Buster is a lively little canine. Walk in on him in the morning and he's probably tearing around the house chasing the kids as they get ready for school. Walk in on him during dinner and he's probably looking angelic with their head on a lap begging for food. Go and see your puppy in the evening and you will see he's mastered the graceful position of lying on his back with legs outstretched in the air. But while you love the appetite for life, you brought your Rottweiler home because you had a job for him. You want to train your Rottweiler puppy to guard.
With a house full of valuable possessions and a family you want to keep safe, a well-trained Rottweiler seems like the ideal guard. Rottweilers are naturally strong, tough and built for business anyway. Plus, you may find they respond to other training much better as a result of the techniques you will use!
The command ‘bark’ will be an important instruction your Rottweiler will need to learn. A controlled bark can help keep intruders away. Fortunately, it’s also pretty easy to teach. But you will also need to look at other ways to train them to be a guard dog. You will need to go through boundary training with your Rottweiler puppy. Once they have a sense of what falls within their territory, they will naturally want to defend anything within it.
Rottweilers are normally pretty easy to train. This is particularly true of puppies, whose brains are like a sponge, soaking up everything around them. So you could see results in just a month or so. You will need a little more time and patience, however, if your Rottweiler puppy isn’t such a great listener. Be prepared to invest up to three months into training if they are hard to keep on task.
Effective dog training centers around the right incentives. So you will need a decent amount of their favorite treats. Having said that, a toy your dog loves may also work as a good motivator. Make sure you also have a leash and time to commit to training each day. You'll need access to the space you want to train them to guard too.
A friend will also come in handy to test your dog's new guarding capabilities. You may also want to consider using a clicker when you train. They may speed up the learning process.
So now you have all that, let’s give it a try!