Training is a very important part of owning a dog, especially one as large as a Great Dane. When an owner begins training their dog, it allows time for bonding and an opportunity to instill some ingrained habits and restraints into the dog. Many dog lovers and owners do not realize the malleability of Great Danes. They are easily influenced and need direction. Training must begin early in life for Great Danes.
From the moment a puppy arrives at their new home, it needs to be given boundaries; they need to where it is appropriate for them to relieve themselves, where they are allowed in the house, and what they aren’t allowed to do. Great Danes can become very destructive in a very short amount of time, simply due to their size. Think about it like this: If you own a Pomeranian and a Great Dane, which do you think will get in trouble more? Probably the Great Dane because he’s so large. Both dogs do the same things such as getting excited when you walk through the door, trying to jump onto the couch with you and trying to sit in your lap. It just doesn’t seem as bad when the Pomeranian does as when the Great Dane does because the Dane is so much larger. Training Great Danes is crucial to the well being of these powerful giants.
To first begin training, the owner should socialize the Dane. The Dane puppy should meet different dogs, people, kids, and different species of animals. Secondly, corrective training and positive reinforcement should begin. Training these dogs isn’t difficult, especially if training begins when they are puppies. They must have respect for their humans and know that the human is in control. In a dog pack, there is one leader, and that leader must be the human. Under no circumstance should a Great Dane, or any breed of dog, gain control over any family member.
In order to train a dog, the owner has to decide what it is they want the dog to learn. Owners must first train themselves how to give commands. The dog must be mature enough to gain something out of the training. For most Great Danes, around 6 months is a good time to start basic obedience training. This doesn’t include housebreaking and no-no’s, which should be taught immediately after bringing the dog home.
There are five key commands a Dane should learn; “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “heel” and “come”. When training a Great Dane, the owner is the key in basic obedience training. The owner must be extremely patient, confident and most importantly, consistent. If the owner doesn’t follow these steps, their efforts in training will be useless.
The next article will provide direction on how to begin basic training.
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