Originally from Germany, the Rottweiler is one of the larger breeds of dog. Their strength, loyalty, and intelligence makes them an excellent choice for a pet. They were guard dogs during World War I and II and they still make excellent guard dogs. In addition, they make wonderful family pets that will protect and loyally serve the family.
You must, however, train your dog properly at an early age so that you can benefit from the positive characteristics of this breed. The following training tips can help teach you how to train a Rottweiler the right way.
Establish That You Are The Leader
You must establish right from the get go that you are the leader. Training your Rottweiler begins with this essential step. Your future interactions with your dog will be determined by how you handle this step. They require consistent, firm leadership and you must take the lead.
The effectiveness of your training depends on this. Since these dogs tend to have domineering personalities, they won’t obey you if you don’t exert your will. There may be times when your dog tests your authority, so you will need to reestablish your leadership role continuously.
Start Your Rottweiler Training Early
As soon as you can, begin training your puppy to prevent it from developing bad habits. It is possible to begin training a puppy as early as two to six months of age.
Due to their high level of intelligence, Rottweilers tend to learn quickly. Despite this, they can be stubborn and strong-willed. When a dog learns a behavior, it can be difficult to undo it. Be aware of this and do not let your adorable puppy get away with any behavior that you wouldn’t allow an adult dog to do.
It is easy to get intimidated by Rottweilers and this is one of the characteristics that make them such excellent guard dogs. They tend not to like strangers either. If Rottweilers are not exposed to a variety of people when they are young, they can become very aggressive towards people as they grow up. You should also expose your dog to different pets while he is young.
To train your Rottweiler, it is imperative that you remain consistent and train at all times. Though your dog is likely quite intelligent, it cannot learn everything in one or two sessions.
Consistency means using the same words all the time for a certain command. Your dog could become confused if you use different words for the same command at different times.
Rottweilers need rules that are consistently followed. The rules you have set must be enforced, for instance, if you teach your dog not to get on your bed, don’t ever let him get up on it. You will risk your dog disregarding your commands and rules if not.
If you want your Rottweiler to learn what you are trying to teach him, it is important to train him consistently until he is listens. The dog must be taught each command until he has fully mastered it. Never teach your dog a new command before he is able to perform the one you are currently working on.
You should limit training sessions to 15 minutes for your Rottweiler. If training sessions last longer than this, your dog might become distracted.
Rottweilers make excellent family pets because of their strength and protective instincts. Nevertheless, proper training is absolutely essential if you hope to have your dog become a fully integrated member of your family. Following these tips will make sure your Rottweiler is properly trained.