Rottweilers are quite smart and quick-witted dogs, therefore they are trained willingly and quickly. However, this does not mean at all that the situation should be allowed to take its course. Not at all. Raising and training a pet will require a lot of effort and time from you.
Imagine the ideal result you want to achieve. This will help you determine the tasks you will be giving your dog. As skillfully and patiently as you handle a Rottweiler, he will be a good student.
How to Raise a Rottweiler Puppy at 1 – 2 Months
At the age of 1 month, a Rottweiler puppy begins to actively explore a new world, playing with its mother, brothers, and sisters. He learns the rules of communication with others and learns to attack and defend. His future life depends on how well the little Rottweiler manages to adapt to the surrounding reality.
Rottweiler puppies at this age begin to take an active interest in people. As a rule, at the age of 1 – 2 months, babies are not afraid of strangers, but a 2-month-old puppy is already trying to avoid contact with strangers.
If you take a Rottweiler puppy at 1 – 2 months, the primary task of upbringing will be to expand contacts with others. If neglected, the Rottweiler can become timid or overly aggressive, both of which are dangerous.
By depriving a Rottweiler puppy of 1 – 2 months of contact with other people (friends, neighbors, relatives), you are doing him a disservice. After all, sociability is the key to the successful upbringing of a Rottweiler puppy in the future.
At the age of 1 – 2 months, it is already possible to determine the character of a Rottweiler puppy.
How to Raise a Rottweiler Puppy at 2 – 3 Months
2 – 3 months – the period of the beginning of socialization of the Rottweiler puppy. He continues to master the world around him, becomes curious and agile, stubbornly tests everything for strength, is interested in different sounds. A Rottweiler puppy in 2 – 3 months gets acquainted with the street, transport, and other animals. Small Rottweilers do not show aggression, they are friendly towards all creatures.
Your task in raising a Rottweiler puppy for 2 – 3 months is to offer him classes on the basics of training. It is already possible to teach the kid the basic commands (“To me”, “Place”), gradually setting more and more complex tasks. This is followed by the commands “Sit”, “Lie down”, “You cannot”.
Keep in mind that all classes at this age are playful. Don’t overwork your puppy!
Do not forget also that a Rottweiler puppy of 2 – 3 months is distinguished by increased sensitivity, excitability, and instability of the psyche. Therefore, the owner is required to be sensitive and tactful in relation to the pet. However, you should not rush to extremes. Softness should be combined with moderate severity, consistency, and firmness.
Never hit your Rottweiler puppy! As a last resort, you can grab the puppy by the scruff of the neck and gently press it to the floor.
Take the time to socialize well with other friendly dogs. The importance of communicating with your own kind can hardly be overestimated. You can read more about this in our article on games.
How to Raise a Rottweiler Puppy at 3-4 Months
At 3-4 months, Rottweiler puppies begin to compete with each other for a place on the hierarchical ladder. Your job as a caregiver is to prove your authority in the eyes of your pet. Otherwise, a young Rottweiler may try to put on a yellow leader’s jersey.
The relationship between the owner and the Rottweiler puppy becomes closer at 3 to 4 months. You notice a four-legged friend waiting for you to come home from work. At the same time, on a walk, carried away, the pet may forget about you. Another task of parenting is to remind you that you exist not only at home.
Please note: the way you raise a Rottweiler puppy at 3 – 4 months will leave an imprint on the rest of your life. So do your best. Train systematically by working out the commands – in a playful way. Intellectual and physical activity is gradually increasing.
At 3 months old, a Rottweiler puppy begins to walk, mainly on a leash. It is important to choose the right collar or harness and train your dog to use it.
How to Raise a Rottweiler Puppy at 5-8 Months
At 5-8 months, a Rottweiler puppy can take a number of liberties to demonstrate that he too has the right to make decisions. For example, your pet may refuse to follow a command it learned perfectly last week, or even pretend to be deaf and blind.
You can’t relax! The main task of raising a Rottweiler puppy of 5 – 8 months is to insist on your own, but at the same time not to use brute physical force. An unsolvable task? Not at all. Simply, if you are not sure that you are in control of the dog, do not let it off the leash. This will increase your chances of managing the situation.
Raising an Adult Rottweiler
A Rottweiler at the age of 1 – 3 years is experiencing something similar to the transitional age in humans. They can apply for leadership positions both in the family and among other dogs. Males especially often suffer from this. Moreover, even to former friends, the Rottweiler can show aggression, for example, start a fight. And guests can be greeted by a menacing roar and a threatening pose.
This behavior of a Rottweiler indicates that you missed a lot of alarm bells before the situation became threatening. Do not panic! If you do not know what to do, do not hesitate to contact a competent dog handler.
In raising an adult Rottweiler, one should adhere to an affectionate but demanding and firm treatment. Overly strictness and over-indulgence are equally ineffective.
By the age of 3, the temperament of a Rottweiler is usually fully formed.