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Comment by Claire on October 7, 2019 at 9:28am

For starters I would not use food rewards until you can deal with the grabbing/biting issue.  You mention he's high strung/hyper, how much exercise does he get.  I'm a Big fan of the forced march walk for exercise.    Walking the dog at a brisk pace.  I always tell my dogs, this is not a "pee walk".  That brisk paced walk is good exercise for the dog and for me too.  A tired dog is always a better dog.   You might want to check if any of the shelters/adoption groups in your area offer dog training classes.  Those are usually less expensive.   When you got him form the backyard breeder did you get to meet the dam and or sire?  What were their temperaments like?   No breed is Bad.  But the more powerful breeds can just do damage more easily.  Since you have owned previous rotties I would assume you are well equipped to handle the breed.  Is there a rottie adoption group in your area?  Possibly they could suggest a trainer that might want to guide you.   

Comment by LP on October 7, 2019 at 9:02am

I have no problem with Rotties- they can be very sweet-natured (I knew one whose best buddy was a tiny kitten). The problem is with backstreet breeders. It is always a risk. The thing to do is to invest some money in classes with a professional trainer. Group classes are not too expensive. 

I avoid breeders and always adopt from reputable shelters. I know that these dogs too have uncertain backgrounds and can often have problems, but many shelters assess their dogs responsibly and will be very upfront about the dog’s nature before letting you adopt. The last thing they want is for you to bring the dog back. I guess this option is not open to you, so I would go for a few training sessions. I don’t know what experience you’ve had with dogs, but a good trainer not only trains the dog but the owner too. When I adopted my dog, I was inexperienced, but the shelter recommended a trainer and she  taught me how to teach Molly not to chase the cat. That was seven years ago and she hasn’t put a paw wrong since. Best of luck. 

Comment by Tekwriter on October 7, 2019 at 8:52am

It is me again. I have a serious question and did not want to muddy the waters. I bought a rottweiler puppy from a backyard breeder. I could not afford one of the more expensive ones. If you have a beef with this type of dog, please do not answer, I have four others and they are wonderful.

I have had my puppy since he was 8 weeks old. We have been to one training class so far. Budget has been a real concern so far. I had him neutered at 8 months he is 9 months now. He has always been high-strung and hyper. However last night he bit me with no warning. I was trying to get him to move forward with his treat, not take it away from him. I thought we were well past this type of behavior but I guess not. If I had not been quicker it would have been an awful bite. I am absolutely gobsmacked at this behavior and do not know what to do. Anyone out there with dog experience?

Comment by Tekwriter on October 7, 2019 at 8:45am

Hi everyone, has anyone given thought to how close the holidays are? I have determined to have holidays this year. No 12 inch tree and no eating at Golden Coral. I hope it works. Sigh

Comment by laurajay on October 2, 2019 at 6:46pm

jules-   you  won't  let  him  down  when  you  grow  too  old  to do  all  those  special things  he  did  to  make  life  beautiful...but  do  them  as  long  as you can to  honor  his  memory.  Your  body  will  let  you  know  when  you  need   to  make  time  frame  for  that----

Comment by laurajay on October 2, 2019 at 12:12pm

riet….time will  come  when you  will not  be  able to do the  things  you  are  doing  now  that your  husband did  then.....I  am  older  than  you  and  have  reached  that point-  it  is  frightening  and  discouraging because  I  also  do not  have the  money  to  hire  things  done. Keep  your  budget  tight  unless  you  are one of the  wealthy  widows who post  here.  Then  when  the  time  comes  you  can  hire help  and  avoid  the  stress of  what to  do  when  you no  longer can  do  it yourself.  Crying  does  not  get  it  done  by  the  way...

Comment by Barzan on October 2, 2019 at 11:37am

Dear Riet, The 1st time I had to do one of my husband’s tasks, I did it thru a veil of tears.  It wasn’t because I wasn’t capable but because he wasn’t here to do it.  After 8 years of doing, I just do it and think that he’s proud and relieved that I did it.  You are capable but I know how it hurts to know that it’s all up to you now.  You’ve become a team of one.  

I’m sending you big hugs.  Just know he’s very proud of you.


Comment by Claire on October 2, 2019 at 9:58am

Riet, you are pushing thru and doing what needs to be done.   I'm sure your dear husband would be proud of you. 

Comment by riet on October 2, 2019 at 8:21am

Today I did a lot of work that my husband used to do. I brought the car to the garage for maintenance. The central heating maintenance engineer came by and approved the installation for another year.
I pretended to know everything about it. But of course I know next to nothing, and I miss my husband so much again. I can't tell him how much I do my best to keep everything going. That takes a lot of effort for me. In the past those things all went so  naturally.
Now, looking back on this day, sadness comes back. He just had to be there.

Comment by Claire on September 29, 2019 at 11:45am

Jules, if you enjoy working with children, you might look for a Start The Adventure In Reading program in your area.   It's an after school reading program for kids with reading difficulties.  


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