The Rottweiler originated in the city of Rottweil situated on the banks of the River Neckar, Germany, famous for their cattle markets. They were bred to herd and protect cattle and their owners on their journey between markets. While they may be of ancient decent, their true history in those times remains unclear. In Germany, these dogs were originally known as ‘Rottweiler Metzgerhund meaning butcher s dog from the city Rottweil. This was due to the nature of their work helping as a butcher s dog from guarding cattle to pulling carts laden with butcher s meat and other produce to market
Cattle dealers used these dogs to intimidate thieves and bandits in the region and protect them from looting their produce on the way to markets.
During the industrial revolution breed numbers were on the decline and almost wiped out completely due the replacement of machinery doing their work and no longer required as a working dog. When World War I broke out, Rottweilers became important again and were used as a military service dog for the German army. These dogs have brut strength, are intelligent and obedient which proved to be of extreme importance during the war. This led them to a new career as a guard dog after the war and also helped to increase their numbers again. In 1935 they were official recognized by the AKC and were exhibited in Britain. By 1966, they were then accepted by the Kennel Club in the UK.
In current years they have had a number of bad publicity, due to the nature of some breeders producing aggressive tendencies and bad behavior in these dog breeds. Those interested in owning this breed are encouraged to seek reliable registered breeders to avoid ill-bred and unstable temperaments. They have also been seen in other roles from search and rescue, police dogs, guard dogs for business properties, and even as the occasional guide dog.
Many people who have had experience with Rottweilers that have been well socialized and trained can vouch for the breeds friendliness and goofy nature even with children. But they aren t for the novice dog owner, as they are quite highly driven and dominant which requires to be properly managed to avoid potential aggression.
Characteristics of shyness, hyperactivity and anxiety are not the true temperament or personality of this breed, any of these traits seen indicate an unstable dog and should not be used for breeding purposes.
Rottweilers are generally a medium to large dog with a short dark black and tan coat with a compact body and broad chest. They are quite notable for their muscular physique, demonstrating courage and their bold nature making them an ideal guard dog for the family home.
Rottweiler Training For Guarding and More
One of the things rottweilers were bred for was guarding, so they have genes to make them good guard dogs. They range in size from 90 to 130 pounds and have a tendency to be reserved around strangers. Due to their size rottweilers have large, powerful jaws. Rottweiler training can produce a good guard dog.
Although it might seem counter-intuitive, puppies destined to be guard dogs should be socialized like any other puppy. This is because a good guard dog is not just a weapon that must be locked up when company comes over. A dog that sees anyone is does not know as a threat and automatically acts aggressive can be a liability. Even with the most careful owners, dogs can get out into the neighborhood, or children can come over and try to pet it through the fence. To avoid the unpleasantness and expense of having a dangerous animal locked in the house or backyard, socialize your rottweiler puppy.
This kind of rottweiler training involves exposing the puppy to strangers to demonstrate that they are not threatening. Take the puppy to the park and encourage other people to pet the little guy or girl. A good, sophisticated guard dog can tell the difference between friend and foe.
Puppies usually have a prey instinct. They like to chase things, such as a squirrel or a ball. Puppy training can take advantage of this instinct. This is the basis of much fun and games with dogs, and it can also teach the puppy to bite with its whole mouth. Dogs who bite defensively bite with only their front teeth, and to be effective a guard dog should use his or her whole mouth. Practice throwing a toy and having your pup fetch it, then begin playing tug of war with a rope. Use a protective sleeve designed for the purpose to place over your arm and train your rottweiler to grab the sleeve and play tug of war with it.
When the rottweiler puppy reaches puberty, at about one year of age, it is time for the next stage of training. At this point rottweiler training should be taken over by a professional trainer. A dog who learns to fight from a trainer learns to the trainer as another fighter, which is a role that should not be assumed by his or her own family.
A professional trainer who knows dogs well knows how to train rottweilers to fight without making them feel uncomfortable. If the rottweiler is made to feel uncomfortable during training he or she is likely to become unstable and unpredictable. A good guard dog can size up a situation and attack only when appropriate.
Rottweiler training can also provide fun and exercise for you and your pet. Being a smart athletic dog, rottweilers are naturals for agility training and competition. After the dog has basic obedience and is well-mannered, he or she can be taken for agility lessons or trained at home.
Agility contests consist of running through an obstacle course consisting of tunnels, teeter-totters, poles, and various other objects as fast as you and your dog can go. Some rottweilers have become champions at this, and, even if your dog is not championship material, you re both bound to have a good time running the course.
Aggression In Rottweiler
The American Kennel Club describes the Rottweiler as calm and confident, with a naturally aloof manner toward strangers and often with an aggressive attitude toward other dogs. Rottweiler s were bred as cattle herding and guard dogs, so they can become aggressive if not socialized and trained early as possible. This is not to say that an adult dog or a rescue dog cannot be trained to be a good pet, but the earlier the training, the easier it will be
When you bring your puppy home, invite guests to come over and sit near him or her, without reaching out at first. Seeing hands reaching out toward it is likely to scare a Rottweiler puppy. When the puppy begins to show interest in the strangers, going toward them and exploring or sniffing them, they can gradually reach out and pet it. Picking it up and holding it might not be a good idea unless you are okay with a 95 to 130 pound lap dog when it grows up.
Taking your puppy to a dog park where it can romp around with other dogs and people will give him or her experience with strangers and teach it that strangers are not to be feared. Walking around the neighborhood or in a shopping center where people are likely to want to pet the cute puppy will also help with socialization.
If there is another dog in the house, introduce them slowly. Take something such as a toy from your older dog and introduce it to the puppy before bringing the puppy home. Let the puppy get familiar with the scent of the other dog. Take something that has touched the puppy, like an old blanket or the same toy after the puppy has played with it, and give it to your older dog for inspection. Introduce them at a neutral place, such as a park away from your home. When you bring the puppy home, put it into a room where the other dog does not go, but can hear and smell the puppy.
The puppy will also be able to hear and smell the older dog. Put the puppy into a crate and allow it and the older dog to encounter each other in a safe environment. Finally, when they appear comfortable together, allow them to come face to face. Always feed the older dog before feeding the younger one. In nature, pack leaders eat before other pack members. If it is clear that the older dog has higher rank than the younger, it will help to prevent fighting. Dogs fight when their families treat them as equals and they feel like fighting for dominance. If the order of dominance is clearly established there is no need to fight to try to determine it.
In nature, wolves fight to establish who is the pack leader. A dog who feels that he or she is the pack leader is stressed with responsibility. A dog who knows that he or she is a subordinate member of the pack, or family, is a happy dog who will not try to fight you for your dinner. In the pack, the one who controls the food is the pack leader. Always eat your meal before the dog, to show that you are the leader. When it is time to feed, give a command before feeding him or her.
Teach your puppy to sit by gently but firmly pushing down on its hindquarters until it is in a sitting position, while saying, sit” clearly. When the puppy is sitting, give a treat. If it gets up suddenly, do not give the treat while it is standing up or running off; only give the reward when actually sitting.
Approach your dog with its bowl of food and give a command. When the Rottweiler obeys, put down the bowl of food and leave the dog to eat it undisturbed. (Some dogs become fearful when touched while eating, so this is not a good idea). If the dog does not obey the command, do not keep repeating it too many times. Put the food away and try later. Repeat until the dog finally obeys the command. Be sure during this time that the dog has plenty of water.
Dog Breeds with behavior problems such as aggression often do not sleep in the same room with the family, so allowing your Rottweiler to sleep in your bedroom is a good idea. This will make him or her feel that you are all members of the same pack.