If your Rottweiler has been being naughty you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. In this post, I will show you common causes and what you can do about it.
So, why is my Rottweiler naughty? Possible causes are a lack of exercise, not getting enough training, wanting more attention, rewarding the behavior, it’s teething or that it has separation anxiety.
Your Rottweiler might be acting that way for many different reasons and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are many things you can do about it and there are several things you can consider when figuring out the main cause.
Possible reasons why your Rottweiler is naughty
Below are common reasons why Rottweilers behave that way and what would make them more likely to be the reason why yours does it.
Rottweiler are a breed that is meant to get exercise on a daily basis. When they do not get enough exercise, it can cause them to behave abnormally and to do things they shouldn’t be doing it. If your rottweiler has not been getting much exercise it could be why it has been being naughty. This would be more likely if it is naughtier on days where it does not get much exercise.
Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day. If your Rottweiler has not been getting that much exercise, it would help to make sure that it does, provided that it is healthy.
If you have not given your Rottweiler much training then it will not know how it is meant to behave and it will behave the way that it feels like behaving. The way that it feels like behaving is unlikely to be the way that you would like it to behave. This is why it is important to give it lots of training.
It would help to start by training it to do the basics such as to sit and stay using positive reinforcement training and then to build up from there.
The cause of it being naughty could be that it has realized that it results in you giving it more attention. This would be more likely if it tends to be naughty 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 attention throughout the day by playing with it, training it and exercising it. But, it would also help to avoid rewarding it with attention, when it is naughty, unless necessary.
The reason might also be that something has been causing it to be fearful. This would be more likely if it starts being naughty at specific times where it might be fearful such as when there are fireworks outside.
If your Rottweiler listens to you in certain locations but not in others, it could be the case that the location has something to do with it. It might be because there are more distractions in certain locations that cause it to struggle to keep its focus on you. Your best option here would be to train it again in the new environment as you did in the old environment.
You’ve been rewarding it
It might be the case that you have inadvertently encouraged it to be naughty by giving it things it wants when it does it. If you give it things such as toys, treats or extra attention, when it is naughty, it will likely do it more so that it can get more rewards.
Instead, it would help to reward it when it is being well behaved and to avoid giving it rewards when it is naughty.
If your Rottweiler is still a puppy and it has started being naughty suddenly it could be because it is teething. In this case, it would help to give it lots of things to chew on and to train it to learn what is ok to chew and what is not. I have written more about this in this blog post.
An issue with its diet
Another possible cause could be that there is an issue with its diet. It might be that it has been eating too much, not enough or that it has been eating things that it shouldn’t be. An issue with its diet would be more likely to be the problem if it started being naughty, suddenly, after a change in its diet.
It would help to make sure that no one else has been feeding it without you knowing and it would help to talk to your local vet about its diet when you next take it for a checkup.
The cause might also be that it has separation anxiety. This would be more likely to be the reason if it becomes naughty while you are away.
In this case, you could try to reduce how anxious it becomes without you by doing something such as:
- Make it seem like you are about to leave by doing something such as picking up your keys
- Reward your Rottweiler for not being anxious and repeat these two steps a few times
- Make more moves towards actually leaving such as by picking up the keys and putting your hand on the door handle
- Reward your Rottweiler for not being anxious and repeat the process a few times
- Actually open the door and go outside for a few moments then come back and reward your Rottweiler
- Repeat the above, each time staying outside for slightly longer
You can see more tips on how to do this in the video below:
How to get your Rottweiler to stop being naughty
Below are some options you have when getting it to be better behaved.
It would help to start by giving it positive reinforcement training so that it learns how you want it to behave.
It would help to start by training it to do basic things and then to build up to getting it to do more challenging tasks in more challenging environments.
If your Rottweiler is being naughty then it will likely be trying to destroy things. You can train it to stop doing this directly by doing lots of spontaneous “leave it” training whenever it starts being destructive.
You can watch the video below to see how.
As mentioned above, it is important to make sure that your Rottweiler is able to get daily exercise. It is generally recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day when they are healthy.
If your Rottweiler is getting exercise daily but it is still being naughty, you could try wearing it out more by getting it to do things such as play fetch.
Reduce its ability to be naughty
You can also take measures to reduce how naughty it is able to be. You can do this by keeping it away from things that you don’t want to be destroyed, preventing it from being able to escape and by giving it lots of toys to keep it occupied.
Another option would be to give it crate training which is meant to give it an area to go and feel safe when done effectively.
You can watch the video below to see how to train it to become comfortable in its crate.
If you cannot get your Rottweiler to start being well behaved, you could get the help of a dog trainer or behaviorist. By doing so you should be able to get expert advice tailored towards your dog and to see how to train it effectively.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider about your Rottweiler being naughty.
It would help to be patient when training it since it is unlikely that you will be able to get it to drastically change its behavior with just one training session. But, if you stick with it, you should be able to get much better results over the course of weeks and months.
Avoid punishing it
It would also help to avoid punishing it since it might not know why it is being punished and it could cause it to become resentful. Instead, it would help to change its behavior with the use of positive reinforcement training.
When it first started doing it
If your Rottweiler has not always behaved that way, 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, teething, realizing that it gets rewards when it does it or a sudden change in its daily routine.
When it misbehaves more
It would also help to consider the timing of when it misbehaves since it could be the case that the timing has something to do with it.
For example, if it is well behaved after getting exercise, it could be the case that it needs more exercise. In this case, you could try giving it more exercise in the mornings.