Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: New Jersey
Dogs Name: Haley
Dogs Age: 1 year 1 month!
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In response to Leerburg.com - I love leerburg.com, but always link a specific article when recommending that site. Otherwise it's pretty easy to come across the articles about "alpha rolling" a puppy. Or the article about how and when to use a dominant dog collar...
As stated, your dog was introduced to a prong way to early, in the complete wrong way. Your military trainer gave you ill advice. If you can only "control" her on walks with the prong, then keep it on her for walks. However do not use it for corrections, only to keep her from out muscling you and pulling you down the road. Prongs should be used only as a way to proof behavior, not force a behavior. What i mean by this is that a dog needs to 100% know a behavior before I proof it with a prong. The behavior is taught through 100's-1000's of repetitions of positive reinforcement.
Her biting issue is a simple one. She's a puppy, and a doberman puppy at that. It's well documented that this is normal for the breed. Consider yourself lucky that your last doberman didn't do it.
If she likes to bite, give her something to bite. Luckily my dog went after the leash instead of my leg, hence my screen-name. Carry a tug with you. At all times if need be... Redirect, redirect, and redirect again. Get ready to re-direct some more. Just when you think that she's over it, and "cured". Be prepared for her to lapse, and redirect some more. Do this until she is about 2-3 years of age (give or take) and you will be good to go!
In all seriousness it will not happen overnight night. Treats aren't going to work for this dog. She sounds like she needs physical play. As she learns that you control the play, you can work obedience into the mix. That tug will be your best friend. You may find that you even enjoy that behavior, and will one day miss it when she's older!