Henry

  • Age:  4 years
  • Color:  Red
  • Gender:  Male
  • Dogs:  Best as only dog or with dominant female
  • Cats:  No cats
  • Kids:  Unknown
  • Obedience:  Required
  • Exercise:  Moderate
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Because we are all volunteers, Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus only considers approved applicants to meet our orphans in our foster homes. Please read our eligibility requirements and apply on our website: www.ildoberescue.com/adopt.  After an application is submitted, additional inquiries can email dobes@ildoberescue.com

Henry is our longest-resident Doberman in the program, and his foster mom can’t understand why everyone keeps passing him over. He has lots of wonderful qualities: At 6 years old, one would think that he has seen it all, but he is 6 going on 2. Every day there is a new noise or a new tree that he has yet to explore. His behavior is like a puppy; he has about a 10-second attention span, and then he is on to something new. He is all boy when outside digging in the dirt, which makes him a great garden helper–haha! But he is easily distracted outside when there is a ball bouncing next to him. When he is playing in the yard, he tries to become dominant with the resident dogs by jumping and grabbing the back of their necks, which some sensitive dogs might not appreciate. After slow, slow, slow introductions, he is good in the house with males and females, but because of his outdoor behavior, he would do best as an only dog or with a confident female. Due to being reactive to other dogs while he is leashed, Henry is not a good candidate for leash walks in busy areas. He needs to have a fully fenced-in yard where he can run around and explore. He cannot live with cats or small dogs, and he loves to chase squirrels and chipmunks in the yard. When he sits in the dog room for quiet time, he believes that he is a lap dog and will sit on his foster mom’s lap. He is a very smart young boy. Obedience training and beyond is a must for this handsome boy. He has had some with his foster mom, and he loves learning! He is very food motivated and smart. He is crate-trained and house broken. He is a true velcro-Doberman who wants to be with his person as much as possible.

You might be wondering how we got such a wonderful boy and why he has taken so long to find his forever home. Henry was originally confiscated by animal control in July 2015 for being neglected in his previous home and was held as evidence in a downstate shelter until his owner was charged. He was released into our program in March 2016, so let’s get him adopted before his 1-year anniversary with IDR+. He has been flourishing in a foster home since then, and he will not let his neglectful past spoil his hopeful future. When he was turned into the shelter, he was very thin and had a bad experience with an aggressive dog. Since then, he has been leash reactive around other dogs, but his actions are out of fear. He doesn’t act like that when he’s not leashed. Henry needs a loving and patient owner to boost his confidence and show him that there is nothing to be afraid of anymore. For additional information and inquiries, email dobes@ildoberescue.com


The biographical information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge while the animal is in our care or includes what may have been provided by a previous owner. We strive to be honest and accurate, but animals can change their personalities and behavior when they settle into a new home. IDR+ makes no guarantees based on the information we observe and provide. 

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