Today we are looking at one of my favorite breeds and asking the question Are Rottweilers Easy to Train? Let’s find out!
In terms of intellect and trainability, Rottweilers are among the most intelligent canines on the planet, and they are frequently utilized as working and service dogs due to their high levels of intelligence and trainability.
They’re relatively straightforward to train when compared to other breeds, despite the fact that many Rottweilers have a small stubborn streak.
While Rottweilers may have a reputation as a “threatening” breed, those who have owned one of these dogs can attest to how loving and devoted they can be when given the opportunity.
They do, however, require extensive training beginning at a young age in order to ensure that they get along with people and other animals.
But how easy is it to train a Rottweiler and how long does it take?
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Does the fact that they require a great deal of training imply that they are difficult to train?
In no way, shape, or form!
Rottweilers are considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. Because of their excellent trainability and intelligence, they are frequently employed as working dogs. Despite the fact that they do have a bit of a stubborn nature, training your Rottweiler should not be a difficult chore.
Following your education on the advantages and disadvantages of training these canines, in addition to when and how they should be trained, you will find that the process is a breeze.
Was it ever brought to your attention that judges from both the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club ranked Rottweilers ninth out of 79 breeds in terms of intelligence?
That’s really good if you were not aware because of their high levels of intellect, your pup will be able to comprehend what is being requested of him or her throughout training, making your job much easier.
In the event that you and your Rottweiler have formed a strong emotional attachment, you will discover your dog to be extremely devoted to you. They will be motivated to put in the effort necessary to please you as a result of their loyalty.
Rotties have a strong desire to please their owners and will, in most cases, perform what is asked of them right away (despite their occasional willfulness).
A strong desire to work
Rottweilers are a working breed, which means that they desire and enjoy being given tasks to complete. Working is literally in their blood – since their origins in Ancient Rome, they have been utilized as herding dogs, and later as guard dogs, among other things.
This is one of the reasons why Rottweilers are frequently employed as police, military, and service dogs. The drive to learn new skills will make the training process move more quickly and smoothly.
All animals, much like humans, have certain undesirable characteristics that we can learn from. Fortunately, the Rottweiler only has a handful of these that could interfere with any training you perform with him.
Their Physical Dimensions
Rottweilers are quite large dogs! They can weigh anywhere from 80 to 130 pounds and stand about 2 feet tall, depending on the species.
That’s a lot of dogs to keep track of during training. It doesn’t matter whether your Rottweiler is the sweetest dog in town; their size and strength mean that you may have problems controlling them if they refuse to listen when you need them to.
Strong-willed and unyielding
Rottweilers have a reputation for being difficult to train. They can also become disinterested in repetitious work. If this occurs throughout training (which is the pinnacle of repetition), they may conclude that they are finished, regardless of whether or not you are.
Fortunately, if your dog is devoted to you, this may outweigh their tendency to be stubborn. In the same way, your Rottweiler may be stubborn from time to time.
They may attempt to act out in an attempt to assert themselves as the pack’s leader, so make sure you declare yourself the alpha from the beginning of your training sessions.
As you can see, when it comes to training, the beneficial characteristics of a Rottweiler far exceed the negative characteristics.
As a result of your newfound knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of training your dog, you’ll need some pointers to get you started.
Begin as soon as possible.
First and foremost, you will need to begin teaching your Rottweiler at a young age in order to keep him safe. The sooner you start, the better off you’ll be, so make sure you begin by at least 8 or 9 weeks of age to give yourself the best chance. In the case of an adult Rottweiler, you will not be able to begin training until after the dog has reached the age of one.
Nonetheless, you should make every effort to begin working with them as soon as possible in order to build a bond and establish yourself as the pack leader.
It is critical to socialize your Rottweiler puppy with other people, animals and sounds early on in order to prevent them from acting aggressively in public (something you want to avoid at all costs). This socialization should have begun before you ever received your pet from a breeder if it was obtained through a breeder’s breeding program.
Once you’ve obtained your puppy, it’s up to you to see that it’s maintained.
One excellent approach to accomplish this is to enroll them in obedience training or take them to dog parks where they can become habituated to other dogs and people other than themselves.
Make Effective Use of Their Appetite for Accolades
As previously said, Rottweilers enjoy receiving positive reinforcement for their efforts. They will quickly learn that positive reinforcement during training — such as praise, pets, and treats — will lead to them understanding what behaviors will result in rewards.
They, on the other hand, will not respond well to negative reinforcement, such as punishments or being yelled at. This will simply make them feel worried and nervous when they are around you; it will not teach them how to act in your presence.
You may also find yourself with a dog who is less likely to comply with your requests as a result of their occasional stubbornness.
Providing that you educate your Rottweiler in the proper manner, with enough positive reinforcement, you should not have much difficulty. Dogs of this breed are easier to teach than other breeds because of their intelligence and willingness to work.
You will need to keep an eye out for any stubborn behavior, but if you have formed a strong link with your pet, their loyalty should more than compensate for any stubbornness.
Remember, the most important thing is to begin training them when they are very young. The American Kennel Club (AKC) has a Rottweiler training timeline that you may use to determine exactly when you should be performing what training.
If you don’t think you’re up to the task of becoming a trainer, you might consider hiring a professional trainer to do the job for you.