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Old 01-07-2009, 06:56 AM   #1
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hi im gaz, i have just started looking after a young ish rottwiler, have growen up around them with my dads mates who had 3 of them, i have take on my best freinds dog as he cant walk it or anything due to having only 1 leg and being on crutches, his grand perants are a bit to old for the dog aswell so i offered it a good home, the only problem is though, i dont know how to look after it proply, was wondering if you lot could give me tips and some help,

I know if you walk them to much you can damage they back legs/hibs and so on, so my first question is,, how long shall i walk him?? and is there any games i can play with him keep him happy through the day??

Also the food, anything that will help keep him nice and strong and healthy?? or is normal dog food ok??

He also has a problem with other dogs, he is fine with the old dog he was kept around all day but other dogs is a no no,, i found that out when he seen my next door nabours little jack rusel and jumped the fence picked it up in its mouth and jumped back over into my garden,, oooppppssss dont worry the other dog was fine not a scratch on it suprisingly, so any tips on how to get it nice and freindly would be fab aswell,, and if any 1 thinks im doing sumthing wrong feel free to point it out other wise i wont learn,

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Hi Gaz, welcome to the forum

How old is he? It only harms them to walk them too far when they are developing, once they are fully matured it's ok.

It sounds like he needs socialising, Rotties are a strong breed and prone to developing issues like dog aggression unless carefully worked with. It will be hard work to sort him out, but completely possible. Does he go for all other dogs, or just other males?

A good quality food is essential, you get out what you put in and cheap dog food isn't worth it. There are a number of high quality dog foods that don't cost a lot more than the supermarket stuff and will be so much better for him.

Burns is a really good brand, based in Wales I believe. I use Oscars for my dogs and they do very well on that - it actually doesn't cost much more than feeding them on Bakers or Pedigree and their health has improved a lot.

There's a few Rottie people on the forum that will be able to offer you much more specific advice than I can - but primarily I suggest finding a local training club and giving them a call to find out if they run socialisation classes for dogs with some aggression issues. Make sure to be honest as you don't want to turn up to a standard socialisation class and cause problems for the other dog owners.

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he is about one, i usaly walk hime for about 15min around the block, and im not sure after i found him walking round the the nabers dog half in its mouth i aint realy been around other dogs,,, were i live people have dogs then just leave them wonder the roads, so if i am out and there is another dog around i tend to walk the other way because the other dogs do go after people on bikes and walkers, dont want to take the risk yet, he is fine with people though,

I got told these dogs come under the dangerouse dog act? is there and rules on that i need to learn about??

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Every dog is subject to the Dangerous Dogs Act, your Rottie is no more legislated against than my cocker spaniel. There are some breeds that are banned, such as Japanese Tosas, Pitbull terriers etc.

Basically, it is against the law to let any dog wander on a public highway off lead, a dog must always be under control out in public.

If your dog bites, or acts aggressively to someone, or even puts them in fear of an attack it falls under the DDA. If he does bite someone they are entitled to report him to the police and dog warden, and theoretically they can file for a destruction order and have him removed and destroyed.

You have a strong dog so you need to be very aware of what he can do if you allow him to become aggressive. He's already shown aggression to small dogs so you must make sure he cannot hurt someone else's dog.

Socialising him is vital at this point, if he's not neutered I would suggest you get it done. As a first dog, a male Rottie isn't ideal. Add in his testosterone and you could have a nightmare on your hands.

At one year old he is still developing, he should have got to full height by now but will now start bulking up with muscle. He really does need an excellent food to help him in this stage. Oscars and Burns have advice available to tell you how much protein etc he should be having.

15minutes is not enough exercise, he needs at least an hour. Starting to do some training with him is really important and will do wonders for how he behaves for you. He will respect you more too. Try and get a book on basic training, sit, stay, heel, down and recall etc and you can start working with him.

There is a method called NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) that is good to bear in mind, he needs to work for treats, affection and privileges and ultimately if you are firm with this he will grow into a much better pet.

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ye that helps a lot, i might take him up the farm on the quad let him run round for his exercises, i would feel a lot safer knowing there is nothing for miles, intill i get to adress his agresion, was thinking of a muzzel for his walks though, do these help in teaching it biting is rong or will it just stop him from doing it?

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The muzzle is hotly debated, on one hand if you feel there is a danger of him attacking and hurting or killing another dog then it is very responsible of you to muzzle him. On the other hand, it can actually make the dog act more aggressively as they are aware that they are at a disadvantage.

What you could start to do is teach him a 'LEAVE' command, so basically he learns that when you say Leave he must turn away from whatever he is focussed on. That's ideally what you need to do as the muzzle won't cure the problem

Running off his energy in open land where there's nobody about is a great idea, he'll be a different dog if you give him the exercise he needs. Dogs behave better when they're stimulated and exercised, if he's full of energy he'll get frustrated.

Have you ever watched Dog Borstal? They have some good methods on there for teaching basic commands
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nope never heard of it, i watch the dog wisper thats awsome lol,,, if people were i lived keep they dogs on leads i wouldnt be so sceard of walking him out in the open, but there atleast 3 or 4 dogs wonder round up here with no owners in sight, i will have to try it sooner or later though

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Whatever you do, do not use Dog Whisperer methods such as physical dominance or checks on your Rottie as unless you really know how to get the timing right you could make him worse. Cesar Millan is quite controversial as his methods don't work well on dogs with underlying anxiety and nervousness.

Some good classical obedience training and focus exercises are all that you need, it is good to teach him who is the boss but never become physical with him, there really is no need.
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Hi sledge and

Wow it looks like you have quite a few questions! And Mel has already done a good job getting you some help. You might want to split up your questions and ask in a different section of the forum (like ask about food in the nutrition section, walking in the exercise, etc) as the posts there will be more likely to be read and get more answers.
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i wouldnt want to get fisical with hime anyway lol i aint dull i might be young but not dull lol

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