If you’ve just gotten a Rottweiler puppy, you may decide you want to train it to be a guard dog for your home. After all, the is known for being protective and territorial, which makes them an excellent choice to be a guard. You can absolutely train a Rottie to be a watchdog, but it will take time and patience, and you’ll need to start training when they are incredibly young (and do it right). Training a Rottweiler is no small deal, so be prepared to put in the work. Also, note that this breed tends to do better with experienced dog owners, as inexperienced ones may find them challenging to work with, which can lead to poor training and behavioral issues.
If you’re up for the job, you’ll find you can train your Rottweiler to be a guard dog with the step-by-step guide below. Be forewarned, there will be a lot to teach your pup, but with a bit of effort, you’ll soon have an effective guard dog!
Before You Begin
You won’t need to prepare too much beforehand when it comes to training your Rottweiler. However, you will need plenty of treats to serve as incentives and rewards (or a favorite toy that will work as an incentive), a good leash, and a friend who your dog isn’t familiar with later on in training. You might also want to use a clicker as you train, but that is optional.
How to Train a Rottweiler to Be a Guard Dog
1. Basic Obedience
To train your Rottweiler correctly, you’ll need to undergo three training series, beginning with basic obedience.
2. Guarding Their Territory
Once your pup has the basics down, it’s time to teach it where the territory to guard lays and where the boundaries are.
3. Barking on Command
You should have taught your dog to “speak” during the basic obedience training, but now it’s time to teach it how to bark on command (or at potential danger).
Though it will take patience and time, you can train your Rottweiler to be a guard dog with this step-by-step guide. Start with the simple stuff, such as basic commands and socialization, then introduce a dog’s territory and get it to bark at stranger danger. It will definitely be a process, but the rewards will be worth it! And, if at any point, you believe you aren’t as up to the task as you thought, don’t be afraid to call in the professionals to lend a helping hand!
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