WHAT’S YOUR
DOG’S CHALLENGE?

POSITIVES & CHALLENGES
OF A ROTTWEILER

Your Rottweiler dog training needs to commence early, as Rottweiler puppies will begin to display their natural abilities from a very young age. These are abilities that we need to manage, satisfy and sometimes amplify. When you are selecting your puppy, you’ll notice differences between the behaviour of each puppy, giving you an indication of each pup’s individual characteristics and potential abilities. Watch how each pup interacts with its siblings and mother, do they play nicely or does one puppy seek conflict with another. All of these interactions will provide you with an idea of your puppy’s potential character traits. Once you’ve selected your new Rottweiler be prepared to commence your Rottweiler dog training as soon as you take your dog home.

A well-bred Rottweiler is robust and athletic, possessing a combination of power, strength, agility and endurance making it a highly valued breed for both its working capabilities and as a pet. Their temperament and intelligence makes them an ideal breed choice for various ‘jobs’ including: customs, military and police work, schutzhund trials, therapy dogs, tracking, carting and obedience , herding and all other kinds of protection duties. Giving your dog a ‘job’ can do wonders for their mental stimulation consider teaching your dog to ‘find your toy’ by hiding their favourite toy once hidden say ‘find your toy’ and rewarding them with a game as soon as they find it.

Practise consistent training with your Rottweiler. Reward based training is one of the most positive and effective ways to train, use positive reinforcement, such as a small piece of cheese or tasty treat coupled with lots of praise which is provided as soon as your dog or puppy obeys the command.

Rottweilers are a large, strong breed meaning leash training is a must. A Rottweiler puppy who pulls on the leash is a problem, a fully grown Rottie who pulls on his/her leash is a nightmare! We believe that training is the best way to develop and strengthen a healthy and close bond between you and your dog, it opens up the lines of communication between the two of you helping to establish acceptable guidelines and boundaries for your dog to follow. Find out more from our video on leash training.

The 3C’s:- Clear, consistent, Cues! Training your Rottweiler means incorporating a combination of exercise and mental stimulation into your daily routine. In order to be effective you’ll need to stick to certain basic rules which include the 3Cs: Be clear – Have a clear set of commands that everyone can use. Remember, English is a foreign language to your dog so using “down” and “drop” for the same action will confuse him. Decide on your command words and stick the list to the fridge door so that the family know the correct cues to use. Be Consistent:- By applying all house rules consistently. No feeding from the table means just that 7 days a week, with no exceptions at the weekend. Use Cues:- Let your voice tone guide your dog and use verbal cues to mark good and bad behaviour. Let your Rottweiler know he’s about to make the wrong choice with a short sharp “Uh no”, followed by a happy “Good Boy”, when he does as he’s asked.

If you are going to become the parent of a Rottweiler then putting time into training is essential. Early socialisation and basic obedience training are non-negotiable - they simply must be done. Consider finding a local training school or contact us to find out more about our classes or training courses.

OWN THE PERFECT Rottweiler

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Make the dysplasia test at the right age. It is important to have this test as Rottweilers have a predisposition to have dysplasia due to their genetic history

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Organise a healthy diet in two steps: Development & Maintenance. Development (puppy age) – the foundation of muscular and bone structure has to have a healthy and good resource. Maintenance (adolescence to maturity) – once a Rottweiler reaches maturity, it is important to maintain his condition with a good diet.

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Start Rottweiler Dog training (technical & behavioural) at a young age. A Rottweiler can display a set of skills as well as a set of issues from a young age. Tackle does elements according to how the individual is and evolution will come sooner for the dog.

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Discover your Rottweiler’s abilities and skills by working with the dog. Healthy way of understanding and knowing your Rottweiler will be through working with the dog according to the age and the level of training that the dog reaches session by session

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Build a strong relationship by spending time training and exercising. One of the greatest quality of a Rottweiler is devotement. A safe way of developing this skill is through training and exercising.

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Create a suitable environment for your Rottweiler. Sometimes the environment can influence a dog’s behaviour. A working breed such as the Rottweiler will clearly be aware of the environment that he is in and he will develop behaviours related to the environment ( Eg. territorial guarding )

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Create enough confidence in yourself in order to manage, handle & guide a Rottie. Strong headed, calm & excited, strict and relaxed are a few of the abilities that a Rottweiler owner should have.

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A Rottweiler is suitable to cover different areas of training such as: showing, agility, tracking etc. Due to their amazing predisposition to work they are eligible to fulfil multiple areas of working.

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By managing all of the above your Rottie will be physically and psychologically healthy throughout. Structure in rising, maintaining and fulfilling your Rottweiler’s need is essential to his existence. Adapt to the way your Rottweiler is and the relationship between you and your dog is going to be successful.

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