Hi, My family and I were lucky enough to find a full bred 9 month old female Rottie at the local shelter. With only a few minor issues she seems to have adjusted well. Only she growls and has snapped twice at myself and daughter. She walks up and wants to be petted and then growls. I'm not sure what this behavior is. I have had different types of dogs over the years, but never one that has behaved this way. Like "Moody?, or Bipolar" I don't know. She is terrific, but I am having a hard time trusting her completely. Any advice would be helpful.
Not knowing her past you must start from the beginning with her training. She sounds to me like she doesn't take you or your daughter as her alpha.The best way is to make her work. For example, no treats or praise unless she earns it like sit, stay, down and such.
Next when she growls firmly correct her with a loud and controlling NO.This can be combined with a crack across the nose. it will tske time and effort, but she is young enough to change and become the wonderful dog you expected.
I definitely wouldn't hit her on the nose. I would consult a trainer that can evaluate her properly to let you know what steps you should take to correct this issue especially since you have a child. Also you might want to have a vet do a thorough health check on her to make sure she doesn't have any injuries or sickness that you may not know of it. A dog isn't going to show it all the time until it's usually too far gone. It may have something wrong with it's back and when you tried to pet her it hurt. I have an 8 year old female rottie that I love and my parents kept for me when I went into the military and once I got out they wanted to keep her to keep their rottie company. I finally brought her back home with me but now I have a 2 and 4 year old and she's never really been around kids. She's not an aggressive dog but if they hurt her unintentionally then she will snap at them so I have to make sure I'm always present to keep an eye on them and her. Rottweilers are one of the smartest, most loyal dogs I have ever had and I love them to death. I will always have one in my household. One thing to remember is that if you don't become their leader then they will feel they have no choice to become yours so defiantly work on obedience training and have your daughter take part in it as well.
Rottweilers pur when they are happy it freaked me out at first as well and I read up on it if shes not showing signs of aggression and its a low guttural humming kind of growl shes purring its weird I know my dog dose it all the time hes never snapped at me or show any signs of aggression he does it most at night when his heads on my chest and im rubbing his chest its a lil scary cause his mouths right at my neck but im so use to it now I'd be more worried if he didn't do it and trying giving her treats when she wants to be petted so she learns that your hand is something she wants to be nice to and if she snaps at the treat pull away fast and tell her take it nice shell learn
O and if she is being snappy DO NOT HIT HER tell her no in a strong commanding voice hitting her well just make the worlds best attack dog get mad and even more aggressive if you haven't noticed that dogs strong fast agile AMD has a big head be nice love her treat her a sweet as you can and shell fall in love but be the boss dogs wont love you if your not the boss the Alfa gets the love
I don't disagree with swatting a dog on the nose lightly when they are puppy to teach right from from wrong or if that snap at a treat to fast and catch your hand but if shes growling and not purring which I suggest you read up on that I wouldn't want to make her scared of you she'll just get meaner