I'm new to your website and it has been extremely helpful. I have a 12 week old female dobe that I have had for about four weeks now. She is the first doberman that I have ever owned, and I want to make sure that I train her properly. She is extremely bright, but I have a question about how to leash train her. I saw on this site, that I should not attempt to teach her to "heel" until she is six months old and that I should not use a choke collar until she is at least that old. Does that mean, however, that I should not take her out on a leash at all until six months? I have attempted to take her out a couple of times, but she pulls terribly on the leash. I know that I won't be able to control her when she gets bigger, so I don't want her to get into that habit. So, should I avoid taking her out on the leash until she is older so that she doesn't learn bad leash behavior? Or, is there something else I can do so that I can take her out on the least now and start socializing her? She has already shown a distrust of strangers in our house so I want to make sure she is properly socialized and the best way to do that is to take her out in the neighborhood on walks. Not to mention the need to burn off her excess energy!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!