Health and Behavior Tips

Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA, Inc. emphasizes this website's health and behavior information is intended for educational purposes only.  DPR encourages individuals to discuss health and behavior concerns and decisions with their Veterinarians. Persons accessing this site assume full responsibility for their interpretation of its information. DPRPA disclaims responsibility for all consequences, including negligence, due to one's actions, and lack thereof, based on their understanding of its information.

Health Topics

Acral Lick Dermatitis

Commonly referred to as lick granulomas, acral pruritic nodules, or neurodermatitis are thick, firm plaques of bare skin located on the wrist, ankles or toes o dogs and cats, usually caused by compulsive licking by the animal.



Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) syndrome, most commonly called "Bloat" is a common condition that can be deadly. The dog’s stomach will rotate or twist.  It traps blood in the stomach ad blocks it from returning to the heart and other areas of the body. 



Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is an enlarging of the heart.

Cardiomyopathy (DCM) Simplified


Color Dilution Alopecia

Also known as color mutant alopecia is the formal term for total or partial, permanent hair loss.


Corneal Trauma


Cruciate Ligament

Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ligaments in the knee)


Dancing Doberman Disease

Affected dogs appear to "dance" back and forth on their hind legs.


Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus, also known as sugar diabetes, is rare in young dogs, but if your dog displays any of these signs and symptoms, you should consult with your veterinarian to diagnose and treat this disease.


Dietary Indiscretion

Otherwise known as "Oh, that is where my other sock is!"



Deciding when it's time.


Quality of Life Scale


Excessive formation of gas in the stomach or intestine.



The geriatric dog has special needs.


Heartworm Disease

Transmitted by mosquitoes.


Urinary Incontinence

Or better known as "wet bed dripping dog syndrome."


Von Willebrand's Disease

Inherited bleeding disorder in dogs.


Wobbler's Disease in Dobermans

A disorder of the stability of the vertebra in the neck that causes damage to the spinal cord.

Training, Behavior & Safety Tips 

Trigger Stacking

Understanding the stress a new dog experiences when arriving at their new home


Nothing In Life Is Free

The NILIF program is remarkable because it's effective for such a wide variety of problems. A shy, timid dog becomes more relaxed knowing that he has nothing to worry about, his owner is in charge of all things. A dog that's pushing too hard to become "top dog" learns that the position is not available and that his life is far more enjoyable without the title.


Bitten by Family Dog

Why do dogs bite and how can it be prevented?


Fear of Thunderstorms

Lessons which apply to anything your dog responds to inappropriately.


Common Dog Behavior Issues

If you're looking for help treating your dog’s behavior issue, or just curious about why your dog does what he does, This is the article for you.


Dog Care

A wide range of dog health and behavior tips that will help you provide the best possible care.


Dogs and Babies

To make things go as smoothly as possible for everyone, it’s important to take some time to prepare your dog.


Dog Bite Prevention

Be educated about bite prevention and practice responsible dog ownership.


Dog Nutrition Tips

A balanced diet is critically important to your dog