Determine the Root Cause
Rottweilers have a strong protective instinct, so if they feel that their home or family is threatened, they are more likely to react aggressively than breeds that do not protect you. Unfortunately, because of their strength and power, they are sometimes attractive to irresponsible homeowners who encourage aggression. They require an experienced coach to break the cycle.
Observe your dog in the house. Write down any triggers for the assault. For example, if he only becomes aggressive towards visitors, he is most likely displaying territorial aggression. If he becomes aggressive if someone approaches your plate of food, it is most likely aggression that protects resources. Rottweilers are attentive and confident, so don’t expect them to perk up right away. If he looks at or gives a low “warning” growl, this is aggressive behavior.
Hold on to your dog and take him for a walk. Use a no-pull harness if your Rottweiler is particularly large. They can grow up to 110 pounds, so the no-pull harness comes in handy for extra control.
Observe his reaction to various stimuli. For example, if he is only aggressive towards grown men, it is possible that he has developed a fear and is acting aggressively through anxiety. If he is aggressive towards dogs that approach you, he is probably trying to protect you.
Avoid aggression triggers
Plan your day to avoid unwanted exposure to aggression triggers. For example, make sure your Rottweiler is distracted by a toy when the mailman calls for him. Aggressive behavior must be trained out, but this is much easier when exposure to aggressiveness triggers is minimized.
Close the dog if you expect visitors that he does not know. Strangers are more likely to pique his interest than regular visitors.
Reward your dog whenever he behaves passively while he is exposed to a trigger. For example, if the doorbell rings and he continues to play, praise him verbally. This teaches you that passive behavior has a positive result.
Take him on extended walks to help him expend as much energy as possible. Rottweilers have a lot of energy, but they thrive when presented with physical challenges like jumping and tug of war. Use this to your advantage. Once he is tired, he is more likely to behave passively.
Exposing him to aggression triggers, such as other dogs or people. Make sure it has a leash or harness.
Give him verbal praise as long as he remains passive. As soon as he becomes aggressive, remove him from the stimulus and stop praising him. This is called negative punishment. By first enhancing your environment with praise, you convince your Rottweiler that quiet behavior has positive repercussions, but aggressive action negates those positive results.
Ignore it and behave calmly. He will look to you for guidance. If you see that you are not threatened, agitated, or annoyed by the trigger, you will follow suit.
When he changes his behavior from aggressive to passive, give him a reward to show his appreciation. This reaffirms the notion that being passive has a benefit. Repeat exposure to triggers for 10 minutes a day until you learn to cope.
Why is my Rottweiler acting so aggressively?
So why is my Rottweiler aggressive? Possible explanations include mistreatment or abusive training by past owners, being extremely emotional with him or aggressive towards oneself, injuries, rewarding conduct, or a lack of training.
How do you calm an aggressive Rottweiler?
- Observe your dog in the house.
- Hold on to your dog and take him for a walk.
- Observe his reaction to various stimuli.
- Plan your day so that you aren’t exposed to things that make you angry.
- Close the dog if you expect visitors that he does not know.
Are Rottweilers aggressive towards strangers?
According to a 2008 research on canine aggression, Rottweilers are averagely hostile toward their owners and other dogs but are more aggressive than average against strangers. Rottweilers are also very territorial.
How do you prevent a dog from being aggressive towards strangers?
Rather than treating aggressiveness toward strangers, the ideal approach is to prevent it in the first place by socializing your dog early on, exposing him to a wide range of circumstances and people in a secure and controlled setting, and teaching him that strangers are not a danger to him.
Why is my Rottweiler growling at me?
Your Rottweiler may be attempting to alert you to a potentially dangerous situation by pleading with you. They will growl aggressively at you until you follow them and pay attention to what is causing the fear. It can be some physical discomfort or aggression towards a strange intruder or another animal.
How do you let your dog know that he hurt you?
Here are some ways that people can show love and reassurance: Say “I know” or say “I’m sorry too” in a high-pitched voice. giving a hug to your dog. express affection such as rubbing, touching, or hugging your dog.
Can you train the aggression of dogs?
Is it possible to train an aggressive dog? Yes. Aggression in dogs, whether directed at a dog owner or other dogs, is a dangerous habit that requires the assistance of a skilled dog trainer to correct.
What are the pros and cons of a Rottweiler?
Here are some pros and cons of socializing:
If you’ve brought home a Rottweiler puppy, now is the time to start socializing with him.
DO NOT take unnecessary risks.
DO NOT go too fast.
Protect your puppy.
DO NOT reward inappropriate behavior.