How to Train a Rottweiler Puppy to Not be Aggressive

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2-4 Months
Behavior

Introduction

For any owner of a large dog, knowing the strength and reputation of the breed is essential. While smaller breeds may lend themselves to the idea of a dog nestled in a purse and yapping happily all the way, a larger breed may offer a much more intimidating presence. Large dogs can be seen as dangerous, scary, or even aggressive, and though many of them are quite friendly, being able to maintain control over a large dog’s behavior may make all the difference.

Among the larger breeds known for an intimidating appearance, the Rottweiler stands out as the “bad boy” of them all. With a large head, dark colored fur, and powerful body, the Rottweiler can be a formidable companion. However, many Rotties, as they’re affectionately called, are loving family dogs when given the right training and socialization early on in life. To prevent a Rottweiler puppy from becoming aggressive, you must prepare for every situation to ensure that your dog grows to be happy and well behaved.

Defining Tasks

Some puppies may begin to show aggressive tendencies early on. Unlike smaller breeds which may not be able to do much damage if a bite occurs, a large dog can quickly become an issue if he begins to show aggression. Whether that aggression is occurring because of fear, resource guarding, or overexcitement, it should be addressed as soon as possible.

Aggression in Rottweiler puppies can be tackled in a variety of ways, though the best method is a combination of methods. Socialization and positive reinforcement should begin as soon as you bring your Rottweiler puppy home and continue for the first two to four months of his life in order to properly establish good behavior around people and other dogs.

Getting Started

Before targeting aggression in your puppy, ensure that the aggression is not a result of illness or injury. Have him checked by a veterinarian to rule out any health problems. Following that, you should gather up some tasty treats and toys in order to act as motivators for your Rottweiler’s training. The better rewards you can offer for good behavior, the more likely it will be that your puppy will respond well to your training.

Be sure to supervise any interaction with other dogs or small children, as a bite or a fight can occur very quickly and suddenly. Be prepared to remove your puppy from any stressful situation.

The Socialization Method

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Start early
Your puppy should begin his socialization once he receives all of his vaccinations. The earlier you can begin, the more likely it will be that your Rottweiler will associate good things with meeting others.
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Meet friendly dogs
Start with meeting other dogs that are calm and well mannered. They will be less likely to overwhelm or frighten your puppy.
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Meet safe people
Allow your puppy to come in contact with all kinds of people of varying genders, races, and appearances. The more varied the people your puppy meets, the less likely he will be to show aggression to any one type of person.
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Explore public areas
When it is safe to do so, take your Rottweiler puppy to safe public spaces such as pet stores or to the park where he can observe and encounter other dogs and people. Be aware of possible stressful situations and be ready to remove your puppy if he becomes overwhelmed.
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Make every experience a good one
Allow for plenty of praise and rewards for good behavior around others. Offer your puppy treats and play time with different, fun toys throughout these encounters in order to associate good things with meeting new people and animals.
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The Manners Method

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Basic obedience
Begin by teaching your puppy basic obedience commands such as ‘sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘come’. These will offer her a strong foundation for more training later on.
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Asking permission
Get your puppy used to asking permission for things like being fed, playing with toys, or being let outside for a walk or run. Have her ask permission by sitting in front of you before you give her what she wants.
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Learning to ignore
Some other dogs and people may be poorly behaved around your puppy. Teach her to ignore these people or dogs by making yourself more interesting or working on obedience around them.
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Training on the go
Always be prepared to train when out and about with either treats or toys on hand for quick obedience training.
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Training in the home
Have treats available in multiple rooms of the house to be ready to reward your puppy for any good behavior she exhibits. Be ready to reinforce positive progress at any time.
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The Conditioning Method

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Use a motivator
Determine what encourages your dog the most. Some work well for treats and others work better for toys. Test some different rewards out with your puppy to see which he prefers or use both together.
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Get some help
Enlist the help of friends or family to help reinforce good behavior with your puppy both in the home and outside of the home.
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Have your tools available
Be ready to take your puppy’s focus whenever a possible issue may arise. Have your treats or toys on hand.
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Reward whenever possible
Always reward for good behavior around other people or animals, especially early on. Lots of rewards and affection will ensure a positive association instead of an aggressive or fearful one.
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Reinforcement
Reinforce positive associations throughout the training period and even well into adulthood. Your dog will love to be reminded of what good behavior earns him and can shape his behavior later on.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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Tuffy
Rottweiler
3 Months
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Tuffy
Rottweiler
3 Months

