We are experienced Rottie owners, and have recently (3 weeks ago) rescued a beautiful Female Rottie (Not spayed yet – but will not be breeding from)
We do not know her previous life, as she was abandoned… we have come along way with her training, stopped any wee-ing in the house.. she is great with our 3 kids.
The problem I would like advice on is… since getting her.. when ever someone comes into the house.. or even meeting on the street whilst walking.. her tails goes mad.. she wants to greet them.. then whilst being patted.. after about 5 seconds she does a very quiet growl.. at first we believed that she was simply just “Talking”. But today after a friend coming in.. she done the usual little growl whilst being patted… then showed her teeth.. we of-course said “NO” in a very stern voice.. she knew she had done wrong.. and after about 2 minutes.. she went back to our friend, and like being stroked…
Obviously this puts people on edge…. and apart from this.. she is an absolute star.. we have an older rottie and they love each other to bits.. play for most of the day.
My other rottie never went through this.. so unsure of what exactly to do.. is she being protective.. or is it aggression?
It’s hard when we don’t know her previous life!
I would appreciate any advice.
Your girl is giving off very conflicting signals and I’d say that’s a sign that she’s unsure of herself and a bit anxious. I wouldn’t call it ‘aggressive’ behavior, probably it’s more defensive in nature, but given that you don’t know anything about her life before she came to you it’s difficult to say why she’s acting this way.
Often adolescent Rotties display this sort of behavior as their ‘guarding instincts’ kick in and they’re confused about how to handle them. I’m not sure how old she is, but this could be a developmental issue as much as a behavioral one.
Whenever this happens though I always recommend that you get a professional evaluation and hands-on help from a qualified dog trainer. It’s impossible for me, or anyone else, to make accurate judgements about behavior without seeing the dog’s body language, reactions and so on, and you need to handle this in the right way to make sure it doesn’t become a problem.
I’d strongly recommend finding a local dog trainer who is experienced in training large, guardian breeds and who only uses positive, rewards-based methods.
From what you say your new Rottweiler has a basically sound temperament and generally gets along with people and other dogs. This is good, and the few ‘issues’ she has should be fairly straightforward to deal with once you have some hands-on help and advice.
I wish you all the best of luck and hope everything is going smoothly soon.