What a sweet EARNEST face! Omg, he’s adorable!!! And that bow tie, ahhhhhhhhh CUTE,
I notice he is wearing a prong collar and I’d just like to introduce some thoughts to you about using that on your puppy, because they can really cause significant pain and even injury to a puppy that young. Saw many instances of pierced skin and severe bruising from these collars over the years of owning a vet clinic.
Dobermans have a much higher rate of serious cervical and spine issues than other breeds, so, relying on a collar to control your puppy’s movement movement is a set up for future problems. Here’s some more food for thought. Why This Veterinarian Thinks Prong Collars Are Bad for Dogs https://peterdobias.com/blogs/blog/1...amage-your-dog
Another big problem with prong collars is that they do not TEACH your puppy anything except to avoid pain around the neck ONLY when the prong collar is on. The concurrent learning to the, “Oweee! Dang, that stinky collar is on, better not pull,” is the rebound behavior the pup learns to do when he’s not wearing the collar. “Wheeeeee, no stinky collar!! Full steam ahead! Hell for leather! Human? What human? VaVaVoooooooooom!” This rebound learning to strongly pull when the prong collar is not on is such a powerful concurrent learning that I believe you could interview almost every prong collar user on the planet and they would say that they absolutely dread walking the dog without a prong collar.
So, when you use a prong collar, you become dependent on a prong collar because it is nothing more than a device causing pain which controls the puppy’s movement, not anything that the puppy has actually learned about walking on leash. When it’s off, then pulling is terrible. In my experience and in the experience of many very good trainers, this device does not set up any teaching of loose leash walking nor does it teach the dog to check in with the owner and be responsive to leash pressure and staying in the immediate area of the human.
What does strongly contribute to very good foundation learning is a front-clip harness. This is the one I use and absolutely love! It is really great for distributing pressure and fits the Doberman deep chest. Many people also use the easy-walk harness which you can pick up in any pet store. https://www.chewy.com/chais-choice-3...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
With the front clip harness, anytime the puppy pulls he is automatically turned back to face the owner and this is a perfect opportunity to Mark/Reward your puppy for checking in with you. It’s magic! You didn’t have to fuss or nag or cause any pain or use a lure to get your puppy to do something very desirable. Using this device not only spreads any pulling pressure out across a very broad area of muscle and bone, the chest, every time you walk the dog it sets MULTIPLE situations for TEACHING an awesome behavior: stay close to my human and check in often when we are out walking.
Your puppy is, by the nature of the physics of wearing a front clip harness, turned back to you when he puts pressure on the leash. I call this “an opportunity to teach check in behavior”. At first, the puppy doesn’t put any value on being turned back to you because he just wants to go forward, no matter what; even if the sky is raining fire, he just wants to dash on and investigate the world! Human? Noooooooo! World! But! If you mark and reward the turn back to you many times on every walk (just take his kibble and feed him his meal this way!), you will VERY SOON have a puppy who is extremely responsive to your position while on leash and who is responding to leash pressure by checking in with you. Wow!!
So, I hope you will invest in a front clip harness and have a lot of fun with the training and report back on what a very good puppy you have on walks! Oh yeah, and also show lots more photos of Mr. GQ Zeus!