The Rottweiler is a powerful, majestic dog who is probably descended from the drover dogs of ancient Rome. Rottweilers are intelligent enough to have done a number of jobs throughout their history. They originally served as livestock herders and guardians, as well as pulling the carts laden with meat. The same devoted nature that makes your Rottweiler adoring and patient with your family makes him protective of them. Your Rottweiler has a natural instinct to guard you, your family, and your property… so training your Rottweiler for protection is about teaching him the right times and circumstances for guarding, and how you want him to guard. Defining Tasks To train your Rottweiler for protection you should first assess how he already behaves. Does he bark and growl at the mailman or when guests arrive? Does he put himself between you and strangers on walks? If your Rottweiler is already expressing guarding behavior then it will be easier for you to direct that behavior appropriately. If, however, your Rottweiler is overly aggressive in the wrong situations, like continuing to growl when you have greeted and invited in guests, you will need to curb your Rottweiler’s instincts and give him outlets for excessive energy. . Young dogs, especially, may not have the instinct firmly developed yet but will develop it with time and training. Your best friend must trust you to tell him when to guard and when not to bite. If he thinks that he must decide what to do to protect you he will have an anxiety-laden life and may guard inappropriately, resulting in a bite to a friend or service person. Instead, teach your Rottweiler what situations are appropriate for guarding behavior, and what you want him to do to guard you, your family, and your property.