I have a 6 month old Doberman female since she was 2 months old from a puppy store. She has come from a puppy store...All I can say DO NOT EVER SUPPORT THIS AGAIN!!!
From the start she had an alpha-like attitude to her. No she doesn't she is afraid, uncivilized, unsocialized, she is probably defensive..more than likely...
She always wanted to be in charge of us and didn't listen well to commands besides sit and stay. Lets face it it's hard for puppies brought up in this situation.
Regretfully, we didn't start training her untill she was 3 or 4 months. We tried general puppy training/interaction at Petsmart, which she did well at, and professional pinch collar training with a professional military dog trainer, which has worked to an extent. She is good on walks most of the time, but seemingly randomly she will look up at whoever is walking her and within a half second of that jump on them, mouth wide open, grab the leash with it's front legs, bite their leg or arm and rip them. We correct her by pushing her off, giving her a choke collar tug, and telling her no and she normally goes back to normal walking or will continue to try and attack us on and off again every 30seconds/minute or so or refrain from attacking her for the rest of the walk. And it happens any time throughout the walk. Before she pees/poos and after she pees/poos. And every time we give a choke collar tug, she gets angrier and angrier. We don't think it's teething still, because she has all her adult teeth and stopped trying to eat everything in the house she can get her mouth on. Honestly I would take this dog/puppy off the prong. Start some confidence building type exercises. Honestly petsmart training probably will build her confidence. Where are you located?
She also has these manic/vicious "episodes" while in the house and backyard. My main concern is trying to figure out how to get her to no longer attack us like this. I can tell some of the times she gets annoyed because we are using the pinch on her and she doesn't like us repremanding her, but pinch so far has been the only way to even control her since she has now gotten to be 55lbs strong and harder to control. Seriously, you are going about training the WRONG way!!! Stop what you are doing...no more prong at this point !!! Stop going to this "militarily" type training guy!! This is a puppy!!
She behaves fairly well when she has been resting for a while and has just been relaxing around the house with maybe one or 2 people around and she behaves very well when she is given a beef bone to chew on and shows no viciousness when I take it away from her, but we have been trying to ween her off such treats because we're not sure this is training her to only behave when she's biting them. Also, she does chew on nylon bones, but loses interest very quickly, which is why I use beef bones. Doberman puppies like lots of chewing, beef bones, raw bones, and also lots of exercise. Is this what she is getting? It's important to her well being, how she behaves around others. If she has spent a day locked up in a kennel with nothing to do...well I don't expect her to be a well behaved puppy. Explain her day with you???
We have also been trying to use muzzle, but obviously it's only a short term fix and no real solution to this problem because we don't want to muzzle her in the house 24hrs of the day and once the muzzle is off, it's same old manic dog. It doesn't curb the biting at all in muzzle off time. And when the muzzle is on, 50% of the time she tries ripping it off or rubbing it off on furniture or shaking it off. We try to minimize her from doing this and she hasn't gotten the muzzle off in the past couple weeks, but every time it goes on she keeps trying to get it off almost constantly to no obviously no success. She shouldn't be muzzled!!! Get a crate, train her, exercise her, give her stuff to chew!!! My lord she should not have a muzzle on!!! Take some dog training classes!! Where are you located, I can recommend some classes so you are not having to muzzle your dog...this is crazy!
And when we put the choke collar or muzzle on her, she sees it and goes into attack mode. She will start angrily barking and go into defense mode, trying to nip and bite us as we get the muzzle/choke-collar/our-hands anywhere near her. At times, she has given us black and blues and even broken our skin/made us bleed from this type of biting and the "less predictable" above described manic/vicous biting. I'd bite you to.
Weirdly, sometimes it loves being pet all over, but sometimes it's extremely hand shy. Randomly, we never know what time is what, she will let us hug her and rub her all over. But sometimes, just touching her head or her back or her belly will bring a hard bite from her and sometimes a growl/cry.
Is this behaviour normal for Dobermans at this age?
Does it have the possibility of going away by itself?
Is there anything different I can do to stop this behavior?
Another side problem is that when we put it in it's cage when we have to eat dinner or go to sleep or go to work/school, it will bark for minutes on end and loud enough to be heard by passers by on the street. We are talking loud cry and deep bassy barks on average for 15-20minutes at a time, but up to 30mins+ on occassion. Sometimes it never barks, usually it's tired and falls immediately to sleep after that. And it hasn't gotten any better with the durations it will bark for. We don't let it out from this barking behavior, so we worry it might never stop either.
Do you think she will grow out of the barking or is there a way for us to minimize her barking?
One other thing is that she gets extremely jumpy and overexcited easily. She tries jumping on our bed, on counters, on tables, etc. And whenever I or any other family member gets home from work/school/out, she wags her whole body and jumps on them when they get into her jumping range. And whenever someone pets her on the street she jumps on them immediately unless I grip the choke collar really tight. Luckily none of our family is elderly or anyone she's met on the street is or this could be a huge problem. My parents are in their mid 50's, so this WILL be a huge problem if we don't fix it.
Any tips on that?
As for how she is with other dogs. Whenever she plays, she dominates or trys dominating every other dog she says, whether they be 10lbs, 50lbs, or 100lbs+. Most dogs she sees face to face are immediately intimidated by her before or after he dominant playing. She was dominated(not sexually) by 1 male black lab when she was 3months old, but that was it and she'd still fight that lab till she was exhausted, even though she'd constantly lose.
We've talked to multiple vets and trainers but they only tell us to continue the training they gave us, but it has been done with little to no success. There's times she's amazing and times she just "turns on a swith" so to speak and acts crazy for no reason conceivable. We want to correct this behavior and keep her, but at times she is very scary, strong, and threatening and will only get stronger so we are at somewhat of a middleground. We are also going to be spaying her soon, but she has not begun menstruation yet and some people said the surgery will help and others say it will have no change on her behavior. Any advice/insight is well appreciated thanks.