When it comes to raising your dog right and ensuring good behavior, leash training is one of the most important steps you have to take. This is especially true when it comes to a dog breed as powerful as the formidable Rottweiler. A fully grown Rottweiler that is unruly on the leash can be an incredible nuisance but, more importantly, it can pose a danger to itself and everybody around. In this respect, we will examine a few important issues and steps through ten general tips concerning leash training a puppy Rottweiler.
This is the name of the game when it comes to leash training a puppy or any other dog training for that matter. Rottweilers are smart dogs and are ranked among the ten most intelligent breeds out there, so they will be more than capable of picking up on any training. Still, dog training can be a demanding task and require a lot of patience. Never lose your cool and lash out. Instead, take a break and seize another day.
It’s best to make training a thing of schedule so that your pet takes it as a habit. Always try to dedicate certain times of day to training your dog and stick to the plan. Remain focused on one thing until it is mastered. Organize a few ten to fifteen-minute sessions each day and take it slow. In the further interest of consistency, make sure that other people don’t interfere with the training with different cue words and methods. If someone is helping you, make sure they are up to speed on how you want to do things, as your dog can otherwise end up confused.
Get the Right Tools
Make sure that you pick the right training leash for your dog. While your Rottweiler is still a pup, you won’t need a particularly strong leash but, once he grows up, you will need a very tough, high-quality leash to make sure that such a powerful dog can be contained if need be. You also need to make sure that the treats you use for training are your dog’s absolute favorite. The more he loves the treats, the easier your leash training will be.
No time is too early to start your dog off getting used to a leash. The integral part of dog leash training is getting your pet to accept being leashed as something normal. Once they grow up, it’s not uncommon for dogs that were never introduced to a leash to completely freak out when their owner tries to put it on. Therefore, it’s beneficial to put a leash on a very small puppy at random points during the day.
The Importance of Names
Giving your dog a name is much more than a convenience because it plays a prominent role in the overall training and discipline. Make sure from an early age that your Rottweiler comes to associate his or her name with something good, such as a treat. Reward a small puppy with a treat every time you call it by name, and you will soon find that your pet always turns to you when called.
Making sure that your dog pays attention to you is paramount during leash training. This tip is really a continuation of the previous one, meaning that you are already halfway there if you have succeeded at getting your dog to always look at you when called by name. It’s normal for small pups to be a bit all over the place, though, so you need to take steps to make sure that there are next to no outside distractions when training.
Always teach your dog the essential “sit” command. This is a command that plays a part in most other forms of training and it will help you maintain control over your pet during leash training and most other obedience commands you can think of.
You have to make absolutely sure that your dog obeys the “come” command if your Rottweiler’s leash training is to be a success. This command will come in handy with keeping your pet close on a leash and getting him to come back if and when he tries to charge at people or objects during walks.
Avoid pulling your dog suddenly and forcefully at all costs. A constantly tense leash from an early age will teach your dog that this is the normal state of affairs. If this kind of mentality is reinforced, it will be all the more difficult to teach your dog loose leash walking.