Let's Talk... About Rottweiler Training

Can you and your Rottie live without it?

Sure. . .without Rottweiler training you can probably survive, but you and your Rottie will both be miserable, and who wants that? You CAN have a fantastic and obedient relationship with your dog, but you're going to have to put in some effort!

I won't beat around the bush, training is absolutely mandatory, or you will regret it. Rotties need a strong leader, they actually prefer it.

I've read people saying on other websites that Rottweilers are hard to train, but I disagree.

Of course I'm not a professional dog trainer, but based on my own experience I've found that Rottweiler training is relatively easy for two reasons:

  1. They are extremely smart, and learn quickly
  2. They love to please you

So why is Rottweiler training not optional? Because your cute little fur-ball is going to grow up to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 lbs, and have a very strong-willed mind of her own.

If you don't become the leader and show her how to please you, she'll figure things out on her own, and you probably won't like it.

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So many dogs end up in shelters because of behavioral issues that could have been prevented, or corrected with proper training. Dogs like rules, and most really have no desire to be the leader of their pack (you and your family). However, because Rotties are so smart and strong-willed they will become the leader if you don't.

Starting your Rottweiler training when he's still a puppy makes it easier. When my female Rottie Savannah was only about 2 1/2 months old I realized she was probably going to out-weigh me, and that training was a must!

On the other hand I rescued my male Rottweiler Chevy at 15 months old, and he didn't even know what the word "sit" meant. So, training an adult Rottweiler is doable, but it takes a lot more work.

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How to train a Rottweiler series

When I started training female Rottie Savannah, I sought out a professional, who also happened to be a friend and Rottweiler breeder. It didn't take me long to figure out that Rottweiler training was more about me learning how to communicate with my dog what it was I wanted from her, than it was about me teaching her things.

You can find specific beginner guide's to Rottweiler training below. These short how-to's will help you get a handle on the basics, and get started on the right paw.

Establish yourself as the leader!

Especially with Rottweilers it's very important to establish yourself as the leader right from the start. When it comes to training your Rottweiler, this is the the most important thing you will do, and you will need to pretty much continue it for your Rotties entire life.

I don't mean to scare you, by they have such strong character that if you don't establish yourself as the leader, then he will, and will continue to test you. Just recently I have had to re-establish my leadership role with my male Rottweiler Chevy.

One of the very best things you can do to establish the leadership role in your Rottweiler training regime, is to make certain that you always go through doorways first. Interior doors are not as important as exterior doors.

When Chevy and I go outside together, I simply push my knee gently against his neck, say "me first" and then step out in front of him. Trust me - it makes a big impact!

I actually say quite a few more things to him, because I talk to my dog like he's a person. But, all he probably understands is "Mama first, cuz she's the boss - blah blah blah blah blah" :0)

Learning stages of Rottweiler training

Nest Period (0 to 49 days)
This is the period when a Rottweiler puppy opens his eyes, begins to interact with mom and siblings, and hopefully get some exposure to the environment around them. An experienced and reputable Rottweiler breeder will begin safely introducing the puppies to a variety of noises, sights and people.

Human Socialization Period (7 to 12 weeks)
7 to 9 weeks is the ideal time to take your puppy home. If a puppy doesn't get exposed to different environments and people during this period, they tend to grow into either fearful or aggressive adults. Actually, aggression in dogs usually stems from fear.

To the contrary, if a puppy is taken away from mom and siblings too soon they don't properly learn how to behave. Simple things like playing with litter mates helps teach puppies to not bite too hard, which as you can imagine is pretty important when training Rottweilers, because their going to grow up to be near 100 lbs.

When a puppy bites a sibling too hard, they will yelp and shun the biter. This helps reinforce how to play nice with other dogs (and people) and that biting too hard is bad.

A puppies mom also does a good job of correcting bad behavior, usually by grabbing the puppy by the scruff of their neck. That's the reason why this method works so well for a human to correct a puppy. I use it all the time with with my male Rottweiler Chevy - he understands exactly what I mean.

Seniority Classification Period (12 to 16 weeks)
This is the time period in your Rottweiler training that is critical for establishing your puppies place in the family hierarchy (the pecking order).

Most dogs aren't interested in becoming the pack leader (you and your family are the pack), but Rotties are very smart and very srtong-willed. You have to establish yourself as the leader from day one - regardless of how old your Rottweiler is.

During this period while your puppy is exploring and figuring things out, she will test you!

She will likely try nipping at your or going through doorways ahead of you. The best you can do when she nips is to grab her firmly by the scruff of her neck, shake a little and give a firm command like "Ahhhhh!" or "Stop!"

Letting him go through doorways before you is unacceptable. If you let her do this, it tells her that she ranks higher in the family than you. Making sure you walk through doors first is one of the easiest things to do (especially with young dogs)and is one of the best ways to to establish your leadership role.

Flight Instinct Period (4 to 8 months)
Your Rottweiler is basically a teenager at this stage, and hopefully you've instilled some Rottweiler training basics already.

During this time you can looks forward to him teething, as well as testing your patience. You can both survive this period which less gray hair if you're very proactive.

What do I mean by proactive? I mean making sure. . . .

  • Anything you don't want chewed up is not easily accessible
  • He has plenty of his own things to chew on
  • You continue basic training sessions every day
  • You continue to socialize him to new things and people
  • He gets plenty of exercise

Young Adulthood (1 to 4 years)
Rottweilers take little longer to fully mature, as do most large breed dogs. Rotties usually fully mature between 2 1/2 and 4 years old. I found that my female Rottweiler Savanna didn't really get her brain until she was about 3 years old :)

Because they're so smart and strong-willed you'll probably find they she continues to test you and your role as the leader. As long as you continue periodic training sessions she'll end up being your best friend and protector, but still know her place on the totem pole.

Common Spelling errors & Synonyms

When you're searching for information it will help to know these common spelling errors such as Rotweiler, Rottweiller, or Rotwiler. Some common synonyms are Rottie and Rott

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