Hi all, first post here and looking for a bit of advice.
About 6 months ago me and my family picked up a rottweiler cross from a shelter, he seemed really calm and friendly at the time but we've been having some troubles with him since. It's gotten to the point where my mother feels we may have to return him and that might yet be the case even though we love him dearly, we're trying to avoid that at all costs, hence why I'm here.
He is about 2 years old and quite boisterous, the main problems are that he can snap at people and sometimes become aggressive with smaller dogs, he is in fact very friendly and he never takes it too far but it is still worrisome. Among other problems are his attention span which makes it very hard to train him, he is constantly running away, he nips at peoples heels when we walk in the house.
I'm guessing he needs a very strong owner, I'd like to hear from any people who own rottweilers and any advice they might have on training him. I'm at the point where I think I might have to step in and take over from my mother because she really cant handle him and is becoming stressed. I am not an experienced dog owner though (I'm willing to learn though), I do want honesty though and if this may be out of my league I'd expect you to be frank.
He is walked for about an hour a day, has a friend (although she is older and less prone to play) and we spend a fair bit of time playing with him but he always seems to have more energy.
Thanks in advance for any input, and sorry for the long post.