my boy dillinger

by jeanie

My boy is a runt of the litter he’s 5 months old weighs about 50 lbs.

We have kept him socialized with people,children and other animals.So far he is good with all.He loves going to flea markets and wants everyone to pet him. He loves children of all ages he wants to lick them to death.

But ever since i got him he growls at my husband not sure why he does he loves sitting with him but growls at him .I’m not sure if it’s play or if he’s trying to be alpha over him. I have been his alpha since i got him he lays at my feet and listens most of the time.He has his little times of just looking at you when you call him but comes most of the time.

Have been pleased with how smart he is house broke in 7 days time.

Jeanie, overall it sounds as though your Rottie is doing great, but do be consistent in correcting this growling behavior. It is not acceptable for a pup/dog to growl at anyone, unless they’re provoked or being threatened!

It could well be an ‘alpha’ thing here, because your pup is into the adolescent stage and he’s testing the limits and trying to figure out where he fits in, and just how high up the ladder he can go in terms of authority.

Firm verbal correction, and a pop on the collar to reinforce it if necessary, is important. Never allow your pup to control your behavior (or anyone else’s) with his – whether it’s growling, nipping, leaning or anything else. He needs to know he is NOT in charge here.

If your husband is not already equally involved in the caretaking of your pup, get him involved. He needs to be feeding, exercising and training your Rottweiler because dogs naturally respect those who control the resources of life (food, treats and praise are three ‘biggies’ to your pup). Hand feeding him would be a good idea too.

This teenage stage can be challenging, but they do grow out of it, just continue to be loving, patient and consistent with loving discipline and enforcing house rules. Good luck with your handsome boy 🙂

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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