10 ways to train your Rottweiler Puppy
30 Sep 2014
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One of the most loyal and intelligent dogs,
Rottweilers are affectionate and sensitive, unlike the popular opinion about this breed. Just like human babies, puppies too need to be taught from an early age to help them grow and create a special bond with their family.
Bringing home a Rottweiler puppy is an added responsibility as one would have to invest a considerable amount of time and effort right from the start to ensure that their strong, powerful, slow maturing and headstrong dominant behaviour does not become a dangerous proposition.
The time that pet parents to a Rottweiler would spend with their dog will be the best investment one would make. Spending time, training and communicating with a strong breed such as a Rottweiler not only develops and strengthens a close and healthy bond between the family and the dog but also helps define the acceptable boundaries for the dog to follow and remember.
Training a Rottweiler Puppy
Rottweilers excel in many training activities and love to learn new tricks. Since they are a
working dog breed, obedience and agility training provides them ample amount of opportunities to use their intelligence and energy in a positive and rewarding manner.
Some of the key things that you would want to keep in mind while developing a training regime for your new puppy are:
Firm handling - As a pet parent you will have to ensure that while training, a firm handling is maintained to establish yourself as a pack leader. Submissive handling will not prove positive results.
Start trainings early - Once the puppy is of two months of age, it will be an ideal age to begin training sessions. The earlier you start, the quicker the puppy will learn and bond with you.
Keep training sessions short - Though highly intelligent, Rottweilers also get distracted very easily. Keeping this quality in mind, you would have to design short training sessions, usually lasting 15 - 20 minutes in duration for effective results. ( Read more about How to Train a Dog )
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Early socialisation is imperative - Socialisation with family, other people and pets is one of the key factors for an all round development of the puppy. Early socialisation ensures that the puppy is comfortable around people and pets and does not display protective or aggressive behaviour.
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Frequent grooming - Grooming is an important part of training a Rottweiler puppy. Starting a grooming regime from an early period ensures that the puppy becomes comfortable with the brushing of fur and teeth and also with a veterinary who conducts regular health check ups. Frequent grooming also helps in developing a strong bond with the puppy and also when they are all grown up.
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Crate training - Some habits such a sleeping in a designated area or playing in a designated area has to be established from an early age. Canine behaviourists advise on crate training so that the puppy understands from an early age that he / she has his / her own special place to sleep or play and does not wander on your bed or furniture.
Rough Housing or aggressive training must be avoided - Since Rottweilers are easily impressionable, one should avoid rough or aggressive handling especially while training as it will only make the dog lose trust and faith in the handler and it may have serious repercussions.
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Regular exercise - Rottweilers are very high on stamina and strength and one of the best ways to make effective use of their energy is to develop a challenging and active exercise regime that challenges the mental and physical attributes of your dog. Regular exercise will also build a strong bond between the dog and the owner.
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Involving working dog activities in daily routine - Even if your Rottweiler is not a working dog, it will be good to include working dog activities such as fetch, agility, obedience, pet facilitated therapy, hiking, running, tracking and the like to their regular training and exercise routines. This will ensure a positive and rewarding use of the dog’s strength and energy.
Correct timing - It is imperative that training and reward go hand and hand. Reward and appreciation should be a part of training and exercise routine as this will ensure that the Rottweiler should follow a certain acceptable rules that will bring reward for him and also appreciation for his / her good behaviour. Appreciation and reward if not given on time lose their value.
mple amount of chew toys - When a puppy is growing up, teething causes a lot of gum irritation and the pups end up being destructive - chew on curtains or furniture, shoes, magazine or newspaper or even walls and doors. One of the best ways to avoid such destructive behaviour is to provide ample amount of chew toys and puppy friendly bones that keep the pup busy and away from destroying household items.
Do write in to us and share what all puppy training tricks have you adopted to train your Rottweiler puppies.