Rottweiler Big baby.

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  1. mr smithglock

    mr smithglock

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    Hello. I have a 19 month old rottweiler, my question is how do I train her to be a little more aggresive, a better gaurd dog? She is such a baby she will go with anyone and gets along with everyone.

    I dont want her to just go attack anyone, but want her to gaurd the house better, she has a mean bark and growl thats it.

    Any good tips?
     
  2. bubba803

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    A mean bark and growl is all I expect or want from my dogs. If that doesn't scare someone off, that's why I have guns!
     

  3. Blinky

    Blinky Rocket Surgeon

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    Seek out a professional in your area or a local schutzhund club. If you are not familiar with this type a training, do not try it on your own.

    Get her evaluated by the club or by someone that trains for protection. You may find out that you have a dog that does not have the drive necessary to do exactly what you want.

    My background is in dog behavior. If you have an aggressive dog you want turned around, I can help you deal with that. But, as much as I know about dogs, I wouldn't feel comfortable training for protection. Even I would seek help for that.

    Also, if you've taken the time to build the proper leader/follower relationship, you'd probably be surprised at the lengths most dogs will go to in order to protect their pack.
     
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  4. loki993

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    Thats how theyre supposed to be :)

    No really though, I don't have any experience with females, we had a male who was a big baby, this dog was scared of the dark. Dog was as sweet as could be, really great dog. That said he was protective of the house. I bet she will grow into it eventually. Plus if you are there she may think there is no threat.

    Its like the other guy said all it takes is a bark and a growl maybe. That was plenty to scare the bejusus out of most people with ours.
     
  5. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    Rest assured, as the dog gets older and fills out, you'll have all the bark and growl you could ever desire.:supergrin:

    IMO, dogs are the alarm system, my 870 is the contingency plan.
     
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    DEADLYACCURATE Senior Member

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    Nice post
     
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    Agreed... If she barks when the door opens or hears a noise, she is doing her job. You are there to protect you and yours, including the dog, the dog is not meant to protect you.

    If you want to train a dog for protection purposes, you need to seek a professional. Doing it incorrectly/yourself can lead to other issue you do not want/need.
     
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    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

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    Good advice right there.
     
  9. TattooedGlock

    TattooedGlock NRA LIFE MEMBER

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    You keep her the way she is. She'll do her job in the time arrives. Trust me.
     
  10. douggmc

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    It will happen naturally. I think almost all dogs have the instinct there once they mature, whether or not they have had the "opportunity" to manifest it is the question.

    I suspect your Rottie will surprise you someday when she perceives a threat and displays those "aggressive" and "protective" traits you are looking for. She'll probably surprise herself!

    Keep babying her ... she doesn't need any training t (beyond any normal obedience type you think she might need) to be protective of her "pack". Even lap dogs like toy poodles will give their life to protect their "pack".

    ... and they can usually tell before you if someone is up to no good.
     
  11. farley45

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    Excellent post.

    I agree with this as well.
     
  12. unfortunate son

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    As a dog matures he will get more territorial, and thus more protective of his property and his people. My German Shorthair hardly made a peep until he was over a year old. I thought his barker was broken. Now if you come to my door he makes it loud and clear he's on the other side and you're not welcome here.
     
  13. doubletap1

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    Beat me to it. :cool:

    We've had several Rotts over the years, and they're all big babies. My Mom's baby, Sampson, is the biggest baby we'ver ever had in the family- but he did surprise me once. I went over to their house to pick some stuff up and was only able to get there at about 10:00 PM. My Dad was out of town, so Mom was there alone with the dog. I figured she'd be asleep, so I used my key to slip in the side door, and ran right into Mom's "Big Baby" in the dark. Big mistake. He was all teeth, and that was about all I could see. He started barking and growling furiously to let me know that I was not welcome, and would have to go through him to get any further into the house. His "War" mode was impressive. I switched the light on, and said his name. He instantly switched back into "Baby" mode, and was so sorry about barking at me that he went and hid- because he thought he was in trouble. Don't underestimate your Rott- they will protect your home and family if the situation calls for it.
     
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    I got lucky my bassett hound flips out anytime he hears a car or person he doesnt know. He just started doing it randomly one day when he was about 8months old. It's amazing how he can tell the difference between a family member driving down the driveway and a unknown person/car driving down the driveway.
     
  15. c5367

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    True.

    I had Rotts growing up, and they were ALL big babies when we were around. They have a 6th sense about who is allowed to be where and when. Whenever someone attempted to come in unescorted/uninvited, they were on the job.
     
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    You have described 'normal' Rottie behavior. Male or female, a Rottie will defend. I love Rotties for thir low key approach. When there's a job to do, they're all business. When it's down time, they're all down. I don't like dogs that bark furiously at almost anything, Rotties only get up in it when appropriate. I never trained my female (now deceased) for protection. She just did it on her own. On the other hand she was so gentle, my ex took her into pre-school and kindergarten special-ed classrooms. She never even so much as looked sideways at the kids, despite severe and often slobbery kid maulings. The ex would work on her stained glass projects in the garage, door open, back to the street. Shadow would lie right at the edge of the garage to driveway transition and quietly, yet intently watch the passers-by. The thought balloon above her head read: "Don't worry, got your back." All this is my experience, YMMV.

    Rotties on Guard Duty:

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    Really concerned:

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    (The female is the small one in the rear of the pictures.)
     
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  17. Jack22

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    I'm thinking you may need to get a cat . . .



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  18. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Rottweilers are big babies. My cousin and her husband have always had them. They'd bark up a storm but if confronted, they'd run away.

    These dogs are not very smart. It's like they have no sense or smell or something. Every time I ride my motorcycle up to the house, they'd get all freaked out until I pull my helmet off.
     
  19. mr smithglock

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    Rotties are actually very smart ^
     
  20. doktarZues

    doktarZues I'm anti-anti

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    We had a german rottweiler as a family dog growing up. She never had any training other than egging her on when she heard the door bell ring or door knock. She was an EXCELLENT watch dog and we assume guard dog (she either deterred any intruders or we never had any). Very dog aggressive, and she made us nervous around anything smaller than her because she started to act funny with her body language when she was around kids. We were very careful and she never bit anyone.

    I will probably end up another rott some day. No good advice for you, just thought I'd share my childhood dog story since she was a rott.