He became very much aggressive when I stop him to anything wrong like biting or chewing furniture.
And meanwhile if I slowly beat him in his body to stop than he becomes more aggressive.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
1106 Dog owners recommended

Hello Aman, If you are using any methods that involve physical roughness with your hands, then I would switch to a different method. Also, work on getting puppy used to touch and handling. Use puppy’s daily meal kibble to do this. Gently touch an area of puppy's body while feeding a piece of food. Touch an ear and give a treat. Touch a paw and give a treat. Hold his collar and give a treat. Touch his tail gently and give a treat. Touch his belly, his other paws, his chest, shoulder, muzzle and every other area very gently and give a treat each time. Keep these times calm and fun for pup. To deal with the unwanted behaviors, I would also keep a drag leash on pup when you are there to supervise to ensure it won't get stuck on anything, and teach these commands, using the drag leash to calmly direct pup where you need them to be to enforce your commands. Out - which means leave the area, for pushiness and biting: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method for biting and chewing: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Quiet method for barking: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Place command for pushiness and begging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Down-Stay: https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Heel- Turns method for leash pulling: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Come - Reel in method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Off- section on The Off command for getting off furniture or people: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-train-dog-stay-off-couch/ Drop It – Exchange method for chewing and stealing things: https://wagwalking.com/training/drop-it Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Tyson
Rottweiler
1 Year
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Tyson
Rottweiler
1 Year

He is 1 year old and very active
We have not trained him and he is not at all friendly with the public but he is friendly with the family people and showers too much love but he sometimes bites till now almost everyone in our family he has bitten now we are not sure how to handle is there any way to solve our problem.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Prajeesh, I would start by desensitizing pup to wearing a basket muzzle using treats gradually. Pup will need to be able to wear a muzzle to train safely. I would consider hiring a professional trainer to help you in person with this. It sounds like pup needs to be desensitized certain things people do. It also sounds like pup's overall trust and respect for you and family members needs to be increased. Respect - all three methods, but especially the working method and obedience method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you I don't recommend training this on your own. Not only are there safety concerns for you if pup were to bite you, but anyone else present could be in danger, and you need the resources of a controlled environment and people to practice with who know how to interact safely with pup and work on counter conditioning pup gradually to the things pup is protesting with aggression right now. Check out this video by Jeff Gellman, who specializes in aggression. Here he demonstrated safety measures (a back tie), when to have people reward a dog (during calmness and not during aggressive displays), and how to appropriately use punishment when treating aggression (with good timing, calmness, and in combination with positive reinforcement for calm behavior and with the appropriate safety measures for your guests). Again, I don't recommend doing this on your own, this is just an example. Aggression video: https://youtu.be/mgmRRYK1Z6A Examples of different cases. Exactly how this is addressed depends a lot on the specific dog and behavior. https://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasCanineED/playlists Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Oscar
Rottweiler
2 Months
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Oscar
Rottweiler
2 Months

