How to Potty Train a Rottweiler Puppy

Potty training your Rottweiler doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With the right method and patience, your puppy can learn to potty outside the house in no time.

Rottweilers are extremely intelligent dogs who have a high drive to please their owners. This makes it comparatively easy to potty train them.

For better results, start with this training as early as possible.

Things you will need

There are some things you will need for potty training your rottweiler puppy.

  • Crate: Owners often refuse to get a crate because it seems like a jail. But trust me, Crates are not cages. A crate is a safe place for your puppy where they can rest, sleep, and enjoy their own space.
  • Treats: Treats are a crucial part of every dog’s life. Treats act as positive reinforcement and motivates them to follow your commands. Get few types of healthy treats for your Rottie. You can even consult your vet for some recommendations.
  • Leash and a Collar: Ofcource, you will need to put your puppy on a leash and a collar when you take them outside for pooping.
  • Poop Bags: Depending on the local laws, you may need to clean your dog poop. So keep these poop bags in your pocket.
  • Cleaning supplies: You will need to be ready for indoor accidents.

You may want to be ready with all these supplies even before you bring the pup home.

Potty Training your Rottweiler

There are quite a few methods for potty training puppies. However, I find the ‘No, not there’ method most effective.

As Rottie puppies are individualistic and a little stubborn, being firm and affectionate is very useful. Positive reinforcement is the best method of puppy potty training.

  • Put them on a Feeding Schedule. The first step is to start feeding your puppy at the same time every day.
  • Note Down: Observe your pup for a couple of days and note down the time when they usually poop.
  • Keep them in a crate when you are not around. The crate will become their den, and puppies usually don’t poop where they sleep.
  • Set aside a place: Set aside a spot in your yard where your pup can go potty. It is essential to define a particular area that your puppy can turn to whenever nature calls. This will also speed up the training process considerably.
  • Take them outside: Take them out in the yard during their potty times. Take them to the potty spot and wait to see if they do their business. If they do, then give them a treat. The treat will motivate them to poop on the same spot again. If they don’t, then come back after half an hour.
  • Keep an eye: Accidents will happen. Your pup may poop inside the house. Do not scream or punish them. Clean it away asap.
  • Repeat mode: The next step of this training method is to repeat this process repeatedly, with longer breaks in between so that your puppy can learn to control their bladder and bowels.

House Training Tips

Here are some essential tips that you should keep in your mind during the training phase.

Don’t Get Frustrated Very Easily.

It is unrealistic to expect your little puppy to start going potty outside from the very beginning. There is a learning curve that you have to get accustomed to in these kinds of situations.

Do not get impatient or frustrated with your puppy if they have an accident. Be firm with them and scold them but make sure that you don’t yell at them. You must be patient.

If you yell at your dog or hit them when they have an accident, it will affect their self-esteem. Rottweilers can be a little temperamental and sensitive, which is why you will have to make sure to admonish them. This aspect of potty training can be challenging to get used to, but it will be worth all the trouble.

Make a huge Fuss when they Poop outside.

It is also a good idea to make a huge fuss when your puppy does go potty out in the spot. Praise them, pet them, give them treats – do whatever you want. This will teach your puppy that it is a good idea to go potty in the designated spot.

However, remember to take them inside immediately after they go potty. Maintaining this consistency early on will help with the training.

Take them outside every 2 Hours.

In the early stages of training, you have to take your puppy out into the yard every 2 hours. Puppies have notoriously weak control over their bladder, and Rottie puppies are no different.

Don’t give them treats every time they go potty outside, but make sure to praise them. You should also remember to take your Rottie out into the yard at night.

Give Your Puppy Plenty of Exercises

Rotties are VERY playful, and they have a lot of energy. The funny part is they will oscillate between lazing on the couch all day and running around the house like crazy.

This is why you need to take them to the garden, the dog park, for walks, etc., and get rid of all of that pent-up energy. Try to socialize your puppy with other dogs early on so that they can go on puppy playdates and have fun.

Final words

Last but not least, it is also important to remember that Rotties are brilliant dogs. You have to come up with activities that will keep your puppy engaged and entertained. Coupled this with some consistent potty training, and you will begin to see results within a month.

The going can be a little slow at first, but if you are consistent – your puppy will start behaving consistently as well.

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