Understanding your dog is the cardinal principle of Rottweiler parenting. However, you cannot expect your Rottie to make sounds to convey his feelings. Dogs use body language most of the time to communicate. As an attentive and caring pet parent, it is incumbent upon you to understand Rottweiler body language and discern his message, needs, thoughts, mindset, and drives.
Your knowledge about the personality and temperament of Rottweilers is essential to decipher your dog’s body language. However, it is important that you must learn to read his facial features, postures, and individual body parts. Here is your guide to comprehending your Rottweiler’s body language.
Know Common Rottweiler Body Postures
- Relaxed, Happy Rottweiler body language: Mouth open slightly, tongue out, eyes look relaxed, tail relaxed and down, the head remains high, ears straight and up. Your pet looks unconcerned and unthreatened.
- Alert Rottweiler body language: Mouth closed, eyes wide, ears forward, tail stays horizontal or move side to side, body forward leaning, no wrinkled nose or forehead, and attention focused. The posture indicates an attempt to pay attention or assess something.
- Aggressive Rottweiler body language: Mouth slightly open, lips curled and teeth visible, ears forward, wrinkles on the nose or forehead, raised and firmed tail, and body forward leaning. Your dog looks dominant, aggressive, and confident.
- Fearful Rottweiler body language: Tail between legs, front body lowered, hackles raised, ears back, the mouth may be partially open, and teeth visible. Although the dog looks submissive, he may attack if cornered.
- Stressed Rottweiler body language: Tail down (may or may not wag), ears back, body lowered, bending legs, no direct or lengthy eye contact, expressing signs of submission, and rapid breathing. Your pet may be suffering from anxiety and stress or he is worried. He may be fearful, especially when you see sweaty footprints.
- Playful Rottweiler body language: Looks as if about to run, tail up and waving, ears up, mouth open with tongue out, and the front body lowered. The dog seems excited.
Tips To Read Rottweiler Body Language: Look at Body Parts
It is important to look at the body parts of your Rottie to understand his emotions. You must pay attention to individual parts. His tail, eyes, mouth, and ears indicate how he feels or what he thinks.
- Look at the facial expressions of your dog. Wide open eyes hint at his alertness. Rounded or oval eyes show that your Rottweiler is relaxed. A staring dog may turn confrontational. When he is avoiding eye contact, be assured your Rottie is submissive.
- Ears indicate the feeling of a dog. Your pet is nervous when ears are held back. When he is dominant, ears are up and straight. Your dog is happy, his mouth remains open.
- A panting dog usually stays content while a yawning dog may be stressed. However, when his teeth are visible, avoid approaching him.
- If your Rottweiler has a wagging tail, he may not be happy. If it is high and wagging, your dog is dominant, threatening, or aggressive. However, if he holds his tail in a natural position and waging, he is in a playful mood. A nervous dog has his tail tucked between legs.
Tips To Read Rottweiler Body Language: Look at the Whole Body
Your dog’s individual body parts indicate specific feelings. However, these must be read along with the general posture of the whole body. Similar body parts may offer different meaning when seen in the light of a dog’s physical appearance.
- Rottweilers look physically larger and stout when dominant or aggressive. When the body is relaxed and appears smaller, it is a sign that your dog is submissive. If there is no change in the body posture, he is calm.
- When your Rottie is in “play bow” position – front legs stretched forward and body low – your pet is in a playful mood. But if the weight looks centered on the front legs with or without snarling and growling, be aware that the dog is ready to attack.
- A submissive dog keeps his body close to the ground and licks his lips. He may even roll on his back. When scared, the head remains low and the dog takes a little sideways glance.
- High-energy Rottweilers stand with tail wagging and burly muscles. Those with the low energy usually stay calm.