Training Your Puppy

The Rottweiler is a very special dog breed who has many incredible characteristics and personality traits. However these very same wonderful characteristics are what can get you into some decent trouble down the road if you don’t undergo proper Rottweiler training. Before you start training you’re Rottweiler, you have to understand their specific traits and personality, so that you can properly stimulate them.

- The Rottweiler is a very loyal dog that needs to always be close to their family. Like most German breeds, they seem to become closer to one particular member within the family more then others. The individual who becomes closest (the “master”) to their Rottweiler should be the one that is engaged in training most heavily.

- Because the Rottweiler is so loyal and family oriented, it is always very eager to please its owner/s. This makes Rottweiler training far easier then many other breeds, and the owner can take advantage of this trait and increase the success rate of the training.

- The Rottweiler is a breed that can be very aggressive and dominate if it does not undergo proper Rottweiler training. Rottweiler’s by nature are dominate dogs and need to be put in place (never by force) by a dominate and assertive owner. This breed is not recommended for timid individuals.

- The Rottweiler is very protective of its family and home, and it’s because of this trait that if not trained properly it can become far too protective, aggressive and wary of any people other then family in its home or even on walks. It is very important that this breed be properly socialized at a young age and it taken out into public settings often. It should also be mentioned that if you don’t usually have guests in your home and socialize your Rottweiler among them, they may be okay with outside the home, but within it.

Like any other breed of dog the Rottweiler needs to undergo specific Rottweiler training to ensure that it grows up to be a great family pet and well mannered dog. Too often throughout my career as a trainer and breeder have I seen many people try to train their Rottweiler’s like their Labs, and of course pay the price in the long run. Make sure that you are armed with the proper knowledge and resources to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you during you’re Rottweiler training.

It’s hard enough trying to find the needed information for Rottweiler training; it’s even harder finding information that is specific for this breed. Don’t waste you’re time and energy looking in the wrong places…you’re Rottweiler is just sitting there wagging its tail and waiting .


Rottweilers - Puppies - Training Your Puppy

When training, you will want to work away from giving a food reward every time. You won't always have treats with you, so gradually start replacing the treat with praise. Once your puppy has learned a command, give the treat every other time, then every third time. Make sure your praise is lavish every time, with or without a treat. Pretty soon, your puppy will work for praise - and the very occasional treat. Treats can be part of a well balanced puppy training regimen as long as they are used sparingly. Never hit or scold for something your puppy did a while ago. Your puppy will have no idea what the problem is and will think that you are mad for no reason. Only correct your dog when caught in the act.

Never hit your dog. Your hands are for loving, not discipline. If he's naughty, a firm or low voice (similar to a mother's growl) should stop him. When your puppy looks at you, offer praise and give an obedience command like sit. Begin and end each training session with playtime.

Treats or kibbles of food can be good motivational tools. Use them in moderation, though; you don't want to overfeed or alter your puppy's diet. Overweight is not good for Rottweilers.

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