When people become the proud owner of a rottweiler they often thing of them as big, clumsy and stupid. In fact the opposite is true.
Rottweilers are extremely intelligent breeds. This coupled with their strength makes them highly suitable for all manor of roles.
How to Train Your Rottweiler
Like any breed, and in fact any dog training, you should begin your dogs training from an early age. The sooner the better. After six months, training will only become more and more difficult and frustrating.
Before you start there are a few things to consider:
- Your rottweiler wants to make you happy. He isn’t misbehaving on purpose, he just doesn’t understand what you want him to do.
- Shouting at your dog when he does something wrong will not help your training. He doesn’t understand English and may see the shouting as a game.
- Rottweilers are an intelligent breed but training still takes time, don’t expect instant results.
Positive re-enforcement is the key to successful rottweiler training. You link a nice experience with an action or behavior you want your dog to do and completely ignore any bad behavior. You then strengthen the link by giving lots of praise and treats every time the dog successfully completes.
One thing to keep in mind is that a dogs short term memory is extremely poor so it is important to keep practicing so that your rottweiler doesn’t forget.
Rottweiler Training – Dominance
The word dominance is used a lot in the dog training world but some people misunderstand what it means.
It does not mean that you need to scream and shout at your dog and show him who is boss. It does not mean that you need to hit him.
Dominance training means that you set the rules for your dog to follow and you stick to them. It means that you love and care for your dog but he must stick to your rules.
And you need to be strict about this. Everybody in the house must ensure that the dog sticks to the rules or you will be sending confusing signals to the dog.
Rules might be things like:
- No jumping up
- No pinching food off plates
- No jumping on the beds
- No sitting on the sofa
Dominance training is getting your rottweiler to accept these rules and living by them.
YOU SHOULD NEVER BE AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS YOUR DOG!
Socializing Your Rottweiler
The rottweiler is an amazingly strong animal. Your dog could rip another dog apart if they wanted to. Your job as a responsible owner is to make sure that this doesn’t happen.
Every dog will bark at other dogs from time to time, but there is a big difference between a bit of barking and out right aggression.
To avoid aggression towards other dogs you should socialize yours with as many dogs as possible and as soon as possible.
From an early age you can start to socialize your Rottweiler. It is important for him to get used to other dogs and to get used to having them around.
Every contact your rottweiler has with other dogs and other people should be a pleasant experience that he enjoys, this way he will want to do it again and won’t feel anxious or angry the next time he see’s other dogs.
Like everything in life, you should start with the basics. Rottweiler training is like any other dog training. You need to use positive re-enforcement.
Positive re-enforcement is when you give your puppy a reward every time they complete the action you want.
If you want your puppy to sit down for example, you could gently push his bottom down and say ‘sit’ at the same time, then hand him a treat. Repeat this a few times and then try stating ‘sit’ without pushing his bottom down. If he sits, give him plenty of praise. Most dogs pick this up very quickly due to the reward of food.
The key to successful training is to understand that the dog needs to link your command with an action and a reward. Whilst training, the key is to say the command as the dog is completing the action and not when you want them to complete it. See puppy recall training for an in-depth example of this.