He may grow up to be big and strong, but for now, your Rottweiler puppy is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. He spends his days slipping across the kitchen floor and wagging his tail whenever you look at him. He even sends your partner all gooey eyed. However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing. He does have one rather problematic habit. He hates his leash and walking anywhere on it. This is the last thing you want to be battling with in the mornings before work.
Leash training a Rottweiler puppy will save you from a serious challenge when he’s a large, strong adult. So, getting this training right while he’s young could save you from being dragged to the floor, or across the road, in a few years time. Not to mention you will be asserting your position as pack leader, making it easier to break his other bad habits.
Telling all dogs they can’t have the freedom to run around wherever they want is challenging. Rottweilers, though, are obedient and good-natured, so training him to walk on a leash should be much easier than if he were of some other breeds. The trick is to turn training into a game and to do that you need to find the right incentive. Fortunately, Rottweilers, like most dogs, have a soft spot for anything they can eat. Training then will consist of strict measures to keep him firmly by your side and making the leash something to look forward to.
Rottweiler puppies are fast learners. They are steady and eager to please, so you could see results in just a couple of weeks. If he’s particularly stubborn then you may need to devote up to six weeks to training. Get this training right and dog walks will become an enjoying, stress-free endeavor.
Before your new training regime can begin, you will need to collect a few bits. A short, training leash will be required. Because Rottweilers are so strong, you may also want to use a body harness. This will increase your control while reducing strain around his neck.
Stock up on treats, or break his favorite food into small chunks. You don’t need to set aside specific time for training, you can train when you go out for your daily walk.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!
I have a 4 year old female and a 2 year old male rottweiler. I’ve been using the heel method but both are still to excited on walks and pull me consistently. I don’t take treats. Do I need to be stricter with the heel method? Are they too old to train?
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What do I do when my dog sits behind me and doesn’t walk or starts walking the opposite direction? Sometimes she’ll even wrap the leash around my legs or walk on the other side of me which wraps the leash around the back of my legs!
Thank you for the question. Oh, the joys of teaching a puppy to walk on-leash. Puppies really are a joy though, and with a little time and consistent training, you will succeed! Take a look at this guide: https://wagwalking.com/training/walk-with-you. I like the By My Side Method. This is another good one: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-labrador-retriever-to-walk Start by letting your dog wear the leash in the house while you play a few games. Keep it short at first, and then make the wearing of the leash longer. Walk away, and then offer them a treat. They can come to you with the leash dragging. After trying this a few times, walk Ruby a few feet with the leash on. Gradually you can move it outside. Keep the sessions short and end on a happy note. Before you know it, walks will be a breeze!
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