It is common knowledge that Rottweilers are just a highly clever breed, and they are eager to please and learn. Your puppy's greatest traits will emerge if you begin socializing him at a young age and teach him proper manners.
The Rottweiler breeder Teresa Bradley has already been displaying and breeding prize Rottweilers since 1987. We sought her advise on how to effectively prepare for the important training milestones that a Rottweiler puppy would encounter as he grows older.
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Six to Seven Weeks: Key Milestones
Before you bring your Rottweiler puppy home, you begin teaching him or her. This is what the breeder need to do in order to help you get your new pet off to the best possible start.
First Training Objective: Socialization with the Breeder as Early as Possible
If you're looking for a new dog, "the first 7 - 8 weeks the pup spends with the breeders are quite crucial," says Bradley. As soon as the puppies are born, they should be walked on a daily basis." Visitors, particularly children who giggle or make loud noises, should be encouraged during the 6th or 7th week.
In order to prevent the spread of diseases like Parvo, breeders must take care to thoroughly screen their guests. Nevertheless, socialization of the puppies with strangers is essential, according to the author. After six weeks, it's critical for puppies to interact with their littermates. For this reason, a puppy must never be removed from its litter before the age of seven weeks.
8–9 Weeks: Key Milestones
When you bring the Rottie home, you'll face a lot of firsts.
The second training goal is to establish realistic expectations and goals for yourself.
If your dog lives to reach a year old, what skills do you hope to see him master? Think about such goals now and establish the groundwork for your training straight away.
When it comes to basic etiquette, Bradley recommends that owners focus on teaching their dogs to sit, stay, and come when they're called, as well as teaching them to not beg for food while they're eating.
Keep introducing your dog to new people, even if they're complete strangers
Your puppy should be exposed to a wide range of people and environments, but it's vital to keep in mind that Rottweilers are "extremely sensitive" to diseases like Parvo, says Bradley.
Visit family and friends, or take your dog to a major store that allows pets so that he can experience new sights, sounds, and smells for himself.
Train Your Rottweiler to Be Used to Grooming, Including Nail Care as Well as other Tasks
There's a few items you can start doing right down when it refers to maintaining your Rottweiler, and one of those things is getting the dog used it to nail care.
Toenail trimming is critical with this breed since they grow so quickly which can be strong-willed, Bradley explains.
Rottweiler puppy nail care should be introduced to breeders as early as week one and should be performed on a regular basis thereafter.
The first 2 months after you bring your puppy home, you should expect using a Dremel thrice a week. After that, it should only be used once a week. As a reward, give your Rottie a piece of cheese or any other tasty treat.
You can brush as often as needed, even if you don't give your baby a bath every day (roughly once a month is plenty).
Introduction of Basic Commands
Rotties are "sponges" at this age, according to Bradley, and "can learn a lot."
Remember that students have short attention spans, so plan your lessons accordingly. Let's start with the basics of instruction:
- Rolled over.
- Squeeze the paw
Say 'Off' and instantly [give a] treat once they have all [feet] here on floor if your puppy climbs up while you're seated on the couch, she says. "If they don't eat, give them something to drink. Replicate the command if they jump on, or simply press them off and quickly feed them a treat if you need to demonstrate your point. "They'll get the hang of "off" in no time."
Whenever your dog meets new people and shows signs of aggression by lunging or jumping on them, use the same words to calm them down.
Rottweiler puppies must have a distinct potty space by the time they are 5 to 8 weeks old.
It will be more difficult to housebreak a new dog if it has been trained to only use blankets, towels, or even the floor, says Bradley.
It's your responsibility to provide as many opportunities for your puppy to relieve himself outside as possible so that he can learn to do so in the proper location.
Your dog must be able to fall asleep in a box for 5 to 6 hours at a time by the time he or she is eight weeks old.
In response to a question, Bradley explains, "There is no precise age to do this," adding that 8 weeks is a decent starting point. Before beginning leash training, make sure your dog is comfortable with the collar around their neck. A leash can be attached once the dog has stopped clawing and being annoyed by the collar."
Try going the other direction when your dog has gotten used to you following their lead.
Additionally, "you want to encourage them," she says. You should only use gentle pressure if your puppy stops following you and plenty of encouragement to get them to keep going with you.
Discover what Rottweilers are good at
Because of their intelligence and athletic capability, "Rottweiler puppies can start to learn anything at eight weeks old," according to Bradley.
She recommends beginning with simple agility obstacles like tunnels or even a dog walk, as well as activities like herding ducks, diving, tracking, obedience training, and barn hunts.
Jumping and strenuous exercise should be avoided while the pup is still growing as well as the growth plate are still exposed.
- Work on Biting
Other Unwanted Behaviors
A Rottweiler possesses herding instincts and is prone to biting or chasing people, Bradley claims. So no need for making a massive issue out of these natural behaviors, she continues, as long as they are discouraged.
The majority of the time, you could be able to simply ignore the behavior and gently remove your dog's lips from an object that is off-limits to them.
If you're dealing with protecting behavior, she recommends taking something away, saying "out," and then returning it.
If you deal with these behaviors early and consistently, it's likely that your puppy won't do them after four months. If you don't take care of them, they could turn into long-term issues.
Major Achievers: 4 months
More opportunities for canine companionship are now available.
Your Rottweiler's socialization with other dogs
Your Rottweiler can be introduced to other pets once he or she is fully immunized.
According to Bradley, "When meeting new dogs, the parent should always observe and ensure that there is no intimidation but rather good dog-to-dog conduct."
Set an Obedience Class Attendance Goal for Your Dog
Wait until the dog is 16 weeks old before enrolling him or her in obedience training, as Rottweiler puppies must be completely vaccinated before meeting other puppies.
There are a number of methods to get started on professional training early, such as hiring a private trainer, getting guidance from your breeder, signing up for one virtual class, or using another secure alternative.
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