Some General Training Concerns
Hi, I am the owner of a 9 1/2 week old doberman, named Eli. He is a bundle of joy and I love him to death. Being someone who loves to be educated, I have joined the community in hopes of recieving some pointers. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have just a few concerns today!
First, I am trying to establish the dominant position in the relationship and my vet (who owns dobermans) reccomended that I try "Don Sullivans The Perfect Dog." This training system involves the use of a plastic pinch collar for essentially all corrections. Has anyone ever used this system, and at this age? I am worried that this will make him an aggressive Doberman, which is the last thing I want.
Second, there is also an 8 year old female dog at my house, whom Eli loves to play with. However, when we are playing outisde, Eli will not repsond to me at all. Whether its just trying to get him to look my way or even stop doing something. I am worried that the older dog will fill this dominant position that I spoke of above. Should this be a concern or is it simply a puppie's ADHD?
Lastly, potty training is going okay as I am able to take him out very regularly and in the same spot. But the play biting is becoming an issue. I've read multiple ways on how to diminish/correct play biting, and I even tried one way that was mentioned in Don's Sullivans tactics; but then he became aggresive towards me (growling and going back towards my hand with a forceful, non-playing bite). What is the best way to correct play biting without enticing aggresiveness but also seeking to achieve the dominant position?