The American Kennel Club's Meet the Rottweiler, an official publication of the American Kennel Club (AKC), serves as go-to resource for new and experienced owners of this impressive working dog. With its characteristic black and mahogany coloration, the robust Rottweiler cuts a unique silhouette and has attracted thousands of admirers in the United States and around the world. Meet the Rottweiler begins with a discussion about the decision to own this powerful, large guard dog, and the responsibilities that accompany this decision. Equally important is the selection of the right breeder, a topic covered in a chapter on puppy selection that includes a list of questions to ask the breeder and the answers new owners are looking for. The book addresses the health of the Rottweiler and alerts new owners to potential problems in the breed. The chapter on health discusses the importance of finding the right veterinarian for this breed as well as how to embark on a preventive-healthcare regimen with your vet. New owners will profit from the chapters dedicated to selecting the right merchandise for a new puppy and how to make the home and yard safe for the active and agile Rottie puppy. House-training and obedience training are presented in individual chapters, and the AKC's stance on positive training methods shines through as owners are enlightened to the power of praise and rewards. The book doesn't stint on information about grooming, exercise, dental health, and feeding, all vital topics for the dog owner. The final chapter includes a dozen ways to get your Rottweiler active in dog sports and the community--from participating in AKC performance events like dog shows, obedience and agility trials to becoming certified as a therapy dog and visiting nursing homes and retirement homes with your well-trained Rottie. The chapters also offer advice on how to pursue the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and the Canine Good Citizen programs, both ideal for young dogs getting their start in organized dog events and therapy. The Resources section of the book includes excellent recommendations for websites, periodicals, books, and programs that Rottweiler owners will find informative and helpful.
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