Caring for Rottweilers

Rottweilers are a popular dog to have as a pet. However, they are not suitable for everyone. They are a dominant breed and therefore need to be aware that the owner is in charge. Furthermore, owners who get adult rottweilers may have to undo any bad training. Despite these issues, this breed tends to be perfect for companionship.

Feeding

Some rottweilers can weigh more than the average adult. These are large dogs which need to be given a substantial amount of food. On the other hand, it is not a good idea to overfeed them, as this can lead to weight issues. The majority of a dog’s weight should be muscle. Sufficient exercise should go hand in hand with a healthy diet. Asking a vet about the dog’s dietary requirements is useful.

Training

All dogs need to be trained, but this is especially true for rottweilers. This breed is big, powerful and potentially dangerous. Luckily they are also eager to learn new things. This is why they are perfect for canine competitions such as herding, agility and obedience.

Rottweilers were bred to pull carts and can still be taught to perform this task. Some owners find this useful for when they do garden and farm work. Even though they may look tough, these dogs have a sensitive side. They do not like to be yelled at, and owners should refrain from doing this during training. As long as you are consistent and persistent, the dog will eventually learn.

Exercise

A rottweiler will need plenty of exercise. Every day they should be given a couple of long walks. In between these workouts, it is wise to provide them with access to a fenced garden. As well as physical activity, the dog needs to stay mentally stimulated. Bored rottweilers are likely to exhibit destructive behaviour. In order to prevent this, an owner can play games with the dog, as well as provide them with toys and doggie puzzles.

Grooming

This breed has short hair but will still shed a lot. They need to be given a good brushing throughout the week. During spring and autumn, their undercoat will blow out. This can sometimes surprise and worry about new owners, but it is perfectly normal. Undoubtedly one of the good things about this breed in terms of grooming is that they do not need to be bathed much. In fact, too much bathing can irritate their skin.