How To Train A Rottweiler
Tips for House Training a Puppy
In this section of my How To Train a Rottweiler series, we'll focus on house training your Rottweiler puppy. For obvious reasons, house training your puppy is very important.
There are actually several ways to housebreak a puppy, but I have found the most effective to be the direct method, combined with crate training.
The "Direct Method" just means teaching your Rottweiler puppy to go outside right away, instead of on paper inside your house.
If you live in a house where you and your dog have easy and quick access to the yard, then the direct house training method is the best.
On the other hand, if you live in an apartment or high-rise, using paper or litter box training is probably your best option. There are some great new products on the market that are just like using a kitty litter box, but for a dog.
No matter what kind of Rottweiler training you're working on, you must remember that consistency is key, and that goes double for house training a puppy.
Here you'll learn step by step how to train a Rottweiler puppy to potty outside in a short amount of time.
How to train a Rottweiler puppy to potty outside
Regardless of whether your house training your puppy by using a crate, or just keeping a sharp eye and being diligent, you must remember that puppies have tiny little bladders and will need to go to the bathroom often.
If you're reading this before you've brought your puppy home for the first time, make sure that you try to get her to go potty outside before she even goes in the house for the first time.
- Just like with crate training, it helps to associate a word or phrase with what you're asking your puppy to do.
Every time you take your puppy outside to do her business, enthusiastically use a word or phrase like "Potty" or "go outside". It really won't take her long to put two and two together.
- Most dogs feel the need to to potty right after eating, and puppies are definitely no exception. One of the best ways to house train a puppy is to take her outside the moment she's done eating - using your chosen word or phrase.
- Watch your puppy like a hawk inside the house, especially when you know it's about time for him to potty. You'll see the tell tale signs like sniffing the floor and turning circles. Prior to him having an accident is the perfect time to enthusiastically use your "potty" word and rush him towards the door. Even scoop him up and carry him if need be.
- If you're also crate training, make sure you take him out at least every hour and directly outside. Again, make sure you're using your "potty" word to help him associate the two.
- Make sure every single time she potty's outside, you give her lot's and lot's of praise!!
Rottweiler puppies are very smart and learn quickly, but you must be consistent. If you use these methods especially combined with crate training, house training your puppy should only take one to two weeks, if that.
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Remember that puppies bladders are very tiny when their young, and they need to go potty a lot at first
As he starts to get bigger (which happens really fast) his bladder will also get bigger, and he'll his bladder control will also get better
If your puppy has an accident, you can only do something about it if you see it happening and catch him in the act. When you're house training a puppy, you have to keep your eye on them all the time. If you see an accident occurring:
- Use whatever word you've decided to associate with a scolding like "No" or "Ahhhh", scoop him up and take him outside to finish. Make sure that as soon as he goes (even a little) outside that you give him lot's of praise. If you continue to scold him outside, you will only undo the training you've been working on, so don't do it.
- Soak up or pick up his mess with news paper, and take it outside where you want him to be going to the bathroom. This will help him associate the outside spot with going potty because of the smell.
Obviously you don't want to leave the newspaper outside for too long. But if you can, leave it until the next time you take him outside (before he has another accident), and it will further associate going potty with being outside.
Dogs have a much better sense of smell that we do, so make sure you clean up any accidents using an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle
. It is specifically designed to pull out the smell, and I can attest to the fact that it works.
My mother unfortunately has cats that can't seem to find their litter boxes, and she uses Nature's Miracle all the time. It's also a good idea to keep some handy for those sometimes unavoidable diarrhea accidents that your dog is bound to have over his lifetime.
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