The Rottweiler started out as a working dog hundreds of years ago and this is still his inheritance today. Training should start at an early age and there are many people willing to help you.
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Good Citizen Dog Schemehttp://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogtraining
There are many activities at which the Rottweiler excels, and these all use a basic training method of praise and reward. These activities include:
COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCECompetitive Obedience requires accuracy and precision. Trained in the right manner with lots of praise and reward, the Rottweiler is very suited to this activity. There are several elements: Heelwork / Recall / Retrieve / Sendaway / Stays / Scent / Distance Control. Classes start with Pre-Beginners through to Class ‘C’ which is the top Championship level. More information: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/obedience
AGILITYThis fun sport has grown in popularity. It is a basic course over a series of obstacles which include: Jumps / Weaving Poles / A-Frame / Dog Walk / Seesaw / Tunnels / Tyre. The aim is to complete the course in the fastest time; your dog should be kept fit and slim and you need to be especially fit yourself too! More information: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agility
WORKING TRIALS / IPO
[Photo courtesy of Mario Montes Klaver (Munanis) – Netherlands] These sports are for the serious competitor. They consist of four basic components: Control / Agility / Tracking / Protection. They are extremely challenging sports which require total control of your dog as each stage becomes more intense. To get to the top stakes the dog has to compete and qualify in each stage, starting at the bottom. Working Trials are unique to the UK but IPO is practised the world over and is growing in popularity. Training and competition takes place in all weathers! There are five achievement levels in Working Trials known as “Stakes” – from the lowest to highest: Companion Dog / Utility Dog / Working Dog / Tracking Dog / Patrol Dog. More information: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/workingtrials