If your Rottweiler is very vocal and noisy, you’re probably wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you a number of possible reasons why it is being vocal and what you can do to get it to be quieter.
So, why is my Rottweiler so vocal? Possible reasons are that it wants food or water, it wants to go outside, illness, injury, anxiety, boredom or you might have inadvertently rewarded the behavior.
There are actually many possible causes of your Rottweiler being vocal and it could be the result of a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider when trying to figure out the exact reason and there are a number of things you can do about it.
Why your Rottweiler is so vocal
The different reasons why your Rottweiler is vocal will likely come with some clues in the way that it does it. Below are a number of possible causes and what would make them more likely to be the main reason.
It wants food or water
Dogs will often become vocal when they are thirsty or hungry and it might be the reason why yours is vocal sometimes. This would be more likely if it becomes more vocal when you have not fed it or when it does not have access to water.
Also, if it is often vocal when you are eating and it sits next to you, it would likely be because it wants some of the food you are eating. This would be especially likely if you have given it some of your food while you were eating in the past.
In this case, it would help to check that you have been feeding it the right amount and that it has access to water whenever it needs it. It would also help to avoid giving it your own food when you are eating otherwise it will likely continue being vocal when you are eating.
It wants to go outside
The reason why it does it could also be that it wants to go outside which would be more likely if it tends to do it more when it has not been able to go outside for a while. It would also be more likely if it stands by the door and waits for you to let it out.
You have inadvertently reinforced the behavior
The cause could also be that you have inadvertently encouraged the behavior. If you tend to give it things it wants, when it is vocal, such as toys, treats or extra attention then it will likely do it more in order to get more rewards.
Instead, it would help to reward it when it is being well behaved and to avoid rewarding it when it is vocal unless it is doing it for reasons such as wanting to go outside.
The reason why it has been being vocal could also be that it has gotten an injury. This would be more likely if it has started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of being injured. The best option, in this case, would be to take it to a vet.
If it tends to be vocal at specific times, the cause might be that it is due to being anxious. This would be more likely if it does it in situations such as when you are about to leave home, when someone is around it doesn’t like or when there are construction works outside.
If it has always been vocal, it could be the case that it does it naturally. Even if it is naturally vocal, it would still help to give it positive reinforcement training to get it to stop.
Rottweilers are meant to get daily exercise. When they do not get enough exercise, they will often behave abnormally and it could be why yours is vocal. This would be more likely if it tends to be more vocal when it has not been able to get exercise.
Generally, it is recommended for healthy adult Rottweilers to get at least an hour of exercise per day.
Things to consider
When it started being vocal
If your Rottweiler was not always so vocal, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started being vocal. It could be the case that there was an event that caused it to start doing it.
Things that might have happened could include:
- Exercising it at different times
- Working different hours
- Moving homes
- Letting it outside at different times
When it becomes more vocal
If it becomes more vocal at certain times, it would also help to consider what is different when it becomes vocal. It could also be the case that the timing has something to do with it.
For example, if it becomes more vocal when you would normally walk it then it would be more likely that it is trying to remind you to walk it.
What to do about your Rottweiler being vocal
Below are some things you can do to get your Rottweiler to be less noisy.
Ensure that it is eating right
Since it could be the case that its diet might be contributing to it being noisy, it would help to make sure that it is getting the right diet. You can do this by consulting with your vet about its diet, making sure that no one else has been feeding it and you can look here for more info.
Make sure to give it exercise
Since a lack of exercise could also be contributing to it, making sure that it gets enough daily exercise would also likely help. Generally, Rottweilers are meant to get at least an hour of exercise daily as healthy adults.
Let it go outside when it needs to
It would also help to let it go outside to pee whenever it needs to and to make sure that it is given the chance to go outside to pee regularly.
Deal with its separation anxiety
If it tends to become vocal when you are leaving home it would also help to take measures to deal with its separation anxiety.
You can watch the video below for some tips on how to get it to be less anxious when you are leaving.
Avoid encouraging the behavior
It would also help to avoid encouraging the behavior by making sure not to reward it for being vocal. Instead, it would help to reward it when it is not vocal and to stop rewarding it when it starts being noisy.
Take it to a vet
If it has started doing it suddenly or it has been showing signs of being ill or injured, the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so, you will be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular Rottweiler and to rule out illness or injury as a possible cause.