Big dogs like the Great Danes are often misunderstood as aggressive and uncontrollable, but if you know how to train a Great Dane properly, you will find yourself enjoying the company and loyalty of your big canine friend. To successfully train a Great Dane, you will need to be very patient. You will also need the support and cooperation from your family.
To train a Great Dane you will need:
- Chain leash
- Train a Great Dane to stay calm. Great Danes can get excited easily, and they have a tendency to jump on people. As a result, many of your visitors may be scared of your dog as it can easily knock them over. To train a Great Dane to stay at one spot and be calm, you will need to practice the "stay" command using a whistle and some treats. Have a friend ring the door bell, and when the Great Dane becomes excited and starts running towards the door, lead it back to one spot. Give the "stay" command and hold a treat down so your dog will lie down in order to get it from your hand. Use body language to block the Great Dane from the door while repeating the command in a firm tone. If the dog jumps up again, repeat the above process.
- Train a Great Dane to be quiet. Great Danes can be very loud and some may bark excessively. Do not be agitated when your dog barks, as the first step to train a Great Dane is to remain calm yourself. Identify the reasons of the barking. If it is due to boredom, take your dog on walks multiple times a day, and give it plenty of toys when you are not at home. When it begins to bark uncontrollably at home or in public, blow the whistle to grab its attention. Give the "silent" command and give it a treat once it quiets down. Soon, the Great Dane will associate the command with positive experiences.
- Train a Great Dane to be dog-friendly. Some Great Danes are dog-aggressive because they were not socialized properly when they were puppies. Do not anticipate any aggressive behaviors when you see another dog coming your way. Your anxious energy will affect your dog, which prompts it to become aggressive. Stay calm, and allow your Great Dane to look at the other dog within a short distance. If your Great Dane begins to act agitated or aggressive, blow the whistle to gain its attention. Give a "sit" command and reward the dog with a treat when it calms down. Gradually, you can allow your Great Dane to smell other dogs, and then lead it away within three seconds. This will give it enough time to know another dog without giving it the chance to turn aggressive.
Just remember, never use a shock collar or physical punishment as a training technique. These methods will only build mistrust between you and your Great Dane.