What attracts you to the Rottweiler BR?
What attracts you to the Rottweiler BR?
Didn't the vet who euthanised your dogs pick up on the fact they were poisoned through their illnesses?
And that's why I am suggesting volunteering at a shelter, you'll meet dogs of all ages and all sizes....your friends dad will probably only deal in puppies.
I really think you need to get over your nervousness of big dogs BEFORE you own one. Yes, if you get a pup you will get used to it's size as you are with it every day, but when you take it out you will encounter other big dogs, you might not be nervous of your own dog, but what of others.....that nervousness will transmit to your dog.
At a shelter, the more senior members will take you under their wing and guide you the right way...I've done this with people in the past, adults and children, and it's a true delight to watch the transformation in people, as while they overcome their fears they learn about different breeds, get to know the dogs in the shelter and then are happy when they find they've gone to a home.
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Hi and To the Forum!!!
When I was your age (not that long ago, only 9 years) there was no way I would have been able to handle a Rottie, I know that you aren't planning this for a while, but I was hoping you might be able to answer a couple of questions just briefly
1. How much free time do you have that you would actively and regularly put into training your dog? I'm not including exercise here either
2. What do you want from your dog? This is very very important as you may find another breed entirely suits you much better
3. Have you thought about the ongoing costs? Vets fees, vaccinations, council registration, desexing, worming, flea treatment, obedience club training, accident or emergency treatment (I saved $5k for mine and I pay monthly pet insurance too!!) etc. Do you have a plan for this?
4. Do you still live near the same neighbour? If you get another dog will the neighbour do that to them too? What was the neighbours possible reasoning (were the dogs barkers and if so, what would you do differently to prevent this from happening again)
I do think that you would be better off going to a shelter than a pet store. Anyone can deal with puppies, but volunteering at a pet store will teach you if you're ready for another dog, and as I think Greys said, you may just find that perfect dog for you! It is VERY rewarding and the dogs there will teach you a WHOLE lot of stuff!
I'm not going to discourage you from a Rottie, but Cleasanta is right, they are not a dog for everyone and they are certainly a less than ideal choice for someone who is afraid of large dogs.
Attached is a photo of one of the fosters that I had here in late 2008. He was 2 years old, and had some pretty bad habits that included leading people around by their hands if they didn't pay attention to him. I could fit both of my hands inside his mouth with room to spare.
I am by no means even close to an expert on these dogs. I grew up with Blue Heelers and Border Collies, not once did any bite me, nor would they have dared. They would deter people by barking and growling but would not bite. The only dog I've been bitten by, that caused any kind of damage was a labrador. He meant business too.
If you cannot trust the breed, you cannot trust your dog. Because you cannot trust your dog, you will suffer for it and your dog will suffer for it.
Pop along to the obedience school Shar Pei Rescue recommended as that, IMO would help you a lot with your decision. Make sure you ask them how much time and effort they put into their training with their dogs. For at least the two years all the time you put into weightlifting will more than likely need to be spent training your dog... I have a kelpie cross puppy who's just 5 months old. I can't go running with him yet because it will do damage to his joints. Once he's an adult I'll be able to, but you cannot go running with a rottie for (I think!) it's two years.
Can you handle losing that much time that you would normally have spent on yourself without resenting the dog?
I think I've written a novel - so I'll stop there. I hope you don't think I'm lecturing you and I genuinely want to hear your answers. I highly commend and applaud you for doing your research before buying a dog or puppy!
All great advice given already
Hi and welcome btw
I think its great you have come searching for info before finding yourself in a sad situation, and as a 20yr old putting in that effort is even better. (gee I sound old im 26 lol)
Rottis are absolutely devine dogs to look at and I will always stop in my tracks to watch one pass by, They are also my Uncles heart dog, so any time I needed a dobe fix I would head over to his house lol. He is passionate about them and doesn't rec them for everyone. Like has been mentioned before serious time and effort needs to go into owning these gorgeous beastes.
On here you will find lots of great info and also more valuable personal info and stories.
good luck with your search
Thanks again everyone for the replies. You see, I'm sold on the idea of becomming the carer of a pup, and I know I would treat it with the love and respect and attention it deserves. I bet you guys love your pets too, and would do anything to see them healthy and happy.. well I'm in a spot now where your advice could, in the long run, mean another accident for both of us, or a relationship to be proud of.
I want to do this, I CAN do this. But not without help. I will not be pulling any punches when it comes to raising another dog-friend.
Hey Big Red, All the best with your quest for a Rotti, knowing how to train your dog before you actually get it is an excellent place to start too.
Yes I do anything to ensure that my little boy is happy, healthy, well socialised, friendly (so I don't add to the dog bite pandemic), very well trained and an all around brilliant addition to canine society. I gave up friends, tv and my exercise regime (well altered drastically) to suit his needs. I gave up my saturdays and sundays for him - so he can go to the dog club and so he can have a morning at the park or the beach (on his own because I don't like dog parks or dog beaches, just a personal preference) and so on. It is not just a commitment, the dog is your responsibility. How he or she behaves reflects on you and his or her behavior will ONLY be a result of the time and effort you put in to effective training.
And you are the only one who can do anything to impact the relationship you have with your dog. We are just people on the other end of the computer with no way of knowing if you're telling the truth, lying or just having some fun with us.
Yes you can do it. If you show the dog as much commitment as you do your body....
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