Hi there. Immediatley, Pick ONE task at at time like house training, PRAISE your rottie everytime time, with gentle voice “good dog” really let them know that they have done it right. When the do have a mess in doors which they will DO NOT rub their nose in it, snack it etc, just do your best to catch them in the act, say a very firm “no” and take them to where ever it is you want them to mess. The same goes for sitting, laying, etc PRAISE everytime they do it right and ignore your dog if it won’t. under NO circumstances ever allow your rottie to play bite or any other unaceptable /aggressive behaviour if it does and a firm no does not do the trick then say another firm no and at the same time put it away from the family for 5 mins, then let it rejoin without you still scolding it, by the same token do not do something that would encourage your dog to do this I.E> rough playing etc. As they grow into big powerful dogs, that you will not be able to control. Also watch what you feed your dog, you do not want to bulk it out as they are prone to hip and elbow problems. Please Email me if i can help you anymore


  1. Terrier (UK)

    start now, i have two rotti 1 is nearly 4 and the other is 12 weeks, she is sitting, going dwn and she stays until i call her. she is now house trained but she does have the odd acciddent at night which i think is really good. rottis are lovely dogs enjoy her

  2. marie290

    The earlier you start training the dog, the better as puppys are quick learners. Many people have been told to wait until 6 months, but by then bad behaviours are already part of their idea of whats ‘Right’ to do, and this means it is very hard to train them out of it.
    I would suggest a local puppy class to socialise him with other dogs at the same time as teaching the basic commands.
    Good luck with your Rottweiler – they’re lovely dogs!

  3. Natz

    Right away. The sooner the better. They are never too young to start learning and you will find that they can be eager to please.

  4. Caroly

    You can start training a dog the day it’s born! But, 14 weeks is a GREAT time to train! Make sure that the dog gets exposure to strange people, sounds, smells, textures! The more your dog is exposed to, the better he/she will adapt to new things.

  5. Runs with Scissors

    I have been raising my rottweiler since he was 10 weeks old. He will be 4 in August. From day one we were working on our socializing skills. It was easier for me, because he could go to work with me and I worked at PetSmart and being a trainer.. He came into all of my classes. We did meet and greets going up to everyone and children. Our obedience started the first day, by setting down rules, potty training, sit, waiting at the door, walking nicely on leash,etc. There is two years socializing, and its everyday. I have a list of socializing. DO NOT wait until your puppy is 6 months. That is so old school. Find a good training group in your area, that doesn’t use the choke or prong collars, You are looking for a group that only uses positive reinforcement methods.
    It’s alot easier on you at this age than waiting later. They are a powerful breed. My rottweiler is 145 lbs of muscle. I stand at 5’1″ tall. If they do not get the proper training you could end up with a very difficult dog, one that you woudn’t be able to get out into public with. I am sure you do not want that to happen.

  6. dogsbest

    House-training should start immediately.
    Formal obedience can wait until 5 or 6 months of age.
    However, puppy socialization and basic puppy obedience should also start immediately.

  7. raven

    Training starts the minute he comes home whether that is just learning the etiquette of the home or learning “no” “sit”, etc

  8. Emmmmmm

    Its never too early to start training a dog. Although sometimes if you wait too long, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! Start now, you are right on track.

  9. orangecn

    House training and simple instructions should start immediately in a lighthearted way with lots of rewards. Behavioural training should begin at Puppy Classes as soon as possible. Contact your local training group without delay. Some training classes regard 12-16 weeks old as a “puppy” and older as a “young dog” and the classes differ slightly for each. Rottweilers need firm handling from the outset to ensure they’re well socialised. Hope this helps.

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