All pups need to learn proper manners, but since Rotties have an unearned rep as a “vicious” dog, it’s even more important.
So, today I’m going to reveal 9 Rottweiler training secrets.
I’ve even included plenty of videos for those who need a more visual training guide, so keep on reading.
9 Tips on Rottweiler Puppy Training
Originally, Rottweilers were bred to drive cattle and pull carts.
They’re powerful dogs with an attitude, which makes them one of the worst dog breeds for first-time owners.
They will test any boundaries you set and take advantage of loopholes.
On the bright side, Rottweilers are highly intelligent and easy to train.
Despite popular options and prejudices, Rottweilers are one of the most sensitive and affectionate dog breeds.
But their natural aloofness makes them suspicious of strangers, and Rottweilers don’t get well with other dogs.
So, training your Rottweiler puppy is essential to overcome their reserved nature.
#1 Start Rottweiler Puppy Training Early
Rottweiler puppies might be cute and sweet, but you have to start training them as soon as possible.
As a rule, puppies are easier to train than older dogs because they haven’t picked up bad habits yet.
Moreover, it’s easier to correct any unwanted behavior.
You can start Rottweiler obedience training as young as eight weeks old. However, you have to remember that such young puppies don’t have a big attention span or a lot of stamina.
So, plan several very short training sessions per day and pick something simple.
Usually, I advise owners to teach their puppies their name first.
Then you can teach your Rottweiler puppy how to sit and the other basic commands (see the video below).
Always end your Rottweiler puppy’s obedience training on a positive to boost their confidence.
Moreover, ending things while the puppy has fun means that your pooch will look forward to the next training session.
#2 Establish the House Rules
I’ve seen a lot of owners who let their puppies get away with misbehaving during the first few days.
That’s because they don’t want to stress the puppy or make them anxious.
But that will teach your Rottweiler puppy that rules can’t be broken. You don’t want that, right?
Think about what house rules you’re going to enforce before you bring your Rottweiler puppy home.
You have to be firm and consistent and let your Rottweiler puppy know what’s allow and what’s not.
Believe it or not, setting the rules will make your puppy feel more secure in their new home.
Never use physical punishment to correct your Rottweiler puppy when they break the rules.
As a whole, Rottweilers are sensitive, and harsh treatment makes them aggressive, shy, or terrified.
#3 Don’t Postpone Potty Training
A Rottweiler puppy’s potty training should start the moment you bring your puppy home.
In fact, specialists recommend that you take your Rottweiler puppy to their potty spot before you enter the house.
That will show your puppy that the only acceptable place to eliminate is outside.
So, you have to think about where you’re going to potty train your Rottweiler puppy beforehand hand.
Don’t change the potty stop during the housebreaking process. You’re going to confuse your Rottweiler puppy and lose any progress you’ve made.
Fortunately, Rottweilers aren’t as difficult to housetrain as other breeds. Just bring your Rottweiler puppy to their potty spots as frequently as possible and remember to praise and reward them.
Don’t give your Rottweiler puppy the chance to have accidents in the house. Observe your puppy for signs that they need to go and take them immediately outside.
When you catch your Rottweiler puppy peeing/pooping inside, you have to say a firm, “No!” Then you take your puppy outside.
Never push your puppy’s nose in the mess or yell/shout. You’re going to make the problem worse.
#4 Make Socialization a Positive Experience
As I already mentioned, Rottweilers are naturally suspicious of strangers.
They’re not dogs that warm up quickly to people they don’t know. That’s what makes Rottweilers one of the best guarding breeds.
So, Rottweilers need extensive socialization when they’re young.
Otherwise, your puppy might grow to be aggressive around strangers because they feel they have to protect you.
As such, you should get your Rottweiler puppy comfortable with as many sounds, smells, and sights as possible.
But you have to be careful about it. A negative experience with a stranger or another dog/pet might influence your Rottweiler’s adult behavior.
So, my Rottweiler training secret is to take things slow and never force a Rottweiler puppy into an uncomfortable situation.
#5 Consider Crate Training
You can’t leave a Rottweiler puppy unsupervised at home. You might have puppy-proofed the house, but puppies usually find a way to get into trouble.
So, you either have to confine your Rottweiler to a single room or get a crate.
I’ve seen a lot of owners who misunderstand crate training.
It’s not supposed to be a way for you to punish your Rottweiler puppy. Instead, a crate should be a safe place for your dog where they can hide when overwhelmed or scared.
Crate training a Rottweiler puppy should be done slowly.
Make sure that you make the crate as comfortable as possible and that you give enough time for your Rottweiler puppy to get used to it.
As a rule, you shouldn’t keep your puppy closed inside for more than a couple of minutes.
Even adult Rottweilers won’t do well if they’re stuck in a crate for more than six hours.
#6 Teach Bite Inhibition
Rottweilers have a reputation for the strength of their bite.
As such, you have to teach your Rottweiler puppy not to bite you when they’re young.
Even if your puppy is nipping at you only during playtime, you shouldn’t encourage such behavior.
Whenever your Rottweiler puppy bites or nips you, you should act hurt and say a firm, “No!”
Then you should ignore your Rottweiler for a couple of minutes. Don’t pay them attention, don’t look at them or talk to them.
In this way, you’re going to teach your Rottweiler puppy that biting means no attention and no fun.
You can also isolate your puppy in their crate for a couple of minutes to drive your point.
#7 Use a Lot of Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement means that your Rottweiler puppy gets a reward whenever they do something you want to encourage.
During training, it’s important to reward your puppy immediately so that they can build a connection between their actions and the reward.
For positive reinforcement to work, you have to select your rewards carefully.
You want special treats that you aren’t going to use for anything else but training. Besides food, attention and petting are also a reward for your puppy.
But since Rottweiler puppies are prone to overeating, you have to choose low-calorie treats.
Otherwise, your puppy might put on weight very quickly.
#8 Taking Guard Training Seriously
One of the reasons many people get Rottweiler puppies is that they’re looking for a guard dog.
Learning how to train a Rottweiler puppy to be a guard dog should be a well-thought decision.
It’s not something I recommend for first-time owners because you need to have excellent control over your dog.
Otherwise, somebody might get hurt – you or a stranger that happens to pass.
Moreover, you should never consider training a Rottweiler to attack.
These dogs are strong, muscular, and powerful. They can do a lot of damage when you allow them to become protective and territorial of their homes or you.
If you’re serious about guard training your dog, you should work on making your Rottweiler obedient.
You also want your puppy to be well-socialized so that they’re not afraid or shy of people.
#9 Ask for Help
While you can spend hours reading Rottweiler training pdf files, enrolling your dog in obedience classes would be more helpful. It will show you how to handle your dog, and your puppy will learn some manners.
I also recommend speaking with other Rottweiler owners if you have any questions.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help or think that it makes you a bad owner.
When you’re training a Rottweiler puppy, you’re going to encounter a lot of negativity from the public.
This breed has a reputation, and it’s not a pretty one. As such, it’s even more important that you train your Rottweiler puppy properly.