I got a 3 months rottweiler puppy there is a little problem that repeated several times : when I grab him sometimes he gets aggressive so he snaps and growls and tries to attack me.
Today I got too frustrated and i hit him and locked him in a down position until he submitted and I put confined him alone for half an hour.
He kept whining so i let him out i ignored him and let him out when he stopped was I correct or there is a better way of sending him the message that aggression is unacceptable ????
This sort of discipline may work temporarily with a puppy, but it’s not going to work as your pup gets older and is downright dangerous for you because an adult Rottweiler isn’t going to be pushed around in this way.
In a healthy owner/dog relationship the dog obeys their owner because they love and respect them and there has been a bond established over time and backed up by appropriate training. Using physical force or negative training techniques will reinforce ‘bad’ behavior and Rotties are very intelligent but can be stubborn, which means they may simply choose to ignore you if they don’t respect you.
At 3 months old your pup is still plenty young enough to learn appropriate behavior and you need to discourage his snapping or growling firmly, but with love. A firm “NO” (not shouted and no smacking) in a low voice, and a quick shake of the scruff of the neck should be enough. If necessary, wrap your hand gently around his muzzle while telling him “NO” again, but don’t hit him, and no ‘alpha-rolling’ ever.
Make sure that your pup is getting enough exercise as too much pent-up energy can sometimes overflow into unwanted aggressive or destructive behavior. Also give him plenty of sturdy chew toys to help relieve any stresses. Never ‘grab’ at your pup, all your interactions should be gentle but firm, not jerky or ‘pushy’. Also, teach him the ‘sit’ command and make sure he starts to ‘earn’ his food, treats, toys etc. by asking him to sit (and making sure he obeys) before rewarding him. Dogs respect those who are in control of lifes’ resources, and this a way to show him that you are in control in a way he’ll understand. Check out my Free Puppy Training Tips page for lots of help and advice on training.
I’d strongly recommend that you enroll your pup in a puppy or basic obedience class, as you’ll both benefit from some one-on-one professional help and your pup will get some valuable socialization experience. If you have specific issues the instructor will be able to help you there too.
I hope this helps, and wish you the best of luck with your little guy.