've found that it is hard for buyers to get their new pet a collar when they don't know how big they are). So while you'll have to get a bigger collar for your beautiful dobbie when they are grown, this will hold you over for a few weeks at least.

Chain Leash

Puppies in particular like to bite at leashes. I've found that there isn't anything better to prevent that than a chain leash.

"Service Dog in Training" Harness

If you are training your dog for service work as a protection dog, you will want to socialize and expose them to as much as possible. You can register your beautiful dog here and use this vest and take them anywhere. (When they are grown you can get them a larger harness with a similar label.)

Dog Toy

Puppies always need something to chew on/play with. This can hold you over until you've got time to get more.

We require that all of our prospective buyers pass a compatibility test prior to applying for a puppy. Join our Waiting List for the Next Litter (We expect to breed as soon as Patricia goes into heat!) You can view our puppy contract for more information.

Ruby: Blue Female $2499

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