My Rottweiler Sleeps all night long

hi this is john, i have a 4yrs old Rottweiler.

my purpose for buying a Rottweiler was that i needed a guard dog that will guard the home all night. but instead my Rottweiler goes into deep sleep during night and doesn't wake up even if there is suspicious sound or noise inside or outside the house.

how can i keep him awake during the night so he can guard our home?





Hi John
You can't 'keep a dog awake' I'm afraid, adult dogs tend to sleep for a lot of the time... day and night.

However, if there is an intrusion, a loud noise, etc. they generally wake up! Unless your dog is sick in some way, he won't sleep through a break-in or a threat to your home or safety.

Rottweilers are very intuitive and discerning guard dogs and aren't prone to 'false alarms', indiscriminate barking or over-reaction. He should be able to recognize a real threat (not just a neighbor, a cat, or a 'trial run' that his owner has set up) and I would be very surprised if he didn't step up should the need arise. I've never known that to happen, and hopefully you will never need his services or be in real danger.

However, I would recommend having your vet check him out to make sure that he's totally healthy and strong, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Other than that, just make sure he's well fed, has enough exercise and gets lots of love and attention plus daily training (only positive, rewards-based methods though). A dog should feel like part of the family and know he is loved, he deserves that just for being there. But this will also help to ensure that he will do whatever it takes to protect the people he loves, and who love him, should the need arise.

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Jun 16, 2011
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bond with your dog
by: Julie

Hi John, sorry to read that you only got a dog to guard your house. If you have a strong bond with your rottie he will guard you with his life. I have had 5 rotties and have NEVER taught them to be a guard dog, it comes naturally with them. my dogs sleep soundly during the night but if there is a noise that is unfamiliar my rottie will charge out of her dog door so fast barking it would be enough for scare anyone away.
Also rotties are what is considered "a stalker", they might let someone in but will never let them leave. There was an article in the paper over here a few years ago about an intruder who got into a house where a rottie had been left inside. When the owner arrived home hours later the intruder was sitting in a chair unable to move because the dog wouldn't let him, the instruder had wet himself he was so afraid.
Good luck with your dog and please form a bond with him.

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John,John,John....
by: Judy

As a TRUE rottie lover my heart aches reading your post!! Your only purpose for getting a rottie was to guard your home? At night ta boot!!Well I can tell you from experience that your dog will do his job when the need arises.My rottie NEVER got into a dog fight or showed any signs of aggression and yet when we got broken into the thief was only in my house for 32 seconds! Just long enough to be met by my loyal guard dog at the end of the hallway..(police told me this)..they got NOTHING but a nightmare for a few days I'm sure..PLEASE believe that he will be there for you when the time comes.Rotties will be even more loyal to their masters when smuthered with love..I am on my 3rd rottie who's only 5 months and already she is sooo loyal...however we treat her like our kid,NEVER lock her up and love her to death...She in return will guard us till her death...that's LOYALTY..I don't know where you live but if your that fearful to sleep at nightnight...get an alarm..between that and your rottie you be fine..Sorry to sound harsh but not everyone DESERVES to own a rottie..

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John,John,John....
by: Judy

As a TRUE rottie lover my heart aches reading your post!! Your only purpose for getting a rottie was to guard your home? At night ta boot!!Well I can tell you from experience that your dog will do his job when the need arises.My rottie NEVER got into a dog fight or showed any signs of aggression and yet when we got broken into the thief was only in my house for 32 seconds! Just long enough to be met by my loyal guard dog at the end of the hallway..(police told me this)..they got NOTHING but a nightmare for a few days I'm sure..PLEASE believe that he will be there for you when the time comes.Rotties will be even more loyal to their masters when smuthered with love..I am on my 3rd rottie who's only 5 months and already she is sooo loyal...however we treat her like our kid,NEVER lock her up and love her to death...She in return will guard us till her death...that's LOYALTY..I don't know where you live but if your that fearful to sleep at nightnight...get an alarm..between that and your rottie you be fine..S

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Thanku
by: Anonymous

yea ur rite. ill get him checked y the vet. thanks alot for ur time. thanku

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