Tug Of War? Teaching A Rottweiler To Walk On A Leash

Rottweiler walking on leash

Teaching a puppy to walk on a leash doesn’t take a professional. You can do it!

Teaching A Puppy To Walk On A Leash.

Probably, your Rottweiler puppy is the loveliest thing you can find on this planet. Right now, he might be a tiny, cute baby that keeps on following you everywhere in the yard and starts wagging his tail right when he sees you. 

Well, as he gets a little older a battle may begin. One day he’ll want to walk one way and you’ll want him to walk another.

At first the battle can be easily won with you pulling him or just picking him up. When dealing with a Rottweiler you’ll have to come to grips with one day you want be able to pull him or pick him up.

dog pulling hard on leash

This can be tough first thing in the morning when you take the puppy out to potty. Or if you wish to take a quick walk around the block or take a stroll in the park. 

Instead of being late for work or getting dragged around the block and loosing an unwanted battle its best to start early and train your puppy to walk on a leash. Once he learns to be comfortable with a leash, you won’t have to drag him home. Fixing your pet may help. It’s widely believed that neutered pets are calmer and more affectionate companions, live longer and less likely to bite.

Teaching A Puppy To Walk On A Leash

It is definitely challenging to teach a dog that he is not free to roam around all the time. But the great news is that Rottweilers are known for their good and obedient nature, so it may be little easier to train this breed. In order to succeed, you need to follow the right technique. Preferably, the training must appear like a game to your young puppy; but never forget to treat him for all the good works he does. The fact is that, like most other dogs, Rottweilers are also happy to get some incentives during the learning process. At the same time, you need to decide a few strict measures to ensure fast learning.

The prime idea is to make the process easy and joyful; it should not stress your puppy. Stock up a few treats and decide a specific schedule for training. Make sure the young puppy gets enough breaks as well because, at this age, he may not be fully ready for intense training. 

trained puppy walking on a leash

Below we have listed a most popular method to help you teaching a puppy to walk on a leash. Simply follow these steps below, and it will help you make your Rottweiler more comfortable with the leash. Also, here you can see other Important Rottweiler puppy Training Tips

Step 1: Start teaching a puppy to walk on the leash with playful vibes

Don’t put the leash directly on his neck; he may resist that action. The best idea is to make it a fun activity. Just start an animated talk with your puppy and try to distract him with high pitch but gentle voice. It will engage him in your conversation, and the fear of leash will be reduced to some extent. Once you put the leash on while having an animated talk, let him wander freely in the house with leash. Alternatively, you can put the leash on his neck and hold him and give him treats. He will rarely notice that you have attached something to him. He may chew on it for awhile, that’s ok.

Step 2: Teach him the “come” command

After following the first step for few days, it is time to introduce your puppy to the next part of the “game”. Call his name with a “come” command and attract him to some great tasting treats. Bend down a little so that you can be at his height. It will make him feel more comfortable, and with routine practice, he will start understanding the “come” command. 

Step 3: Fit and reward

After basic learning, it is time to move to the next step in the training process. Use some treat to capture his attention and help him stay still until you successfully put the leash on. As soon as he is secured with a leash, show some praise to the puppy so that he could feel the rewards. Securely hold the leash and let his attention wonder away, when he tries to leave your side and the leash is extended to its maximum try calling him and if he comes praise him. Remove the leash after few minutes and keep repeating this process for few days. It will take a few minutes every day, but you will soon find it easier to make the puppy feel calm even when he is attached to the leash. 

Step 4: Get ready for teaching indoor leash walks

The outer world is loaded with many distractions; it will make the training more difficult for puppy. So, it is better to start from the indoor environment. Spare few minutes every day and let him feel comfortable to walk on leash. Walk around the house using the leash to guide him. Don’t force or drag him; just do it gently. Your puppy may take some time, but your patience will make him learn fast.

Step 4: Time to move outdoors

Once your Rottweiler starts feeling relaxed while walking on leash indoor, it is time to move outdoors. In case if your puppy gets too excited and wants to run and play, try to start with a shorter leash to ensure better control. If you have a secure yard let him get some energy out and let the excitement die down before attaching him to a leash and going for a walk. 

Rottweiler taught to walk on leash

You can hold a treat by your waist as it will motivate him to walk along sensibly. Go out for a short walk every day until it becomes a habit for him. He will soon get excited when he sees the leash because he knows he’s about to go on a walk. Soon your dog will learn to walk calmly with the leash, and it will end all your morning struggle. 

Essential tips to leash training and succeed fast:

Although the steps discussed above take some time they ensure most reliable results for the training process; few additional tips to succeed fast are listed below:

• It is good to start training when your Rottweiler is still young. Small dogs are also easier to control. Adults can be trained as well just don’t let them hurt you if they pull.

• Rotties are always interested in checking out what is going around and they naturally get excited while walking outdoors. It may be necessary at times to distract your dog from other things and put the attention back on what y’all are doing together. Keep treats within reach

• Rewards are the best part of the training, and it ensures better performance in lesser time. Treats help your dog understand that he is learning some good behaviors. 

• Don’t force your dog to walk on the leash; take some time to train him gently. If this is too much of a problem for you then try finding a willing neighbor to teach your dog or you can hire someone. Having a pleasant walk with your dog is most enjoyable.

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