Rottweiler Training Guide

As someone with no experience, could I train a Rottweiler?

Rottweilers are very smart, energetic, and affectionate dogs. They’re also territorial, which can make them a challenge to train if you don’t know what you’re doing.

This is why most owners of Rottweilers have previous training experience with dogs (myself included). But just because something seems more difficult than usual doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

After all, Rottweilers are great family dogs and they can be trained to behave well around your kids or other pets.


First, you need to know their personality.

Before you think about training your Rottweiler you need to know what type of personality he has. Rottweilers are very intelligent and loyal dogs, but they are also very protective, territorial, and independent.

They can be stubborn as well, which makes them hard to train. In addition, they have a lot of energy and strength so they make great guard dogs because they are so intimidating!

They are also great with children because they love children so much (they love everyone)

Related guide: 10 Things You Should NEVER Do If You Want To Train A Rottweiler


Then you need to know what they want.

To get started, you need to know what motivates your Rottweiler. If it’s food, keep a good supply of dog treats in your pocket at all times.

You could also try using toys as rewards for good behavior or tricks performed correctly. You can also use praise and social interaction as rewards if they enjoy that kind of thing (and many do).

Lastly, some Rottweilers love to exercise and would be thrilled by having a chance to run around off-leash in a safe space—you might want to invest in some running shoes!


Then you need to find the right timing.

When training a Rottweiler, you need to be patient and find the right timing.

Rottweilers are not very patient dogs, so they will not tolerate being told to wait.

They have short attention spans and might become bored easily if you tell them to wait too much before rewarding them with food or affection.


Make a plan before you begin training

Once you’ve acquired your Rottweiler, it’s time to begin training. Before you start, there are a few things to consider:

1. What are your goals?

Do you want to be able to walk with your dog on the street without worrying about him pulling the leash or lunging at other dogs?

Or do you just want him to sit for treats when he’s hungry? Once you know what your goals are, it will be easier for both of you to work towards them.


2. How does your dog respond to commands and rewards?

Does he seem responsive or distracted during training sessions (in which case he may not be ready for formal lessons)?

When working with an untrained puppy, it’s also important that they don’t get too excited by rewards like food or attention because this can lead them down a path of bad behavior later in life.


3. When should I start my training program?

This depends largely on the age and temperament of your pup; puppies should ideally start their schooling between 12–18 weeks old when they can begin learning how much obedience means fun!

Read this guide: Are Rottweilers Difficult to Train? | The Best Answer


Use positive reinforcement and avoid fear or punishment.

Positive reinforcement is a training method involving rewards from the dog’s perspective.

Negative reinforcement involves using something unpleasant to get the dog to do what you want, while positive reinforcement uses something that the dog likes as a reward.

Negative reinforcement

For example, if your dog barks at visitors and you yell at him then he’ll stop barking because he was afraid of being yelled at, which makes this type of training feel like it works but it doesn’t actually teach your Rottweiler anything except “Don’t bark”

Because there was no actual learning involved in that scenario; all you did was punish him for barking so now instead of barking at people coming over he’s going to be quiet when they enter your home or try not to bark too much so he doesn’t get yelled at again!

To avoid this kind of negative behavior in dogs (and humans), use positive reinforcement instead!

Dogs respond very well when they are given treats or affectionate gestures after doing something good like sitting quietly while someone unfamiliar comes over.

This teaches them how they should behave around strangers without making them afraid of strangers which isn’t fair since all most people want is just some peace and quiet.

While they’re trying their best not to be rude themselves by yelling or screaming every time an unexpected guest arrives.”


Use consistent and repetitive training methods.

You’ll want to use the same tone of voice, commands, rewards, and negative reinforcement techniques.

You should also be consistent with your positive reinforcement and reward system. This can be done by using a clicker or other sound marker when you reward the dog.

If you’re training in your backyard and then take him on walks around town, make sure that both environments have the same training conditions (the time of day and temperature) so he knows there isn’t a change in routine when you go outside for a walk.

Read also: The Best Dog Treats for a Rottweiler


You need to understand how Rottweilers think, then you can train one.

If you want to train a Rottweiler, the first thing you need to do is learn about their personality.

Rottweilers are known for being alert and brave; they’re also known for being protective of their owner and family.

They have long been used as guard dogs in Germany because of this trait. If you think your Rottweiler might be aggressive or could pose danger to others, then please don’t attempt training him/her without proper experience and knowledge on how to do so.

The second step is learning what motivates your dog best.




All of these things work differently with different dogs, so experiment with each before deciding which one works best for your family member’s needs (and yours).

Thirdly is finding the right timing when training begins: remember that these large predators are more active at certain parts of the day than others.

Some will prefer mornings while others enjoy afternoons better–so keep this in mind when planning out lessons for each day over time!

Fourthly comes making sure that all instructions given are clear enough so there won’t be any confusion later on down the road when practicing basic commands like sit/lay down etcetera.

Last but not least (get it?) comes using positive reinforcement instead of negative punishments such as yelling at him/her or hitting him/her on the top head with a newspaper whenever he does something wrong because this will only make things worse between both parties involved…”



If you’re willing to put in the effort, it shouldn’t be too hard for even a first-time dog trainer like you to train a Rottweiler. Remember that all dogs are different, and this is even more true for Rottweilers than many other breeds.

You need to get to know your dog before you start training them—if nothing else, this will give you clues as to whether they’re ready or not.

It can also help you figure out what kind of training methods will work best on your particular pup. As long as you approach your new companion with respect and patience, everything should go smoothly!


Meet the Author ADAM HOSSAIN, As an owner of Rottweiler for 10 years, I motivate and encourage people about this lovely breed. We’re dedicated to providing you the detailed researched articles about Rottweiler, with an emphasis on Rottweiler Health, Training, and Exercises. I started my journey with Rottweiler Time in 2021 and it has come a long way from its beginnings. Thanks for Your Support.

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