11 week old female rottweiler

by Quinn
(Wasaga Beach , Ontario, Canada)

Hi my name is Quinn, my Puppy Rottweiler is doing as I read really normal puppy things? I'm just worried that at times it seems like she takes it a bit to far. I just got her 4 nights and 3 days ago so I realize this could have a lot to do with it!

Her name is duchess I guess I should start with she has already been to 4 different homes with mine being the forth poor thing and that's not including the breeder so really 5 houses ! This worries me , I'm praying because she is young i should be able to re directed her behaviour! They all admitted that they didn't have the time or attention span to deal with a puppy with everything that was going on in their life's! And to tell the truth she is quite the handful , in a matter of speaking I can understand why they didn't want to keep her as she is a lot of work and truly a full time commitment ...

I am more than willing to devote all the time she needs as at the moment I'm not employed and won't be for a while ... So I have more than enough time for her! I have been doing some reading and a Lot of the stuff says that this is Normal behaviour but i am still concerned about her
behaviour it truly worries me. She gets overly excited and at the moment I don't have a crate but am getting one in couple weeks! So for now when she nibbles at my hands with more than just a chew i take my hands away and say no , then some times she'll run from one side of the house to the other (my house real isn't all that big)and runs at me and grabs me by my legs feet and ankles... I'll tell her no and try to redirect the behaviour to a toy, sometimes it works and I reward her with praises or at times a treat here or there! When it doesn't work I firmly say no and take my hands away and at times she goes at my feet . I then have to put her collar and leash on for her to calm down she will continue to try for a little until she realizes she's not getting anywhere! She also growls, sometimes when I go to pick her up? And during the first couple days she would growl when I would go near her face to kiss her? If I look her in the eyes for to long she growls?! And at other times she's fine?

I know that a few people that were living with my girlfriend that have me the dog were ruff housing her and I think someone threw her! I haven't hit her, the worst I have done is grab her by her snout! I try to ignore the behaviour as websites have said to do but still want her to know its in acceptable and moms boss!

Help please any suggestions would help !

Thanks so much !

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Aug 14, 2013
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at DogProblems.com.

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