The Rottweiler is a dignified breed. While originally bred to herd cattle and pull carts, this strong dog has also been used extensively in police and military applications. You may find that your Rottweiler is a little standoffish with new people and pets. They may also display hyper-vigilant guarding behaviors in new situations.
The best time to influence your Rottweiler to be friendly is to start working with him when he is still a puppy. Making sure that he has proper socialization with other dogs, cats and people will go a long way to give him the confidence he needs to be friendly.
This guide offers three methods to teach your Rottweiler that new people are safe and that it is okay to open up and be friendly with them. In addition, we will give you some general advice about when to call in the experts to get professional help if you suspect a problem.
If you have a Rottweiler that has had a violent incident with another pet or a person, it is critical that you seek the help of a trained professional specializing in helping dogs with aggression issues. Every specific case is different, and it is irresponsible and dangerous to try to give you a one-size-fits-all solution.
This guide is intended as a helpful toolkit for people that want to make sure their Rottweiler stays friendly or learns to be more comfortable around new people, dogs and other pets. Since a guarding instinct has been bred into this breed, the stand-offish disposition can be intimidating for some.
While you can make sure that your Rottweiler is more comfortable and secure around new people and environments with the techniques used in this guide, you should not assume these methods will work to treat a known problem with aggression.
Before getting started with any training program, it is important to understand what motivates your dog. Most Rottweilers are motivated by food, so that one is a given. However, be looking for other things that make her smile. Does she have a favorite toy? Enjoy a game of tug? Like scratches behind the ears? These things can all be used to let her know that she is on the right track.
In addition, pay attention to your dog’s triggers. If you know that she is uncomfortable around moving cars, make sure your work on being friendly is not near any cars. Your job is to try to make spending time with other people, pets and in new places is as comfortable as possible.
Since being friendly is something that you want to see happen in everyday life, our three guides are designed to help you design a training program that takes advantage of real life situations in a controlled environment.