Also had a young Doberman “diagnosed” with CVI at one year of age; evaluation by specialist and healing proved it to be a traumatic injury. Did not do an MRI. Still treat that dog, now 6, with expensive supplements and diet to support spinal health because of those dreaded words accompanying that long ago xray: spinal changes.
Have seen a number of Dobermans in the vet clinic with both CVI and acute spinal injuries- it is all extremely serious and very frightening. I’m so sorry that the OP is going through this.
I still cringe physically to see and hear on this forum how many Doberman owners use collars vs front clip harnesses to regularly walk their dogs throughout the dog’s life. I believe strongly that it is tempting fate to use the neck to control such a powerful dog with greater than average CVI potential (by genetics and structure all of our Dobermans are in this category). There is a very good reason veterinarians jump to diagnose a Doberman with CVI, unfortunately. It’s called incidence.
Btw, I do not think the prong collar reduces that dangerous potential at all and may increase it for various reasons.
Good luck to the OP. Keeping you in my thoughts.
You could be correct, but full chest halters have always caused problems with our dogs. Irritation, primarily. I do have a Ruffwear Frontline harness that we use occasionally. The problem is that with our months of rain, given that they are walked in rain coats, it kind of makes a front clip harness very hard to use.
I think that the biggest problem with prong "training" collars is operator error.
Folks just buy them, slap them on and think all is OK. No training.
My best luck with a full harness has been to use 2 leads. One attached at the front and one on the top.
The thing that makes me "cringe" is the idea of a face halter (Halti for example)
on a Doberman, Great Dane etc.
Ideally, we could walk our dogs "naked". But that is totally illegal here in Portland.
And with the vast majority of dog owners/walkers being completely clueless and having no control over their dogs, it would never fly.