i have been having problems with my 8 months old rottie…she is a wonderfully tempered dog and we absolutely love her. but she is getting very large and will almost like herd me.
she tries to weave in between my legs and steps on my feet a lot which really hurts now that she is probably around 80 lbs. How can i keep her from doing this,…it’s driving me insane 🙂
This is very typical Rottweiler behavior and she’s trying to be a bit ‘pushy’ or dominant. At this age it’s perfectly normal because she’s an adolescent and is testing the limits the way teenagers do.
However, you need to let her know that this behavior isn’t acceptable. A verbal correction and physically pushing her (gently but firmly) off your feet or out of your way is the best way to tackle this. But it will take time and consistent corrections to teach her that you mean business!
Also, don’t allow her to ‘dominate’ in other situations either, she needs to remember that she’s low in the pecking order of the family. Make sure she ‘earns’ everything from meals to play sessions, walks, toys etc. by asking her to sit (and making sure she obeys) before you give her her bowl, a toy, put on her leash and so on.
It sounds as though she’s a really good girl, with a sound temperament, so just be patient with her and keep the house-rules firm but fair, and she’ll eventually grow out of her adolescent behavior and settle down.
Hope this helps, best of luck with her.
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