Improvements! A couple things I need to ask for advice here, too.
He's barked at a couple other dogs which is something they told me to expect. If he's in bark mode usually I can just get his attention with a treat and he's 100% focused on me, which is GOOD I think and shows promise.
I had this mostly stopped in the third week; he'd lunge and get bouncey and excited (he does
like other dogs, he just doesn't like approaching
other dogs) but no barking/growling/going mad at the sight of another dog and lord forbid if it barked back at him. There was an incident where someone who, sadly, I don't think understood the severity of the situation (possible that he had a mental disorder- his speech was slurred and he was in a wheelchair), followed us for about a block trying to sic his puggle/pug mix of some sort on Skoll. Luckily the dog was connected to his chair and I walk faster than electric wheelchairs, so no physical damage ever happened.
After that though it's been an uphill battle to get Skoll back to that good point. We were having a good walk yesterday where he'd ignored THREE!!! dogs, I went around a corner at the same time an elderly woman with a pitty mix came around that same corner and we ended up practically face to face. Identical reactions on both dogs, lots of "I'm so sorry!"s thrown over our shoulders, but again no physical connections. He also calmed down after about 5 steps away from the dog- was agitated but only paced in a circle, no more violent (loud) outbursts.
Same as if he barks at a person, I can fish out a treat and distract him with it. Sometimes with people instead of barking he cowers and tries to hide, and sometimes he goes right up to them begging for love. I'm not too sure what the difference is that he's picking up...
He very rarely barks at people anymore, on walks or otherwise. The couple times he has, it was at night, they were far away, and they were acting rather shady so I
was getting nervous and I think he's been picking up on that. He's done his guard dog impression (quiet and no teeth, but body language that says "GO AWAY"... hard to describe, looks kinda like he's pointing at them with his body instead of a foot?) at people who are about to walk past him and I guess only just then notice that he's a doberman? They get very close, then freeze and act afraid of him.
Cowering is hit and miss still. If someone moves toward him that he's not expecting, mostly kids jumping out of cars to greet the doggy before their parents yell for them not to do that, he'll cower. Also if we're passing someone holding a tool/trash can/bag/whathaveyou. He recovers quickly, it's just a flash of "whoa that was pretty scary" and then he's back to normal.
At the moment the most common reaction with greetings is, if we're passing a stranger he wants to jump up and bop his nose on their face. I know this, because this is how he thought to greet my roommates when they get home until he learned they tolerate jumping far less than I do. If we're inside, such as in the bookstore where he is currently a celebrity, he's a leaner and a licker and generally loves everyone.
My roommate's boyfriend, meeting inside, he would not leave alone and kept barking at. Now, that reaction is one that he had at the clinic he was staying at when he met one of their vets and it was JUST that vet, and she's supposed to look like the woman in the couple that previously had him. I'm not sure what they looked like but it's possible the boyfriend looks like the guy.
Roommate's boyfriend was over for the first time since last night. We started with boyfriend behind the kitchen gate for safety, Skoll was fine. Stepped over it, wiggles and love and leaning. Whatever he didn't like about the boyfriend previously, it's fine now.
He's still a little unsure of my mom, but she's decided she doesn't like him and I think he knows that. She's taken his reactivity personally and now she's been trying to convince me to rehome him before I fall in love (too late, did that the first day) and since dogs react to the nervous energy and tension between people... Likes my dad though!
Outside, unless he's spotted another dog or a squirrel, he tends to pay 100% attention to me. He does pull when not in his harness, but since I walk him in the harness he may walk in front but he'll have his head turned back to watch me. Or he'll be at my side with his head up watching my face. He doesn't pay enough attention to where he is sometimes and has run into a sign and a garbage can already. He also tends to lean up against me which has tripped me on occasion.
We heel on command!
Not for very long if he figures out that I don't have a treat but we're working on it.
I had to stop using his harness. It works, but because it tightens around his shoulders, he's got a nice horizontal bald bar on his front now and he's starting to worry at it because the nylon is irritating his skin. Luckily he is mostly controllable with just his (leather) collar but I've had to fall back on the halti for control which I was desperately trying to avoid. I've only used it on the 2ft lead (meaning his head can't snap around because he can't dash) and only when I start noticing a LOT of dogs around. He's pretty good otherwise on just the collar by this point though, sometimes if he's VERY excited for the walk he needs a stop&pivot reminder that I'm not going to let him haul me down the street, but otherwise if he hits the end of the leash he "corrects" himself and gets back beside me.
Aaaand, my question. He's been showing a bit of resource guarding with super high value items like raw knuckles and such. Normally I don't bug dogs that have high value items like this in the first place, but he wanted to swallow a pretty big chunk whole, so I had to take it from him aaaaand he threw a temper tantrum. I still got it, traded for a hot dog, but he really didn't like that and threatened to remove my fingers. How should I best proceed forward? Normal food is no problem... I can take whatever he tries to snatch IF it's not a bone, and if it's not a bone that was given
to him I can take it (like if he steals something from a trash bag during a walk on trash day).