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Question by Andrea
Submitted on 10/9/2003
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I have a 9 week old rottweiler puppy and he is the sweetest thing. But my question is that alot of times when I pick him up or anyone else in the family he will growl and try to bite. Its like he wants to play but im not sure. Should I be concerned. Please help. Thanx


Answer by angel10101rotti
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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When its biting to hard or is grownling tap its nose and say bite sweet or bite nice .. and keep doing that when its bad and evertually it will learn to be nice.

 

Answer by Vics
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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Angels answer is write but not if you do not want him to be a biter at all.  If you do  not want him to bite you or your family at all tap his nose and say FIRMLY 'NO'!  Rotties are amazing ad I have had many but they need to know where they stand.

 

Answer by deisel
Submitted on 2/26/2004
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i think that maybe it could have seen the way in which other puppies have been treated and does not want to be touched. or it does not want to have to leave you because it was already taken from its other and know your its new owner.

 

Answer by Mary
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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I have a 3 moth old rottweiler puppy I am house training her but when I take her out to potty and it is raining or snowing she will refuse to go to potty because she wants to lick the ground all the time what can I do to try and break of this she is find any other time  thank you Scottsmemory77@verizon.net

 

Answer by Doogie
Submitted on 4/10/2004
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If the puppy was separated too early from the litter it would not have yet learned bite inhibition from its mother and siblings (they bite back until the puppy submits and 'apologizes')

In these cases you answer with a "NO!" in the lowest voice you can come up.  If the puppy hurt you shoudl also give out a loud whelp "OW!"

After which lock the puppy up in its crate for a 5-minute time out and repeat "NO!"  Repeat this for a few times and he will no longer bite.

Rottweilers are surprisingly sensitive to the tone of your voice - they can tell whether you're in pain or you current state of emotion.  Use this to your advantage, and remember to praise them exuberantly when they do something you like, even if it's just lying there quietly.

 

Answer by rottierose
Submitted on 4/21/2004
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Doogie is correct. But I have also found that some puppies actually have discomfort in their stomach or intestines when switching from mom's milk to solid food, which makes them upset when you "pick him up". Their only way to let you know they are uncomfortable or in pain is to try and prevent you from doing what makes them hurt. If this only occurs when you pick him up then check with your vet.

 

Answer by Loren
Submitted on 4/25/2004
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We have just added a male puppy to our family, he was just 1 day short of 5 weeks
old when we got him last week
Is this too young???

 

Answer by mikejson
Submitted on 5/2/2004
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My pup was 1 day shy of 6 weeks old when I got her.  I feel she is doing exactly what Doogie stated above.  She is growling when I pick her up, but I think it's because usually when I pick her up it's to take her away from something I don't want her to be chewing/biting/eating.  For Example, we have a small picket fence(about 1 ft high) in my backyard, and I let her roam freely, until she gets there.  She naws on the fence chipping paint off.  I give her a stick when she's right infront of the fence, and she pretends like I'm not even there.  So I pick her up and move her a few feet away to give her the stick, and to keep her attention away from the fence, and she growls a bit.  She does this whenever I try to move her away from things she wants.  she also continually bites me, and I believe now, it was because she was taken to early at 6 weeks.  But there is still hope.  Just because she didn't learn "biting edaquette" from her brothers and sisters and mommy doesn't mean she can't learn it from her new family.

 

Answer by shagen
Submitted on 6/15/2004
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Just maybe.....you should all get a good book on dogs.  Only.....I mean only buy from a reputable breeder.  I am just shocked at the question being asked.  Holy Crap YES 5 weeks is too young to bring a puppy home.  They should never be brought into your home before 8 weeks.  Sounds like the seller got off easy with 3 weeks less to feed and vacinate.  Geesh people... Educate yourselves before getting a dog.  Sorry for the sarcasm.....it kind of feels good to get that off my chest.

 

Answer by Amadeus
Submitted on 6/16/2004
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I have a 9 weeks old rottweiler puppy... and he is is very sweet and never growls when i pick him up.  However, when he is all excited, and very happy, he tends to bite me.  I tried to tell him "no" but then he bark me back.. what should I do?

 

Answer by Vel
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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Keep telling him "No" in a stern voice every time he does it. Consistency is the key to training any pet (It works on Husbands too, ladies...).

 

Answer by Phyllis
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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Sounds like you need to get control, but gently at first and then firmly.  

I pick them up and hug them gently, but firmly close to me.  I let them growl and talk to them firmly, saying no.

