Why is the Rottweiler a Banned Breed and How You Can Change People’s Minds

If you have a Rottweiler of your own then you already know how gentle and loving these dogs can be. Unfortunately, the public’s perception of the Rottweiler breed is generally very negative – many people think that these dogs are naturally aggressive and dangerous. These are some of the reasons why the Rottweiler is a banned breed in certain areas. If you are a Rottweiler owner, it is part of your duty to make sure that your own dog is properly trained and socialized so he doesn’t contribute to the problem – you can also take part in educating the public about the truth of this breed.

Training and Socializing Your Rottweiler

When you think about dangerous or aggressive dog breeds, what comes to mind? Pitbulls, Doberman Pinschers, and even Bulldogs probably come to mind. But what about the Rottweiler? The Rottweiler has gained a reputation as a guard dog due to its natural protective instincts but, unfortunately, many people take advantage of the breed’s instincts and they mistreat the dog until it learns to fear and even hate humans. These are the dogs that give Rottweilers a bad name – they are the dogs that bite people, chase people, and even injure people if they trespass on the property the dog is protecting. What many people do not realize is that the Rottweiler can actually be a gentle and a friendly breed with proper socialization and training.

When you become a dog owner you take on the responsibility of training your puppy to ensure that he grows up to be well-adjusted and capable of interacting well with other dogs and people. While socialization and training is essential for all dogs, it is particularly important with breeds like the Rottweiler than have protective instincts and an already bad reputation. When you bring home your Rottweiler puppy for the first time you need to spend a lot of time exposing him to new people, places, and things to socialize him – the more socialized your puppy is, the better he will be able to deal with unfamiliar people and situations as an adult. An under-socialized dog is an unpredictable dog and that is not something you can afford with a powerful breed like the Rottweiler. You also need to train your Rottweiler very well so that he responds to your commands so you can control him in public.

Education and Activism About Banned Breeds

In addition to taking your responsibility for training and socializing your Rottweiler seriously, you should also consider taking part in educational opportunities to help dispel the misconceptions about this breed. It is unfortunate but true that many areas have breed-specific legislation that affects breeds that are perceived as dangerous – this sometimes includes the Rottweiler. While these laws are designed to protect people, what they end up doing in many cases is feed into the misconceptions that these dogs are always aggressive and potentially dangerous. One thing you can do to help dispel this myth is to make sure that your own Rottweiler is a shining example of the breed so that people can see for themselves that not every Rottweiler is a menace to society. You can also take part in educational and outreach activities sponsored by the American Rottweiler Club, the United States Rottweiler Club, and other breed organizations.

If you own a Rottweiler of your own, you probably already know that these dogs can be incredibly gentle and that they make great family pets. Unfortunately, many people assume the opposite to be true because they only hear the bad things about the breed. To help do your part in dispelling the myths about Rottweiler aggression, make sure that your own dog is properly trained and socialized.

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