1. My puppy's ears are looking weird at this age. What should I do?
Many puppies in different breeds will have flyaway ears that need to be taped as they teethe. Renice can give you instructions on how to tape your puppy's ears. There is also a youtube video online that is pretty good: Taping a Rottweilers Ears. When Rusty was a puppy, I found that if I put a couple of layers of duct tape on the inside of his ear folding the ears down, that did the trick. It is very important to learn to do this properly so your dog will always look his/her best.
BTW, DO NOT use the black Gorilla Tape!!! I used it on Ike's ears thinking it would be the same as Duct Tape and it caused sores in his ears.
2. How do you handle behavior issues?
Nancie: Frankly, I was having some real problems with all my dogs after bringing Ike into the pack (and please note that it was "my" problem).
After Mya's passing, I was becoming increasingly frustrated at my inability to deal with Ike, who was picking on my high-strung rescued Rat Terrier, Jake, and at times was a real piss ant! We finally got our new lawn installed and he would go out and make like it was his new chew toy, picking up pieces even when told to "Leave It." Remembering how I finally got Rusty to stop chewing off the shingles on the back of our house next to his dog run in California not to mention chewing up his beautiful new dog house, I made up a few "Shake Cans" (empty soda cans filled with rocks, taped shut with duct tape) and everytime we went outside and he would start in on the lawn, I'd throw one of the cans in his direction (not directly at the errant dog himself). All I have to do now is go and get the shake can and he stops when I say leave it. I find this is a good way to break bad habits, though certainly is not a substitute for training.
Building in a scheduled time to play with him has made a huge difference as well forming a much deeper bond. I had been playing and throwing toys for both him and Jake, but Ike's trainer, Derek, strongly recommended one-on-one playtime. Since Jake has a favorite rubber chicken, I'll let him have that downstairs while I play with Ike upstairs. It's usually 10, maybe 15 minutes at the most generally two times a day. I have a couple of clean empty oil jugs that make a lot of noise when they bounce along the floor and he loves those along with his other throwable, squeaky toys.
Derek also got me back on track for crate training and Ike has had no more "accidents" in the
house! He cautioned me about getting Ike out of the crate when he was whining and/or barking to get out as he is then training me, not me training him. But when I do put him in his crate, give him a reason to "Like" going into his crate, such as a large Nylabone, beef femur bone, stuffed peanut butter frozen Kong. If anyone would like to see the schedule Derek helped me with, please email me and I'll send the Word Doc.
A good trainer is well worth the money. Sometimes it may only take one session, as it did for me and Ike.
If you have training tips, I would be most happy to post here! Love to share tips . . .