Ever noticed a Jekyll and Hyde transformation in your dog the moment you step out of your home? Your Rottweiler might be the epitome of calmness when inside your house but goes from docile to a terror when you take them outdoors. If you have such an aggressive Rottweiler you definitely need immediate help or you may be in trouble.
Such behavior does not go away on its own. Dogs react to the outdoor environment as they are exposed to numerous stimuli. It is important to identify the causes and learn how best to control them. Here are some ways to tackle an aggressive Rottweiler.
1. Begin With A Medical Examination
Some aggressive Rottweilers may have medical conditions like hypothyroidism which leads to personality disorders. Neurological problems, loss of hearing and eyesight, and painful spine condition can make them susceptible to aggressive behavior. First, ascertain whether the problem is medical and then examine the behavioral issues.
2. Reasons For An Aggressive Rottweiler
Dogs such as Rottweilers are naturally aggressive in an unfamiliar atmosphere. The aggression may seem out of the blue but it could mean they perceive a threat and want to move away. So try to find out the cause.
3. What Sets Off The Aggression?
Make a list of the objects, places, people or situations which cause aggressive behavior. It could be the way they dress or the scent they wear. At times it could be another dog or a motorcycle. Once you have systematically identified the triggers, you can take steps to address the issue.
4. Minimize The Triggers
If your Rottweiler is continually exposed to such triggers, it gets worse. If barking at a bike makes it move away, your Rottweiler might conclude that it works. It reinforces the behavior and makes your aggressive Rottweiler addicted to it. Avoid exposing them to such an environment. For instance, if vehicles make them aggressive, walk your aggressive Rottweiler early in the morning.
5. Reward Your Aggressive Rottweiler Every Time They Back Down
This method is used by identifying the triggers, creating a distance, and giving them their favorite treat. Called counter-conditioning, this method will make your Rottweiler realize that the trigger is followed by a reward. So over time, instead of dreading or disliking the trigger, like the sight of a cat or a bike, your aggressive Rottweiler will even welcome the intrusion of such triggers.
So next time your aggressive Rottweiler misbehaves outdoors, try these tips. We are sure your sweet Rottie would learn to behave very soon!