Rottweiler puppy training is very similar to training other breeds of puppies. However, because Rottweiler puppies tend to grow incredibly fast, it is important that good training start as early as possible. Physically controlling a 30 lb. puppy is challenging, if not impossible. Therefore, you must teach your puppy to be obedient and want to listen to you before it grows too large to control.

Rottweiler puppies should be trained from the moment you purchase or adopt them. When searching for Rottweiler puppies for sale or Rottweiler puppies for adoption, be sure to ask if the puppies have received any prior training. Many Rottweiler puppy breeders will start training puppies before they are purchased.

Start Training Young

When puppies are very young, training starts with socialization. Start by exposing your puppy to a variety of situations, animals, and people. However, it is imperative that you ensure that you do not take your puppy to places that it could catch a contagious disease, such as dog parks, until it has had all of its vaccines.

While your puppy is still very young, start working on potty training. Housebreaking a Rottweiler puppy may take several months because puppies have small bladders and must relieve themselves frequently. However, it is important to set the right groundwork for potty training while the puppies are young.

Rottweilers are extremely intelligent dogs and will start learning what is expected of them from the time they are very young. If you neglect to start potty training while your puppy is young, your puppy will learn that relieving itself outside is not very important. Changing this attitude is difficult to do, it is much easier to prevent it in the first place.

Crate Training Your Rottweiler Puppy

Crate training is one of the quickest and easiest ways to potty train a Rottweiler puppy. Many Rottweiler puppy training experts say; that in as little as a weekend, you can teach your puppy the basics of potty training by utilizing the crate training method. This method requires you to stick to a regimented schedule, but the rewards are well worth it.

Start by taking your puppy outside to relieve itself upon waking. If your puppy does not relieve itself, place it in its kennel for 30 minutes and try again. When your puppy successfully relieves itself outside, praise it and take it inside to play.

After meals and playtime, place your puppy in its crate for 30 minutes and then take it outside to relieve itself. If it does not relieve itself, allow the puppy to rest in its kennel for an additional half hour and try again. If it does relieve itself, praise it and allow it to spend time with you. Because the crate is a small space, your puppy will not want to soil it. About a half hour after eating and playing your puppy will naturally have to relieve itself.

Keeping it in its kennel until that time increases the chances that it will relieve itself outside and help it to understand that you expect it to relieve itself outside and not in the house. If your puppy has an accident, pick it up immediately and take it outside. Fight the urge to punish or reprimand your puppy for having an accident. The puppy won’t understand why you are upset with it and the punishment won’t serve any purpose except to diminish your relationship with your puppy.

By the time your puppy is 12 weeks old, it is old enough to start learning basic commands. Basic Rottweiler puppy training commands typically include “come,” “sit,” “stay,” and “lie down.” Choose one command to work on and work with your puppy to help it master that command before adding a second command to its vocabulary. Many puppy owners prefer to start with “sit.” To teach your Rottweiler puppy to sit, hold a treat just above its head.

The Next Stage of Training

As soon as your puppy becomes interested in the treat, say, “Sit,” in a calm, firm tone and move the treat slowly back behind your puppy’s head. Moving the treat back in this fashion will force your puppy to sit. When your puppy successfully sits, give it the treat and lavish it with praise. Soon enough your puppy will understand that when you say the command, “Sit,” you want it to sit. Eventually your puppy will sit on command, even when a treat is not available.

Rottweiler puppy training takes a lot of time and dedication, but it is time and effort well spent. By taking the time to properly train your puppy while it is young, you can ensure that you have a well behaved, loyal companion for many years to come. If you struggle with training your puppy, don’t hesitate to hire a professional dog trainer to provide you with some tips and advice to help you train your dog.