Charlie is your energetic Rottweiler who makes sure no day is boring. He sprints around the house at break-neck speeds and leaps up as soon as he hears someone open the front door. Because he's so lively, you know he needs a decent amount of exercise. But your Rottweiler isn’t used to leaving the house without a leash. So you’re worried that whenever you head out he's going to pull you across a road or into a bush. The problem is, if you don’t train Charlie on a leash, he will never be able to properly enjoy walking through parks and fields.
Fortunately, Rottweilers are pretty smart dogs, so they should be comfortable and content on a leash in no time at all. Getting over this initial hurdle will also mean you will be able to relax and enjoy walks too. I mean, wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry when you see another dog approaching in the distance?
The main command you will need to use when your dog pulls is ‘heel’. This simple word will hopefully restore order to the walk and give you back control. To help them understand that word, you will need to use a tasty incentive. Unsurprisingly, Rottweilers are like most dogs in that they will do anything for food. Apart from the ‘heel’ command, you will also need to get your Rottweiler familiar and comfortable wearing a leash at home, so they don’t go into overdrive as soon as you clip the leash.
Don’t worry if it takes several weeks to get the hang of walking on a leash, it isn’t instinctual for many dogs. If you’re lucky they may pick it up in just a week or so and then training will be short and sweet. It’s important you train your Rottweiler to walk on a leash early on, as any bad habits will harder to break the older they are.
For this training, the most important item will be a leash. It can be short or long, depending on how much freedom you would like to give the dog. Because Rottweilers are strong, you may also want to use a body harness. Not only will this minimize the strain on their neck, but it will give you greater control.
Make sure you have some yummy treats or a toy to motivate them. It’s also important you stay calm and patient when you train. Anger may only frustrate your Rottie and make training harder. So stay upbeat and positive throughout for the best results!