Rottweilers are intelligent enough to have done a number of jobs throughout their history. They originally served as livestock herders and guardians, as well as pulling the carts laden with meat. When this job was made largely obsolete, rottweilers became popular as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and personal guard dogs.
The same devoted nature that makes your Rottweiler adoring and patient with your family makes her protective of them. Your Rottie has a natural instinct to guard you, your family, and your property, so training your Rottweiler for protection is about teaching her the right times and circumstances for guarding, and how you want her to guard.
If, however, your Rottweiler is overly aggressive in the wrong situations, like continuing to growl when you have greeted and invited in guests, you will need to curb your Rottweiler's instincts and give her outlets for excessive energy.
Rottweilers who are happy and friendly with strangers, even at the house, can still learn to protect. Young dogs, especially, may not have the instinct firmly developed yet but will develop it with time and training.
If she thinks that she must decide what to do to protect you she will have an anxiety-laden life and may guard inappropriately, resulting in a bite to a friend or service person. Instead, teach your Rottie what situations are appropriate for guarding behavior, and what you want her to do to guard you, your family, and your property.
My challenge is getting her to learn the trigger word for aggression I want to teach her the words show em teeth for that I'm just looking for the best safest and working methods there are so she can protect my property myself and my family
Hello, The best way to teach that is usually during play. See if you can get her excited and play growling, then give the command and reward when she does anything close to your goal, as she improves, reward closer and closer attempts - more growling, more teeth, ect...until it looks aggressive even if it's not. When she can do that, start giving the command without the play and practicing it when she is still pretty excited, practicing it when she is gradually less and less excited so she can do it at calm times too, then finally practicing it while watching strangers approach the property to pair it with people approaching. Doing it this way helps her look scary and learn to be alert without creating extra aggression and suspicion. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Dog doesn't bark at night
Hello Ama, I would not be too concerned with a lack of barking at night at this age. Most dogs don't develop protective/territorial instincts until closer to 1-2 years of age when they mature more mentally and sexually - even if neutered. Pup may learn to bark on their own as they age, but you can teach pup to be more alert and aware too. To teach pup to bark and be more alert, first, teach pup the Speak command. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Once pup knows the speak command, recruit friends pup doesn't know to step onto the property while pup watches from a window or fence. Command speak and reward with a treat when they do. Practice with telling pup to speak each time the person is on the property, until pup barks on their own when the person enters without saying speak. At that point, have the person step onto the property, wait seven seconds to see if pup will bark on their own, reward if they do, and command speak if they don't - then reward but give a smaller reward when you tell pup opposed to when pup does it on their own. Practice until pup will bark each time someone enters the property. Practice with different people you can recruit, that pup doesn't know so that pup will learn to do this with anyone who enters the property and not just that one person. Draw pup's attention to people outside or people on your property, and reward pup when you see them watching someone in general - so that pup will begin watching people and staying more alert as a habit. Pup doesn't have to bark to reward this one - just reward when pup is watching someone and you notice that. I also recommend teaching the Quiet command, so that you can tell pup when to stop barking after they alert. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Socializing while young is also still important - since you want pup to grow up being confident and not fearful, and to be able to tell what's normal human behavior vs. suspicious by having a good history of interactions with people that are normal - otherwise pup will just think everything is suspicious and be unreliable. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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