I have a Rottweiler that i socialized very well from 2 months of age with people and dogs of all shapes and sizes. I have not had a single issue until recently I have noticed behavior I do not like and want to figure out the root cause of this behavior. There are several specific things he does, could someone let me know why they think he does this / what causes this behavior? From there I can work on changing it. FOR INFO- I got him when he was 8 weeks old, purebred rottweiler from excellent champion bloodlines (feel free to ask if you know the breed well), he turns two years old in five days.
I want to also stress my dog is very friendly (for being extremely aloof) he is ok with people and is fairly submissive around other dogs. He is even great with my neighbors chihuahua pack which he runs around with every day. He is also intact.
Behavior issue #1- He loves to play with other dogs and does not show them aggression for any reason. In fact, he allows other dogs to hump him and does nothing about it (which i find funny). He even is tolerant enough where if another smaller dog attacks him, he will avoid confrontation, or shake the dog off, never responds aggressively. Here is the issue. When I am at the dog park, if another dog owner picks up their dog, he will go after them, jumping on the owner and snarling at both the owner and the dog, snapping teeth. He has not injured someone but i am concerned with this behavior and want to understand why someone picking up their dog is a HUGE trigger for him. This is my biggest issue.
Issue #2- I came home to visit my parents today. He knows them fairly well, but only see's them maybe once every 4 months. When they hug me, he runs up and jumps on them from behind and just stands there with his paws on their back. He doesn't bite or snarl, but he makes it very clear he is RIGHT THERE with me. What is causing this behavior? he does not get excited or jump on guests, only when the guests hug or physically contact me. I understand he is a Rottweiler so I am wondering if this is a protective measure. But i also understand he needs to know when to protect and when not to protect. I don't even know if this is protection. Thoughts?
Issue #3- the carpet in my parents home is very dark. At night he was chewing on a bone. My dad walked in and tripped over him once. Then stupidly, he walked in 5 minutes later and stepped on his arm. He jumped up and "warning bit" him. Didnt draw blood, barely left a tiny mark, but he did contact him with his teeth which i know is NOT OK. Why did he do this to my dad who he is fairly familiar with?
I understand that I have work to do but I am also proud of the dog I have raised. He has many many excellent qualities and is great with tiny dogs, cats, kittens, children, and people of all types. I am just looking to better understand these recent behavior issues that have just started to occur. I do basic things like wait for food till I say its ok to eat, he knows all basic commands, etc. So I like to think he knows I am on top. I have never had any issues with him challenging ME PERSONALLY.
Thank you in advance