Canine professional Martin Rütter brings the exciting life of XXL dogs and people into his latest documentary series. In the opening episode, Leonberger met Gunther, who weighs a lot: 92 kilograms. But his anxious lover is having a hard time following the dog’s diet.
Yorkshire terriers, deer stamens, or dachshund pals must be brave now, because: In his new documentary series, canine professional Martin Rotter looks exclusively at the daily lives of dogs in large format: “We don’t see any canine handbags here, but big adventures.” ‘,” said the dog expert at the start of ‘Big Dogs’ Sunday afternoon on RTL.
Dog guru Martin Rotter: ‘He easily has 20 kilos of it’
For the Rademacher family from Bavaria, it’s all about the dog Günther. With a shoulder height of 82 cm, the Leonberger is also difficult to overlook. But the dog has another big problem: “It easily carries 20 kilograms of it,” this is what the dog specialist realizes at first glance. Mistress Birgit simply spoils her beloved a lot. Here’s a steak, there’s an extra piece of turkey and twice a day a chew stick – the result: Gunther weighs a total of 92 kilograms at the age of five. Martin Rotter comments on off-camera photos: “Old Swede! He’s lying there like a caught sea whale.”
However, the situation is not funny at all: “If he does not lose weight, he dies much sooner,” as the dog professional points out. Another warning sign: Leonberger suffers from diarrhea regularly. Martin Rotter: “I was going to check it out!” Birgit Rademacher realizes that she urgently needs to change something. She definitely doesn’t want to lose her dog early.
I lost only 400g from 92kg – but Birgit’s mom is excited
Tragic: Gunther’s ancestor’s train was run over. Perhaps that is why Birgit wanted to prepare heaven on earth for the leonburger? But the plan is in the works: In consultation with her vet, Gunther is on a diet. No more additives, just cucumber instead of meaty foods. In order not to rust, my mom drives him to the dog park to play in a convertible to fit Günther.
Hope after six weeks is correspondingly high: does Gunther now weigh much less than 90kg? But checking the weight is realistic: Leonberger lost only 400 grams. Maybe because the mistress mixed raw eggs with fodder again? “That’s not a thing for a six-week diet,” Martin Rotter was negatively surprised.
Mom, on the other hand, is beaming: “We’re on the right track, he’s lost weight!” she says happily. The dog professional comments on the scene with even greater skepticism: “You can’t talk to yourself now. 400 grams, that’s a lot,” he says. How will Gunther’s fight against obesity continue?
Saint Bernard navigator defends his lands
The Chivers have an entirely different problem with their St. Bernard boat. The one and a half year old male is a cuddly bear on the inside, but on the outside he gets angry as soon as he meets other dogs. Sabine’s mom can no longer carry the 65kg dog, and Mr. Christian has to use all his strength. In addition, daughter Lily (1.5 years) often has other plans when she goes for a walk.
Martin Rütter believes that the dog can be territorially motivated, and therefore does not tolerate other dogs in his area. “People always think Saint Bernards lie all day like Heidi from oh-so-pain, but this breed can be very alert and territorial.”
Martin Rotter dog trainer Eileen immediately realizes: “He’s a very repellent guard!” Boatswain also places himself indoors in places of strategic importance with a view of the door or garden gate and keeps an eye on everything there. Outside, he feels very tense. Training Approach: With treats, a Potsman should focus more on his owners than on other dogs.
When coach Eileen returns four weeks later, St. Bernard has already made significant progress and is less nervous outside. But the greeting in the family garden is harsh: “He jumped at me and scolded me,” Eileen explains to the Potsman owners, “that’s real cowardice he’s lying there like a sentinel — take it seriously!”
A breeder raises eight mastiffs – and there’s still more
The Kramer family takes their job very seriously: The two share their mid-50s home in the country with no less than eight mastiffs. They spend 800 euros a month on feed alone. And now there will also be dogs. Bitch Merry Christmas has a date with dog lover Alphonse. Ute’s mistress is more nervous than the bitch herself when it comes to this point.
But at first, there is a problem with the arranged act of love: “It is too heavy and inappropriate for her,” Martin Rutter is skeptical when he sees the photos. He thinks a bitch doesn’t feel like a male at all. But this is everyday life when mating, says the dog expert: “This is the case in 297 out of 300 cases.”
However, breeders believe that cameras are too much distraction for males during the act. After dogs withdraw with their owners, they are relieved to report a successful implementation. Four weeks later, the vet decided during an ultrasound that it was really working. Seven Great Dane puppies are waiting to be allowed out into the big wide world.