Activities For Weiler Danes

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Introduction

If you're a fan of big dogs, you can't go wrong with the loveable and versatile Weiler Dane. This mix between a Great Dane and a Rottweiler is one of the larger dogs you can find. These oversized family pets are fun and loving animals, but they will need plenty of training and attentive owners to ensure they learn proper manners and don't throw their weight around. Activities for Weiler Danes should teach them impulse control and challenge them mentally to ensure they are well adjusted and happy.

Balance a Treat

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Flat shaped treats
Activity description
Your giant buddy loves treats and will happily munch them all day long. Teaching them to wait for the treat and watch it until you say it's ok will go far in learning to control impulses. This is an important skill for big dogs. Making your dog wait and balance a treat on their nose won't take them too long to master at all, and will be a fun trick to show off to friends and family when they come to visit your home. Weiler Danes are smart, though they can sometimes have a stubborn streak, so take your time and have some patience.
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Sit and stay
First, you need to teach your dog how to sit and stay still. Start training as early as possible, when your dog is still small. It's a little easier to train and cue a puppy than a dog the size of a small horse! Make sure you give them plenty of positive re-enforcement so they learn to sit on command.
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Balance the treat
Step two is to balance the treat on their nose. This might be the hardest part. Buy treats that are small and flat. These are easier to balance. Carefully place them on your dog's nose and tell them to stay. If they drop their head and the treats fall. Say "no" and don't let them get the treats.
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Ok!
Once you get the treats to perfectly balance on the dog's nose. You can release them with "ok!" and let them have the treats. When you are first starting, don't wait long to let them have the treat. Slowly you can expand the time they have to wait to get the treat.
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Loose Leash Walking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Six-foot leash
Flat buckle collar
Training Treats
Activity description
When you have a dog as big as a Weiler Dane, it's vitally important to have control when you take them out for walks. Because these dogs are powerful and muscular as well as big, they can easily take control of you or pull you around. Teaching your Weiler Dane how to walk beside you on a loose leash could be the difference between you taking the dog for a walk and them taking you for a walk! Loose leash walking is also an important part of obedience training your dog and build a strong and trusting relationship. This activity is a cheap way to build a priceless bond any day of the week!
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Walk backward
When you're out for a walk with your dog and they begin to pull on the lead, stop and take a few steps backward. Call them excitedly to you. When they come to your side, give them a treat and continue walking. Do this step until they come back to you as soon as you walk backward and make sure you do it every single time they start to pull. You won't get very far as first, and that is ok.
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Stop and stand
Now, when they pull, stop and stand still until they stop pulling. As soon as they release the tension on the leash and come back to you, walk forward. Your dog is pulling because they want to travel at their speed. Let them know that forward progress only happens at your speed.
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Loose leash pro
Don't be surprised if loose leash walking takes a long time for your dog to master. You may only go the length of a block at first. Stick with the training and stop or walk backward each and every time your dog pulls. Eventually, they will learn that pulling gets them nowhere. Then they will be a loose leash pro and you'll feel confident walking them anywhere.
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High Five

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Training treats
Activity description
Working with your dog each day on small tricks and skills will help to build your bond and ensure that your pup is challenged to learn new things. Finding fun tricks like high five is one of the best activities for Weiler Danes to keep them from gettingĀ bored. These dogs tend to be very smart and pick up on tricks easily. However, if your dog has inherited a stubborn streak from their Rottweiler side, you might need to budget a little more time and have a little more patience while they are learning to give you a high five.
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Sit
High five is most often taught from the sit. It's most convenient for the dog and it's a good next step after learning how to sit on command. Ask your dog to sit right in front of you and prepare for the next step.
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Paws up
Touch your dog's paw and encourage them to lift it up. When they do, give them a treat. Now touch their paw and hold out your hand. When they touch your hand, give them a treat. Keep upping the stakes for getting a treat.
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High five!
Eventually, you'll work your way up to only giving them a treat when they touch their paw to your hand in a high five motion. When they do, give them lots of treats and praise the first few times. Soon they will learn that giving you a high five is fun and they will do it each time you ask.
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More Fun Ideas...

Weaving

Set up a few cones in the yard on a sunny day and give your Weiler Dane a challenge as you teach them how to weave in and out.

Fetch

Be sure to include fetch in your Weiler Dane's weekly routine of exercise and fun. It's a good way to work on their retrieval skills.

Conclusion

Activities for Weiler Danes need to take into account their size and need for stimulation and exercise. Each dog is different, so it's important for you to monitor their health and needs and determine what it best. These dogs may inherit the tendency to be stubborn, so make sure you have plenty of time and patience for training. Keep them on a regular exercise routine to be sure their weight stays in check, and make plenty of time for playing and fun. These dogs quickly bond to their families and make wonderful companions for experienced owners.