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We have a rescue Rottweiler from Spain (were in uk) and he's extremely reactive and goes literally crazy on walks barking, lunging, jumping, growling. we thought he was just reactive but he got out of the house the other day when the front door blew open, and bolted to the dog across the road (neighbors) and they didn't do anything until the other dog barked at him. Then he got hold of her, she's only a small dog but she had puncture wounds. now were even more worried about the reactiveness because now we know what he's capable of which we didn't before, we thought he was just 'reactive'. we have tried to train him under the threshold but its really hard to avoid dogs at this point, if we come into contact with a dog I especially cant control him because he's so big. Tried pulling up on the lead to stop him reactive but that doesn't work either. really struggling with this big boy now. :( He is around 1-2 years old. This is him with my parents dog, who he can walk next to on walks but he also went for him one time when he growled at him. He goes out on a dog walk with a professional dog walker and about half a dozen other dogs, these dogs dont start wi=th him so he hasn't physically done anything to them, but he is a big bully, he tries to push other dogs around, dominate them, pin them down etc. especially submissive dogs.
 

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Welcome to the forums!!! Rottweilers that have not been socialized around other dogs, can and will be reactive. This is not a breed that should be going to the dog park, or meeting dogs socially. It sounds like he needs training ....if you cannot walk him without pulling. You need to get in touch with a good trainer...someone that is knowledgeable about working dogs (German Shepherds, Dobermans , etc.) How is he with people? Is he well mannered in your home??

Was he from a rescue in Spain, or did you get him from a shelter there? What background did the rescue or shelter have on him?? For now, buy a muzzle and have him wear it while out for a walk, or if he has to be around other dogs. Start training him not to bolt out of door. He may have very high prey drive...and saw this small dog across the street as prey...like a squirrel or cat, etc. I would also buy a pinch/prong collar and do some googling to have it fit high just below the ears...and snug. You will be able to walk him on that, but have it hooked up on a back-up collar.

You need to get hands on help with him....this is something that will not get better without training and lots of work. Please don't set him up to fail...do not allow him around other dogs for now. You know what he is capable of. :(
 

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He deffo hasn't been socialised but we don't know his background as he was dumped in a shelter in Spain. We do keep him away from other dogs to make all of our lives easier. He has generally got better in the house, he used to push past us through doors and just be generally quite rude lol, but weve stopped that and he has got better. Hes fine with people generally had a few growls from him from other family members coming in the house but nothing for a long time now. We've had him since September and he had 0 training, was not even house trained.. so think he may have been kept outside maybe chained up as a guard dog, we think this because of the way he acts and he has a ring around his neck where the fur has rubbed off. Definitely going to look at a large breed trainer but worried he cant be fixed :'( we dont want to give up on him but scary knowing now what he can do and what he's capable of. But we don't think he's a bad dog as the group he goes out with once a week are now familiar dogs to him and he doesn't tend to bully them anymore, he leaves them alone so he's making progress in that sense. He was pinning down the more submissive dogs not the stronger willed ones too..thank you for your response x
 

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He deffo hasn't been socialised but we don't know his background as he was dumped in a shelter in Spain. We do keep him away from other dogs to make all of our lives easier. He has generally got better in the house, he used to push past us through doors and just be generally quite rude lol, but weve stopped that and he has got better. Hes fine with people generally had a few growls from him from other family members coming in the house but nothing for a long time now. We've had him since September and he had 0 training, was not even house trained.. so think he may have been kept outside maybe chained up as a guard dog, we think this because of the way he acts and he has a ring around his neck where the fur has rubbed off. Definitely going to look at a large breed trainer but worried he cant be fixed :'( we dont want to give up on him but scary knowing now what he can do and what he's capable of. But we don't think he's a bad dog as the group he goes out with once a week are now familiar dogs to him and he doesn't tend to bully them anymore, he leaves them alone so he's making progress in that sense. He was pinning down the more submissive dogs not the stronger willed ones too..thank you for your response x
I agree with big black dogs about getting a Sprenger prong collar, they are the best at keeping dogs from pulling. You will have so much more control! Good luck!
 
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