New Puppy Owner's Handbook



Diet Sheet

Your puppy is currently fed four meals a day, at four to five hourly intervals (to fit in with your lifestyle). Whilst the overall quantities should be increased as your puppy grows, the meals can be reduced to three meals a day at sixteen weeks, and two meals a day thereafter. At six months change to a food formulated for “Juniors”. At approximately twelve months change to a food formulated for adult dogs – which type depends on the level of activity / dogs lifestyle. Please call if you would like advice.

Each meal should consist of approximately 75 grams of Royal Canin Giant Baby Dog and fed dry using the measure provided. Should your puppy not finish each meal after 10 or 15 minutes, remove and re-offer the next time. However should your puppy finish his/her meal completely and appears to be still hungry, offer a little more at the next meal time. Food can be obtained via a postal delivery service, this takes approximately three working days, our dogs thrive on it. Royal Canin can be ordered directly from their offices in Yeovil on 01935 600800 or ordered via their website



If you decide to change to a different type of feed, ensure that the change is very gradual to avoid an upset stomach.

Supplements should be fed to the manufacturers instructions and never increased. Twice the amount does not give twice the benefit. Do not add additional vitamins or supplements to complete feeds unless recommended by your vet as this will cause an imbalance.

What should you do if your puppy develops Diarrhoea?

Starve the Puppy for 24hours – then start a diet of chicken and rice. After a couple of days, gradually introduce their normal diet.

Early Days

The best thing you can buy for your puppy would be a crate or cage where he/she can rest undisturbed and have a little peace and quiet when he/she first arrives home. Some puppies take to a new environment very quickly whilst others may need a day or so to settle in. Help your puppy adjust into its new home by ensuring it has its own bed or basket, where it can go and rest undisturbed, especially from young children. Whether you use a plastic bed, basket or even a cardboard box (ideal for the early days), you will need to use soft bedding for the puppy to sleep on.

Vetbed is perfect as it is easy to wash and dries very quickly. Blankets or doggy duvets are also suitable. Avoid bean filled beds as these may cause choking if torn open.

Toilet Training

It is never too soon to start toilet training. Put newspaper down on the floor near the puppy’s bed in case of accidents, there certainly will be some – especially overnight. If this can be between the puppy’s bed and the back door so much the better. The newspaper should gradually be moved near the back door so that the puppy gets used to the idea of going to the door when it needs to go to the toilet.

Puppies will nearly always go when they wake up, so take your puppy outside as soon as it wakes up, using a command such as “quickly”, “go on” or “hurry up” and then give it lots of praise when it does what’s required. Puppies will also usually want to go after a meal so go through the same procedure after meal times.



Your puppy MUST NOT be taken into public places (where other dogs may have been) until it has finished a course of vaccinations.

Immunisation starts between 8 and 10 weeks of age. Consult your Vet before you bring your puppy home. He will recommend the best age to start the vaccinations. Your vet will vaccinate against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptopirosis and Parvovirus. Once immunisation is complete you can take your puppy out into public areas knowing he is protected (usually 1 week after the last jab). Yearly boosters are required throughout your pet’s lifetime.



A very young puppy will get all the exercise it needs through play. Proper exercise cannot commence until immunisation is complete. In the early days until maturity, keep your walks short – but regular. Lift your puppy in and out of the car, never letting him/her jump, this can cause damage to young growing bones, and also avoid the puppy climbing the stairs – accidents can be nasty if they fall.

Whenever you exercise your puppy/dog ensure you clear up after him. A couple of plastic bags do not take up much room in a pocket and will ensure your dog does not cause offence to others, or you a hefty fine.


Obedience / Training

An obedient dog is a happy dog – and a pleasure to own. Keep your commands short and consistent. Come, Heel, Sit, Wait, Stay, Down (for lying down) and Off (for not jumping up) are the key commands.

Training can start at meal times by telling your puppy to Sit for his meal, or perhaps later to Wait until allowed to take it. Keep training sessions short, a puppy - like a small child – has a short attention span.

Do consider taking your puppy to training classes. Not only will you be taught how to teach the basics of obedience – but he will also be able to socialise with other dogs – this is also very important. If you have never owned a dog before and your puppy is too young to attend obedience classes, why not go along as a spectator? You’ll get an idea of how it is done.



Groom your puppy regularly. You will need to be quite firm to start with – most puppies think a brush or comb is a toy to be played with.

This may seem funny when he/she is only eight weeks old but not so amusing when he/she gets older. In the summertime especially watch out for fleas. If you find small black specks (flea droppings) or even the fleas themselves, your dog will need to be treated with a shampoo, powder or spray. Other forms of flea control are available – consult your vet.


Bitches in Season

If you own a Bitch and decide not to have her spayed you must ensure you keep her confined to quarters when she is in season. Seasons usually start from around six months onwards and then occur approximately every six months after that (each bitch is different and this can vary from four to twelve months). A season lasts twenty one days and your bitch will be ready to mate between days eight and fifteen (as a general rule). During a season NEVER leave your bitch outside unsupervised – not even in a fenced garden – where there is a will there is a way. When exercising always keep her on a lead (there are no rules which say you cannot take her out) but you must be sensible, you do not want an accident to happen.

