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How to Train a Rottweiler Puppy – For Beginners

How to Train a Rottweiler Puppy

how to train a rottweiler puppyBefore I teach you how to train a Rottweiler puppy in the basics, you need to understand this breed. Though a Rottweiler is not the best breed to own for a first-time dog owner, arming yourself with proper training techniques and resources will make owning one a joy and a breeze.

This article is about the very basics on how to train a Rottweiler puppy. I also give you some resources at the end of this article for very specific Rottweiler puppy training help.

Origin of the Rottweiler

The Rottweiler originates from Germany and was originally bred as a herding dog for livestock.  The Rottweiler almost reached extinction during the the 19th Century until German breeders began to re-breed them during the 1900s.

The Rottweiler is a working class dog. “Working” just means it was bred to do a specific job.  In the Rottweiler’s case, his job is to guard and protect. That’s his instinct.  Despite it’s bad rap, the Rottweiler is a very loving and loyal dog to the very end – if properly socialized.

Why It’s Crticial You Learn How to Train a Rottweiler Puppy

how to train a rottweiler puppyThe Rottweiler puppy very quickly grows into a muscular, strong and robust dog.  This puppy is extremely powerful and intelligent too.
A Rottweiler puppy can make a good family pet, but because if its size and strength, can be a challenge for a first-time dog owner.

A male Rottweiler puppy eventually grows to 24-27 inches in height and weighs in at between 95-130 pounds. Female Rottweiler puppies grow to 22-25 inches in height and weigh in at between 85-115 pounds.The Rottweiler is also a very energetic dog and needs lots of exercise.

Aggression: A Common Rottweiler Behavior Problem

The biggest reason you need to learn how to train a Rottweiler puppy in the basics is because if you don’t, he will become aggressive and unpredictable – 2 very bad combinations for a dog that massive.

Rules for Rottweiler Puppy Training Basics

1.  Establish Yourself as the Alpha

Learning how to train your Rottweiler puppy starts with establishing yourself as the Alpha. How do you do that? Easy. Let me explain. Dogs run in packs.

And every pack has a leader.

All the other dogs obey the leader of the pack. The leader is referred to as the Alpha. So in the wild, the Alpha eats first and gets the best selection of food.

The Alpha’s sleeping quarters are also perched high above the other dogs so that he can look out over the pack’s territory and surrounding area.

The Alpha dog is the decision maker of the pack.

How Does Being The Alpha Help You Train Your Rottweiler Puppy?

It’s critical that you be seen as the pack leader and that your dog see himself on the lowest rung in the pecking order of your family. Your puppy should see himself as subservient to you in order to foster a healthy relationship between you and your family.

Once this pack order is established in the home, your Rottweiler puppy will happily obey orders and be much more responsive to training.

2. Don’t Play Games of Strength With Your Rottweiler Puppy

how to train a rottweiler puppyWhile it may be tempting to play a friendly game of tug of war or rough housing, this will encourage aggressive behavior.  Your Rottweiler will quickly learn to challenge your authority. It can also quickly turn the playful situation into a dangerous one.

Instead, play a game of “fetch” which gives your dog the instant gratification he seeks since he loves to run and is full of energy. He’ll appreciate the attention, and the exercise will help him burn some energy.

3. Train Him to Sit, Stay, Come, and Not to Pull on the Leash

rottietrainingHow to train a Rottweiler puppy begins with teaching him the very basics and then moving on to advanced training.  I have to warn you first though:

You need to learn how to train your dog yourself.  Never mind hiring a professional dog trainer.  At the end of the day, your Rottweiler must listen to you not your professional dog trainer.

These are some helpful links and topics to help you learn how to train a Rottweiler puppy in some of the basics and advanced commands like:

Lastly, socializing your Rottweiler on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do when learning how to train a Rottweiler puppy.  Take him to the dog park.

Or, take him to cageless doggy day care.  If you can’t afford doggy day care, have a dog walker come take him out at least twice a day for an hour each time.

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How to Stop Excessive Rottweiler Barking

What Rottweiler’s are Bred to Do – Barking Issues

The Rottweiler is a working dog.  Like the Doberman, Boxer, Saint Bernard, and Newfoundland, the Rottweiler was bred to perform serious jobs like guarding, search and rescues, and security or police work.

This breed is extremely intelligent and physically very powerful.

You should know up front that getting a Rottweiler to stop barking is not going to happen permanently.  It’s what they were meant to do.  But if you want to avoid excessive and unwarranted Rottweiler barking, you need to keep them happy and relaxed.

So…that means they need lots of physical and mental exercise and stimulation.

Rottweilers are great dogs for families, especially kids. Their loyalty and high intelligence have put them high on the popularity list. But Rottweiler barking can be a problem because the Rottweiler has a deep and intimidating bark, and when a Rottweiler is barking, people tend to pay attention.

Why Rottweilers Bark

Rottweilers are dogs that tend to be a little bit of a clown when with their families and loved ones. However, according to the American Kennel Club, Rottweilers do not make friends “indiscriminately.”

Rottweilers have an ingrained, inherent need to protect their families.

Rottweiler barking is one of the ways they let a stranger know that he’s there and is ready to “go to work” if necessary. Rottweiler barking is effective because of the depth and intensity of their bark.

Rottweilers make great watchdogs. That’s what they were bred to do.When someone hears a Rottweiler barking, they know to stay away.

Rottweilers Training

If Rottweiler barking is a problem, there are several steps one can take to address the issue and stop the barking. Rottweilers are extremely intelligent, and Rottweiler barking is not arbitrary as it is with so many other breeds. So people with these strong, self-assured dogs do not report that Rottweiler barking is a big problem with their dogs. But if it does become a problem, a trainer should be consulted as there are many things one can teach a dog to do, and one of them is to stop barking. To stop Rottweiler barking, trainers recommend that the dog first be taught to bark on command. Once the Rottweiler is barking on command, he can simply be taught to stop as well. This technique has been proven to stop annoying Rottweiler barking while preserving the dog’s instinct to bark when necessary.

Products for Barking

Other methods of addressing Rottweiler barking are commercial products used for this purpose. The use of some of these products is controversial for a variety of reasons ranging from charges that the products are inhumane, are ineffective, and may cause neurosis in the dog. However, if used properly, many of the products manufactured and sold specifically for barking issues are both humane and effective. One of those products is a citronella spray collar that squirts a foul-smelling mist in the dog’s face when the dog barks, teaching the dog to associate the bad smell with the barking. Another collar works by a pager system. The owner holds a small remote control in his hand that emits a sound humans cannot hear but dogs dislike. When the dog barks, the owner triggers the sound. Less humane is the electric shock collar which has the potential for abuse.

With the many products and solutions available to assist those who love their dogs, Rottweiler barking should never be a problem.