They are very smart animials and after awhile understand.

I have raised 3 rottweilers; 2 females and 1 male.  I have pictures of them on my site.

Hillcrest Guest House, St. John US Virgin Islands
www.hillcreststjohn.com

 

Answer by rotty_luver
Submitted on 7/20/2004
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Doogie..when you said to put the puppy in his crate for a 5 minute time out...this is wrong b/c this will show that his crate is bad and then he will not like it and it will make it harder to crate train him...

If i were you Andrea then i would just sternly say no and maybe a little tap on the nose or butt...this has always seemed to work for me...and i just got my rotty and he really didn't have this problem he just took awhile to warm up to me...

And Phyllis i think that is a good idea what you said...This will show who's the boss and also, get through to them up close and personal...

And wow 5 weeks old i cant believe that..they definitely were getting out of the vacs. and feeding...It should be 8-9 weeks before any puppy leaves its mom...

If anyone wants to talk Rotties my email is jarvis199@yahoo.com
I am kinda new to them so it would be great to talk to someone that knows some things about them i have a few questions to ask..

Kelly

 

Answer by niesha
Submitted on 8/3/2004
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when your puppy bites you or anyone else at all you need to hit it on its but or on its side not to hard but not to soft firm enough so that it knows that biting is wrong unless protecting itself.now if this continues not to work then rollup some paper (newspaper preferrablly) give it about three good smacks again not to hard but firm then put the dog in a place that it does not enjoy like in the backyard or in a room by itself  kind of like putting a child on time out.Another thing is your pet should always know that your the boss when you say no  you mean know no.Basiclly what you say goes like a child.

 

Answer by VkreW
Submitted on 8/10/2004
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Wow i just got a 7 week old puppy rott just about to turn 8 weeks and he does the same thing and yeah same with all when hes playing with something and we pick him up he gets a bit fiesty and growls

 

Answer by Est805
Submitted on 8/13/2004
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Hey. I have a 10 week old Rottie pup and he's sweet.. when he's asleep. When he's awake, he tears into everything, our carpet, couches.. me (a lot). I do tell him no, but he just lifts up those gums and shows those teeth and occasionally growls. What should I do about him. The others in the house want to get rid of him if he isn't gonna be getting better around people. And I don't want to get rid of him, cos I know he can be a good dog.. just right now he's tormenting us and everything in the house

 

Answer by puppycare
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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um.. i know that taken little pup's from mom at like 5 weeks old but i have a greater question the owner of the puppies was going to shoot them at 2 weeks old so i took one and i got a bunch of people to take them what is my rottweiler in any harm from being that young..i also feed her Pablum for baby's ??please help i dunno what to do!!

 

Answer by TINA
Submitted on 11/13/2004
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I BOUGHT MY ROT TY AT 8 WEEKS OLD AN SHE HASN'T STOPPED BITING I TRY THE FIRM "NO"AN SHE STILL DOES IT REGARDLESS IF NOT HARDER....AFTER THAT I PUT HER AWAY FROM US FOR A FEW MINUTES...AS SOON AS SHE COMES BACK SHE STARTS AGAIN. SHE HAS TAKEN A DISLIKE TO MY DAUGHTER MAYBE BECAUSE SHE IS THE YOUNGEST IN OUR FAMILY AN THE PUP IS TRYING TO DOMINATE HER....AN NO MY DAUGHTER IS NOT THE KIND TO HURT AN ANIMAL SO I KNOW SHE ISN'T SCARED OF HER.......SHE IS OUR FIRST ROT TY AN WE RESEARCHED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE WE GOT HER WE DIDN'T JUST WAKE UP ONE DAY AN SAY OH LETS GET A ROT TY IT WAS LONG THOUGHT OUT....WE LOVE HER STILL EVEN THOUGH SHE A LILL MARE.....BUT ANY HINTS AN TIPS TO HELP US ON OUR HAPPY LIFE WITH SADIE WOULD BE GREAT

 

Answer by GHTYBN
Submitted on 11/28/2004
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I HAVE A 2 WEEK OLD ROTTY BUT WHEN IT GETS OLDER HOW LONG CAN I KEEP IT IN ON ITS OWN?

