In the evenings when it cools down, it is a good time to play and socialize. All the dogs love the Mule rides. In fact after the ride, Perci will stay in the back of the Mule in hopes for another ride.
The pens have long runs outside and the dogs can get in the shed through the "dog door" when it gets hot. The pens in the photo are in the front of the shed and there are similar pens in the back.
The adult dogs are all let out in the morning to run while my father and I do chores. They are also all allowed to run in the evening while I am cleaning pens and feeding the dogs and chickens. Two dogs are allowed to be out each day since my father is working around the farm.
Sport and working dogs need the right exercise to be able to perform well. Exercise makes show dogs look better and feel better. Dogs can be like young children. If you don’t give them something constructive to do with their energy, they’ll find something to do on their own—and you may not like it!
Depending on the weather, puppies will be moved to the pens in the shed when they are six weeks old. We train the puppies to use the bathroom on newspapers in the birthing pens. Rott puppies are let out to run in our backyard, eat and go to the bathroom. Warm weather makes raising a litter of puppies easier and keeps the facility cleaner. A litter of puppies can be very labor intensive. As you can see in the photo below, the puppies are very willing to help sweep and clean up after themselves. The puppies find the corner of dirt to play in versus staying in the grass.
When we have puppies, the female is moved to the attached garage off the house. (aka my wife's heated garage for her car.) I have installed a camera in the garage so that females can be watched from an app on my phone.
The first few days, a litter of puppies is pretty well watched around the clock. February 2015, we moved a couch and old La--Z-Boy in to better accommodate the person on duty. Thankfully, my mother helps with this. When the weather is cold outside, we have heat lamps set up for the newborn puppies.
We are located in southern Illinois and we welcome you to come and see our facility and our dogs. We have sold several Rotts to families in the Chicago area. We have dogs in Alaska, New York, and Louisiana as well.
Our Rottweilers have the opportunity to run freely on our property in the mornings and evenings as well as days that we are at home. We often load them up on the six wheeler and take them for a ride in the country side.
Photographer was distracted by the beauty of nature.
Bailey helped Kevin set posts.
......... and the dogs, well, they helped too.
The chickens watched out of curiosity.
Bill helped with the removal and burning of the limbs.
Dirk helped wire the fence.
Kevin cut the dead limbs out of the pine grove.
I helped string the fence.