How to Keep Rottweiler Dogs Fit and Healthy
While most dogs are happy with daily exercise, your average food, and plenty of play time, certain dog breeds require more attention in one or another of these areas. Rottweilers are one particularly notable dog breed that may require special care and attention in order to stay fit, as they are bred to be active working dogs rather than lap dogs. If you’re considering buying a Rottie puppy, you need to be aware of these special care considerations.
Here are some tips to help you keep your Rottweiler fit and healthy throughout their formative and adult years.
Maintain its coat and claws properly.
There are lots of smaller tasks that go into keeping a dog healthy. Make sure you brush your dog occasionally with a stiff-bristled brush; since a Rottweiler is usually not a heavy shedder and tends to be easy to groom, this won’t be a major chore. Baths should be given when necessary, but you should make sure the eyes and ears are kept clean and claws are trimmed. If your dog is not maintained well, it may have problems from an un-groomed coat, long claws, and so on.
Exercise every single day.
Your Rottweiler will probably be a very active dog even compared to most other dogs. Since Rotties are bred to be active, working dogs for police or military use, they tend to have a lot of stamina and need to burn off energy every day. The breed needs exercise every day, or it may develop behavioral problems and need extra training and rehabilitation. Your dog may also gain extra weight if you don’t make an effort to keep it properly exercised.
Try out different exercises.
Every dog has its own preferences as far as the exercises it prefers. If your dog doesn’t enjoy walking, see if it would prefer to run alongside you as you run, jog, or bike, for instance. Try obstacle courses or other jumping exercises if it is still restless, or swimming if it has any joint problems. Like all dogs, your Rottweiler will probably enjoy a good game of fetch, especially with Frisbees and other flying objects so it can jump.
Provide adequate training.
Most dogs of this breed are intelligent and fairly easy to train, but you shouldn’t get complacent. Make sure you provide lots of training from an early age so your dog is very obedient. Emphasize the need for consistency to family members if necessary, as having people in the household who allow it to jump up, bark, or display other unwanted behaviors can hold back the dog’s training. Since some people perceive dogs like this to be aggressive, it’s extra-important to make sure your dog is well-behaved in public both on-leash and off-leash.
Be aware of potential health problems.
Every dog breed has its own genetic problems that are associated with the breed due to extensive breeding for specific appearance-based traits. Watch your puppy or dog closely for signs of hip dysplasia and joint problems, cataracts or vision problems, and heart diseases. Other problems with the digestive system include bloat and food allergies. You may need to switch to a better dog food brand if your dog gets hives, a rash, or some other sign of poor nutrition.
Dog Supplement food as needed.
Rottweilers and other large breeds may need dog supplements to ensure that their diets are well-balanced and contain the right nutrients for their diet. If your dog food brand isn’t enough to keep your dog’s muscles in great shape – and even muscle-building dog foods often aren’t – seek out supplements for Rotties, pitbulls, and other muscled dog breeds. It’s especially important to maintain proper muscles in this breed if you’re participating in exercises like weight pulling.
Give your dog a chance to excel.
The average Rottweiler, like any dog, wants to please you. Give your dog a chance to please you every day by playing, engaging in lots of exercise, and giving love and affection. It’s easy to train this type of dog to do tricks, obstacle courses, or even engage in weight-pulling and other competitive exercises. Dogs of this breed are easy to keep happy if they can keep you happy.
If you’re thinking about adopting a Rottweiler puppy or you have already purchased one, it’s important to be aware of breed-specific requirements for health and fitness. If you don’t know what to expect, you could find yourself trying to watch out for genetic problems you don’t know about or dealing with a behavioral problem caused by lack of exercise.
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About Vonwarterr Kennels: They are located in Quinlan, Texas. They are Warren and Terri Johnson and they are code of ethics breeders. Our kennel name, “Warterr”, is pronounced “War-Tair” and is derived from the first part of the owner’s name (Warren) and his wife’s name (Terri). Their partner and kennel manager is Jerry Scott. They are members of the Rottweiler Klub of North America (RKNA) and the Texas Rottweiler Klub (TRK) of which Warren serves as president. They purchased their first Rottweiler puppy in the spring of 1991. Since then the Rottweiler has been their passionate hobby. They are Rottweiler breeders first and foremost for themselves and then for others who have an interest in owning a Von Warterr Rottweiler.
At Von Warterr Rottweiler kennels they strive to produce the complete Rottweiler. Their goal of their Rottweiler breeding program is to create a show quality Rottweiler who is sound in temperament, beautiful in appearance, healthy in genetics, correct in structure, strong in drives, intelligent in mind, proven in pedigree, imposing in appearance, great bone substance, powerful in their head piece, dark eyes, dark mouth pigment and with well defined rich mahogany markings. They aim to achieve this ideal through carefully selected line breedings and occasional out crossings when they feel that it will improve the genetics of their Rottweilers. They breed exclusively from European bloodlines and primarily from German bloodlines and in that sense they are considered German Rottweiler breeders. They follow the 1996 Federal Cynologique International (FCI) standard which allows them to still dock their puppies’ tails. The FCI standard is the recognized standard throughout the world. In fact, the United States is the only major country that does not adhere to the FCI standard in its entirety. Their Rottweiler’s pedigrees boast such world class names as Burgthann, Bleichstrasse, Bickesheim, Crni Lotos, Falconsnest, Gruntenblick, Jenecks, Lauterbrucke, Od Dragicevica, Schwaiger Wappen, Teufelsbrucke, Schwaiger Rathaus, Vom Calibra, Von Hasan Haus, Von Hause Neubrand, Von Hause Milsped, Von Der Scherau, Von Der Frankentanne, Von Der Crossener Ranch, Obergrombacher Schloss and other champion and well known Rottweiler Stud Dogs and Champion Rottweilers.