 

Answer by apt guy
Submitted on 12/6/2004
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I was wondering if a rottweiler would be okay in an apartment or do they need to be outside?  another concern i had was my work.  I work a 12 hour shift 4 days a week from 6 am to 6 pm so i would have to leave him alone for 12 hours while i am at work.  therefore i was wondering if that would be a bad atmosphere for the dog.  thanks

 

Answer by Jami Spears
Submitted on 12/29/2004
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look you are not write

 

Answer by julie
Submitted on 1/8/2005
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My vet told me to do this when my rottie puppy growls.  Hold him firmly on his back and say a stern NO...squeeze him if he continues and repeat: NO! When he stops loosen the grip and praise him.  

 

Answer by bigwill
Submitted on 1/13/2005
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don't pick up the puppy and don't exercise any dog under 3 months old because there heart can not take too much

 

Answer by Chrissy
Submitted on 3/7/2005
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I just received my Rotty and I beleive he was taken way to soon from her mom. What should I do? I have her know and I can not take her back so, will she be ok? And can i get any good tips on potty training her?

 

Answer by torrie101
Submitted on 3/19/2005
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My rottiweiler will not pee on it training pad...but it pee everywhere else and my stepdad gets mad...i dont knoe wat to do...plzz help

 

Answer by jabs
Submitted on 3/22/2005
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rottweiler ok then rottweiler are very powerful dog and my rott took on a full grown pit bull.

 

Answer by jabs
Submitted on 3/22/2005
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rottweiler ok then rottweiler are very powerful dog and my rott took on a full grown pit bull.

 

Answer by B.G
Submitted on 4/1/2005
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I have 3 month old rott and im in the process of housereaking him. He seemed to be doing fine for the first week but now it seems like he pees everywhere even in his own bed. Also he pees very frequently. I need to get him housetrained soon...Please HELP what should i do?????

 

Answer by abbylou
Submitted on 4/13/2005
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i worked for a day clinic for 3 years and now have work at an veterinary emergency clinic for 2 years.  a puppy can leave its mother at 6 weeks.  a puppy can start its vaccinations at 6 weeks. a puppy can start heartworm prevention at 6 weeks.

 

Answer by Serg
Submitted on 5/5/2005
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quwstion: what is the most effective way to start housebreaking a 9week old rottie?

 

Answer by daytona's owner
Submitted on 7/9/2005
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My 9 week old rottweiler female also growls,snarls and tries to bite when I pick her up and put her on her back in my arms. Not sure why they do this, but it seems to me like it isnt anything associated with pain due to the number of other puppies that exhibit this same behavior. I think its something they will eventually grow out of. Had a male rottweiler and dont recall him ever doing this though as a puppy.

 

Answer by booboo
Submitted on 9/1/2005
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dont flick on nose it will werk sense for nose so say no and point finger out and pull collar if it  trys to bite say NO

 

Answer by bigmama
Submitted on 9/4/2005
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if the growling and the biting still goes on then do what the mum would do, take him hold him firm on the floor and i know this does'ntsound hygenic but put your'emouth over his and put pressure on his mouth over the top of it that is it will work but you have to keep doing it every time he growls and bites you

 

Answer by tree
Submitted on 9/17/2005
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My 10 wk. rottie was trying to bite us when we picked her up.  This lasted a week.  Our trainer who trained rotties for police and Westminster shows, told us to gently pick her up by the neck scruff and say NO! firmly.  The mother dog would pick the pup up in this manner to scold.  It worked.  She is almost 11 weeks and really testing limits.  Rotties seem to be smarter than the other dogs I've had.  Smart dogs and smart kids can be hard to train.  They want to be the boss.  8 weeks is the earliest you should have received your dog.

 

Answer by kiyah1972
Submitted on 9/18/2005
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My rottie.. Kaiser... is 12 weeks old now. I have had since he was nearly 6 weeks old. He also is at the biting everything stage...it's called teething! They teeth just like infants do.. and yes it's painful! They chew because the massaging of the gums feels good to them! Let's have a heart people.. there is no need to punish them! I soak a washcloth in water then knot it up and place it in the freezer,, Kaiser loves it! I know the biting hurts and ruins our things but would you hit your baby cause he was teething? Helping to rid of the pain will ease the tendencies of your puppy biting!
Shagen...I must say that your answer was rude and obnoxious..in case you haven't noticed.. this is a place that is used for references and public advice. Actually that is why I got my computer in the first place.. I am sure that we all have a book or two on raising rotties but they dont always offer you answers that work. Discussing options and sharing certain predicaments with others sometimes gives you other answers that may cure your problems! Let's work togther....good luck everyone with your new additions!

