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Why Do Rottweilers Growl

Why Do Rottweilers Growl? 

Why Do Rottweilers Growl? 

Pets, particularly dogs are like babies that never grow. Like all babies, they also communicate in various ways. One of the communicating tool used by Rottweiler is the growl. Many assume that a growl is an aggressive behavior. It is not always the case. As mentioned earlier, pets are like babies and humans have better vocabulary than a dog.  While a human baby may cry, wail or even curse a dog can only express its displeasure by growling. Growling is part of its vocalization

Why Do Rottweilers Growl

The Main Reasons Why Do Rottweilers Growl

Rottweilers are considered to be one of the best dog breed when it comes to its protective nature of the master and the property of the master.

Growling is part of that protective nature of a Rottweiler. Like most animals, Rottweilers like to protect their territory and growling is part of their territorial nature.

Like when human babies cry when they perceive a threat or when they get anxious, Rottweilers are also prone to growling when they are anxious, threatened or scared. When the perceived threat does not relent, we can hear the Rottweiler growl as a defensive mechanism.

They also tend to growl when someone tries to take their food, their favorite toy or when threatened.

As Rottweilers are a guarding dog, their natural instinct is to protect.

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As a puppy, if the Rottweiler is not exposed to different people, other animals, other environments, they tend to growl as their communication is limited.

They may become defensive, uncomfortable and become fearful of situations if they were not exposed during their early age.

Also we have to consider physical discomfort or pain as another source of growling as a Rottweiler cannot express its pain or discomfort other than by growling or whimpering.

Like a Mother understanding its babies cries, the Master of a Rottweiler should understand the growling behavior which could be environmental, social or instinctual issues.

Giving good training during the puppy stage, socializing with other dogs and being exposed to different environments helps the Rottweiler to be a well behaved pet.

The Master should address the Rottweiler anxiety issue, comfort them provide regular veterinary care and take care of their overall well-being and take care of their beloved Rottweiler.

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Rottweiler are a guarding dog and their instinct is to protect the Master and the property of the Master. By growling, they express their presence and warn potential intruders.

  1. Territory protection:

A dog protects its territory and its Master’s territory with a zeal and warning unwanted people to stay away. Its instinct is to protect the Maters family, property and their space. Rottweilers may growl or bark at strangers when they approach their Master’s property.

A classic behavior of a Rottweiler is to bark, act very excited and show very aggressive behavior when it sees a stranger approaching the Master’s property.

This is the dog’s instinct at work. This is because a Rottweiler is a guard dog and it is protecting the master’s property from intruders.

A Rottweiler can be seen trying to protect the property and also chase away potential harm to family members of the Master. By doing this they are protecting their territory and also the family from strangers who could be a threat to their family.

It is imperative that the Master understands the instinct of a Rottweiler and ensure that proper training is provided to a Rottweiler to avoid future conflicts.

By providing good training as a puppy and getting the Rottweiler to get used various social situation will help the dog from getting into unwanted situations in future.

While a Rottweiler exhibits its natural instinct and be a guard dog, proper training and socializing as a puppy will help the Rottweiler to curb its natural territorial instinct and be a social and friendly dog.

  • Anxiety and Fear

Previous negative experiences, poor socializing and fear of some situations

Anxiety and fear can be triggered by being re-exposed to previous stimuli in a current situation. By being exposed to past trauma, a Rottweiler can be fearful of a similar situation and may behave in an aggressive manner when exposed to such a stimulus.

Lack of socializing as a puppy can also contribute to the fear and anxiety. Previous bad experience can linger on and when such a situation is presented again, Rottweiler may show signs of fear and anxiety.

  • Guarding

Protecting valuable items like food, toys, possessiveness towards personal belongings and personal space.

Guarding its resources is a common trait amongst animals. They show this kind of behavior with regard to their toys and food items. This further can extend to personal space or belongings. Understanding and taking care of this behavior of resource guarding by a Rottweiler will create a harmonious relationship with other animal companions.

Resource guarding can manifest in different ways – growling, snapping or even biting an individual who approach the Rottweilers possessions. This is a natural instinct in animals. (Why Do Rottweilers Growl)

For a Rottweiler to remain calm and positive during the resource guarding, it is required for the Master to train a Rottweiler with positive feedback and give treats when it stays calm when anyone takes its resources.

This also can be done by a specialist animal trainer. The animal trainer also can train a Rottweiler with basic commands like “leave it”, “drop it” when commanded to do so. It is also important to let all the pets have their own toys and avoid conflict.

Why Do Rottweilers Growl


When a Rottweiler puppy exposure is limited to different environments and situations

When a Rottweiler puppy’s exposure is limited to different situations and environments, there is a possibility of socialization issues as an adult dog.

Socialization is very important for a dog’s development and helps it to develop into a confident and well-adjusted pet for all situations.

It is important that as a puppy, it be exposed to parks, places of recreation, busy streets, other dogs, other animals and birds.

Limited or zero exposure may cause them to be anxious when facing unexpected situations.

This in turn may give rise to aggression, fearfulness and barking unnecessarily.

It should be noted that during early puppyhood (3 weeks to 14 weeks), socializing and human interaction is essential for a well behaved adult dog.

By being exposed to various sights and sounds as a puppy, an adult dog will be comfortable with these situations and will be a confident and cheerful pet. (Why Do Rottweilers Growl)


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