How Do I Train My Rottweiler?
Rottweilers are a smart breed and are highly trainable. To train a Rottie, you need to understand your dog’s personality and be patient.
Let us see some simple steps to train your dog.
Start When Your Rottie Is A Puppy
Between the age of six weeks to eight months is the best time to start training your rottweiler. Do understand that teaching a pup is quite tedious and will require you to invest time and effort.
Rottweilers of older age can be trained too with proper communication and positive reinforcement.
Show Them You Are The Leader
Rottweilers are a very proud breed. So it is crucial to assert leadership from your end at the very beginning of the training. This lays down the ground rules. Otherwise, your Rottie might misinterpret itself as the leader.
A disclaimer here – Asserting leadership does not imply showing dominance.
Do not be rough with your dog under any circumstances. Refrain from hitting your dog at all costs. Doing any of the above is wrong training.
Potty Training Your Rottie
For your rottweiler puppy to pee and defecate, make sure to provide a sizable crate. They should have enough space to get up and move around.
Get your rottweiler puppy comfortable in the crate. If you plan on traveling, train your dog to relieve inside the crate by confining them in the crate for some time.
Make sure to see if your dog is comfortable in the crate.
Providing Positive Reinforcement
To get your dog to be consistent at the behavior, you deem proper, you need to explain them in a way they understand.
Rewarding your rottweiler puppy is an excellent place to start. Making the whole training process like a thrilling game is effective for both the trainer and the pet. Don’t treat it like a job; treat it like a play. Every time your Rottie is obedient and listens to your command, give him or her a treat. This will encourage them to learn.
Rottweilers have a notorious tendency of getting obese, so be alert with heavy carb treats.
Give Obedience Training
Rottweiler puppies to grown-up Rotties, all can be provided the same obedience training.
Again, it is time-consuming and hence can get frustrating at times. Remember in these moments that they are like children. If you treat them harshly, they will get disheartened and frightened. The best way to deal is to walk away at that point where your dog is not listening and come back later and try again.
Provide them a “No” or “Stop” training to develop the notion of not doing something when asked not to. If your dog listens, give him or her a treat. If they don’t, then move away from there and stop paying attention.
Giving Command To Your Rottweiler
Teach your dog the basic commands like ‘sit,’ ‘down,’ ‘stay,’ ‘paw,’ etc. You need to have the full attention of your rottweiler puppy to teach them. From my experience, try using hand gestures along with voice commands. The hand movement helps your dog figure out the action.
Sit and Paw are generally more effortless actions to teach. Down, Stay, and Come type of commands take some time. You need to prepare yourself to invest a good amount of effort and time in helping your dog learn.
Patience Is The Key
I cannot emphasize more on this more. Training requires repetitions of the same exercises every day for quite a while. Your dog needs to grasp what is an approved behavior. This increases his socialization skills.
Yelling, losing temper, and resorting to anything physical will create adverse effects on your pet. Your canine friend needs to have fun while training. This encourages them to learn.
Rottweilers are very loyal and want to please their owner. As a pet parent, you must support your dog throughout the process.
Getting Rottweiler To Exercise
Rottweilers are very hard working as a breed. They need to get an outlet for their energy. Thus, exercise plays a vital role. It helps them develop instinctive intelligence as well.