How to Train a Rottweiler Puppy (Are They Easy to Train?)

Are you having troubles training your Rottweiler, or thinking about choosing a Rottweiler puppy? Maybe you are worried about your Rottweiler having aggression issues? First off let’s get one thing straight, Rottweilers are not an aggressive dog. A well bred Rottweiler, with good training, is a grand dog! The Rottweiler temperament can be very determined, outgoing and independent, which means thorough training is a must. But Rotties are very affectionate and hard working pups. And they sometimes, unfairly, get a bad name because a very few untrained Rottweilers can be unsocial and occasionally aggressive if they feel threatened. Plus with their strong looks they appear fiersome, when they are actually naturally friendly. However, all these negative characteristics are completely avoidable with proper Rottweiler training.

How to Train a Rottweiler puppy: The Facts

  • Point 1 – Learn the most important (and damnably difficult) rule of dog training… extreme PATIENCE is required! Training is an ongoing commitment that you must continue to carry out every day, and I mean every day, to the point when you feel it may never end. But after a few weeks you can see a big big difference.
  • Point 2 – It is very important to start your Rottweiler’s training at a young age. I would recommend starting training immediately. You will have the most success if you start training your puppy between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 months. The Rottweiler is known for being a very intelligent, obedient, and loyal companion. This means they want to make you happy, so don’t be discouraged about training, they often take to it very well.
  • Point 3 – You should never show aggression towards your dog. If you think that smacking your dog will prove your position, then you are going about training the wrong way.
  • Point 4 – It is very important to make sure your Rottweiler is comfortable around other people as well as other dogs. The Rottweiler is a strong breed, with only a little likelihood of aggression, but they are big and powerful, and must be socialized. This can be done by taking your puppy out for walks, to the park, over to other houses, and also invite your friends to your house.
  • Point 5 – Whether its giving commands, teaching to sit or stay, or general obedience; you need lots of practice, lots of treats, and lots of fusses for a job well done. So basically repeat, repeat, repeat, and when they get things right – positive reinforcement.

Bonus Fact – Once socialized, their protective instincts make them a very successful guard dog. Properly trained and socialized Rottweilers will naturally protect you and your family. They should bark at anyone who comes knocking, but immediately stop once they realize the person is harmless. They should not demonstrate sudden behavior, such as jumping for no reason towards random people, and this should be trained out if occurring.

How to Potty Train a Rottweiler

It is important to remember that toilet training is not easy, it does not happen overnight. It can take a week for some, and many weeks for others.

  • Rule 1 – Consistency – When toilet training your Rottie, stick to a schedule, and at the start go often. And by often, I mean every hour or two minimum! And at least in the first few months of a puppy’s life, every couple of hours can mean at night too, as there can be accidents then.
  • Rule 2 – When you take them outside, you want to take them to an area of your garden, or the street, that you would like to designate as the toilet area, and then wait for the moment to happen.
  • Rule 3 – Always give encouragement. If your Rottie is still a puppy, they will probably go shortly after you put them in the toilet area. When they finally squat and go, you must immediately give them huge praise. Make a fuss, big pats on the head, lots of cuddles. And immediately take them back inside.

Important point – Don’t get frustrated by accidents – or punish your pup, it will only make learning harder.

Let’s Leash Train a Rottweiler

Telling all dogs they can’t have the freedom to run around wherever they want is hard, and with a fun loving and lively Rottweiler that is especially true. Rottweilers, though, are often very obedient and good-natured, so training them to walk on a leash can be much easier than with some other breeds. Rottweiler puppies are very often fast learners, so you could see results in just a couple of weeks. If your Rottie is particularly stubborn then you may need to devote around six weeks to training. A short, training leash is ideal. And because Rottweilers are so strong, you may also want to use a body harness. This will increase your control while reducing strain around the pups neck.

Top tip – Start indoors and make it a fun game in short bursts. Always give treats when walking well. Then move outdoors, starting right outside your home, and going further, and further afield.

If you are looking for a Rottweiler puppy for sale to purchase and are worried about training such a big breed, you can relax. Though it can take practice, patience and persistence, the Rottweiler is a smart and eager breed, with a willingness to learn from, and to please, you!


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