Stop Rottweiler Puppy Biting

Once you bring your Rottweiler puppy home, one of the most important lessons you need to teach your dog is not to bite. Even though it may appear to be a cute act when he nips at your fingers, toes or clothes while playing, it is teaching him an extremely bad habit that will not be so cute once he gets older and bites harder.

If your Rottweiler puppy does anything as a pup that will be unacceptable when he is older, you must let him know while he is still a pup that this behavior will not be tolerated. It is much easier to prevent your dog form developing bad habits when he is a puppy than it is to train him out of it when he is an adult.

If your puppy appears to be forming a biting habit, the following are two methods you can try to give him the message that biting you and others is wrong.

MethodOne – Your Rottweiler puppy, like all puppies, will love to play with you whenever he can, and never looks forward to being alone. Therefore, as soon as your puppy begins to bite or nip at you or your clothing, say “OUCH!” in a voice that sounds like yelp, glare at your puppy directly in the eyes and walk away from him and ignore him. After a minute has passed, get a toy and go back to playing with your puppy. You should encourage your puppy to play with the toy. However, should he go to bite you again, repeat the same maneuver – yelp and walk away.

Method Two – If the first method doesn’t have an affect on your Rottweiler puppy, you can try a more physical approach. When your dog bites, begin by yelping ouch as you did in the first method, but as you yelp, grab your puppy by the loose skin on the back of his neck and give him a firm (not aggressive) shake and say “No Bite!” in a firm tone. This should startle your puppy. Release him after you’ve given the command and turn his attention back to his toy. If this method seems to work, eventually you can remove the physical aspect from the training and just use the verbal command.

It is in your best interest to try the first method before trying the second. The reason is because in some cases, the second method will have the opposite affect on your Rottweiler puppy. Instead of becoming startled and associating your action with discipline, your pup may associate it with aggression and continue to bite you.

In addition, there are certain games you should avoid playing with you pup as they encourage biting. They are as follows:

  • Tug of war
  • Games involving chasing and tackling
  • Dangling toys or treats above the dog’s head, encouraging him to jump up and snap at the item to get it.

Finally, if you find that regardless of what method you use, your Rottweiler puppy is still biting, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a behaviorist, and have your dog analyzed by his Vet. There could very well be a reason why your dog is biting. Furthermore, make sure your children know never to tease or hurt your pup, and that your dog is well socialized and brought up in a trusting and loving environment. One bad experience is all it takes to give your dog the wrong idea and make him become aggressive or defensive.

Choosing Rottweiler Puppies

When looking at Rottweiler puppies, you’d never think that these sweet little dogs grow up into large, powerful canines. The only characteristics that puppies seem to have in common with standard adult Rottweilers, is their physical appearance (with the exception of size of course).

The physical appearance of Rottweiler puppies is something you need to be aware of when looking for that special pup to call your own. The reason is because the breed standard is what separates a dog from being a purebred or a mutt. Every dog breed has their own standard, and the following is the basic criteria for the Rottweiler that you need to look for in your pup.

Rottweiler puppies should have a straight, dense and coarse coat of medium length. The coat should lie flat, and the undercoat should be present on the thighs and neck. As the dog grows, the coat will be shortest on the legs, ears and head, and at its longest on breeching. The coat is primarily a solid black color, but features mahogany or rust markings usually on the paws and face. The coloring of Rottweilers is one of the breed’s distinctive features.

The head of Rottweiler puppies should be medium in length and is quite broad between the ears. Like the head, the ears are a medium size. The ears fold down, are carried forward, and have a triangular shape. When the Rottweiler is on alert his ears appear level with the top of the skull.

The eyes of a Rottweiler are almond shaped and are a nice shade of dark brown. The eyes of Rottweiler puppies convey the dog’s self-assurance and alertness.

Rottweilers have broad muzzles equipped with strong upper and lower jaws. The jaws should feature perfect teeth that form a complete scissor bite. Like their muzzle, the nose is also broad. The nose should be black and round.

The legs of Rottweilers are muscular and heavy boned. The legs should appear straight. The feet of Rottweiler puppies should not turn in or out. The toes are well arched, nails are black, and the pads of the feet are thick. The back feet are slightly longer than the front, and the dewclaws should be removed. In addition, the tail of the Rotweiler is docked.

As your Rottweiler pup grows, you will see him develop a powerful body that features a deep and broad chest, straight back, and short, deep, muscular loins.

To get a good idea of what the Rottweiler puppies from the litter you are interested in will look like when they are fully grown, find out what the sire and/or dam of the litter look like. The parents of a litter will give you a good indication of how your pup will turn out.