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Rottweiler Biting All You Need To Know Guide

A Rottie's bite is something we all fear for our small children. Empower yourself how to avoid a Rottweiler jaw.

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Rottweiler Bites


Rottweiler has an image of strong, alpha dog and so most of us know that they do bite, Rottweiler Biting. It is a common problem for owners of these very macho canines. The root of the problem lies with the fact that because they are tough looking, Rottweiler biting behavior develops as early as the time they are still puppies, and it continues as the dogs grow. When they are little and cute, the biting is annoying, but as they grown larger, so do their teeth, and they may begin to bite with no warning and more dangerous.

What Causes Rottweiler Biting

People often believe that Rottweiler bite more often than any other breed of dog, and that cute little Rottweiler biting happens even more often than in their standard-size cousins. Actually, well-trained Rottweiler generally don’t bite at all, at only a slightly higher rate than any other dog breed.

The reason for the slightly higher rate of Rottweiler biting is generally believed to be related to their nature. Standard Rottweiler were originally bred as water retriever dogs and hunting dogs, although the small kind, if there are any, were bred primarily as pets. They are considered to be one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Combine great intelligence with a lack of any one particularly strong instinct, and Rottweilers are likely to become disobedient to even basic commands, not to mention stubborn!

How to Stop Rottweiler Biting

Fortunately, the Rottweiler’s intelligence make it highly trainable and it is not difficult to impress upon the dog that biting is not behavior that is tolerated. For the very best results, be sure your Rottweiler is properly socialized when it is a puppy. It should never, ever be taken from its mother before it is two full months old. This gives the puppy the time it needs to learn not to bite, and to control its urge to be the “alpha puppy”.

After your puppy is 8 weeks old, it should be socialized with humans and other puppies. Bite aversion classes, puppy daycare, and just being calm and welcoming to your dog will help immensely in avoiding Rottweiler biting. Don’t scold a Rottweiler puppy, because it isn’t old enough to know better than to bite, and early strong reaction from the owner can trigger long-term behavior problems.

Rottweiler Biting in Older Dogs

With a Rottweiler that is older and still has a tendency to nip or bite, you need to assert that you have full control of your dog. First, reestablish that you are the alpha leader. Control feeding times strictly, as well as walking times, and re-teach your dog some basic commands if he seems to have forgotten them or is simply ignoring them. Don’t ever back down or waffle when you have given a command. It’s best to avoid any games such as tug of war, chasing, or wrestling, that may encourage Rottweiler biting, even in fun. You don’t want to make the behavior into a game that garners your Rottweiler attention.

If your Rottweiler shows aggressive tendencies, or behaviors related to fear and anxiety, you should take part in an obedience class that forces them to socialize with other dogs and address their aggression issues in a controlled environment.

Should your Rottweiler biting problem persist, it is likely to become more dangerous and more frequent, you should consult your vet to rule out any potential health-related causes of biting, and if that checks out, consider hiring a dog behaviorist to help remedy the behavior.

Do understand that, no matter what, Rottweiler biting is not acceptable and must not be tolerated. Even in small Rottweilers, it is an externalization of deeper problems that must be addressed at once. For more tips visit:

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