Rottweiler Puppy Aggression

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Our 6 month old Rottweiler get really really aggressive sometimes. Especially when trying to lead him somewhere. Biting scratching. The noise is awful. Is this normal puppy dominance behaviour? Shall we get him the chop?

 

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dog pschology is dominace based ie they all want to be pack leader. So you need to work out how to keep pup in his place or he will grow up dominating you. This does not mean hitting or general violence to the dog - if you do that it will grow up thinking violence is good! All pups though can and will challenge you, same as kids do.

 
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Buy the book....."why does my dog do that?" And read it!

Very informative....and it worked for our 4!

I have yet to see "why does my Wife do that" in print!......but if it is as good as the dog book then they are on to a winner
Do they do a 'Why does my child do that?'......

Wonder if it will work on my 2....

 

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Puppy needs consistency. Various training methods work. The 'tradition' dominance method does work, but has fallen somewhat out of favour for positive methods training.

I would advise you to speak to your vet and see if they can recommend a good behaviourist. You can buy a book, you MUST apply the rules consistently. The same rules MUST be followed by all members of the family - especially children.

Castration my help, but try behaviour techniques first - I prefer the dog to be full adult size myself.

 

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I really do not want to chop them off if it is not required. From what I have read it is a 50/50 guess at whether it would actually change anything either.

We have a trainer and when he nipped her she held him down (not hurting him at all) and he was going crazy. He did not like it and if he got loose he would have bitten her very badly. The trainer stressed that he must never be allowed to win those battles. We have been in similar positions with him a few times since and he is definetely submitting a lot sooner. He is a great dog and this is only on occasions he behaves this way but it only takes one time doesn't it?

 
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Do they do "Why Doesn't My Wife Do THAT?"  :Blushing
Medical,research has proven beyond doubt that this is connecetd DIRECTLY. To the Moody Bitch Arsiness nerve

Quoted...."the arsiness refusal,nerve in women runs from the lower phalange of the third finger left left hand., directly through the PARTNERS wallet and anticipation receiving neural matrix in the partners groin/brain. It then carries on from there back into the womans vocal cords". Pre marriage this nerve is dormant, it is activated by precious metals and precious or semi-precious stones touching the 'third finger left hand"

Unfortunately there is no known cure other than murder,,divorce, extra marital affair, Rhohipnol etc

 

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Ok, on a different scale, size wise.

We have 3, yes, 3 Jack Russell Terrorists her.

They, ALL, cower when any of us shout.

They have never been beaten, smacked yes, but, not often, beaten, no.

As has been suggested, it is all to do with the pack mentality.

The humans MUST be the Alpha's, the dog MUST be the Omega.

It's a dog, it MUST do as it's told.

This is, NOT, an option for the dog.

To be honest verbal scolding must be enough for the dog to behave.

 

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look up Barbera Woodhouse 'and sit!!' though she may be a bit old school. Basically treat similar to children, positive re-inforcement of good behaviour and ignore the animal when mis-behaving. You will need to give it lots of attention to achieve this, but you will end up with a really good dog that you can walk off a lead without worrying other dog owners / people in general. The other important point is making sure the dog gets LOTS of exercise, that way they are tired rather than bored and don't make so much mischief.

With a dog your size I would also be very mindful of playing 'with teeth' ie letting the dog mouth your hand, that way it won't do the same to anyone else. I am guilty of not following this rule, but a jack russell is a bit different to a Rotty. Socialise it a lot with other dogs, try and give it a lot of new experiences every day, like walking on a lead in town. And a real defo, teach your dog to walk to heel rather than let it drag you down the road as so many people do these days.

 
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I have to laugh when someone says their dog "nipped" someone. No it did not it ******* well bit them. I would beat the living daylights out of the thing, would not bite me a second time, it needs to be taught that ALL humans are boss before you end up being one of these people in the paper whinging that the dog killed their grandchild..

I take it from your "oh dear" comment that you think it is amusing the prospect of your dog biting someone??? With an attitude like that i hope the thing tears you to bits..

john..

 

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Aggressive behaviour towards a dog?  What behaviour do you think that dog will learn to do?  This is basic training and your post that you would 'beat the living daylights out of the thing' is just ridiculous and to be honest would only end up in you being torn to pieces and the dog being put down.  Loose loose situation.

Let's get a little perspective here.  He is 7 months old.  We will have a large, powerful dog as do many tens of thousands of people in the UK.  We want to be responsible owners and start this now.

There is a clear difference between a nip and a bite.  Do you own a dog?  I have had dogs all my life.  

​The oh dear comment was a direct response to Andy's post.  Read it.

 
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Yes, you need to teach it who is in charge though!! You cannot have it thinking that behaving is an option. I knew someone that had one once, i had the misfortune to have to take the thing for a walk a few times. [They were my boss] not the dog the owners!] Strength of the thing was unbeliveable. The owners were ******* though. You would be summoned to sit in the office and the thing would come and sit 6 inches from your bollocks snarling at you while the owners laughed. No idea what happened to it in the end, guess some of the other drivers do though....

john..

 

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you do this by being strong, calm and assertive.  Not aggressiveness.  That is just a recipe for disaster.  All dogs have the ability to do damage.  All the trainers I have spoken with say dogs are a shadow of their owners.  Trust me, there is nothing more that I want then a calm, kind family dog.  This is why I am asking for as much advice as I can to help in the achievement of that goal.

 
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