Just a quick question, what type of harness is he in, I don't mean to offend but it looks as if it is on backwards. Might be just me, being a silly Brit not understanding the make so hope you don't mind me making this observation.
It's an EZ-walk harness- a walking aide that's seen as gentler than a choke or prong. He's reported to pulling like the devil on leash which caused his foster mom to buy one. I prefer the head halti, but those require conditioning to get the dog used to wearing one.
Congrats on a super handsome Skoll! Do you have a previous post that tells his story, like how you found him etc.? I must have misssed it. Anyway, congrats!
I do have one, here: Interesting Development...
A quick rundown of what happened, though, is that my friend from another forum knew I was looking for a dog and had interest in dobermans. She saw him posted on one of her pitty forums and sent the link to me. I'd been holding off because I wanted a puppy from a breeder and those are more effort than I can give right now, but a calm adult that just needs to be taught manners is a lot less stressful to me so I jumped on the opportunity.
I'm his 4th home; first was a truck cab, second a small 1br apartment, third a horse farm. He was bred by someone in the Oshawa area going by the kennel name EuroDobes. His foster mama said they are well known in the area for being a terrible breeder. While on the horse farm he was subjected to some rather archaic... and barbaric imo... training methods. Things like wrapping a choke or prong collar around his muzzle and yanking whenever he stepped out of heel or reacted to anything on a leash, turning the shock collar up all the way and holding in the button even after he gave up whatever he stole, purposely stomping on his feet to get him back into heel, etc.
He retaliated 3 times, 3rd ending with an inhibited bite that did draw blood, that was the shock collar after he gave up the nail file he'd taken. He apparently hid behind their other dog (male mastiff) and they went after him anyway still holding the button and got popped on the hand. They were going to put him down due to being "overly aggressive" and "not listening" but someone at the vet clinic saw something about the situation wasn't right and convinced them to turn him over to her instead.
She's had him tested by a behaviorist and hired a trainer to work with him in the meantime. He's not HA or DA, he's a bit wary of new situations and people but he's already leaning against me for love and has been goofy and likes to bring me toys to show me before wandering off and wiggling with them.
He is a VERY quiet dog. Outside of barking at the cat and screaming in his crate, he doesn't make very much noise. He's also very calm, not hyper at all. Not sure if it's the stress or his personality, time will tell. The vet clinic and the ones in his past medical records did note that he was a very quiet dog especially for a young doberman. He is however very VERY food motivated... and a little sharky in taking the treats. He's also a little thinner than I like for a dog. I can see the last 3 or 4 ribs along with his spine very easily and I can't feel any fatty or muscle cushion on the rest of his ribs. I prefer a hint of spine and the last 1 or 2 ribs so probably another 2-5lbs will have him looking better. He's currently 95# now at 2yrs 7mos, haven't checked height.
He is reported to having some issues guarding super high value items like rawhides and raw bones. I have not seen it, the trainer did not see it, the foster mama only saw it once and that was the day before I got him. Soft growl that seemed to surprise him as much as it did them when a coworker touched his head while he had a rawhide. I don't intend on giving him rawhides but I do have some raw bones for him that are intended to be a supervised in-crate only item. We shall see.