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Life with Oz - starring all my Rottweilers & rescues

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CHECKLIST AND SOCIALIZATION FOR YOUR NEW ROTTWEILER















Congratulations on your new companion and family member. 
 They are going to be A LOT of work.  They will challenge you, love you, frustrate you, but remember they are puppies and they need YOU TO TEACH THEM, TRAIN THEM, LEAD THEM, LOVE THEM, FEED THEM, SOCIALIZE THEM, POTTY TRAIN THEM, WALK THEM, PLAY WITH THEM, AND THE LIST GOES ON & ON & ON....  Its up to you to have if you want them to be an ambassador of the breed, a therapy dog, a canine good citizen.  
They are all wonderful dogs and they will be your BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD!  It is up to you to show them the ropes.  They will be a reflection of you.

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HECK LIST FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY 

when should i start?  NOW.

1.  Teach your puppy to stay.

2.  Teach your puppy to lay down.

3.  Teach your puppy to sit.

4.  Teach them to come when called.

5.  Teach your puppy to shake.

7.  Teach your puppy to walk on a leash (if he pulls you, STOP - When he stops pulling you     WALK)  

8.  Teach your puppy lay on each side. 
     (This is useful for vet exams)

9.   Teach your puppy to enjoy a hug around their neck
     
10.  Teach your puppy to lie on their back and get their belly rubbed.

11.  Teach your puppy to love having their toes and feet touched (Oz loves this) 

12.  Teach your puppy to allow you to rub their gums.

- and allow you to stick your fingers in their mouth and touch their teeth 
(don't ever force something. Make it pleasurable. Use treats to reward them)

13.  Touch your puppy's ears. Rubbing their ears can calm them. 

14.  Touch their face and their nose.

15.  Teach them to enjoy car rides.  Start with short rides and give em treats :)  

16.  Teach them to love baths (I would feed Oz his part of his dinner while bathing him or give me treats)       See my video on You Tube "how to train a wonderful rottweiler" you
        see me doing this with oz.

17.  Teach them to like things like a blow dryer.  
Also on  "how to train a wonderful rottweiler"  I feed Oz his dinner while blow drying him.  He loves the blow dryer

18. Teach them to like being brushed.

19.  Take him to the vet just for a hello and a treat :)

20.   Share their toys with them.  Hold one side of his toy while they chew the other. Also on "How to train a wonderful Rottweiler"

21. When they are eating add something yummy to their bowl (a treat or a little peice of chicken) or you can add    the other half of their food bit by bit so your hand in their   bowl is NEVER A THREAT but invited because you are adding something good :)  


REPEAT THE ABOVE LIST WITH FAMILY MEMBERS & FRIENDS WORKING WITH YOUR PUPPY.


*NOTE*
 PARVO IS VERY PREVALENT WITH PUPPIES ESPECIALLY ROTTWEILERS SO UNTIL YOUR PUPPY HAS GOTTEN HIS PUPPY SHOTS YOU NEED TO AVOID PUBLIC PLACES, DOG PARKS, STRANGE DOGS, SIDEWALKS. KEEP THEM IN AREAS YOU KNOW ARE SAFE LIKE - YOUR YARD, YOUR FRIENDS HOMES, SOCIALIZE W/ FRIENDS DOGS THAT YOU KNOW ARE HEALTHY, TAKE THEM WITH YOUR FOR CAR RIDES (DON'T LEAVE THEM UNATTENDED IN A CAR), TAKE THEM INSIDE THE HARDWARE STORE, THE SHOPPING CENTER IF YOU CAN, and CARRY THEM WHEN IN PUBLIC DURING THE UNSAFE PARVO PERIOD.  REMEMBER PARVO IS VERY DEADLY.  THE VACCINATION SCHEDULE IS USUALLY 6 WEEKS, 9 WEEKS, 16 WEEKS.
CHECK WITH YOUR VET.



SOCIALIZATION YOUR PUPPY WITH
  • Men 
  • Women
  • children
  • babies
  • elderly man
  • elderly women
  • handicap people in wheelchairs
  • People in uniform (mailman, ups man, policeman)
  • Man with beard
  • Lady with hat
  • Man with hat
  • Lady with umbrella
  • Kid skateboarding (take him to a skateboard park)
  • Children playing
  • Loud people
  • Person with deep voice
  • Crowded place
  • Timid shy person
  • dogs
  • cats  
  • birds
  • and many more... 
  
ONCE YOUR PUPPY HAS FINISHED HIS PUPPY SHOTS USUALLY 16 WEEKS BE SURE TO SIGN THEM UP FOR PUPPY CLASSES AND SOCIALIZE SOCIALIZE SOCIALIZE.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!  YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE HIM TO TRAINING CLASSES AS AN TEENAGER AND ADULT.  THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS A 80-130 POUND ROTTWEILER THAT IS IN CHARGE OF YOU AND IS NOT TRAINED, NOT GOOD!  SO DO THEM AND YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DO THE RIGHT THING.


The above list is certainly not a complete check of all the things you need to it is a excellent start!  These are all things I did with Oz plus a lot more.  Oz met over 75 strange adults and over 50 strange children by the time he was 18 weeks! 

3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! This is very helpful.

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  2. great post, i love rotties, and dogs in general, but i won't get one cos i don't have enough time to give them the good life they deserve. Thanks for sharing Oz with us.

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  3. Great list. I can't wait to do all these things with my rottweiler when i get one. Love this breed!

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