 

Answer by sam
Submitted on 9/27/2005
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hey my name is korinne and i wood lkie to have a puppy

 

Answer by Bennett2kuk
Submitted on 11/4/2005
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My 9 week old puppy bites, but bear in mind that they are teething at the moment, noone seems to have mentioned this yet. His gums will hurt so he needs to bite something. Also my 9 week old is approx 9 pounds in weight, is this correct?

 

Answer by Alicia & Billy
Submitted on 11/29/2005
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Rottweilers can be very aggressive, and yet they are still considered puppies until 2 years of age.  Anytime your puppy bites someone you should firmly so "NO BITE" after trying this 5 or 6 times and if it doesn't work you should move on to something else.  Rotts are very smart dogs and it often gets them into trouble.  They will try to push your buttons to see just how much they can get away with.  So it's alwasy good to reinforce the disipline to let them know that you are the boss and biting or nipping anyone is not acceptable.

 

Answer by rottiehelp
Submitted on 12/4/2005
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i have a 10 week old pup and he sometimes growles but hes allways biting me and i keep telling him over and over NO! but he just bites me more, any advice?

 

Answer by N.A
Submitted on 12/22/2005
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Doogie said: After which lock the puppy up in its crate for a 5-minute time out and repeat "NO!"  Repeat this for a few times and he will no longer bite.


I would definately NOT do this- because after that long *no* dog will remember what it is being punished for! Basically just exaggerate the OW and ignore the puppy for a minute or two. NEVER punish any animal. It just has the opposite affect.


 

Answer by birdhouse
Submitted on 1/12/2006
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I have the same problem.  I have blue heelers.  The difference is that I had the litter.  The last to leave is now 9 weeks.  And I am not a breeder.  Foster mom that came to me pregnant.  Ok, so, the last puppy to leave, I am having the same problem with, however in reading the posts, I also am always picking her up when she is ingaged in play or eating treats where she is anxious to continue.  Altho not very reassuring, that might just be her make up.  I also think I should take her to the vet to rule out any medical problems.  Tho it obviously happens I have never ran across a pup that is not into alot of loving.  She is out going, eats and drinks great.  A trainer told me, pick her up and have treat in hand, get her to make picking up a good thing.  I did that for a couple of days, then started picking her up without treats, once she finds there is nothing she is restless and if not put down, she starts to growl and will turn and bite you in the face.  I am so afraid for her, finding a home wise.  Plus, I don't feel like I am always doing the right things for her, and this time in her life is when she is most influenced.  Scares the h*#@ out of me.  
Also new to this board.  Is this forum only for rotties?  Sorry is I rambled.  

 

Answer by salli-j
Submitted on 2/1/2006
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i just have a question and dont know where to go to ask one i have a rotty pup and he always bites all day long he nips on legs arms and i tap his nose and say no but he sometimes gets abit aggressive and growls i also have a three year old son and he plays with him alot but can be a bit rough at times and as the dog bits he keeps pushing him away and the dog gets worse what can i do. The dog aswell when u stroke him sometimes has that look as though he really doesnt like to be petted and i thought every dog loves to be stroked but this happens quite alot

 

Answer by Texas
Submitted on 3/24/2006
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I was thinking about rescuing a puppy whose litter mates died at birth. He does not have the socialization of his litter mates. He often nips at fingers and likes to be off  by himself. Any tips on training and socializing him better?

 

Answer by Texas
Submitted on 3/24/2006
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I was thinking about rescuing a puppy whose litter mates died at birth. He does not have the socialization of his litter mates. He often nips at fingers and likes to be off  by himself. Any tips on training and socializing him better?

 

Answer by Maca
Submitted on 4/10/2006
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I just got my 8 week old rotty this weekend. hes the cutest thing and loves to play. He cries and barks everytime i put him in the crate. he will go in himself with the doors open. what should i do? also the breeder thaught them to go potty on the newspaper, which makes it difficult for me any kind of floor or surface that he steps on that sounds like paper he will potty on and even after i take him from the outside he will rarely pee outside the moment we get in he pees . what should i do?

 

Answer by Powder Puff
Submitted on 5/22/2006
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Putting a dog in its crate for a timeout is not a punishment anymore than putting a child in it's room for a timeout will make that child hate it's room. I use crate time out for my cresteds and I have yet to have them refuse to go into their crates when I tell them to or make a fuss because they have to be in there. A timeout is not a punishment it's just a timeout for them to think about their behaviour and calm down. Legally a dog can not be brought home until it is 8 weeks old. Rottweilers are wonderful dogs but you do have to be firm with them and let them know what their rules are and be sure to reinforce those rules.

