No one likes walking with a dog that won’t stop pulling its embarrassing, uncomfortable and downright dangerous in some situations, especially if you have a large, powerful breed like a Rottweiler.
But these dogs need exercise, so what can you do? Do you need tips on how to stop a rottweiler pulling on a lead?
Don’t worry; this article will give you the low down on how to stop a Rottweiler pulling on the leash, making your daily strolls or hikes, what they should be, a time to spend quality time with your best friend.
Keep reading to see how to train your Rottie to walk calmly by your side and why walking on a loose lead will make daily strolls the highlight of you and your dog’s day.
8 Tips on Leash Training your Rottweiler
1) Start them young
It may not be an inconvenience and may even seem funny when your puppy pulls but believe me, this will soon change as your dog gets older, so it’s essential to get them used to walking correctly on a leash right from day one. Don’t wait until they go outside; start getting them used to basic commands and walking on a lead in the house at first.
Yes, they may be more distracted when they start to go on proper walks, but if you’ve mastered the basics of dog training like sit, come, and leave it and got them to pay attention to you as the pack leader, it will be a lot easier in the long run
This video has some great tips on foundation training for Rottweiler puppies
As we’ve already mentioned, the biggest thing you need to achieve when teaching your pup not to pull is to get them to pay attention to you when other distractions may be more interesting. We get used to saying our pet’s name hundreds of times a day, but most of the time, it means nothing.
We need to make the association that their name means looking at you and giving you attention; this is easily achieved with a few short training sessions a day and a handful of treats
3) Impulse control is essential if your dog pulls
Dogs are naturally impulsive; they see food, they eat it, see another dog and they will drag you across a field to get to it. This is why teaching them self control is essential and will make training them to walk on a lead much easier.
There are many ways you can improve your pup’s impulse control a few games every day, such as making them wait when you open a door and not go rushing through. Having a piece of food on the floor and making your dog wait until you give a verbal cue before eating it. All these things teach your dog that he can have something good if he waits for you to say so.
4) Use the right equipment
Having the right collar and leash combo is essential and needs to fit. A well fitted flat collar with a buckle is the best option. Never use prong collars or a choke chain; these will just cause your Rottweiler pain and in all fairness, they don’t work
The leash is important. If you’re tall, using a short lead will increase the tension on the lead and it needs to be loose to achieve the required results.
5) What about a no-pull harness to prevent a dog pulling?
These are a great solution if you have adopted an older dog that pulls on the lead and have a couple of handy features that can help with this breed, such as a grab handle for extra control.
You can opt for one with a front leash attachment that helps discourage pulling dogs by directing your dog towards you when they lunge forward or even a Halti or headcollar, which works in the same way but directs their head towards you instead of their body.
6) Reward the correct positioning
Most dogs are food motivated so having a pocketful of healthy treats is one of the best ways to teach your pup leash manners. When Fido walks by your side with no tension on the leash, tell him what a good boy he is and offer a treat.
Keep this up and your dog will soon start to associate walking to heel with good things.
7) Don’t reinforce the pulling
As we’ve already stated, dogs learn things by the end result; if they pull towards another dog and you take just one step with them, then that’s what they’re going to keep doing. If your pooch starts to pull. Stop walking or change direction; this will force your dog to keep a close eye on you.
Once your dog perceives that pulling on the leash doesn’t result in them getting what they want, the behaviour should, in time, simply stop.
8) Use a clicker
Clickers are a popular way of getting your dog to obey your commands by using positive reinforcement and many dog trainers swear by them.
They are easy to use and give a clear signal to your dog they have done something right and a reward is due but timing is essential.
For example, if you give a command and your dog doesn’t respond, try walking in the opposite direction, get their attention and repeat before clicking and offering a reward. Tasty treats work well, but praise or their favourite toy can also be used.
Why Rottweilers pull
They haven’t been trained in leash walking.
Many dogs have never received training on how to walk on a leash, so they will surge ahead because they have always been allowed to do so and the droving instinct will come out in full force. This means the owner will need to go back to basics and train them to behave on walks.
They’re easily distracted.
One of the most common reasons dogs pull is that anytime you take your dog outside, they are bombarded with strange sounds and smells which they will be keen to investigate, so no wonder there’s some leash pulling, that’s why keeping them focused while still giving them time to sniff and explore is crucial.
Dogs naturally walk faster than us.
Most dogs naturally walk at a faster pace than their humans; there is a compromise here; you can start walking quicker on long walks or get your pooch to walk happily by your side at the pace you dictate.
Not Enough Exercise
We covered the exercise requirements for a Rottweiler here, so we will just add that underactive dogs can easily become bored and get more excited on a walk.
The Last Word
Rottweilers are loyal, loving family dogs that need the training to establish boundaries. Walking on a loose lead takes time but is essential as these dogs are extremely strong, weighing between 75-140lbs when fully grown. So leash pulling could put them, you and other dogs in danger.
The good news is this breed is eager to please, so teaching them some manners when walking isn’t too hard, especially if you start at an early age, which you definitely should.
We hope this advice helps; Following these tips, patience and consistency will see you and your Rottweiler walking side by side and enjoying your daily strolls in no time.