Rottweiler Biting Unexpectedly
My rottweiler is about 5 years old and has just started biting out of the clear blue. He has bitten 4 out of 6 people that live in my house hold 3 of which are kids. The last time he bit he gave no warning what so ever. What do you think I should do he has never showed any aggression at all follows commands house trained and is well socialized. He is so well tempered we even put a tutu on him as well as sock and he never was aggressive about that. I just do not want to put him down any advice would be great.
If he has been as bomb proof as you are saying and nothing drastic has changed in his day to day routine I would get him into the veterinarian for a detailed check up. Blood work and x-rays. It has been my experience when a dog has been bomb proof for the first 3 years of their lives and there is a sudden drastic change in behaviour without any change in routine it’s a sign something of a physical nature is behind it.
I had a similar case several years ago, also with a Rottweiler. We couldn’t figure out why he’d suddenly bitten 2 people. One petting him reaching over the fence and the other petting him while reaching over a baby gate. Neither circumstance or person was unfamiliar to him many times over. X-rays revealed he had damage in his neck. It seems that when the person stopped petting and withdrew their hand the dog stretched its neck forward to get a little more contact and it caused pain which the dog confused as caused by the person. The dog drew on the nature of its genetics and defended itself.
When I dug a bit deeper I learned the dog had been a bit of an energetic pistol in its youth and someone had recommended a head halter type collar to provide control. I’ve never like those on dogs that are untrained for exactly this reason. The twisting action I feel has the potential to exacerbate an existing problem or create one over time.