i’m 16 and have always grown up with Rottweilers, i’ve had 3 in the past and now i have my 4th. A gorgeous little boy called Mason. He’s approximately 17 weeks old now, as he has lost his puppy canines, but i was just wondering about his protective instinct.
I’m his master, and you can tell he adores me more out of my family, (Brother, 10 and Mother). When i take him out for walks at night, he constantly goes around the back of me, then back to walking in front like normally. This will happen 6-7 times during an hour walk around my neighbourhood. He always follows me around, It’s like when i move – he moves.
I read that this could be him looking out for me and such.
Just wondering what your take on this is?
I would say that your pups behavior is a totally normal manifestation of how much he loves you and wants to be with you, more than any real protective instincts.
At this age he’s still very much a puppy and Rottweilers do tend to bond very closely with one person and that person is the ‘alpha’ in their pack. Mason seems to see you as the alpha and he has bonded with you and has a strong, natural desire to be with you whenever possible.
He’s old enough to be feeling the very early stirrings of some desire to protect and defend you, and his actions probably have a touch of this too. It’s something that he will naturally develop with age and maturity and right now he probably has no idea why he feels a need to act in this way – but he’ll figure it out as he grows.
Don’t every encourage him to be protective or defensive as it can lead to confidence problems and aggressive behavior. Just love him and take good care of him and let nature take it’s course. You’re obviously doing a great job so far :o)
Best of luck with your puppy.