What to do if he is getting angry while eating when putting hands in his bowl

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Mylena, Work on getting puppy used to touch and handling. Use puppy's daily meal kibble to do this. Gently touch an area of puppy's body while feeding a piece of food. Touch an ear and give a treat. Touch a paw and give a treat. Hold his collar and give a treat. Touch his tail gently and give a treat. Touch his belly, his other paws, his chest, shoulder, muzzle and every other area very gently and give a treat each time. Keep these times calm and fun for pup. Work on hand feeding, and also practice feeding him his meals in sections. Feed 1/4 of his meal, practice making him wait before digging in by holding onto the bowl, pulling it back whenever he tries to dive in (without letting go of it first), and calmly saying Wait, then after a few repetitions of this, when he hesitates and doesn't dive in while your hand is still on it, let go of the bowl and say "Okay!" in an excited tone of voice, and let him begin eating as a reward for waiting. As he eats, when he isn't growling, toss treats next to his bowl as you walk past him. Practice this from a few feet away until he begins to look forward to you approaching. As he improves, decrease the distance that you pass from. When he finishes the first serving, toss a treat behind him and pick up the bowl while he is distracted eating the treat. Give the next portion, have him practice waiting again, then do the treat tosses while he east again. Practice this until he has all of his meal kibble portions at that mealtime. Do this at every meal as often as you can. As he becomes relaxed and begins to like you approaching him during meals, get closer and closer, so that you are eventually placing treats into his bowl while he eats. Ease into this so that he stays relaxed during the process. When pup does great with your presence right by the bowl, you can give a gentle pet and feed a treat as you do so. Pet and feed a treat, then give space and go back to tossing the treats to avoid stressing him too much. Expect this progression to take weeks, not hours or days. Do NOT stick your hand in pup's food, take the food away while he is eating, or pet him while he is eating without making the experience fun for him also - via giving better rewards in exchange each time. Messing with a dog while they are eating without the right protocols and rewards to prevent stress around mealtimes, can actually cause food aggression, rather than prevent it. The goal is to build pup's trust with you when it comes to meals - so he doesn't feel the need to guard it, but learns that your approach and taking things like bones, results in something even better happening - like a treat or new bone. Only give treats when pup responds well - not while he is growling. If pup is growling still while you are doing all of this, you are probably being too rough or moving too fast, and there needs to be more space between you and pup while practicing at that point in the training. Check out this free PDF e-book download for other puppy raising tips as well: www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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russel
Rottweiler
6 Weeks
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russel
Rottweiler
6 Weeks

He won’t bond with me he loves everyone in my family but me. No one in my family will correct his bad behaviors so when i do it he just mad and will growl and bite me. So therefor he rlly doesn’t like me at all. How can i change tgat

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
1106 Dog owners recommended

Hello Ann, I would use pup's meal kibble as training treats for socialization and lure reward type training with pup. If you are both the source of training, pup learning new things, and training, often a puppy will bond most with that person once they get a bit older. Be patient though, pup is super young and right now socialization should be the biggest priority; it's normal for training to take a little time this young. If you are using any methods that involve physical roughness with your hands, then I would switch to a different method. You can still gently discipline and train, just look for ways to do that without being too harsh physically, like waiting until pup isn't barking before giving the treat, using a drag leash to enforce pup coming or leaving something alone as needed, using bitter apple spray on a piece of furniture that pup chews, or using something like the Bite Inhibition method to address nipping. Also, work on getting puppy used to touch and handling. Use puppy’s daily meal kibble to do this. Gently touch an area of puppy's body while feeding a piece of food. Touch an ear and give a treat. Touch a paw and give a treat. Hold his collar and give a treat. Touch his tail gently and give a treat. Touch his belly, his other paws, his chest, shoulder, muzzle and every other area very gently and give a treat each time. Keep these times calm and fun for pup. Bite Inhibition method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Boundaries are important, just be sure to reward good behavior and spend time proactively teaching things in a fun way, so pup knows the rules and enjoys working with you, so you have less of a need to discipline pup due to being proactive to chew things like leave it also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Thor
Rottweiler
3 Months
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Thor
Rottweiler
3 Months

He’s acting fine 90 percent of the time in the day, i trained him commands like sit and come but i guess its his teething period and he chews on everything he gets an eye on , furniture slippers and all . I’ve got him toys but he still keeps on w the furniture and when i stop him from doing something he bites and growls aggressively .

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
1106 Dog owners recommended

Hello Ali, Check out the biting article I have linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite And this chewing article: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Rex
Ridgeback
4 Years

I bought my dog when he was 2 years old. He didn't know any tricks or so. After some time I thought why cant i teach him . My parents are always bragging about how good their dogs are, but 1 things for sure that they are only good at being lazy. So I taught my dog how to sit. Every time I say sit Rex is always sitting. I just kept saying sit. In the beginning if Rex didn't obey my orders I would just hit him on the butt not to hard( like a friendly hit) then he understood what I meant.

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