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Hi guys, I have a male intact pup that’s just under 5 months old now. He is excelling in obedience, doesn’t pull on a lead & is generally very well behaved. I have noticed in the last month or so that he has started stopping & staring at people while on walks. There’s no growling etc going on what so ever but also no tail wagging & after a short time continues walking normally. It only seems to be with certain people & not everyone which makes me think that he is either very sus on certain people or just interested in what certain people are doing. I work a lot of night shifts & we got the pup to make my wife feel a little safer the nights I’m not home as well as a family companion after recently loosing our adult rottweiler to cancer. From everything I’ve seen so far he seems to have a very stable temperament & is a fantastic pup. Has anyone had any personal experience with their Rottweiler pups doing this kind of thing & what do you think it’s about? I’ll attach a pic of what I mean that was taken around a month ago. Thanks in advance.
 

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Pups go through fear periods. This could be a fear period that makes him nervous, or unsure of some people. I would not let him stop and stare...just keep him moving along. He could also just be curious. The person smells, or seems different. With some pups it's people with hats, or glasses or dark skin,etc. This is the time he should be socializing and learning about different surrounding, and people. It does not mean he has to be meeting these people....just seeing them from a distance is enough.

Have you got him enrolled in obedience classes??
 

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Thanks for the reply. I agree about the socialisation, I am trying to slowly introduce him to people we know & positive situations. I had my first rottweiler in obedience classes for about the first 18 months of her life (that was many years ago now). I have contacted them recently through various means but they haven’t replied & I live in a relatively small town so I don’t have the luxury of multiple training groups. This doesn’t worry me except for the dog socialisation aspect but we have friends with dogs which will make up for that.

I work with him every day in regards to daily walks & obedience training though. He is going really well & has all the basic commands down pat 90% of the time unless he gets distracted. He also eats on command & waits patiently at the door without scratching until we let him inside on his mat for a couple of hours in the evenings. We also rarely ever hear him bark which in my mind is a sign of self assurance. He seems to be a very laid back pup besides the staring thing but I’ll do as you suggested & keep him moving to discourage this behaviour. Thanks very much for your response.
 

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It is difficult sometimes to find classes in small towns. I live in a rural area and had to drive sometimes over an hour each way to attend classes. Always a good idea to attend some sort of classes with your Rottie for at least the first 2 years. I've had Rottweilers for almost 35 years and have attended classes with all of them. I've learned something new in each class...taught by different trainers and methods. It also helps to teach your dog to work and learn and obey with distractions all around.

Also male Rottweilers can sometimes start being difficult once the testosterone kicks in. They can be reactive to other dogs...and same sex aggressive. What you see now...may not be the same thing in a year or so.
 
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