Do Rottweilers Bark A Lot?
[All you need to know]

Aaron Rice Expert Dog Trainer
Written: January 17, 2022

Are you considering owning a Rottweiler? Are you curious to know more about their barking nature and general behavior? Before you study their nature, ask yourself if you are looking for a guard dog to safeguard your property or your preference is inclined towards a calm family dog.

So, to answer the core question, whether they bark a lot? Typically, Rottweilers bark less. They are an energetic, adaptive, and smart breed. They are very alert and aware of their environment.  

In case you encounter your buddy barking more, it requires a detailed analysis to get to the root of the issue. Excessive barking can be an outcome of various reasons like stress at home, climatic factors, etc. In this article, we will describe the causes of barking of Rottweilers, ways to stop them from barking excessively, and so on.  

Factors Behind Rottweilers’ Barking

Barking is not the most dominant trait of a Rottweiler. They are sharp observers first, before any form of reaction. Although typically silent, they are self-confident in protecting and safeguarding their master with utmost dedication. So, if they do bark all of a sudden, there can be pointed reasons for such abrupt behavior.

It is not easy or correct to generalize the frequency of barking by Rottweilers. Each of them is unique and displays individuality in behavior. The reasoning behind the barking could be rational or irrational, depending on the situation and the individual dog. Let’s move ahead to some of the commonly observed factors that trigger a Rottweiler to bark without any further ado.

Inherent Territorial Nature

Rottweilers make top-quality guard dogs due to their fierce loyalty and protective nature. They would rather sneak up behind an intruder and not create a ramble by barking noisily. They prefer the stealth mode of attack. 

With that in mind, if they are leashed or unable to approach the stranger, their go-to response would be a sudden rage in the form of barking. Any unfamiliar human or animal presence within their territory can initiate the barking. They intend to alert their owners about the intrusion as soon as possible. The nature of barking will be loud and aggressive in such a scenario.

Need for Attention

After all, Rottweilers are also dogs. They do feel bored and crave their master’s attention if left alone for a while. In this case, they bark loudly to attract the human’s attention so that they would come and visit/play with the dog.

If you are out busy with work, ensure to make suitable arrangements so that a family member, staff, or friend visits and plays with your Rottweiler regularly. This measure will help keep the dog engaged, happy and avoid being sad, bored, and lonely.

Additionally, they bark to let them go outside the house once in a while or vice-versa. So make sure not to ignore Rottweilers’ presence for a significant period unless you want to get startled by some serious barking/aggression. The nature of barking is loud, with pauses in between. 

Outcome of Fear

When Rottweilers encounter a loud noise or any unwanted/unexpected object that startles them, the immediate response would be loud barking. This behavior is an automatic panic response mechanism. 

There are instances when even a rustling of leaves on a windy day can cause Rottweilers to bark. But this is not a reason to worry. It justifies that Rottweilers are alert, sharp, and vigilant and are naturally designed to keep the owners safe from danger.

Typically, panic-related barking stops as Rottweilers regain composure quickly in comparison to other breeds. Usually, the nature of bark, in this case, is a medium pitch and rapid type.

Discomfort or Injury

Rottweilers can bark as a sign of demonstrating some discomforts. For instance, when they feel thirsty and don’t receive water, they can trigger barking. 

In the case of persistent barking, this can be due to a physical injury. This situation demands immediate attention and medical consultation by a vet for detailed examination. Sometimes tangling of leash can also cause pain to them, which has to be checked at the earliest. The nature of barking is sudden, high-pitched, and short-lasting when an injury is a primary reason.

A Form of Excitement

Barking in Rottweilers can also be an outcome of excitement in seeing their owners. When you return home after a long workday, a Rottweiler can jump up and down in happiness seeing you. Barks often accompany this behavior. 

They let out a sharp yelping sound as an indication of happiness in meeting you. This sound showcases the strong emotional bond they possess towards their loving owners. You can be proud of that!

Anxious Memories

During a nap, Rottweilers can bark unusually due to painful flashbacks or nightmares. These memories/thoughts can cause anxiety in them and result in a loud form of barking.

Anxiety can also kick in when the owners are away from home. For instance, when you and your family are away for a holiday, the dog can bark out of anxiousness being at the neighbor’s house. They get a sudden realization that the owners are missing and bark out loud.

Desire for Something

Barking can be a technique used by Rottweilers to let the owners know that they need something. It could be a toy, a snack, or a walk in the park. 

You can put an end to the barking easily by responding and giving them what they desire.

