Activities For Irish Danes

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Introduction

The Irish Wolfhound and the Great Dane are two of the largest dog breeds in the world. These are seriously big animals we're talking about, so the Irish Dane — the cross-breed you get when you combine these two gentle giants — boasts a similar stature.

But while they certainly have an imposing presence, Irish Danes are not aggressive or vicious. In fact, they're well-known for their sweet and friendly nature — these are social dogs that need plenty of interaction and quality time with their human family.

They also require a decent amount of daily exercise and definitely appreciate being given a chance to stretch their long legs. With this in mind, let's take a look at three of the best activities to share with your Irish Dane.

Movie Night

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Popcorn (for you)
Treats (for your dog)
Couch
TV
Activity description

Looking for a movie companion who won't mind what movie you choose, won't talk loudly in the middle of crucial dialogue, and is sure to snuggle up to you if the film gets too scary or sad? Look no further than your four-legged family member.

Irish Danes are bona fide snuggle monsters — not only do they love spreading out on the couch and getting comfy, but they adore spending time with you. So whether it's a lazy summer evening or a chilly winter night, why not grab some popcorn, switch on the TV, and enjoy a movie night with your Irish Dane?

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Make plans
The first step is to choose your movie and make sure you've got everything you need for a perfect night in. You could choose something doggy or animal related if you'd like, but your pet won't complain no matter what you choose. Snacks are also essential, so make sure you and your Irish Dane are well catered for with tasty treats.
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Get comfy
Comfort is paramount to the enjoyment of any home viewing experience, so stake out your favorite spot on the couch. You'll need to have plenty of room to accommodate your furry friend, but if you need to cuddle up to fit comfortably, then who are you to complain? Add in a cooling breeze in summer or a warm blanket in winter and you're all set.
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Get watching
Now it's time to sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy the movie. There are few more relaxing ways to spend a Saturday night than cuddling up next to your canine companion on the couch, and your dog will love the opportunity to spend a whole lot of quality time with you. And if you're still nice and cozy when the credits roll, why not turn it into a double feature?
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Trip to the Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 mins
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste bags
Activity description

Socialization is important for any dog, but particularly so for giant breeds. Irish Danes are imposing dogs, and while they may be gentle giants, they're still quite capable of causing chaos if not properly socialized. It's crucial that you expose your dog to a wide range of situations and experiences as a puppy, and one of the key skills they need to learn is how to interact with other dogs.

This is where a visit to an off-leash dog park comes in handy. Not only will your dog be able to make new doggy friends and have a wonderful time romping, sniffing, playing, and exploring, but they'll also learn how to greet other dogs, how to read doggy body language, and how to play nice. Just make sure that your dog is properly vaccinated and will come to you when called before you visit.

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Plan your visit
Research off-leash parks in your area. Look for one that has plenty of room for your dog to roam and also offers ample shade. Some parks offer separate areas for small and large breeds, which can be quite useful if you're worried about your big and boisterous pooch bowling over a smaller dog. Many off-leash parks will provide doggy waste stations and access to fresh water, but it's a good idea to carry a spare waste bag and an emergency supply of water just in case. Finally, make sure the park is securely fenced.
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Head to the park
Load your dog into the car and head to the park. They'll most likely be brimming with excitement to get into the park and make new friends, but wait until they're safely inside before you let them off their leash. It's also a good idea to call them back to you occasionally and reward them with a treat — this will come in handy later when you decide it's time to go and your pooch may be reluctant to leave.
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Supervise
Be a responsible pet parent and monitor how your dog is playing with the other animals in the park. If they're being too boisterous, aggressive, or causing problems in some other way, remove them from the situation. Other than that, just enjoy the pleasure of watching your dog play to their heart's content. And who knows — you might even meet some new friends yourself!
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Jogging

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 mins
Items needed
Running shoes
Leash
Water
Waste bags
Activity description

An Irish Dane bouncing along at speed is a wonderful sight to behold. While these big dogs love going for a walk with their humans, they also enjoy the chance to stretch out and pick up the pace a little.

Jogging with your Irish Dane is a wonderful way for both of you to get some exercise, while encountering a host of new smells, sights, and sounds will also provide plenty of mental stimulation for your pooch.

Of course, remember not to over-exercise your puppy at too young an age as this can have a negative effect on their hips and joints.

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Plan a route
The first step is to find somewhere you and your pet can jog safely. A crowded pavement is no place for a sizable pooch to break into a trot, so look for somewhere with plenty of open, grassy space — a local park could be perfect. If this is your Irish Dane's first jog, don't plan anything too long or overly strenuous until you know what they're capable of.
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Get moving
With your dog on a leash and sneakers on your feet, set out at a gentle pace. You'll quickly get the hang of what sort of pace is comfortable for your dog, allowing you to cruise along without pushing your dog too hard. Of course, if your dog wants to stop and give an interesting smell a thorough sniff, let them — remember, this is meant to be fun!
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Stop when needed
Keep a close eye on your dog for signs that they're struggling to keep up or have simply had enough. You can always slow to a walk and simply enjoy exploring at a more leisurely pace if needed. Make sure you also have access to water if your furry friend needs to re-hydrate in a hurry.
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Trick Training

Irish Danes are intelligent and easy to train, so another great activity for this breed is trick training. From fetching the newspaper to playing dead, there are plenty of simple tricks you can teach your pooch. It's an easy way to give your dog much-needed mental stimulation and also impress your friends and family.

Agility

Does your Irish Dane love getting active? The canine sport of agility might be their paw-fect pastime. Agility basically involves training your dog to tackle a big obstacle course — it's fun and great exercise for both of you, and an excellent way to spend some quality time together.

Therapy

With their calm, gentle nature and impressive size, Irish Danes can make excellent therapy dogs. There are plenty of courses on offer where you and your dog can be trained and certified as a therapy dog team, and then go out to visit nursing homes and hospitals to visit people in need.

Conclusion

Being a giant breed, Irish Danes do have some unique ownership requirements, and you'll need to manage their exercise levels carefully as puppies to ensure healthy growth. You'll also need enough space to add one of these gorgeous creatures to your family — seriously, they take up a lot of room! — and be able to cope with higher food and vet bills than smaller breeds.

But if none of these factors are deal-breakers for you, an Irish Dane could be your paw-fect pet. Best of all, Irish Danes can enjoy quite a diverse range of activities. Whether snuggling up for some couch cuddle time with you or indulging in some off-leash galloping, these big and beautiful canines have plenty of favorite pastimes. Why not start sharing them all with your furry friend?