Im new to owning a Rottweiler and to this forum. Other forums I have been on seeking help have not been helpful but very condescending. Let me explain my situation. Firstly Im over in Ireland, in a rural village with yes, narrow minded people when it comes to big breeds. I got my pup, called Nacho in mid March before the whole country went into lockdown. He was over 8wks old and settled in well. He bonded well with my German Shepherd Sudden very well, considering my GSD was dog aggressive. I posted on one forum asking for help as it was 9yrs since I had a puppy in my life and Sudden was a dream dog in all honesty, but I got criticised when the techniques they suggested dint work and I went back asking for other advice. Im not going into it but Ive not been back since May.
Things were tough as I couldn't socialise him due to the lockdown and then the injections were due so it was mostly walks down our property for a good while. People were criticising me for getting him and how he would be an aggressive dog and how I was wrong to have got him. People I thought were my friends and people who have had no dogs in their life ever also! The 2 oldest children lost interest in him pretty quick as pups are bitey, quick little things! Things went from bad to worse when my beloved Sudden collapsed on me one night suddenly a week short of his birthday and had to be put to sleep. I was inconsolable to say the least and I found it so hard to bond with the puppy. Sudden was my life and best friend and so amazing with the kids it was difficult. Im in tears writing this cos I miss him so much everyday. We found ourselves comparing Nacho to Sudden which wasn't fair on him at all but it was all I knew. Eventually the lockdown was eased back after 3 1/2 months and I started meeting up with my cousin who has 2 border collies and things improved slightly. Nacho loves meeting dogs and has a great time playing with these two.
However the kids have zero interest in him and don't play or spend time with him no matter how many times you give out to them. They used take him for a walk down our property on his lead and come back and tell you he was a rotter and was jumping or biting the lead so Ive given up asking them to do it. Things have improved between myself and Nacho after a tough, rough few months and he's gotten into football too which is great for him to wear him out. He's now 8mths old and seems to be bonding with the 4yr old who is with me most on walks and is authoritative with the pup..
Sudden was strictly my dog who I trained and looked after for 9yrs and who would not go on walks with other people just me and I think Nacho is going down this road too as he won't head off with my oldest children or anyone. I'll get given out to for this at a later stage as I did with Sudden. Any suggestions or even any tips on anything to do with Rottweiler pups is welcome. I apologise for the long intro but it has made me feel better to write this down and hopefully not be judged..