Rottweilers are adorable, especially when they are puppies. The best thing about them is that they don’t seem to be aware they grow in size, and will hop on your lap for some love and affection when they are full grown, as if they were still tiny. Though the ways of raising Rottweilers are no different than other dogs, we thought we would take a moment and give you some basic tips about raising and caring for Rottweiler puppies.
First things first, research your breed and make sure you are getting the puppy from a reliable breeder. As much as we love dogs, do NOT buy your puppy from a puppy mill or mall pet store. We are sorry, but you just cannot ensure the purity of the breed or how they have been treated in those circumstances.
Next up, you need to be prepared for puppy parenthood. This is no joke. You need to puppy proof the house, and you need to ensure you ready for the barks and poos and pee that goes along with having a new puppy, no matter the breed. You also need to factor in some things many people don’t: first year costs. As much as we think the love of Rottweilers (and all dogs for that matter) is priceless, the first year shots and vaccinations can set you back, so best go into that prepared.
Another thing about Rottweilers is that are extremely smart, and really want to do what they can to please their owners. What this means is, start training them early. They take to direction quite well, and the sooner you get in there, the quicker and more profound the results will be.
It is also essential that you socialize the dog early on. They are a guardian breed, which makes them very reserved about who approaches their “family”. You socialize them early, this will not present itself as much of a problem for you. People who ignore this step can sometimes face some problems down the road.
Lastly, lots of love. That is the most important step in caring for all dogs of all ages and breeds and sizes. As long as you love that dog, that dog will love you right back. And trust me when I say, Rottweilers have a lot of love to give.
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