Bringing a rottweiler into the home is a decision that should not be taken lightly. If you are considering, or have already extended your family to include a rottweiler, there are things that you should know. Below, you will find a list of quality tips to use to help the transition easier for you and your rottweiler.
While hugging your rottweiler will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. It is unsanitary to be licked by a rottweiler. rottweilers love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! There is an old wives’ tale that says that the mouth of a rottweiler is cleaner than that of a human. It is not necessarily true.
Never lose your temper or punish your rottweiler if you find that they did something wrong. Negative reinforcement will simply make your rottweiler scared, which will make it difficult for you to train them. Use positive reinforcement at all times to get your rottweiler to cooperate when teaching him new things.
Do you have a “wrinkly” rottweiler, like a bull rottweiler? If so, you have to be conscientious about the grooming process in order to help keep your pet clean. After you brush, take a baby wipe and use it to get in between the folds on their body. Make sure, though, to get them fully dry after doing so.
When you are training your rottweiler, it is always best to incorporate the use of hand signals in addition to using verbal commands. It may be easier for your rottweiler to learn commands if they see a visual signal. Give both methods a shot, and see what your pet prefers.
Check to make sure your rottweiler’s collar is adjusted properly by fitting two of your fingers comfortably underneath it and pulling gently. There should be just enough room to do this and no more, otherwise he may be able to wiggle out of it. Always keep it on, except during crate transport, as the collar can get snagged and injure.
Just like humans, rottweilers need to get a good amount of exercise each and every day. If your rottweiler does not get the exercise it needs, it health will decline, and so will his attitude towards life. Take the time to exercise your rottweiler for at least a half hour each day for the best results.
Get creative with your rottweiler’s ongoing training. For example, teach him commands in other languages or show him how to do something that will really impress everyone he meets. He will love showing off to people and the extra learning will create a more well-behaved animal who is happier with himself.
It is essential that you get your rottweiler vaccinated. Vaccinations will protect your rottweiler from different types of illness and diseases. Most vaccinations are done at your rottweilers yearly check-up. Your vet can explain what each vaccination is for. The rabies vaccine is required by law in many different states.
Bring your rottweilers to their scheduled appointments. The vet can spot things like thyroid problems, kidney issues and diabetes way before you detect it. Annual physicals can save a lot of problems in the future.
Make sure that you buy an appropriate sized collar for your rottweiler in order to ensure its health and safety. If the collar is too lose, it may become snagged on something. If the collar is too tight, it may restrict the rottweiler’s breathing ability. Allow for a two finger space between the rottweiler and the collar.
You can tell about your rottweiler’s health by feeling is nose, but there are other factors, too. A cold and wet nose may be a healthy one. Judge your rottweiler’s health by energy levels, appetite and demeanor. They give you a better indication as to the state of your rottweiler’s health. Check a rottweiler’s temperature rectally.
A great way to have some company on your car rides is to take your rottweiler with you. Most rottweilers enjoy riding in the car. Riding in the car is also a good place to practice some training exercises with your pet as well. You can practice “stay”� when the rottweiler enters and exits the vehicle. Always remember to leave windows down because heat from a closed car can kill the rottweiler.
If you have a hard time with keeping your rottweiler from chewing your possessions or your furniture, use a taste deterrent. Most pet stores sell bitter apple sprays or other products you can use to keep your rottweiler from chewing. Choose a product that does not contain any chemicals if possible.
Even if your rottweiler does not spend the majority of his time outside, it is still important that you bring him or her to the vet for their yearly shots. Your rottweiler could come in contact with other rottweilers at the rottweiler park or at your home. If the other rottweiler is sick, it could pass on to your rottweiler. This is why it is important that they are vaccinated every year.
Make sure that you carry small bags and gloves with you while you are out walking your rottweiler. If he uses the bathroom outside, it is your responsibility to clean up the mess. It is unsanitary for you to leave it there, and it some places you may receive heavy fines for that.
If you are training your rottweiler to not pull when on the leash, you should invest in a quality collar and leash. If you have a larger rottweiler, the force of it pulling might be able to break basic collars and leashes. For this reason a good, strong collar is recommended when you are walking your pup.
Time, energy and knowledge will make the living arrangement with a rottweiler more enjoyable for everyone. Use what you have just learned to help the household adapt to the addition. rottweilers can be great friends and companions if you take the time to train, love and care for them properly.