How to Control the Barking of Rottweilers

Once you recognize the trigger that is causing your Rottweiler to bark unusually, there are several control mechanisms that you can employ to stop the barking. These can be the key solutions to tackle the triggers mentioned in the previous section. We will discuss some of them in this section.

Train Your Rottweiler

Engaging your Rottweiler in a good obedience training course can be highly effective in positive behavioral transformation. This program will save you valuable time in figuring out how to stop excessive barking. 

Positive Reinforcement is applicable here. You can cheer them with pats, comforting words, small treats when they calm down. 

There is an underlying issue of superiority/dominance in some Rottweilers that prompts them to bark more. This character can be controlled using such training programs.

Canine Socialization

Enabling an environment for your dog to socialize with other dogs can have a positive impact on the barking problem. The effect will be magnified if you engage them in pup socialization from an early age rather than starting when they are adults.

Besides other dogs, you can also try introducing Rottweilers to other animals like cats, humans, or noises that they are yet to experience, like music.

This activity helps them adapt to new things better and reduces abrupt barking on interacting with new stimuli.

Engage in Physical Activities

Physical exercises like jogging, jumping, etc., can boost the dog’s energy levels and keep boredom at bay. This measure will lessen the tendency to bark unnecessarily. 

Exercise followed by a good diet and sleeping patterns is an excellent way to alleviate bad behavior in dogs and enhance their overall well-being.

As Rottweilers are high in energy, it is often useful to engage them in high-intensity exercises like swimming. These will keep their excess energy in check by proper utilization of the same.

Improve Cognitive Abilities Using Toys and Puzzles

Provide the dog some puzzle toys with treats dispensed in them. They will keep the dogs busy for hours. It will also help improve their cognitive abilities like searching and fetching things.

These puzzles are a fun way to spend time with your Rottweiler and cement the emotional bond you share with them. Engaging in toys and puzzles can provide a good distraction for them.

Ignorance Alternative

If none of the above remedies seem to work, there is always the option of ignoring unnecessary barking by your buddy. If they tend to stop barking after a short while, ignorance can be a good option.

Sometimes Rottweilers bark only to get the entire attention of the owner. Giving them rewards each time they bark can pave the way for bad behavior. That should not be encouraged at all.

Eliminate the Stimuli

One of the easiest ways to eliminate the ruckus is by avoiding exposure to the stimuli altogether. For instance, if your dog gets aggressive on seeing a cat, avoid bringing cats in their vicinity. The Rottweiler may have unpleasant memories of the stimuli from the past, causing the trigger. You can prevent ordering or commanding your dog by avoiding the trigger. It is as easy as that. 

Prevention Devices

No-bark devices like high-pitched whistles are picked up by dogs, including Rottweilers. These devices can distract them and stop them from barking. Remote-controlled birdhouses that produce high-pitched noises are also available in the market for this exact purpose.

These are some of the major remedial techniques you can employ to control the barking of Rottweilers. Please keep in mind that excessive use of high-pitched devices can cause more harm than good. So we recommend limited use only.

Vet Consultation

Stopping excessive barking is not always an easy procedure. Sometimes, the barking issue can prevail even after trying out multiple remedies over time. In such cases, always seek medical help by taking your dog over to a registered vet for expert analysis and cure.

When Do Rottweilers Start Barking?

Rottweiler puppies start barking around two to three weeks after birth. The initial tone would be a high-pitched whining sound.

From seven to sixteen weeks, their vocal cords develop further, and you can probably start hearing proper barking sounds from the Rotties. But please keep in mind that they are not the most vocal breeds. There are instances where owners have noticed Rotties still being silent after sixteen weeks. They are more observational and thoughtful in general rather than loud.

Wrapping Up

If you notice too much barking by your Rottweiler, never respond to it violently and rashly. Take your time in identifying the root cause for barking. Accordingly, choose a preventive mechanism or remedial action. Imparting discipline through proper training exercise is one of the most effective ways to gain command over such undesirable behavior.

As we saw in this article, Rottweilers are sharp observers and ideal guard dogs. So, the chances of unwanted barking are on the lower side, but they may bark out of necessity. It can often create problems in the locality. Therefore, a proper analysis of the issue is what is required from the owner. Hitting your dog and shouting swear words is never the solution.

Each Rottweiler is different and peculiar in its own way. Understand your buddy’s character and care for them in the best way you can as a loving owner. Never shy away from consulting dog trainers or medical professionals who are more than capable of deep dive into the cause of barking. You can save yourself time as the trained professionals can quickly provide the tailor-made solution to your Rottie’s problem.