Many people decide to buy a Rottweiler for one reason only: to look good. What they don’t realize is that owning a Rottweiler comes with a lot of responsibility. After all, having your dog attack your neighbor’s pet, or worse, your neighbor’s child, isn’t that great. Therefore, you must ensure that your dog undergoes proper Rottweiler puppy training. Here are some tips to get you started.
Be the ‘alpha dog’.
Make sure your Rottweiler recognizes you as the Alpha dog. This can be done by turning your dog on his back several times a day. A Rottweiler considers this to be a very submissive position, which puts you in a superior position by leaning over him. You can also take your dog’s food away while he’s eating and then give it back to him a few seconds later. This conveys the message that as an Alpha dog, YOU control the food supply. Remember also that when making eye contact, the Alpha Dog NEVER looks away and NEVER looks down.
Only praise when it’s deserved
Effective Rottweiler puppy training also requires that you DO NOT give your dog treats or toys simply because you want to or because he looks cute. These rewards must always be earned and you must always make him work for them. This helps them understand that things are not theirs to take. Working hard for a reward also makes a Rottweiler feel good about himself.
One of the first commands to teach during Rottweiler puppy training is “Let go.” This command will help ensure the safety of your dog. A Rottweiler is naturally curious and will most likely pick up on anything that catches his eye. Therefore, you need to break this habit early on to ensure that you do not inadvertently acquire something poisonous.
A Rottweiler is also naturally boisterous. This trait can be a problem if it prevents you from concentrating on your Rottweiler puppy’s training sessions. In this case, it may be a good idea to deplete your excess energy before starting your training session. Allow your dog to run around a designated area for about an hour; This should be enough time for him to relax and respond better to the Rottweiler puppy training.
Cage training is another essential part of Rottweiler puppy training. This will make it easier for you to isolate your dog whenever you have guests or when you have to leave the house for a long period of time. You can start cage training a Rottweiler by saying “Cage” and then letting him follow a treat into the cage. After a few days, you can simply put the treat in the box and order. Very soon, your dog will immediately enter the crate when you order it, even without the treat.
And here’s a very important thing to know before starting Rottweiler puppy training: This breed of dog is known to test its owners at every opportunity. Therefore, you always have to be firm and constant. Giving in even once will make you feel like you just have to keep trying to make yourself submit to HIS will. Just hold on and you will soon reap the rewards of a successful Rottweiler puppy training.