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Breed Specific Training Great Dane

 

Great Danes are usually very spirited, courageous, always friendly and dependable never timid or aggressive. There can always be an exception to the rule. The Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds in the world. They are also a fearless, vibrant, and beautiful canine. Yet, despite their powerful size, they are a very good-natured and gentle pet and enjoy the company of children. In fact, their charming and affectionate personality and patient disposition has earned them the nickname the "gentle giant". Danes love to be around people and thrive on human companionship. They do not bark frequently and usually only become aggressive when they feel it is necessary. They are reliable and trustworthy watchdogs. The Great Dane is a devoted and brave dog that makes a wonderful addition to any family looking for a loyal and loving pet.

It is important that you begin teaching them early because they will grow large very quickly, and it is far more difficult to control a large puppy than a smaller one. Furthermore, Danes that are not taught proper obedience or are not socialized can develop dominance issues and be less accepting of children, other dogs and may chase small animals,

The Great Dane needs a moderate amount of exercise and should be taken on a significant daily walk (approximately 30 – 60 minutes). Other good forms of exercise include jogging, hiking and playing fetch. He should also be provided with playtime, and the freedom to move around a yard free of a lead. It is imperative that he is not over exercised or exercised too hard. Though his size and physique may lead you to believe he requires vigorous exercise, too much can lead to injury of the bones, joints and muscles, especially in growing puppies.

Although the Great Dane is a very gentle, agreeable and reliable breed, one of the biggest problems that owners encounter with this breed is his enormous size, of which he is not always aware. Like most canines, Danes will leap up on people if they are not trained out of this habit. This can lead to serious problems if you consider a 150 lb plus dog jumping on a child. These dogs should also be watched when in the presence of toddlers and very small children, as they can accidentally knock them down, even with their tails.

Great dane training can be a lot of fun and doesn't’t have to be a giant chore.  Essentially, it can be whatever you want it to be. If you approach it with a positive attitude and look forward to it, both you and your pet will benefit greatly from the experience. Of course, this doesn't’t mean that training doesn't’t take patience and work. Your dog is not going to learn commands right away, so you will need to be consistent in everything you teach, including walking. The dane is not as energetic as one might think. Therefore, a daily half hour walk, some play time and a few runs a week,even if they are in the back yard should be all this pet really requires in order to stay in shape and be happy. However, while this may be the case, you should still know how to properly walk your companion for both your safety and his, as well as for an enjoyable experience.

  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with identification tags that way he can be returned to you if he should become lost.
  • Walk him using a 6 foot lead, not a retractable leash. They seem to instill pulling.  He should be made to walk beside you, not ahead or behind you.
  • If your pal is a puller, try using a head halter to increase your control without actually hurting him.
  • Make sure you walk at a good and fast pace.  It is not fair to take slow and small steps when your dog has long legs and a long stride.
  • Praise your animal when he is walking like you want him to. Positive reinforcement and treats work well also.
  • Bring water with you when taking him on long walks in the warmer months. This good for any breed.

The Great Dane is a tremendous companion who is suitable for both families and single dog owners who are dedicated to spending plenty of time with him by making him an active part of their lifestyle. The Dane is large and has a powerful presence, but his temperament is very mild and friendly, making him a very endearing and well-liked canine.