If you do not wish to breed from your bitch, or to show her, you may be best advised to consider having her spayed, this is not advisable until she is at least one year old.


Car Journeys

Get your puppy used to the car gradually. Start with short pleasurable journeys (not just to the vet), and try to avoid travelling shortly after mealtimes.

Ensure adequate ventilation whilst stationary and in motion, and remember: Never leave your dog in the car during warm or hot weather. Even with the windows open a car can turn into an oven in minutes in hot weather – dogs die every year due to the thoughtlessness of ignorant owners.


Points To Remember

Make sure your puppy has adequate rest without disturbance, ideally in its own crate or cage in a quiet corner of the room away from young children.

Be consistent, fair and firm in your commands, in the training and treatment of your puppy.

Check your garden fences for holes or gaps.

Be prepared to clear up if your dog fouls in a public place.

Train your dog – an obedient dog is a happy dog and a pleasure to own.

Avoid throwing balls or sticks for your dog to catch – these could get lodged in his/her throat.

Do not over exercise your puppy or young dog (see listed books for further guidance).

Avoid small toys, which could choke your dog – balls should be bigger than a tennis ball.

Never leave a choke chain on your dog – it can get caught up in things with disastrous consequences.

Never leave your dog tied outside shops, etc. There is a market for stolen dogs.

Never leave your dog in a car in warm or hot weather – this can be a killer.


Breed Clubs

South Western Rottweiler Association (SWRA)
Mrs J Moran Potter
10 Holbrook Terrace
South Devon
Tel: 01548 580752

Rottweiler Welfare Association
Ms Beate Ralston
3 Park Close
Ogbourne St George
Tel: 01672 841111

If you ever need any help or guidance, or you have any problems with your dog, please telephone me and I will do whatever I can and if I don’t know the answer I will find someone who does.

If you have not already acquired some books either from the library or purchased, listed below are some which are worth reading, guaranteed to answer questions and make you prepared for the changing stages in your puppy/dog’s life.

Book Author
An Owner’s Companion – Rottweilers Les Price
An Interpet Guide to the Rottweiler Joan Blackmore
The Rottweiler Judy & Larry Elsden
All About The Rottweiler Mary MacPhail
The Rottweiler Today Judy & Larry Elsden
The Ultimate Rottweiler Edited by Andrew H Brace

Overbecks Rottweilers Code of Ethics

The Bitch must be two years of age before she is mated, and must not be mated after her 7th Birthday.

The Sire and Dam must have been X-rayed through the KC BVA Scheme

We do not sell any puppies before the age of 7 weeks. We will do our best to help prospective buyers with any problems that they may have with their new puppy.

Every puppy owner is given a diet sheet, and a supply of Royal Canin Giant Baby Dog, a copy of the pedigree and KC Registration Document.

We cannot guarantee the puppy is a show winner. It is not our policy to take back a puppy that is disregarded for this reason. We must be the first point of contact if for any reason you are considering re-homing the puppy, whether you have had the puppy five weeks, five months or five years (We hope that the puppy is purchased firstly as a pet, the showing side is a bonus).

Your puppy has been wormed at three weeks old and repeated again at five and seven weeks of age. Every puppy owner is advised on vaccinations and worming which should then be discussed with your vet on the first visit.

Every puppy is insured for his/her first 6 weeks of leaving us. We advise all new owners to insure their new puppy when the 6 weeks has expired.

The puppy has two endorsements placed on its Kennel Club Registration Document:-

  1. Progeny not eligible for registration
  2. Not eligible for issue of an export pedigree.

The endorsements may be waived subject to my consent:-

  1. By writing to the Kennel Club:
  2. When your dog/bitch has been HD X rayed and has a total score of 13 or less
  3. When your bitch has reached two years of age
  4. When your dog has reached one year of age before being used at stud.

This puppy is believed to be in good health, but you are strongly advised to take it to your Veterinary Surgeon to be given a general health check within four days of purchase. This check, and any tests or examinations associated with it, must be at your expense.

If your Veterinary Surgeon finds a problem which in his/her opinion renders the puppy unfit for sale, we will take the puppy back and refund the purchase price in full on condition that the puppy is returned within seven days of the date of purchase and is in the same state of health as it was sold.

Before purchase you should consider that a puppy is a living thing which may become a much loved member of the family in a short time and this may affect what you wish to do if return of the puppy becomes necessary. We cannot be held responsible for distress or upset caused by the return of the puppy.

You must confirm before purchase that you have consulted your Veterinary Surgeon about this breed and any possible diseases, genetic or otherwise to which it is prone, and you accept that if such a disease develops later in life after a satisfactory preliminary examination by your Veterinary Surgeon, we cannot be held responsible.

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