Adult Rottweiler showing agression

He wandered up on our property as a pup, our son took care of him for 5 yrs… he has bitten my husband and growls at him when he gets near him.

Our son recently left, and could not take the dog with him. We can not get near him, without him growling or acting as if he wants to attack.

We have not been around the dog a lot….just recently. We don’t want him put down, but need help, or suggestions.

This is a very difficult and sad situation, and I feel for all of you.

You have no history on this dog prior to your son adopting him so it’s impossible to know what his parents temperaments were like and whether his behavior is purely a result of improper and inadequate socialization or a combination of genes and upbringing… or whether he’s reacting out of aggression or fear (I would tend to think it’s fear-based)

As he’s growling and has bitten your husband there’s obviously a danger and you need to get some professional help. I’d recommend searching for Rottweiler rescue organizations in your area and calling them for help first. I don’t know where you are, but if you check my Rottweiler Rescue Groups page it will hopefully help you.

Also, reputable Rottweiler breeders may know of an organization or individual who is able to help, or a no-kill shelter or even the ASPCA are options.

Rottweilers rarely get second chances and a situation like this needs someone who is familiar with the breed and able to accurately evaluate the problem and the dog himself. Otherwise this could end in heartbreak. As your son is the only one this dog seems to trust, perhaps you can get him involved in helping get this resolved.

I wish I could help more but I pray that you can find someone to help and that there is a happy ending to this story. I wish you all the luck in the world.

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Jan 14, 2012

Adult Rottweiler showing agression NEW
by: LINA

A Confident dog will not attack unless there is a threat. He is not confident dog but a fearful one.
Most of the time is that he was not socialized properly with people etc and not desensitized to different things.

Whether it is a Rotty or another breed of dog that has fear will mostly bite. I would suggest you get a Certified Canine Behaviourist one that deals with large guardian breeds. They can access him and find what is the problem and work with you.

Jan 13, 2012

one of the example for many to learn NEW
by: girish

rather it highlight a example for many to learn

if you have a dog to your home, its not just for you but part of whole family
and from puppy hood , he must be taught to obey and socialised with all in family
and made understood every one in family above him in pack order and he had to be trusting each and every one in family

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone