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Hi, I'm new on this site so if I'm not doing this right please excuse me, I'll figure it out sooner or later. I have a 4 yr. old neutered male rottie (german) he's about 150lbs. and I am about 110 lbs. I take him on walks everyday and I must say I think as he ages he's become more mature about this "little" (yeah right!) problem he and I have encountered. When he comes upon another dog walking on a leash with its proud owner, he goes NUTS!!! He puts on this big show and crys like I beating himhalf to death...ya know the argh, argh, argh...that you would hear at the pound, or a sound that you wouldn't think came from a rottie thats for sure. Dramatically crying or screaming, (which is loud, way abnoxious, and makes all the neighbors come to their windows or patios) this is where the REAL problem is.....he is pulling me so hard that I have hit the ground, grass, gravel and feel like I'm doing some sort of stupid sport that should involve water. Not to mention the grass stains on my jeans!! So this has got to stop and I can not let him get away with this again because today was the worst...I have spoiled the heck out of this dog and love him more than anything, he sleeps like a person next to me and is a big cuddle bunny. I wish when he was a puppy I would have disciplined him more and had some "rules" this puppy I used to bring breakfast in bed to, they are so cute as puppies and you forget that they are going to be REALLY strong and big. So for you new puppy owners take some advice and have rulesand be more strickt becuase it will pay off and yourpuppy will be a better DOG.. I am also a female my dog is a male so he constantly test me to who is the boss.. Like if I tell him to get out of the kitchen he takes the long way. I know he knows I am a girl and not an Alpha(man) and this is sort of a problem or he's justpushing the envelope with mesometimes(more new puppy advice). Don't get me wrong when push comes to shove I do Win and he's a good boy for the most part.I am not sure I know how to discipline him correctly. Do I leave him outside fortwo hours? No Bones?No attention? Lockhim in the bathroom? What??? I have the heaviest kind of collar that have the thick prongswith boots!! The collar I use looks pretty hardcore and I wish I did not have to be so extreme but Jeeezzz!I can NOTbe pulled down the street or lawn or whatever. He is also intimating to other people when we are approaching them, it seems most "other" dog owners are scared to death from a rottie. So this creates choas for everyone involved, becuase as much as I try to get out, "He's Friendly, He's Nice, Don't worry" while being pulled all over and trying to regain controlis just not savy. He would never in a million yrs. hurt another dog, unless of course the dog was aggessive towards him he will stand his ground for sure. I had a mini yorkie who was maybe 2lbs. and he never did a thing to her except love her, we both miss her, bless her little heart..she just passed away about 2 and half months ago. Boy was that fun walking the both of them at the same time... I could write a novel here so I'd better quit NOW! Thank you for reading this and any advice or help would be so appreciated for the both of us and our fellow "other" dog walkers...Thanks Again
 

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First off take that big prong collar off,The Medium one works best(don't need the boots it's supose to be uncomfortable).


Find a training class around your area,that will show you how to use it properly.There is no way an adult Rottweiler will pull agains that collar if it is use properly.


The correction should be swift and the praze should follow.Once the dog is sitting and starts that screaming correct,and once they stop praise them up big time.


Dogs learn by act and correction,if an act gets nocorrection out of you then it's okay to do it again and again.


Donna
 

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Donna's hit the nail on the head again ! take the boots off of that prong collar .and you don't discipline him by ignoring him or putting him outside , he won't know whats up ! correction then praise like Donna said is the way he will learn quickly.....I rescued a 5 yr old male 2 yrs ago he's about 145lbs and he listens to me when walking and I'm 115 lbs. My husband is 6'3 and 240 but I'm thealfa so a man in the house doesn't matter. The prong if used correctly will do the trick in not pulling you ! good luck with your baby
 

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Being dragged around like a rag doll .... Thats gotta be a kodak moment .... I have had that problem taking back control after spoiling .... No putting him outside is NOT the answer like Kitty says he will not know whats up .... You MUST show your disappointment let him know your MAD .... Just like you would with your male friend .... you know ..... the whole nine yards ..... looks and all .... I also let my boy runamuck after he had learned all the rules ... Cause i had rescued him and wanted him to love me as much as i love him .... ( never breakfast in bed though )
.... I never used a prong collar but would lift him off the ground with a choker .... Now he will get hung up on a blade of grass ..... I took control back by just showing him i was upset .... Talk to him like he understands you ( cause he does ) .... I say stuff like just go, beat it, NO , and with no butt rubbs or belly rubs , he comes around .... you will know ( you wont get roses ) but you should get a wet nose with a crinkled face and some wimpering , ..... So just BE FIRM ..... Its gonna be hard to break his heart but he needs to know his acting up is breaking yours ..... These are children your dealing with ....
.... A stern word goes further then a swat on the snout ...

Well i hope this helps with becoming ALFA ..... as for dragging you around ????? i just over power mine ... If you cant do that listen to donna or kitty ...... And feel free to post a picture of it so we can get a better idea ... LOL ....

" GOOD LUCK "
 

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barcurdan , your to funny
and yes it would be a good kodak moment , I think why is we have all be there one time or another ! Your just like my hubby is with the dogs he just gives that tone of voice and they ALL pay attention . I have always did all the training with my dogs but my hubby will take the credit when some one comments on how well they listen . It's that tone of voice......... and his size. He has never had to use a prong with Kitty and it ticks me off , she knows she's not going to pull him anywhere !!!! and yes you got to show them that you are disappointed , my 5 month olds are to funny when I scold them they get that sad face and it breaks my heart but they have to learn what I expect of them . I talk to my dogs all the time and sometimes it's not english .... LOL just sounds that I do when I want them to stop whatever their doing or just to get their attention, having 4 sometimes it's hard to get the right name with the right dog
 

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I know thats right ... Just sounds certain noises mean certain things here ... Its funny some people think " oh he's stupid he dont listen " ... But thats fine for me ... My freinds they think their helping buy yelling or that silly clicking noise you use on a horse or calling a cat .... My boy just ignores them .... But when I snap my fingers .... its all bussiness .... He goes everywhere with me and sometimes i tell people he is deaf .... cause he pays attention to no one ( meaning ) He is his own best company .... Then I will snap my fingers and he will look to see what hand jesters i am making .... And people say how did hear that ??? Its just too funny .... But they are one owner dogs .... You know the old saying " Mans best friend " Well around here its " a boy and his dog " People just know they will not see me without Sampson ....
 

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I hate when I hear someone yelling or screaming at a dog ! I don't do either of the two ..... I just use a stern voice ........when I hear someone doing it I tell them that ok it's like this if you were walking down a street and you seen a person yelling or screaming wouldn't you think they are NUTS ! well your dog thinks the same thing ! your NUTS ! and it gets you no where with your dog . I do the same thing barcurdan with my hands ... in sitting ,staying ect. So your dogs deaf eah ! LOL I think mine are at times to ! are you talking to me ? thats the puppies look at times ......
this is the first time for me having 2 the same age at the same time and at times I think I'm NUTS ! but they are so much fun watching them play and learn new every day . I love my Rotties !!!
 

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Ok I think maybe we are all nuts...cause I do the same thing with the hand gestures. I would rather my dogs know what I mean without having to say it...Then no one can come in and try to tell my dogs what to do. It also helps insure that a stranger can't just come up and tell them what to do and take off with them. Also when I do give them voice commands I use diferent words than usual instead of sit or stay I would come up with some other word that would mean the same thing to them.
 

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my dogs get german comands,and the parrot even trys to help by yelling german comands at them,but they don't listen to him either.


My dogs would go home with anyone stupid enough to try and take them.


Donna
 
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