How to Train a a Rottweiler Puppy to Toilet Outside

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Rottweilers are a type of large-breed working dog.
Rottweilers are a type of large-breed working dog. (Image: Rottweiler image by Vito Kac from Fotolia.com)

Rottweilers descended from dogs used to herd cattle in ancient Rome. They have a distinct appearance, with muscular frames, triangle-shaped ears, short hair and rounded eyes. Rottweilers generally have friendly personalities and follow their owners’ commands, as long as they are trained and socialized properly. They tend to be protective, but they are smart dogs that are willing to learn, as long as their owners establish themselves as the dominant ones.

Things You'll Need

  • Crate
  • Dog bed
  • Fenced-In backyard
  • Leashes
  • Pee pads or newspapers

Training Rottweilers

Start training your Rottweiler dog or puppy as soon as you bring it home. If you have a puppy from the time it is born, wait until it is around two months old before starting to train it. Before teaching your Rottweiler to go outside, teach it to urinate and defecate on pee pads or newspapers. Use command words, such as “potty,” and point to spots where you want it to go to the bathroom to start teaching it to use designated places.

Use crate training techniques to train your pet, starting when you first bring it home. During crate training, keep your puppy or adult dog in a crate with a dog bed at times when you are not at home or are not playing with, training or feeding it. Use a crate that gives your animal room to move but not enough space to urinate or defecate. Keep your pet on a schedule, taking it outside, feeding, training and playing with it at certain times of the day.

Take your Rottweiler outside to your backyard or for a walk at designated times of the day, such as when your pet wakes up, after it eats, after you remove it from the crate or before it goes to bed. Go outside with a puppy or older dog every few hours when you are first training it. Keep your Rottweiler on a leash when you are first teaching it to urinate and defecate outside, so that you have control of it.

Utilize positive reinforcement methods, praising your Rottweiler when it successfully goes to the bathroom outside. When your dog does not successfully go to the bathroom outside, use words such as “no” or clap your hands to communicate that its behavior is not acceptable. Afterward lead it to the spot where you want it to urinate. Do not use punishments, such as rubbing your dog’s nose in a spot where it urinated, because you could cause it to become fearful.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not get a Rottweiler unless you have experience in training large dogs because you have to be able to handle your pet when taking it for walks or even to your backyard. Be prepared for your pet to have accidents for the first few months of being at your house.
  • Rottweilers may not respond to training if you do have a strict schedule for training, eating and going to the bathroom. Remain present when you are training your Rottweiler because it can develop an aggressive or territorial temperament if you do not watch it, especially during early training, according to the Dog Owner’s Guide.

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