Getting Ready for your Rottweiler Puppy
Now that you have decided to get a Rottweiler puppy, you need to undergo special preparations to make your home and all members of the “pack” ready to welcome the newest addition to the “pack”. Here are some of the steps that you can take to ensure that your new Rottweiler puppy will be at ease once it arrives.
- Set aside time to be there for your puppy for the most part of the day especially during the first few months. Remember that it is an entirely new and foreign environment for your pup and leaving it alone will create feelings of fear and abandonment that might cause your pup to develop undesirable behavior.
- Keep the puppy out of reach of young kids especially those who are under seven years of age. Letting your kids understand why they are not allowed to play with the puppy at this early stage will educate them and prevent them from insisting on touching or playing with the newly-arrived puppy. There have been cases when kids have been bitten by Rottweilers or injured with rough play.
- Never assume that the other members of the pack, especially other dogs, and your newest addition will become friends immediately. You need to keep watch over them during the first few weeks to avoid the old members from terrorizing your newest member of the pack.
- If you haven’t fenced your yard, now is the best time to do it. Rottweilers, even puppies, do not take kindly to strangers—people or pets—and will fiercely defend their territory.
- Get ready with your stash of chewy bones because your Rottweiler puppy will love to bite and chew everything it can have access to. This is usually the case when they are still less than a year old. With chewy bones and puppy toys, you will give them something to chew and get busy with. It will also provide them something to play and exercise with. As an added precaution, keep everything chewable off the ground where the puppy cannot find or reach it. A Rottweiler puppy has very strong jaws and it can easily destroy your things that you have left around within easy reach.
- Have a specific space in your house that your Rottweiler pup can call its own. It should be a place where the other members of the pack can have no access.
- Your puppy will need plenty of room to play and exercise, thus, it is a good idea to have a fenced-in courtyard where you can play with it and also do your obedience training. Unlike breeds of dogs that you can take for a jog around the neighborhood or the park, a Rottweiler’s joints and ligaments cannot take prolonged periods of jogging or running.
Rottweilers are very demanding dogs and you have to let your puppy know that you are the leader of the “pack”. You should be the one to exert dominance over your Rottweiler pup and not the other way around.