If your Rottweiler won’t relax or calm down, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
In this post, I will show you a number of reasons why your Rottweiler might be doing it and what you can do about it.
So, why won’t my Rottweiler calm down? Possible reasons are that there is an issue with its diet, it’s not getting enough exercise, it does it for attention, you have been rewarding it, stress or anxiety.
There are many different possible reasons why your Rottweiler might be acting that way and it could be due to a combination of them. 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 won’t relax or calm down
Below are some possible reasons why your Rottweiler won’t relax or calm down and what would make them more likely to be the main reason.
The reason why it has been behaving that way could be that there is an issue with its diet. It might be the case that it is eating foods that it should not be eating, it is eating too much or too little.
An issue with its diet would be more likely if it has started behaving that way since a change in its diet or if it becomes hyper when it eats certain foods.
It would help to make sure that you have been feeding it correctly and that no one else has been feeding it without telling you.
Not enough exercise
Rottweilers are supposed to get daily exercise. When they do not get enough exercise it can cause them to become hyperactive. Not getting enough exercise could be the reason why yours won’t calm down which would be more likely if it does it more when it has not been getting exercise.
Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day as healthy adults.
The cause could also be that it is doing it in order to get extra attention. This would be more likely if it does it more when you have not been giving it much attention and if you tend to give it more attention when it does it.
Instead, it would help to give it lots of training and exercise but to avoid rewarding it with attention when it misbehaves and to change its behavior with the use of positive reinforcement training.
You have been reinforcing the behavior
The cause might also be that you have been encouraging the behavior by giving it things it wants when it does it. If you tend to give it things it wants, when it is not calm, in order to get it to calm down, it might do it more in order to get more rewards.
Instead, it would help to reward it when it is being well behaved, to give it lots of exercise daily and to avoid rewarding it when it misbehaves.
The reason why your Rottweiler won’t relax could be that it is naturally very energetic. This would be more likely if it has always been energetic and it wouldn’t be uncommon in Rottweiler. However, it could still be due to things such as diet, not getting enough exercise or being reinforced.
If it does seem to do it naturally it would likely be helpful to make sure that it is able to get lots of exercise every day. You could exercise it yourself or you could also get a dog walker to do it for you when you are unable to.
Stress or anxiety
It might be the case that your Rottweiler is stressed or anxious. This would be more likely if it also does things such as pace, cry a lot or hide a lot. In this case, it would help to get the advice of a dog behaviorist or a vet.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when trying to figure out why your Rottweiler will not calm down.
When it started doing it
If your Rottweiler has not always behaved that way, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started being less calm. It could be the case that there was an event that caused it to start doing it.
If it started being less calm suddenly, it would be more likely to be due to things such as a change in its diet, getting less exercise, a change in its daily routine, getting less attention or someone feeding it something it shouldn’t be eating.
If it has always been unable to calm down it would make it more likely that it is energetic by nature. However, it could still be the case that there is an issue with its diet, it hasn’t been getting enough exercise or that you have reinforced the behavior. It would help to consult with your local vet on what might be the cause.
When it does it
It could also help to consider if it tends to be less calm at a certain time. It could be the case that the timing also has something to do with it.
If it is more energetic at certain times it would make it more likely to be due to things such as a problem with its diet, separation anxiety or looking for attention.
How old it is
Another thing to consider would be the age of your Rottweiler.
If it is still young it would be likely that it will calm down as it gets older. However, it would still help to make sure that you train it a lot now so that it learns how to behave as an adult and that you ensure that its diet is right.
If it is older it would make it more likely that the cause is due to things such as those mentioned in the list above.
How to get your Rottweiler to calm down
There are a number of things you can do to get your Rottweiler to calm down that I have written about in this post.