As you may or may not know, the Rottweiler is a working breed with plenty of energy. It may not be as energetic as a sheepdog, but the energy levels of the breed still mean that it needs some kind of physical and mental stimulation.
One particular sport which many people like to take part in with their Rottweiler is Carting.
What is Carting and why should you consider it?
Carting is a sport which many Rottweiler owners take part in with their dogs. It basically involves the dog pulling along a cart filled with something such as firewood or even people. The dog has to be fairly muscular to do this, hence the reason it is ideal for the Rottweiler. [...]
Rottweilers are an active, intelligent breed which loves nothing more than to be kept busy doing something fun and challenging. There are a number of activities which you can take part in with the breed including agility, tracking and carting, but a new type of dog sport is also proving to be a big hit too.
Dog Rally is a new, extremely fun sport for dogs. It is mainly a sport which is undertaken in America and it involves obedience, agility and it has taken its inspiration from sports car driving. [...]
The Rottweiler is often seen as a powerful and bulky dog. More recognised for its guarding ability, most people assume that the breed is not really overly active. However, if you look into the history of the Rottweiler then you will see that it has always been a working breed. This means that it has plenty of energy and if that energy is not used up then it could potentially cause behaviour problems in the dog. [...]
The Rottweiler is one of the best guarding breeds around today. When you mention the word "Rottweiler" it automatically conjures up an image of a tough, powerful and aggressive dog. So is this "tough" image deserved?
How the Rottweiler Got its Tough Image
The Rottweiler as a breed has always had a certain tough image. In the past the breed was used to herd cattle and to watch over herds so that nothing could get to them. It had to be hardy, energetic and confident enough to scare away any potential threats to the land and the animals. So it was always seen as a strong and powerful breed. [...]
When you think of therapy dogs, the usual breed of dog that you think about is a Labrador. You very rarely think of a Rottweiler! However, despite contrary opinion, Rottweilers can make excellent therapy dogs and they can be just as loving as a Labrador if they are given half the chance. The main reason which puts people off using their Rottweiler as a therapy dog is the bad reputation and reactions that they get from the public. However, if you have a Rottweiler which you think people could benefit from then it is definitely something that you should think about. [...]
When you think of the Rottweiler, more often than not you tend to picture a fierce, confident guarding dog. A chunky, strong and often aggressive breed, the breed has certainly been given a lot of bad press over the last few years. However is this negative image really deserved or is there more to the Rottweiler than meets the eye?
Protecting the Family
Contrary to popular belief, the Rottweiler is not actually as bad as what people make out. Yes it has the ability to be overly aggressive and to be a superb guarding dog, but on the other hand the Rottweiler can also make an excellent pet. [...]
If you are looking for a fun hobby to take part in with your Rottweiler then tracking may be the perfect thing for you. The main thing to know about with tracking is that it requires a dog which has a strong ability to follow a human scent. The Rottweiler does have a particularly strong sense of smell and so it is ideal for tracking work.
Using Your Rottweiler for Tracking
Rottweilers are often used as tracking dogs because of their willingness to follow the human scent. The sport itself is not a competitive one and so you do not have to worry about competing against other people. You are simply taking part to give your dog something to do and to test its ability. [...]
Looking back at the history of the Rottweiler, you will see that one of its first jobs was to herd cattle and sheep. In fact it dates back to Roman times that Rottweilers were used to guide the food supply over the Alps. Then they were used in Germany to guide cattle to the markets.
The breed was specifically bred to herd and for this purpose they were generally less stocky than they are today. However, it is still possible to use your Rottweiler as a herding dog, it just requires firm and consistent training! [...]
If you have been looking at your Rottweiler lately and wondering what information there could possibly be about them that you don't yet know about, then look no further. Here you will find some weird facts about Rottweilers which will be fun to read as well as giving you some interesting added knowledge!
The Rottweiler is originally from Germany. The first fact includes that German Rottweilers are actually more muscular and shorter than American Rottweilers. Somewhere along the way, American Rottweilers have become taller and slimmer. So this means that with a German Rottweiler you would be better trying out sports such as carting. With an American Rottweiler on the other hand a sport such as Rally or Agility may be better suited. [...]
If you are looking for a breed of dog which is confident, intimidating and capable of seeing off any potential unwanted visitors, then the Rottweiler may be just the dog for you.
Well known for its potential aggressiveness, the Rottweiler will readily defend its land and its family. It is one of the few breeds which is capable of being a fantastic guarding dog, but just where do these guarding instincts come from? [...]