Flower came to us last summer. We pulled her off the euthanasia list at MCACC. She had a blown ACL and was extremely frightened of everybody. It took her about 3 days to learn to trust me enough to come just to my fingertips, give me a quick lick, and then back away. Over the next week she became more and more comfortable around me and would let me sit with her, and pet her. We had her ACL repaired with TPLO surgery (the best way to fix an ACL and it will never fail again) and then she went into foster care with a young woman who is a nurse and her 8 year old daughter. The woman cared for her through her recovery and adopted her. Flower immediately took to the little girl. She loves that little girl like no other person she had ever met. I'm pretty certain that Flower had a very bad life before coming to us. Her owners were mean to her, hit her and abused her and neglected her and all she has ever hoped for was a little girl of her own and a family that cares, and now she finally had that dream come true. However, there has been one very important element missing in the relationship with her new family, and that is leadership, rules, and boundaries and they gave her too much affection. This has confused poor Flower and since there is no one at the house stepping into that position, she has decided to take it on herself. I'm sure she doesn't want the job, but after all she is a pack animal and without a leader she thinks her pack will die, so it's been up to her. You never ever want your Rottweiler to think it's the leader of the pack, that can only bring bad behavior. Flower has decided that her most valuable resource is this little girl. She does not want anything bad to happen to her so she protects her from everybody except her mom. Nobody else is allowed to enter her bedroom. She especially does not like it if a man or a boy gets too close to the girl and she has forbid them to show the little girl affection; Flower is not having that. I can only imagine what Flower must have seen in her past to not want the little girl's dad or grandpa to hug or kiss her! So she does what she can to stop that and has been nipping at any man that comes into the house or around the little girl. She is a little more lenient with women around her though. She has also made up some rules for Lucky, who is the other dog in the house. Lucky is not allowed to enter the kitchen while their mom is cooking (she wants to make sure that if anything is dropped that she is the only one that gets it). She will not allow Lucky to go out the back door, and she does not allow Lucky to go near the garbage can. So Flower's mom called me and said that she needs to return Flower to us because she can't have a dog who is so protective over her daughter and who is now becoming aggressive with her other dog. So after listening to what has been happening there, I realized that Flower has a few things that need to be straightened out before she can move on to another family. There is no better person to do that then Karen at Dynamic Dog Training Az. She is one of Arizona's very best Rottweiler trainers. She owns two of her own and knows the breed better than anyone. She is going to take her for a board and train until Jan 24th which is plenty of time to set Flower's head straight. We are hoping to find Flower's new family before the 24th so that Flower can start off with a clean slate and fresh start with Flower after they spend a couple of hours with Karen so that she can teach her new family what they must do to show Fower leadership and how she should be handled so that Flower can relax and be a dog. Can you imagine the burden she carries as the leader of the household right now? She does not want that at all, and she will be much happier as a dog. So this session with Karen is very important and her training is free to her new owners. Unfortunately, Karen is leaving town on the 24th for awhile and won't be able to have an in-person meeting with her new owner after the 24th. Please follow Karen's FB page or Rotten Rottie Rescue's FB page to get the latest updates on how Flower is progressing! Please fill out our adoption questionnaire located under the forms tab on www.rottenrottie.com if you are interested in Flower. Karen will not only straighten out Flower's head but she will also make Flower completely obedient and she will train Flower with a remote collar which will give her new owner's as much freedom with her as if she had a half mile leash. Please go to dynamicdogtrainingaz.com to learn more about Karen's training techniques and make sure you are on board with this type of training before you apply. I would hate to invest such time into training Flower and not have her new owners follow through with her training. Her training is completely free to her new owners but it will be required that you purchase an e-collar for her which is $170. Her adoption fee is $400. Now that's a deal. Flower's training is valued at $1700! Thanks.