If you have a disability that impacts your daily life, you may want to consider a rottweiler service dog as your next companion. Find out more about how a rottweiler could change your life.
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Rottweiler Service Dog - Everything You Need To Know

Susana Bradford
5 minute read
May 20, 2022

How much consideration have you given the Rottweiler service dog? Rottweilers have been police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and military dogs throughout the breed's history. You may see a Rottweiler as a service, guard, or therapy dog. If you have a disability, a Rottie may be ideal above other dogs.

The Bottom Line

What Are Service Dogs?

Many dogs were originally bred to protect livestock or hunt alongside their human counterparts. Great service dogs have specialized training to help people with disabilities function in their everyday life. A service dog can accompany you in any public setting, including grocery stores, shopping malls and restaurants.

Why Rottweilers Make Great Service Dogs

What breed of dog do you think of when you imagine a service animal? Probably a gentler breed like the Golden retriever or the German shepherd. Both make good service dogs, but what about Rotties? Any member of the bully breed classification has an unearned poor reputation. You may be surprised to learn all the traits that make Rottweilers good companions and great service dogs.

They Have the Personality for Service Dogs

Rottweilers are highly people-oriented animals. Many are happy to spend their time cuddling, making them perfect therapy dogs. Like many canines, they are intuitive and tend to read human emotions. Bred to protect people and livestock, they continue to carry their protective instincts. They are intelligent and tireless dogs that want to work. They are endearing to most owners because they have a playful, goofy side in addition to being obedient. Not only can they be trained to do specialized tasks for their owners, but they can cheer them up effortlessly.

They Have the Size To Perform Various Tasks

Big dogs have the physical characteristics necessary to aid some people with medical conditions. Rottweilers have a sturdy build. They range from 22 inches to 27 inches, with males tending toward larger. A female Rottweiler weighs between 80 and 110 pounds, whereas males weigh 110 to130 pounds. For people who may panic in large crowds or around strangers, the size of a Rottweiler allows these dogs to block their owners from others. If you need a dog that can catch you if you lose your balance, the Rottweiler has his size to his advantage. Rottweilers can help you get up or pull your wheelchair when necessary.

They Are an Intelligent and Trainable Breed

The AKC ranks Rottweilers in the top 10 out of 79 intelligent dog breeds. While intelligent dogs are easier to train, Rottweilers can have a stubborn side. You have to provide consistent training, but their eagerness to please you will win most of the time. They love positive reinforcement and thrive on praise. Dogs that enjoy praise as a reward tend to be easier to train.

They Have Extreme Loyalty to Their Handlers

Your companion has to be at your side almost 100% of the time. You can take your Rottweiler service dog anywhere, and in most cases, you have to. Rottweilers are incredibly loyal to their people. They naturally want to stay at your side. Due to their reliable nature, it is easy to train them to stay beside their owner when at work. Though most service dogs should remain on a leash, they are easy to train to stay beside you even when not on a leash. Additionally, you can always rely on them to come when called.

They Are Friendly Dogs

Rottweilers have unfairly gained the reputation of being aggressive dogs, but the reality can't be further from the truth. In the 1990s, Rottweilers gained popularity, and many breeders unethically produced Rottweilers to meet the demand. Many of these breeders sold their dogs to anyone with little to no vetting. Some people have unfairly taken a few cases of neglected Rottweilers with poor training to represent the breed.

Rottweilers are a friendly, playful breed. Additionally, they are patient and calm with children. Many make excellent therapy dogs.

What Tasks Can Rottweilers Perform?

If you're thinking about Rottweiler service dogs, you may be wondering what they're capable of. How can they help you with your specific condition? With enough persistence, trainers can teach Rottweilers to perform various tasks. Here are five everyday tasks that Rottweiler service dogs can do for you.

Mobility and Balance Aid

Rottweilers have their size to their advantage. You can train your Rottweiler to help support you when walking or guide you through everyday tasks. Many are tall enough to turn on and off lights and open doors for you. Since Rottweilers are muscular dogs, most people can easily lean on them for balance.

Object Retrieval

Rottweilers can learn to do specific tasks for their handlers, such as picking up dropped objects or retrieving their medications. While Rottweilers are not retrievers, they are intelligent dogs that thrive when they have a job to do. A professional trainer can help train your Rottweiler in object retrieval. In addition, Rottweilers can also pull heavy objects, such as carts or wagons.

Danger or Intruder Notification

Rottweilers are well-known for being guard dogs. They instinctually guard their family and their property. While protective, they need specialized training as guard dogs. Otherwise, they do not know when or how to offer protection. For adults with disabilities who live alone, Rotties serve as therapy dogs and protectors.

Medical Emergency Alert

Rottweilers can learn to be medical alert service dogs. A medical alert dog warns its owner about medical crises or impending crises. For example, a service dog may paw at an epileptic owner about to have a seizure so they can find a safe place to lay down. They can also alert to low blood sugar and blood pressure drops.

