Help! Doberman puppy frustration.

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Our male doberman is nearly 4 months old and we are getting frustrated. I grew up with Dobs but this is the first time I've raised one myself. I have fond memories growing up with them but this puppy is crazy. I need a little feedback just to make sure what we're experiencing is normal. Biggest issue right now is his inability to walk without pulling. I've introduced a pronged collar occasioanlly but didnt want to get carried away since he's only 4 months old. He responds fairly well, but gets upset and starts biting at the leash. Furthest walk has been around the block 2 or 3 times in 6 weeks. He's in puppy class with plans on going to obedience eventually. Aside from that, he is playing very rough. Very mouthy. Trying to redirect his attention to toys but rarely does that help. We're hoping this is just puppyhood and we can hope for better days. Any thoughts? We've had very bad weather in central IL over the past 3-4 days and the rain has really slowed things down for training.

Have you bought a good book on puppy raising?  I recommend "How to raise a puppy you can live with" by Rutherford and Neil

Also, you have a good breeder - call her for suggestions. That is what a good breeder is there for. 

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Thank you for your response Fitzmar. Since I posted this, we have improved walking to about 1 mile with frequent breaks. Not trying to get much past one mile at this point. The only way we can get this far is with the use of a pronged collar. Wasnt planning on using until 6 months but its the only thing that works. Getting help from a professional trainer as well who suggested the collar. I emailed Bruda Doberman's. Sandy is very good and we enjoyed working with her. Hopefully she'll have some advice as well.

At only 4 months of age, you really should not be forcing him to walk a mile! Short walks and free running in a fenced yard are plenty of exercise right now.