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My Rottweiler is Going to Eat You.

Updated on June 19, 2011

This was getting a little bit frustrating. Scratch that. Not a little bit. Just frustrating.

Here is the story.

When I walk my rottie, I usually pass at least 5-6 houses with dogs on our street alone. Sometimes all at once, and other times just here and there, the dogs would be sitting outside, and when they see us walk by - they would bark, and follow along the lines of their property, until we are out of sight. Every single yard we walk by has electric fencing in place, and the dogs stay within their boundaries, but nonetheless, they bark quite a bit, and not in a friendly "let's play" manner. The breeds in our neighborhood sway heavily towards yellow and chocolate labs, with a couple of mixes, a couple of little things along the lines of yorkie terriers, and a bernese mountain fellow. My Rottie never responds to barking. She has no trouble tolerating other dogs' overexcited protection instincts. Besides, since she was little, I began attention training with her, and when we approached a yard with dogs, I would treat her if she held her eyes on me. Piece of cake - no problems there. I'm not looking for accolades, I'm simply stating the fact.

She never had an issue with guarding her food, or any of her toys. You can take her prized raw marrow bone treats straight out out of her mouth. In the very heat of playing tug of war, she is always willing to listen to "leave it", and obediently lets go of her most beloved rope. She is doing so well in her classes, that one of our trainers has stated she has never seen an adolescent behaving this well. She is good with her leash manners, and never needed special harnesses to teach her not to pull. When another dog attacked her and ripped a clunk of fur from Ella's side, leaving a bold spot to be filled in for three weeks, my rottie never fought back. She cried out, and licked her wound.

Here's the frustrating part. At the age of six months, she is entered her "Second Fear Stage", and if you know anything about dog development, it is the time around 6-9 months when dogs become fearful of things they seemed to have accepted before. Ella's thing became bikes, skateboards, joggers. She never cared about cars (well, I shouldn't say "never", on our first few walks, she was a bit apprehensive, but she quickly got over it), but people doing unusual things began to freak her out. If you paused and "talked" to her, she'd come right out of her funk, and lick your hand, and move on with her life, but it was work, and it had nothing to do with her being a Rottweiler. It had everything to do with her being a six months old pup.

My frustration comes in with the patient comments of our neighbors, "Yes, yes, she might never grow out of it. That's just the breed. You can't change that." How come no one is saying that about the evil yorkie? or the two grown labs down the road that sound oh so very menacing every.single.time. I walk by their house? Why isn't anyone running to hide their kids when other dogs misbehave? How can I teach my dog to accept you if you insist she is dangerous and won't introduce yourself to her? Self-fullfilling prophecy, if you ask me.

I am grateful for those few who recognized that puppies are not perfect, and helped me through that stage by saying hello and offering words of encouragement, and their own stories of raising mischievous pup. Rottweiler or not, every dog needs training, and I assure you, mine is getting her share of discipline. But even now and then, when we are out in public, one sees a person crossing the road just because I have a Rottweiler on the other side of the leash.

Has anyone considered that maybe Rotties are known to be aggressive because so many people act fearful and distrusting around them? Something to think about.


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    • Winter Maclen profile image


      7 years ago from Illinois

      Rotts are very smart, and eager to please. Just keep working with him. Find another adult training class, or obedience, conformance, agility or carting. Giving him lots of praise, exercise and a focus does a lot toward building confidence not only in herself but also in you to protect her. My rescue, who is now also a service dog, will even walk beside me while I vaccum as long as I touch her nose. She knows I will not let anything to hurt her.

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      7 years ago

      Yes you are, and again I thank you for that. We need many more owners like yourself out there :)

    • Bukarella profile imageAUTHOR

      Lyudmyla Hoffman 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, FishAreFriends. I appreciate the support. Sometimes feels a little bit lonely. When I started out, I was worried that I'll get a lot of negative feedback, seeing replies like yours is very reassuring.

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      7 years ago from Colorado

      Rotties are loving, amazing dogs. When I was younger they had one at a children's camp. It was highly trained and everyone loved her. It is the same stereotype with dobermans and pitbulls, always the bad guys. (But mostly just loving best friends.) I like your hub, good job!

    • Bukarella profile imageAUTHOR

      Lyudmyla Hoffman 

      7 years ago from United States

      I recognize that fears are irrational, and I do recognize that some breeds attract dingbats owners - I'm working on that change stereotype thing. :)

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      7 years ago

      While I understand your frustration...I can sympathize with those who have a fear for whatever reason, even if it is unfounded. I myself have had to work to get over my distrust of the Rottie...after having several bad experiences with them over the years. Now I am trying to get over that, by meeting as many as I can and forcing myself to interact with them. Sometimes I meet those who only reinforce my fear unfortunately, but so far I've managed to pet and play with two who were really nice. I understand that in the majority of cases it is the owner and how the dog was raised. But due to byb, and the huge amount of some breeds being bred willy nilly, with no thought to health and temperment, the truth is that there ARE alot of unstable rotties out there who irregardless of training, can be totally unpredictable. My worst experience was with one such dog. Fear is not something that is always logical and when the media and other people share similar experiences they may have had with a specific breed for's hard NOT to create a stereotype. that's just human nature. All we can do, with any breed, is try our very best to train our dogs so they can become a great example, and representation of the breed. The more well trained, happy, friendly rotties, gsd's, and pitbulls we see...the more we can start to change the general mindset and reduce the fear. It will take time, but we can do it if more and more owners of such breeds work as hard as you are, to make it happen. I'd love to meet more rotties that I could feel comfortable with. The sad reality is, that like other breeds, a certain type of idit owner is drawn to these dogs...and that makes it harder to find stable examples. Thank you for being a responsible rottweiler owner. You will be one of the ones to help change that stereotype.

    • Bukarella profile imageAUTHOR

      Lyudmyla Hoffman 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Mike. I wouldn't trade her for the world. She is truly everything I ever wanted in a dog.

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      Mike Teddleton 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Rottweilers are great dogs, make great loyal friends and if I may add are great judges of character.

      unlike the small breeds of dog that have that little dog syndrome, you know those little yaping ancle biters. When well cared for and trained by a loving human partner Rottweilers are without question dependible loving animals.

      Good luck training your puppy and neighbors, best wishes. Mike


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