Deep Pressure Therapy

For people who have PTSD, anxiety, or any other mental health condition that causes them to dissociate or panic, deep pressure therapy may help. The dog recognizes signs of mental distress and uses his weight and warmth to alleviate the symptoms.

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How To Get a Rottweiler Emotional Support Dog

If you agree that Rottweilers make good emotional support and therapy dogs, we can help you make your dog an ESA.

Take Our Assessment

Before you begin, you need to complete an assessment for us to evaluate your situation. Next, you select whether you need a housing, travel, or combination letter.

Have a Therapist Consultation

Fill out the privacy and consent forms for our clinicians to work with you. We'll match you with a licensed mental health professional and send you a booking link.

Obtain a Psychiatric Service Letter

Once you complete your evaluation with our licensed mental health professional, they will determine whether the emotional support animal is essential to your care before writing a letter. You may receive the ESA letter within 24 hours when finished with your consultation, except for California residents.

We care about your satisfaction. If your ESA letter does not work, we will refund you 100%.

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Can I Train My Rottweiler To Be a Service Dog?

To start training, begin when your Rottweiler is still a puppy. Puppies need obedience training from the moment you bring them home.

Rottweilers are large dogs, so you need to ensure that they respect people's space. Some people choose to work with their dog for basic obedience training, but others may decide to take their dog to a training class or an individual trainer.

Where Can I Adopt a Rottweiler Service Dog?

You can adopt a Rottweiler through a variety of avenues. Try going through Rottweiler rescue organizations or ethical breeders of working Rottweilers. Many people find service dogs by searching on Google for organizations specializing in service dogs or rearing their preferred breed.

What Disabilities Qualify for a Rottweiler Service Dog?

Any physical, mental or emotional disability that impairs a significant life activity could qualify you for a Rottweiler service dog. Some mental disabilities that could determine your eligibility include:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Physical disabilities may include:
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Vertigo
  • Diabetes

Any disability where you can train a dog to perform a specific task to assist you may qualify you for a service animal.

What's the Difference Between Psychiatric Service Dogs vs. Emotional Support Dogs?

When people hear psychiatric service dogs, they may think of emotional support animals. After all, the names sound similar. However, a psychiatric service dog aids in mental illness and psychiatric conditions that severely limit a person's ability to function. The psychiatric service dogs learn to tolerate various settings and have training for one specific person.

On the other hand, the primary job of an ESA is to provide companionship and emotional support to his owner, but they do not need formal training. An emotional support animal cannot enter all public spaces. ESAs can live with their owners, though, no matter the pet policy.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rottweiler Service Dogs

Before you bring home your new friend, here are some common questions people ask regarding Rottweilers.

How Much Does a Rottweiler Service Dog Cost?

Depending on the pedigree and breeder, a Rottweiler puppy may cost $800 to $4,000. However, if you choose to purchase a trained service animal, you may pay tens of thousands.

How Can You Catch a Fake Rottweiler Service Dog?

A fake service animal may be evident in public. These dogs tend to sniff around constantly, tug on their owner's leash and react to strangers and other animals.

Can You Get a Rottweiler Service Dog for Anxiety?

Yes, you can get your Rottweiler trained to help with anxiety symptoms. They can learn to read the signals and help comfort and calm their owners.

Can Any Dog Be a Service Dog?

Your dog has to undergo an evaluation and training to ensure he has the proper temperament. Some dogs are more reactive or wary and may not be able to pass training.

Do Rottweiler Service Dogs Have To Be on a Leash?

All service animals should remain on a leash for their protection. When appropriately trained, they should never wander, even when off-leash.

Does Insurance Cover Rottweiler Service Dogs?

Insurance does not cover service dogs; however, you may be able to receive funding or assistance to pay for your animal.

How Can You Get a Psychiatric Service Dog?

To obtain a psychiatric service animal, discover if you qualify for a service animal. Your mental health professional must diagnose you and write an official letter to explain your situation and how it affects you.

How Long Does It Take To Train Rottweiler Service Dogs?

Your pup needs to train for a minimum of 120 hours and six months. Many people have a fully trained service Rottweiler after about two years.

Are Rottweiler Service Dogs Allowed Everywhere?

Your dog is allowed in every public space that you are allowed to frequent. No business or institution can restrict you from entering because of your service animal.

How Can You Get a Rottweiler Service Dog for PTSD?

To qualify for a Rottweiler for PTSD, you need an official diagnosis and PSD letter. Patients who require service animals for PTSD tend to have dissociative episodes that may put them in danger.

For those who have recognized disabilities, a Rottweiler service dog may make a significant difference. At Pettable, we believe your Rottweiler can be a great candidate for a therapy dog, service dog, or emotional support animal.

Meet the author:

Susana Bradford