training my 8 month old Rottweiler pup
my rottie male is of 8 months and he is not good with my family. what should i do?
At 8 months old your Rottweiler is a 'teenager' and this is often a challenging time for everyone! A pup of this age wants to learn his place in the family and tends to test the limits and house rules.
If you've trained him and socialized him properly up until this point, all you need to do is to continue to be loving yet firm and not allow him to break those rules!
He needs to know that he is loved, but that he is at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to 'pecking order' or authority within the family.
There are many pages on my website that deal with puppy training, rottweiler behavior, food guarding etc. and I'd recommend that you take the time to read them all and follow the tips and guidelines there.....
Free Puppy Training Tips
Dog Food Aggression
Stop Puppy Biting
If you haven't been successful or consistent about training and socializing your puppy up until now, then it's going to take longer to get him to behave in the way you want him to. Plus I'd really recommend getting some professional help from a dog trainer (only one who is experienced with large breeds and who uses positive, rewards-based training methods) to get you on the right track and help you understand how to communicate with your dog.
Rottweilers are one of the easiest breeds to train, but they are highly intelligent and can be stubborn. They need an owner who is confident, but loving, and who will treat them with respect and yet set firm, fair guidelines for behavior.
Inconsistent or ineffective training attempts, anger, shouting or punishment will make them stubborn and difficult. Nervous or fearful handling will make THEM anxious and stress... also leading to a refusal to obey and other behavior problems.
Luckily your pup is still plenty young enough to learn what you expect of him and if you treat, and train, him correctly you should be able to get things under control.
Never allow your pup to bark, nip or growl at anyone or to be aggressive towards strangers or other dogs without serious provocation. If this isn't possible for you to control get professional help right away.
Hope this helps and I wish you the very best of luck.