 

Answer by TilliRotti
Submitted on 5/26/2006
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The pup has to be properly socialised, no early should it be taken away than 7.5 weeks. My pup is wonderful and has only had two 'moments' like these (pup down to puppiness). She otherwise simply a sweet natured pup. I got her at 8.5 weeks.

 

Answer by Mary Anne
Submitted on 5/26/2006
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I have a Rott pup that likes to nip at our ankles. We try pushing him away gently on the side of his face and say no firmly..sometimes it works, sometimes he gets more aggressive,if this happens we then we put him on his side and hold him till he submits. I hope this will work...what does everyone think about this method?

 

Answer by GIANNI
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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hi, i am interested in having a rottweiler puppy.

never had a rottweiler before but i used to have aorund 10 dogs, diff breeds when i was young.

i am looking for someone to give me info of where can i buy one or even free if possible.

i want a rottweiler that is built and not to crazy

any help please email me at   gentinho@hotmail.co.uk

 

Answer by zeus
Submitted on 7/11/2006
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i have a 9 week old rottweiler and i try to put my hand in his bowl to train him and he growls is that normal and how long till he stops.

 

Answer by hh
Submitted on 8/27/2006
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He probably doesn't like to be picked up try training him and getting him used to being picked up and when he growls say no frimly and tell him it's okay! but never forced a dog to like being picked up if he doesn't like it then don't pick him up!

 

Answer by methedog
Submitted on 9/7/2006
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i have a 9 month old terrier, i live in a unit and whenever it is time for bed i have to put him in the laundry. he has all the food he needs and water, but he wont stop crying, what should i do

 

Answer by Spree
Submitted on 9/22/2006
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SHE IS A PUPPY RELAX .... Simple redirect her... you keep a toy, ball, or other object she can have and each time she bits toward you simply say the word no and place the object in her mouth saying that's yours ... that will elminate the biting and also elimnate uneccisarily firm correction that often do not work on energetic puppies

 

Answer by ABZ
Submitted on 10/8/2006
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basicaly i have a 9 week old rotty when he bites bite him back

 

Answer by JenJenn
Submitted on 11/10/2006
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I just purchased a 8 week old rotti in Fl.. I also have a 1 yr old GSD,who doesnt have a mean bone in his body, but plays a little too rough with the new girl..How do I control this?

 

Answer by dog queen
Submitted on 11/12/2006
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Actually when your dog nips, bites, or growls when you or someone eles picks him or her up, it means that your dog has a bit or alot of fearfull aggression, or it can also mean that the dog is unsure of something so he is nervous about it, that is why your dog is acting this way. and the answer is NOT:pick your dog up and give him attention and kisses and hugs!! that is wrong! wrong! wrong! u dont reward a dogs aggressive or bad behavior with love and attention, otherwise that will tell the dog that you ARE NOT the pack leader, infact you are the follower, now he is in charge. we dont want that. so my advise to you is when your dog bites, growls ect...dont speak, dont yell, dont hit! show him you are in charge, over power him put him down right away, hands on hips, stick chest out, walk towards him until he is forced to back up out of your way, while doing that you can also point your finger at him and say, SHHHHHT! like a shhhhhh, but put a t on the end, this shows your dog that you are the pack leader and it is NOT acceptable for him to act in that manner! now for all u dog owners out there, this technique is used for MANY different things, try it out if your dog is acting inappropriately! your dog can sense fear, sadness, happiness, ect..he can sense fear even if your faking it, so let this be a lesson and dont be afraid of your dog. YOU ARE THE PACK LEADER!

 

Answer by dog queen
Submitted on 11/12/2006
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SHAGEN, THIS COMMENT IS FOR U!! NOT EVERYONE IN THE WORLD IS EDUCATED IN THE WORLD OF DOGS...LIKE U I GUESS!! THIS SITE IS A SITE WHERE PPL CAN ASK QUESTIONS FREELY TO GET THE ANSWERS THEY NEED, SO I SUGGEST U TAKE UR NASTY COMMENTS ELESWHERE!! I DONT THINK ANYONE APPRICIATES WUT U HAVE TO SAY!!! IT KIND OF FEELS GOOD TO GET THAT OFF MY CHEST!

