Show Some Trust
Rotties are fiercely loyal, and they desperately want to impress you with the progress they make. Around the time they complete one year of age, give them an opportunity to guard your property once they have passed the initial testing phase.
You will not be disappointed in the results. Their smartness and sharp observation skills will bowl you over.
When the training progression has completed the beginner phase, you can start taking things up a notch. Bring in a few distractions while your dog detects the presence of a stranger in your courtyard. For instance, place a tasty treat or a juicy bone in their vicinity, and check how they react.
Once they reach an advanced level, they will prioritize safeguarding the house over a mere treat. You can also try the urge resistance method. Place some of your dog’s favorite snacks in front of them and command them not to eat the same. Leave them in a room and test if they listen to your order in your absence.
This test is a great way to analyze their mental toughness. This skill requires high mind control. If you Rotties succeed, give them a large treat as they deserve it.
If your home is located near points of public interest like hospitals, malls, local stores, or schools, you have to be cautious of the dog’s excessive barking. The number of strangers crossing by will be higher, so the level of training you need to impart your pup would need to be that much more.
These are some of the key considerations you, as a pet parent, need to prioritize. An untrained Rottie can lead to enough trouble where the outcome can be pretty bitter.