Being a dog parent requires you to be on your toes 24×7 to ensure your dog’s well-being. The job is not an easy one but is truly rewarding. My angry Rottweiler has shown aggressive behavior in many situations, and he tends to growl a lot.
I often find my little bundle of joy going through ups and downs. Dogs tend to react to the energy that surrounds them; sometimes, despite all my efforts at keeping my dog happy and content, he is to be found irritated and angry.
Over the years, I have learned how to deal with such situations. More importantly, I have learned to recognize the various signs that my dog exhibits when he is not feeling well.
If your dog is suddenly acting out of character, it could be an indication that something is wrong. For example, if your usual friendly dog is growling or snapping at you, it is definitely a cause for concern.
Whether you are a dog parent yourself or if you are planning on becoming one soon, keep reading to know more about the whys and hows of an angry rottweiler. Honestly, I have learned too many tricks over these years to pacify my dog; and I can assure you that these would be valid to most dog breeds. You’ll find tips and advice for taking care of your dog. I hope you will enjoy reading the blog and find it helpful!
Why Does My Rottweiler Get Angry?
There could be many reasons why your Rottweiler gets angry. It could be something as simple as being hungry or needing to go to the bathroom. It could also be something more serious, such as being mistreated or feeling threatened. If you’re not sure why your Rottweiler is angry, you need to keep track of his behavior to get to the root of the problem. It’s a long and tedious process to figure out a pattern to your dog’s behavior, but once you do that, you can work on training him to react differently in those situations.
How Can I Calm Down My Angry Rottweiler?
Anger is a normal emotion that all dogs experience. However, if your Rottweiler’s anger is out of control, it can lead to aggression. Here are some ways that you can use to help your Rottweiler relax.
#1. Keep Your Cool
Before trying to calm down your Rottweiler, try not to get yourself too worked up. Get into the habit of keeping yourself calm at all times when dealing with pets, especially when they are not in a great mood. This makes the entire process of you calming them down even easier.
#2. Avoid Punishing them
If you are the kind who feels that punishing your dog will make them behave better next time, then you are highly mistaken. Dogs who are punished more often tend to become fearless and more stubborn. Also, it develops in them the feeling of distrust against the person who punishes them.
Avoid any form of physical punishment as it can lead to long-term damage. Also, if possible, try not to yell or scream as it will only make your dog more upset.
#3. Using Positive Reinforcement
What you can actually do is try to reward them each time they become uncontrollable, instead of punishing them. This will serve two purposes: first, it will ensure that they actually listen to you, and second, they try not to repeat aggression with the same intensity. It is important to share happy moments with your dog.
#4. Physical Activity
Sometimes it can get really depressing for your dog to be cooped up all day, especially if you do not have open space for them to function. Taking your dog on a walk or run is a great way to get them some exercise and fresh air. Any form of physical activity can help them maintain a healthy weight, improve their mental state, and just generally make them happier and less aggressive.
Along with involving them in physical activities, try to keep them busy with interactive toys and games, obedience training, and puzzle toys to help keep their minds active as well.
#5. Avoid Triggers
You can take some precautionary measures to avoid the episodes of anger bouts and ensure that your dog’s peace is not at risk. If you have noticed a pattern with your dog and their aggressive responses, you can try to avoid certain situations that may prove to be triggers for your dog.
Early years of training are crucial for your dogs, as it sets the tone for behavior in the years ahead. They thrive on routine and discipline. You need to give them time to learn to behave properly and get into a routine. Sometimes, things get hard for dogs, and when the pattern is not broken soon enough, they tend to lose their minds.
How to Identify Your Rottweiler’s Aggressive Behavior?
While sometimes Rottweilers can be aggressive; there are a few behaviors that will help you identify if your Rottweiler is feeling aggressive. These behaviors prepare you for what is to come. Each dog can react differently to a given situation. Some respond immediately, while others bottle up their anger and release it much later.
1. Excessive Barking or Growling
Some dogs tend to display their anger by excessive barking or growling. In the beginning, this barking may not seem to be a cause of concern, but slowly you would notice it becoming unnatural and unusual. There is no need to worry except that your dog might end up exhausting himself/herself.
2. Showing Teeth or Snapping
As weird as it sounds, some dogs will show their teeth or snap when they feel happy or excited. This is usually seen during playtime, or when they greet someone they know well. It’s important to note that it is not aggression, and should not be treated as such. But, when triggered by something that could irritate them, your dog with a happy tail may become aggressive.
3. Biting or Trying to Bite
Sometimes dogs can become so aggressive that they begin to bite anything around them or try to bite anyone they find around them as a sign of anger. It can become difficult to go near your dog when he/she is showing such signs.
Again, if you have observed a pattern and feel that your dog is doing this each time he/she is angry, you can get him toys or chewable sticks to play with. This can allow them to express their anger as well as keep their mind off from what was bothering them in the first place.
4. Threateningly Touching Someone With Their Paw or Nose
Rottweilers are great observers and have a natural protective instinct. If they feel threatened by someone around them, they may try to attack them with their paw or nose. This is an indication enough that something is bothering them.
However, this does not mean that all Rottweilers will automatically attack anyone they feel is a threat. Sometimes it is just their way of seeking attention and love.
5. Giving a Hard Stare
It may sometimes appear that your dog has zoned out, but on close inspection, you can realize that it is consciously staring hard at you.
Staring can also be a way of trying to get you to respond. If you are talking to yourself or another person, your dog may be trying to figure out why you are not talking to them. This staring is more of a “curious” stare, rather than a stare of aggression.
But this curiosity can slowly turn into an aggressive state where the dog is trying to communicate their feeling of discomfort to you.
6. Expressions of Caution
Ears pulled back or flattened against the head could also be a sign of an aggressive dog. Some dogs do not exhibit anger by being loud or making it apparent but avoiding these episodes can prove to be troublesome in the long run. Such dogs tend to withdraw from people around them and begin to lose confidence.
They could also be seen keeping their tail held high and wagging stiffly. At an advanced stage, you can observe this expression of anger in the form of a stiff and rigid body.
7. Seek Professional Help
If you’re having trouble managing your Rottweiler’s anger, consider seeking professional help from a certified dog trainer or your dog’s vet. Sometimes your dog might be undergoing problems that may surface in the form of aggressive behavior. In such a case, it is crucial to seek professional help.
Soothing and calming down your dog may seem like a task, but in good time you will learn how to identify the signs exhibited by your dog to indicate his/her aggression. This will help you deal with your dog when he/she is not calm. Some signs of an aggressive dog may include barking, growling, showing teeth, staring, and snapping. If you see any of these signs, it is essential to try and calm your dog down. This can be done by speaking in a calm voice, offering treats, and petting your dog. If these methods do not work, you may need to consult a professional.
In the meantime, here are some tips and tricks that can help you deal with an aggressive dog:
- Try to keep your body language relaxed and composed.
- Do not approach the dog if it is showing symptoms of aggression.
- To restrict their movement you can use comfortable dog collars to secure them with a leash
- If the dog is growling or barking, do not make eye contact.
- Slowly move back from the dog and avoid doing any sudden movements.
- If the dog attacks, try to protect your head and neck and call for help.