Busy Rottie

What We Are All About
Hello. Simply put, we are about Rottweilers. Busy Rottie was established by D. Barnes, a 30+ year K9 behavior specialist, to offer insight on the Rottweiler and share helpful information about the loving breed.

We focus on the things that can be done with a Rottie. Busy Rottie will touch topics pertaining to the health, well being, training and overall temperament of the Rottweiler.

Our 'gentle K9 giant' has been a friend and companion for the ages. The Rottie gives great love and in return only asks that we reciprocate. The key to a happy Rottweiler is consistent interaction. Busy Rottie will offer a guide to good interactions.


Canine Carry Out products
There have been quite a few folks posting warnings on the web pertaining to products like Canine Carry Outs. The active ingredient in treats like these is propylene glycol, not ethylene glycol.

Propylene glycol is quite different from ethylene glycol, the anti-freeze used in automobiles. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. It is a solvent for food colors and flavors and in the paint and plastics industries. Propylene glycol is also used to create artificial smoke or fog used in fire-fighting training and in theatrical productions. Other names for propylene glycol are 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 1,2-propanediol, methyl glycol and trimethyl glycol.

Ethylene glycol — not propylene glycol — is the active compound in most automobile radiator anti-freeze solutions and is toxic to animals and humans when ingested. Propylene glycol has a different molecular structure, giving it different properties and allowing it to be used safely in animal feed, except for cats, as well as in human foods, such as cake mixes, salad dressings, soft drinks, popcorn, food coloring, fat-free ice cream and sour cream.

Propylene glycol can be used as a non-toxic anti-freeze, just as salt can be used as an “anti-freeze.” The differences in the molecular make-up of propylene glycol and ethylene glycol have significantly different impacts on health and safety for humans and pets. Propylene glycol is approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has never issued any warning or recall/withdrawal notice about Canine Carry Outs brand dog treats.

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Doggie Depression
Many dog lovers may wonder about dog depression and potential dog depression symptoms. There is a lot of news coverage and information about human depression, so if people get depression, why can’t dogs? In this article, we will look at the topic of dog depression and review dog depression symptoms.

Depression in dogs is much harder to define or document than it is in humans. After all, grief and sadness are normal human emotions but not emotions we commonly recognize in dogs. What can make understanding depression in dogs even more difficult is the fact that every dog can respond differently to any given situation.

Rottweilers: Good Family Dogs?
So do Rottweilers make good family pets? The answer is yes, however just if owners work hard in giving plenty of exercise, obedience training, close guidance and lots of rules and discipline.

Rottweilers end up being warmhearted, loyal and often comical clowns when certain conditions are met. The key for changing the stereotype from dangerous guard dog to family dog inevitably relies in following a few specific guidelines and always thinking of safety as top priority.


Does your dog mind what you say? Is he or she even listening? The foundation for good living with a K9 is clear communication.

Vocal ques are foundation when interacting with your dog. The addition of hand signals and gestures creates a greater base for communication between you and your dog.