If your Rottweiler puppy has been being afraid of other dogs, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why your Rottweiler puppy could be scared of other dogs and what you can do to get it to be less afraid.
So, why is my Rottweiler puppy scared of other dogs? Possible reasons are that it has not learned to trust other dogs yet, another dog snapped at it and it is now afraid of it happening again or it might be naturally submissive.
There are a number of possible reasons why it might be being afraid and it could be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider when trying to figure out the exact reason. There are also a number of things you can do about it.
Why your Rottweiler puppy is scared of other dogs
Below are some reasons why it might be doing it and what would make them more likely.
It hasn’t learned to trust certain dogs yet
The cause could be that it has not yet learned what dogs to trust yet. When Rottweilers are puppies, the other dogs that they would normally interact with would be the other puppies and their mothers, they will usually be nervous around other dogs since they might be a threat.
If your Rottweiler puppy doesn’t have other puppies to play with it is likely it is naturally scared of the other dogs since it does not know them and they might be unfriendly.
In this case, it would help to try and socialize it with other friendly dogs as much as you can and with puppies in particular. It is also likely that it will become less afraid of other dogs as it gets older.
Another dog snapped at it
It could also be the case that another dog snapped at it and it now does not want it to happen again. This would be more likely if you know that another dog snapped at it and it started being afraid suddenly afterward.
In this case, it would help to let it socialize with other friendly dogs and puppies when possible.
It could also be the case that your Rottweiler puppy is naturally submissive. This would be more likely if it tends to hide behind you, put its tail between your legs and roll onto its back. It would also be more likely if it only gets afraid around dogs that are bigger than it or ones that are slightly aggressive. It is likely that it will become less submissive as it gets older and bigger.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when trying to figure out why your Rottweiler puppy has been doing it.
When it first started doing it
If your Rottweiler has not always been afraid of other dogs, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started being afraid.
If it became afraid of other dogs suddenly, it would be more likely that it is either afraid now because another dog snapped at it or your Rottweiler wasn’t afraid before because the other dogs were other puppies.
If it has always been afraid of other dogs it is likely to be because it sees them as a threat especially if it gets afraid more around larger dogs. In this case, it would help to socialize it with puppies if possible or other friendly dogs.
If it becomes afraid around every dog
It would also help to consider if it always becomes afraid around other dogs or if it only seems to do it around specific dogs.
If it gets afraid some of the time it would be more likely that it is being submissive especially if the other dog is bigger than it or aggressive. It could also be the case that it was mistreated by a similar dog in the past.
Whereas, if it becomes afraid around all dogs it could be the case that it was mistreated in the past, you have inadvertently rewarded the behavior or that it is naturally timider.
How to get your Rottweiler puppy to be less afraid of other dogs
Below are some options you have when getting your Rottweiler puppy to be less afraid of other dogs.
Desensitizing it to other dogs
One option would be to get it used to being around other friendly dogs.
It will be difficult for it to learn what dogs it can trust if it is not able to socialize with them.
However, before socializing it with other dogs it is important to make sure that it has the appropriate vaccines so you may want to check on that with your vet beforehand.
When introducing your Rottweiler puppy to other dogs it would help to do so in a controlled environment with the dogs on their leashes.
You can watch the video below to see more tips on how to do it:
Positive reinforcement training is where you encourage the behaviors that you want to see by rewarding your Rottweiler when it shows signs of displaying them.
To use positive reinforcement training to get it to be less afraid of other dogs you would reward it after interactions where it was not afraid, reward it while it is near other dogs and it is not being afraid and stop rewarding it when it starts to become afraid.
Avoid encouraging the behavior
It would also help to avoid rewarding it with things such as treats when it is afraid. Instead, it would help to try to redirect its focus before it starts being afraid.
Wait for it to get older
Since your Rottweiler is still a puppy, it is likely that it will become much less afraid as it gets older. One option would be to wait for it to get older and to see if it becomes less afraid as it does get older. If it is concerning for you now, consider getting help from a dog behaviorist. By doing so, you should be able to see why it has been doing it and how you can get it to stop.