More Rottweiler Training Advice

When it comes to Rottweiler training, this dog requires serious and careful obedience training. There is no exception to this rule. You should never try to train this dog on your own unless you have plenty of experience with the breed and the dog you have now isn’t the first one you’ve owned of his kind. Not providing effective training will only result in a dog that is overly aggressive and protective.

Rottweiler training and socialization should begin at a very earl age when your dog is small, and hasn’t yet established any lasting bad habits that will be hard to break when he becomes older.

Although your dog will require serious Rottweiler obedience training, the following is one lesson that should be made a part of your Rotties training. The lesson is how to teach your dog to “Heel”.

In order to teach your Rottweiler the Heel command, you will require a few treats, a leash and plenty of praise. The following are the steps you can put in to practice to achieve this aspect of Rottweiler training:

Step 1 – Put your dog on a leash and take him and the treats outside to a quiet area with few distractions.

Step 2 – Have your dog sit directly beside you on your left. He should be facing the same direction you are.

 Step 3 – Hold the treat in your left hand in front of your dog and give him the command “Heel” and begin to take a few steps forward while keeping the treat in front of your dog so that it is lined up with your left hip.

Step 4 – The next part of this Rottweiler training is to have patience. It may take several different tries before your dog will focus his attention on the food. As soon as he does and walks forward, immediately praise him and give him the treat.

Step 5 – Continue the lesson but do not give your dog the treat as soon as he walks forward. Try and get him to walk a little further beside you before you praise him and reward him. Remember to always say the command “Heel” before you move forward.

Step 6 – When you feel he is ready, attempt the lesson without food and use only the command. Always remember to praise your dog.

Keep in mind that all Rottweiler training, regardless if you are in a class or reviewing lessons or teaching him new tricks at home, require patience. Training is an ongoing process that takes plenty of time in order to be successful.

Stop Rottweiler Puppy Biting

Once you bring your Rottweiler puppy home, one of the most important lessons you need to teach your dog is not to bite. Even though it may appear to be a cute act when he nips at your fingers, toes or clothes while playing, it is teaching him an extremely bad habit that will not be so cute once he gets older and bites harder.

If your Rottweiler puppy does anything as a pup that will be unacceptable when he is older, you must let him know while he is still a pup that this behavior will not be tolerated. It is much easier to prevent your dog form developing bad habits when he is a puppy than it is to train him out of it when he is an adult.

If your puppy appears to be forming a biting habit, the following are two methods you can try to give him the message that biting you and others is wrong.

MethodOne – Your Rottweiler puppy, like all puppies, will love to play with you whenever he can, and never looks forward to being alone. Therefore, as soon as your puppy begins to bite or nip at you or your clothing, say “OUCH!” in a voice that sounds like yelp, glare at your puppy directly in the eyes and walk away from him and ignore him. After a minute has passed, get a toy and go back to playing with your puppy. You should encourage your puppy to play with the toy. However, should he go to bite you again, repeat the same maneuver – yelp and walk away.

Method Two – If the first method doesn’t have an affect on your Rottweiler puppy, you can try a more physical approach. When your dog bites, begin by yelping ouch as you did in the first method, but as you yelp, grab your puppy by the loose skin on the back of his neck and give him a firm (not aggressive) shake and say “No Bite!” in a firm tone. This should startle your puppy. Release him after you’ve given the command and turn his attention back to his toy. If this method seems to work, eventually you can remove the physical aspect from the training and just use the verbal command.

It is in your best interest to try the first method before trying the second. The reason is because in some cases, the second method will have the opposite affect on your Rottweiler puppy. Instead of becoming startled and associating your action with discipline, your pup may associate it with aggression and continue to bite you.

In addition, there are certain games you should avoid playing with you pup as they encourage biting. They are as follows:

  • Tug of war
  • Games involving chasing and tackling
  • Dangling toys or treats above the dog’s head, encouraging him to jump up and snap at the item to get it.

Finally, if you find that regardless of what method you use, your Rottweiler puppy is still biting, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a behaviorist, and have your dog analyzed by his Vet. There could very well be a reason why your dog is biting. Furthermore, make sure your children know never to tease or hurt your pup, and that your dog is well socialized and brought up in a trusting and loving environment. One bad experience is all it takes to give your dog the wrong idea and make him become aggressive or defensive.