The Rottweiler breed is an active and intelligent dog that requires plenty of things to keep them engaged in body and mind. They have often been misunderstood to be quite aggressive, violent and mean due to their temperament and breeding purpose. But that’s not the case.
This breed of dog is super adorable, loving, loyal and faithful. With the right kind of training, especially at an early age, Rottweiler can prove to be a great companion. If you are thinking about bringing a Rottweiler puppy to your home, you will need to plan for their arrival in advance. You’ll need to buy Rottweiler dog beds, toys, healthy treats, a leash, and so forth. Here are a few tips on how to care for a Rottweiler.
First, before you bring your puppy home, find a veterinarian. Within the first few days of taking your Rottweiler puppy home, you should take it to the vet for general exams. This will help you ensure that your pup’s vaccinations are up to date.
Your vet needs to examine your Rottweiler at least once per year. Rottweilers are susceptible to potentially life-threatening diseases. Your veterinarian can help identify any potential health problems early and advise you on how to care for your dog.
Rottweiler puppies grow rapidly. Thus, they need to engage in a lot of physical activities regularly to support their rapid growth. Around 30 minutes of daily walks is enough. Remember to make it a routine to take walks at a particular time of the day. As it grows older, then you can take him for long walks and hikes. Other than that, you can also take your dog out for playtime at the park or even in your backyard.
Give your pooch some toys to add an element of fun and interest to their workout routine. Exercises help to keep your Rottweiler’s mind active and sharp.
Complete balanced diet
It is essential to put your Rottweiler on a diet that is not only nutritious but also suits its dietary preferences. Rottweiler puppies always grow very quickly, and this rapid growth strains their bones and joints. Therefore, they need an optimum well-balanced diet to make sure their body system develops appropriately. This diet can include meat-based proteins like fish, lamb and beef, and carbohydrates (in moderation).
Remember to feed your dog after he has exercised. Or, you can feed it about 1 to 2 hours before exercising. This is because your furry friend might experience gastric bloat or intestinal twisting, which are terminal conditions. Proper nutrition is essential because it helps protect your dog from nutrient deficiency diseases.
Socialize Your Rottweiler
Rottweilers are infamous for being antisocial and aloof. So you need to start training it how to be social as early as possible. Allow your puppy to interact with other animals and human beings at an early age. This would help your puppy adapt positively to new situations instead of reacting with aggression or fear. For example, you can take it for walks, playtime in a dog park, car rides, among other activities.
You can consider enrolling your puppy in a socialization class as per your veterinarian recommendation. In these classes, he will be exposed to other puppies, people, and various sights, sounds and smells for it to be able to adapt or respond positively to new experiences. With proper socialization, your puppy can grow up to be a gentle, playful and loving dog.
Create a Bond
Create a bond with your Rottweiler. The bond you have with your pooch begins when you bring it home, and this bond never stops growing. You can nurture this bond through affection, training, grooming, playtime, rubbing its fur, and participation in various sporting activities.
Whenever your puppy does something wrong, for example, soiling in the house, scratching or chewing on furniture or any valuable item, it is essential to remember not to yell at it. Instead, respond positively by wiping out the soiled surface or replacing it with a chew toy.
House Train Your Rottweiler
House training is one of the first things you will need to teach your new puppy. Puppies need to be taught the importance of outdoor toileting right from when they get home. You can do this easily by setting a regular schedule of potty breaks (usually every 2 hours), eating timetable, playtime and sleep. This is because Rottweiler thrives on routines.
Grooming Your Rottweiler
One of the best things about Rottweiler is that they have short hair that makes the grooming process easy. Ensure you brush your puppy once every week with a soft-bristled brush to keep its coat healthy and sleek. Also, check its paws for any damage; make sure its nails are not long. Because the Rottweiler’s nails are black and not easily visible therefore you should be very careful while clipping them. Also, check between its toes for red spots or swelling of any kind.
It is important to note that Rottweiler does not require regular baths but rather occasional baths (once every 4-6 weeks). When bathing your puppy, ensure you use dog shampoo to avoid breaking the protection oil on its skin.
During its early ages, the puppy might be teething and will require something to chew on. For it not to chew on everything in the house, you can give it a large rubber Kong toy filled with peanut butter for it to chew on.
In case it chews on any furniture or any precious item, do not yell at it. Instead, replace the item with its Kong toy. It is recommended that your puppy’s chew toys should be made of rubber. Remember to clean the dirty toys on bleach water to save them from infections.
Rottweilers are intelligent and energetic dogs who know how to serve their masters. Therefore, you have to know how to care for a Rottweiler before bringing it home. Caring for a Rottweiler puppy might seem like a handful, but they also bring plenty of joy to your world.
Your Rottweiler has the potential to grow into a wonderful dog. But it will need a lot of love, shelter and protection.