If you have become a proud owner of this grand breed of dog, you must be in awe both of the grandiose size of this dog and at the docility of its character. It’s certainly no coincidence Great Danes have been nicknamed ’the gentle giants’! But it’s completely reasonable you are out of your depth as to the most appropriate way to keep your new canine amigo amused and entertained. Have a look at these activities – if you do not find your inspiration here, then you’re definitely on your own!
If you’re already familiar with the history of this breed, then you must know that the Great Dane was initially trained to help in hunting boars, deer, and even bears! Yes, your dog isn’t just a cuddly, friendly giant – they have the skill to sniff out and detain any wild animal you could possibly imagine. Of course, since you do not have any wild animals at your disposal, and since hunting for bears is probably not your favorite hobby, you could collect all of your old plush teddy bears and tennis balls and put them to good use! There’s no reason why you shouldn’t activate your Great Dane’s primal instincts with a fun scavenger hunt, especially if it’s raining outside.
Do you remember the movie Patch Adams - Robin Williams is a clown who cheers up ill children in hospitals. Why shouldn’t you and your Great Dane go on an Patch Adams campaign in local hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and kindergartens and cheer everyone up with your antics? Great Danes are truly affectionate and caring creatures – they are known as ’the world's biggest lap dogs’. Besides helping raise morale, the volunteering could also raise the stigma off of the possibly intimidating appearance of Great Danes. The only thing you need to do is get in touch with institutions and organizations that enable you to do this, as it is forbidden to just turn up at a hospital on your own with the demand to entertain sick children.
Pack your bags, your Great Dane, and your family and head off to your favorite lake, forest, mountain or even park. Set up a picnic or camping site and start your nature adventure! The goal is to give your Great Dane a chance to adapt to the new surroundings and circumstances as Great Danes tend to be very shy if not given the opportunity to socialize with other people and other dogs. So, the best way to train your pup is to let them play with other people and enjoy the nature with them. Be sure to restrict the time that they spend playing, running and jumping. Especially during their development, Great Danes should not overdo the exercise, and since they are still puppies, they may not know exactly what their boundaries are. Since you are not a puppy, be sure to keep an eye on your dog and intervene if the kids are too reckless!
As you are already aware, rather than running, your Great Dane is great at walking. Exploit this catwalk and go for a jog, or exercise by fast walking. Your dog will be the best trainer and will set the tempo for your jog.
Find a park that has an obstacle course especially designed for dogs. If not, make your own obstacle course inside your house or backyard. Develop your Great Dane’s athletic skills.
You are bound to enjoy yourself with a Great Dane as they are infinitely kind, attached, and lovable. Return the favor and be the best owner you can be. This dog will surely be thrilled and grateful that you’re spending so much time with them and making all of these activities your daily or weekly routine. But don’t stop here. Use your imagination and make every day as fun and as exciting as you possibly can.