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With the right training, a Rottweiler is an excellent
family dog. This is what the German breed standard says about the
Rottweiler temperament: "He is descended from friendly and peaceable stock
and by nature loves children, is affectionate, obedient, trainable and
loves working." I have owned and trained Rottweilers for a long time and
every one of mine has been good with children. There are two parts to
ensuring any dog is safe with kids. First is training and socializing your
Rottweiler. Second is properly managing the dog. Whether you have a puppy
or an adult dog, I strongly recommend group obedience classes as well as
Teach your children how to treat
the dog. Never allow them to tease any animal. If you have a
Rottweiler puppy, do not allow rough housing or chasing games. It
might be cute and safe now, but will not be safe when your dog is 100
lbs. Do not allow your puppy to do anything now that you don't want
him doing as an adult. It is not fair to change the rules as he grows.
Have children help with the
training. Your Rottweiler should sit on command whether a five year
old kid or an adult asks him to. Teach your Rottweiler to take food
gently from little hands.
Take your kids when you go to
training classes, if they are old enough. You may even want to look
into 4H or other classes for training children and dogs.
Make sure your dog has plenty of
safe exposure to kids right from the start. Take him to parks,
friends' houses, playgrounds. Praise him for being gentle and
friendly, correct him for being rambunctious.
Use the 20 ft leash to practice
coming when called. Always reward or praise the dog for coming even if
you had to pull him to you. This is a good one for children to
practice since it is easier to pull a dog on a long leash than a
Tips and Warnings
Always supervise your dog with
children. Small children should never be left alone with a dog.
Have your child help with
brushing your Rottweiler.
Teach your Rottweiler to take
treats nicely by closing your hand around it and only letting him take
it when he stops nudging or being grabby.
When introducing your
Rottweiler, ask children to pet him under the chin or on the chest
instead of on top of his head.
Never allow children to play tug
of war or chasing games with a dog. Rottweilers have a high "prey"
drive and can harm a child if they get too excited in playing and
Don't let your child take the
dog's leash on walks unless you are 100% sure there is nothing that
will excite the dog and make him lunge or run.
child wants to walk the dog, attach another leash to his collar so you and
the child can both walk him safely.
If there is any problem behavior
like growling or being "protective," get the advice of a good dog
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