 

Answer by haley
Submitted on 1/17/2007
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This is not an answer but rather a plee for feedback.  My husband found a Rottie puppy at his workplace yesterday.  He can only be between 3 and 5 weeks old because he is very small, maybe 3 to 5 pounds.  He has a full set of puppy teeth and eats our dry puppy food that we have for our other puppies  (although I fed him separately and soaked his food in water)but gosh he is small.  He has been around people and is very friendly with us and our other pups (a 6 mo old Rottie and a 6 mo old Lhasa).  Do any of you have any advice?  We are taking him to the vet later this afternoon, I cannot wait to here what they have to say!

 

Answer by haley
Submitted on 1/17/2007
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This is not an answer but rather a plee for feedback.  My husband found a Rottie puppy at his workplace yesterday.  He can only be between 3 and 5 weeks old because he is very small, maybe 3 to 5 pounds.  He has a full set of puppy teeth and eats our dry puppy food that we have for our other puppies  (although I fed him separately and soaked his food in water)but gosh he is small.  He has been around people and is very friendly with us and our other pups (a 6 mo old Rottie and a 6 mo old Lhasa).  Do any of you have any advice?  We are taking him to the vet later this afternoon, I cannot wait to here what they have to say!

 

Answer by Erin
Submitted on 2/10/2007
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i have a 10 week old rottweiler puppy and he keeps biting every thing and every one will training help him stop biting ?

 

Answer by carlos
Submitted on 3/4/2007
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i have a 6 week old pup and he wont use the bath room outside can someone plz help me

 

Answer by Gina
Submitted on 5/1/2007
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I also purchased a beagle at 6 weeks. The owners said they didnt expect responses right away but said they had been off their mom's milk for about a week and thought they were ready.
"Bella" is 8 1/2 weeks now. I spend alot of time with her and feel i have accomplished alot.
1- Crate trained- sleeps from about 11-7am (no mistakes).
2- Knows her name. comes when i call her. starting to learn "fetch"

The problems i still have is:
Potty training (house) i use training pads
Biting- she knows what "no" means. But when she is excited its very difficult
I keep her in the Kitchen which is gated. She cries if i'mnot in there.

I know i have made progress. but any comments or advice would be great!

Oh, and her newest thing-- eating her poo! ewww

 

Answer by LIZ
Submitted on 5/12/2007
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Hi I am a new owner of a 7 week old puppy we have had him from 5 weeks old, he doesnt seem to grasp the NO word at the moment. He is forever biting at our feet and face if he is picked up. Does anyone have another solution rather than the NO and tap on the nose.

 

Answer by LIZ
Submitted on 5/12/2007
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I live in Spain and I fully understand that a puppy should not leave his mother until at least 8 weeks old but after visiting my puppy Rottweiler and seeing that he was full of fleas and in dirty conditions it was heartbreaking to leave him, Although I did for another week (apparantly he was not feeding from his mother) I was called to collect him. I am still after 3 weeks trying to get him to eat properly. Does anyone have any answers to fussy eating Rottweilers?

 

Answer by My Dog's name is Cookie!!!
Submitted on 5/30/2007
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Hey everybody i just got a rottie and she is 8 weeks old we just named her today anybody got any "tactics" on how to teach her her name? Oh ya and is she too young to learn how to sit? thanks!

 

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Answer by Cat
Submitted on 6/10/2007
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I just got a 5 week old rot/pit mix.  She won't eat regularly.  We have tried softening puppy chow and I have also tried the puppy milk that you can buy in a store.  I know that 5 weeks was too soon for her to be away from her mother but that is part of the reason I took her.  I figured the owner was going to get rid of her one way or another and I figured I would actually be willing to take care of her. I know it is to early to have her shots but I am taking her to the vet just for a check up.  She is able to eat puppy chow, she just won't do it often.  Does anyone know how often a 5 week old should be eating, if they are eating solid food?  

 

Answer by Lauren
Submitted on 6/27/2007
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I did not have a choice on the age I got my rott pup.  She was stranded in the middle of the highway.  Her mother was a wild pack dog and the pups were abandoned and roaming. Of course, my rott pup is mixed with a shepherd but still you can't say people are uneducated just because their puppy is not eight weeks.  There I just had to get that off my chest.

 

Answer by diesel mom
Submitted on 6/30/2007
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I dont agree with doggie i do not think you should use a crate as punishment AT ALL. You want your pup to enjoy his crate and think of it as his special area. If you use it as punishment when you leave and put him in the crate he will think he is being punished. It makes crate training unbearable because you pup will cry in his crate and not feel comfortable.

 

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