Rottweiler puppy biting can range from simply annoying, to downright painful. It can also be a result of a leadership problem on your part,
and lead to bigger problems down the road, if you don't put a stop to it now!
Did you know that every part of Rottweiler training hinges on whether or not your Rottie views you as the "Leader Of The Pack"?
That includes putting a stop to Rottweiler puppy biting.
Puppy biting is a natural thing, but there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that when it happens, it's for the right reason, and that it doesn't become a bigger problem.
For the most part, Rottweiler puppy biting is just good clean fun. Puppies play with their litter mates, and that's how they learn to play "nice". They learn from their brothers and sisters to not bite too hard, or no one will want to play them anymore.
When a puppy comes to her new "human" home, she will still want to play and rough house with you, just like she did with her siblings. It's your job to continue the training her mother started . . .Rules are rules, they must be learned and then they must be followed.
However, excessive biting, acting-out and failure to learn the rules may very well be a sign that your puppy does NOT view you as his or her leader.
I would like to share an email that I received from a visitor about her puppies excessive biting, and my response back to her. Reba is a Rottweiler-mix puppy, and like most puppies she has her adorable moments. . . .And, her holy terror moments!
Reba can be the sweetest girl one minute, and then the next
minute she is possessed and is like a demon'ess from hell.
She has decided that we are fair game for nipping on any part of our body’s; my hands, arms, chest and yes there too, she has gotten both of them, and my face. I have tried every thing;
She just makes a game out of it. I have even put her in her crate. If we ignore her, she just goes berserk and goes plum wild, and yelping in a high tone. Then nipping even more.
. . . . I am worried I may have to
put her down.
I have an appointment in the middle of July to get her spayed, and I hope this helps. Plus I am moving to NY in August - So I hope, as I will have a big fenced in yard I can take her out into to play, that she gets a lot of energy burned off she will be calmer.
And my son will not be around to
play with her, giving her mixed signals. Plus
Jeff and I plan to take long walks with her.
Thank you for your help.
Cole Grove, Ohio
Janenne, thanks so much for writing to me about Reba. You've got some good plans ahead such as:
Those are all very key elements to any type of dog training, but here's what I see in your other statements, this one being the key ingredient!
She just makes a game out of it. I have even
put her in her crate.
If we ignore her, she just goes berserk and goes plum wild,
and yelping in a high tone. Then nippingeven more.
Little miss Reba has learned how to control you. She's learned how to manipulate you. . . . She's learned how to get what she wants from you by throwing a tantrum, and as far as she's concerned, YOU are VERY well trained :0)
What you've got is NOT a dog that "needs to be put down" - you've got a bratty little pre-teenager, that does not view you as her leader, and has learned (actually she's been taught. . . .without you realizing it) exactly how to get what SHE wants.
Reba's mom has her work cut out for her! She's not alone. . . this happens more often than not - I hope you can see that preventing this kind of behavior is much better and easier than trying to fix it later.
Reba needs to learn that she is NOT in charge of the family, so here's what Janenne and her family need to do immediately: