If your Rottweiler has been eating everything, you might want to know why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you the most common causes and what you can do about it.
So, why does my Rottweiler eat everything? Possible reasons are that it is not being fed enough, it’s not getting the right nutrients in its diet, it’s ill, it’s stressed or it has separation anxiety.
There are actually many possible reasons why it might be doing it and there are a number of things to consider when trying to figure out the cause more precisely. However, there are a number of options you have when getting it to stop.
Why your Rottweiler eats everything
Below are a number of possible causes and what would make them more likely to be the main reason.
It’s not being fed enough
The reason why it has been doing it could be that it is not getting enough calories in its diet. This would be more likely if it has started doing it more since a change in its diet. It would help to consult with your vet about how much to feed it.
It’s not getting the right nutrients in its diet
The issue could also be that it is getting the wrong type of diet, causing it to be lacking in certain nutrients. This would also be more likely if it has been eating more since a sudden change in its diet.
It would help to make sure that you have been feeding it the correct diet and that no one else has been feeding it without telling you.
A medical condition
The cause could also be that something has been causing it to have a medical issue. This would be more likely if it has started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of being ill. In this case, the best option would be to take it to a vet.
The reason why it has been doing it could be that it is bored and it is stimulating itself by eating things that it should not be. This would be more likely if it does it when it has not been able to get exercise.
Rottweilers are meant to get daily exercise and they can behave abnormally when they don’t get enough. Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day when they are healthy adults.
Stress can also cause Rottweilers to start to eat more than they should be. This would be more likely to be the reason why your Rottweiler has been doing it if it started to do it suddenly or if it does it when things might cause it to become stressed. An example might be if it eats everything when a certain person is around or if it started doing it after someone passed away.
It has separation anxiety
The reason could also be that it has some separation anxiety which is where it does not like being left alone and it becomes anxious when it is left alone. This would be more likely if your Rottweiler eats more things when you are away and if it becomes anxious when you are leaving.
You can watch the video below for some tips on how to deal with dog separation anxiety.
The cause could also be that it does it naturally since it is not unusual for Rottweilers to be opportunists.
If your Rottweiler tends to eat things such as your food when you are not looking or whenever it gets the opportunity to, it would not be unusual behavior.
This would especially be the case if it has not been acting unusually and if your vet has not found anything wrong with it when inspecting it.
Also, Rottweilers can be up to 135 pounds, it is normal for them to need to eat a lot of food due to their size. Still, it would help to consult with your vet about its diet and to check that it is eating the correct amount of calories.
Things to consider
When it first started doing it
If it has not always eaten things like it has been, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it.
If it started doing it suddenly it would be more likely to be due to things such as a change in its diet, becoming stressed or getting ill. It would help to consider what else changed when it started doing it.
Whereas, if it has always eaten everything, it would make it more likely to be because it does it naturally. However, it could also be that it hasn’t been getting fed enough, a lack of exercise or not being fed the right foods.
When it eats things that it shouldn’t
It might also be the case that the timing has something to do with it.
If you notice that your Rottweiler only seems to eat things that it shouldn’t when you are away it would make it more likely that it does it due to separation anxiety. Whereas, if it does it when it has not gotten any exercise then it might be due to boredom.
How to get your Rottweiler to stop eating everything
Below are some options you have when getting your Rottweiler to stop eating everything.
Make sure that its diet is right
Since it could be the case that there is an issue with its diet, it would help to make sure that it has been getting the right diet. It would help to consult with your local vet about its diet and to make sure that no one else has been feeding it without you knowing.
Take it to a vet
If it has been eating things excessively, it has been showing signs of medical issues such as vomiting or it is concerning you, the best option would be to take it for a checkup with the vet. By doing so, you should be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular Rottweiler and to rule out medical issues.
Give it exercise
If your Rottweiler is healthy, it would also help to make sure that it is able to get daily exercise. Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day when they are healthy adults.
Give it distractions
You could also try giving it things to be distracted by so that it is less likely to start eating things that it should not be. Things to give it would include toys or bones.