Tips to becoming the "Alpha Leader"
This part of my "How to train a Rottweiler" series will help you become the alpha leader in your dog's eye's, and help you to maintain that status.
It is very important that you establish yourself as the leader
from day one, no matter if you're dealing with a puppy or an adult
Rottweiler that you've rescued/adopted.
Most dogs aren't really interested in becoming the leader, but Rottweilers can be especially strong-willed and confident.
If your Rottie does not view you as the leader, then he will assume the role himself.
There are some very simple things you can do to begin establishing yourself as the leader, and more importantly, maintain that role and develop a great relationship with your dog.
Here are some of the things I did with Chevy when we first brought him home at 15 months old, and continue to use them today.
If you have your dog on a leash and he
or she tries to pull you, simply stop walking. If you need to, give a quick
sharp tugs on the leash until there's slack in it. Don't pull with
steady pressure quick tug and release.
Once he stops trying to pull you, resume your walk. If he starts to pull again, then stop and don't re-start until he stands with a little slack in the leash.
If your Rottie is very persistent about pulling on the leash, like my Chevy boy was, then start practicing what I call "Random Walking."
The basic concept is to be in a wide open space and randomly change your direction of travel. This keeps your dog guessing, and essentially forces him to pay attention to you.
If you practice short sessions a couple times a day, it won't take him long to figure out that he has to rely on you to know which direction to go.
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