One of the things rottweilers were bred for was guarding, so they have genes to make them good guard dogs. They range in size from 90 to 130 pounds and have a tendency to be reserved around strangers. Due to their size rottweilers have large, powerful jaws. Rottweiler training can produce a good guard dog.
Although it might seem counter-intuitive, puppies destined to be guard dogs should be socialized like any other puppy. This is because a good guard dog is not just a weapon that must be locked up when company comes over. A dog that sees anyone is does not know as a threat and automatically acts aggressive can be a liability. Even with the most careful owners, dogs can get out into the neighborhood, or children can come over and try to pet it through the fence. To avoid the unpleasantness and expense of having a dangerous animal locked in the house or backyard, socialize your rottweiler puppy. This kind of rottweiler training involves exposing the puppy to strangers to demonstrate that they are not threatening. Take the puppy to the park and encourage other people to pet the little guy or girl. A good, sophisticated guard dog can tell the difference between friend and foe.
Puppies usually have a prey instinct. They like to chase things, such as a squirrel or a ball. Puppy training can take advantage of this instinct. This is the basis of much fun and games with dogs, and it can also teach the puppy to bite with its whole mouth. Dogs who bite defensively bite with only their front teeth, and to be effective a guard dog should use his or her whole mouth. Practice throwing a toy and having your pup fetch it, then begin playing tug of war with a rope. Use a protective sleeve designed for the purpose to place over your arm and train your rottweiler to grab the sleeve and play tug of war with it.
When the rottweiler puppy reaches puberty, at about one year of age, it is time for the next stage of training. At this point rottweiler training should be taken over by a professional trainer. A dog who learns to fight from a trainer learns to the trainer as another fighter, which is a role that should not be assumed by his or her own family. A professional trainer who knows dogs well knows how to train rottweilers to fight without making them feel uncomfortable. If the rottweiler is made to feel uncomfortable during training he or she is likely to become unstable and unpredictable. A good guard dog can size up a situation and attack only when appropriate.
Guarding is not the only thing rottweilers can be trained to do. Rottweiler training can also provide fun and exercise for you and your pet. Being a smart athletic dog, rottweilers are naturals for agility training and competition. After the dog has basic obedience and is well-mannered, he or she can be taken for agility lessons or trained at home. Agility contests consist of running through an obstacle course consisting of tunnels, teeter-totters, poles, and various other objects as fast as you and your dog can go. Some rottweilers have become champions at this, and, even if your dog is not championship material, you're both bound to have a good time running the course.
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Camille Goldin, a long time dog enthusiast addresses specific points on Rottweiler Training as a guarding dog. Visit TrainPetDog.com for learning all about puppy training