Activities For Wolfhound Danes

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Introduction

What do you get when you cross the two tallest dog breeds together? A Wolfhound Dane -- that's what! Not only is this giant combination vertically gifted, but they are also docile in nature, capable of having a strong prey drive, and the owners of a big, imposing bark. If you happen to own one of these colossal woofers, you may be wondering what kind of fun things you and your pooch can get up to, to fill your time. Lucky for you, we've compiled some of the top activities that your interesting hybrid mix of the Irish Wolfhound and Great Dane is sure to enjoy!

Moderately Paced Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
40 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
Contrary to what you might think, your gigantic pupper doesn't actually require a whole lot of exercise. What they will benefit from is going on one, steady-but-slow jaunt around the block each day to burn some energy and stimulate that big brain of theirs. The slower speed level is important -- especially in younger doggos under the age of two. It takes an exceptionally long time for giant breeds' bones and joints to fully form, meaning they are more susceptible to injuries and health problems during the growing phase. By keeping things laid back, you're allowing your barky buddy to get outside without risking an issue with their development.
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Tether up
For a successful walk, you're going to want to get your hands on some kind of collar or harness that allows you to gently control your giant. After trying a few options, settle on the one that prevents your Wolfhound Dane from pulling away from you constantly. Keep your leash and its attachment near the door so you don't have to go hunting for it each time you're leaving, and grab a treat while you're clipping in to make sure your woofer is excited about the task.
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Keep a slower pace
Head out the door and maintain a slow, steady speed level. Do not allow your gentle giant to bound around or hop up at you as you go. Lead them consistently, aiming to keep them right at your side -- or even slightly behind you, if you can manage that! If you can accomplish this, your arm won't come out of socket every time your pooch sees a cat or squirrel on your journeys.
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Obedience School

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Training Collar
Activity description
When your dog is bigger than you are, it's imperative that they know how to listen well from a young age. Experienced dog owners may know how to lock down obedience on their own, but for many of us, checking into a doggy obedience school is the key to creating a well-rounded woofer. While round one of training should definitely be done in your huge fur-baby's first year of life, refresher courses no matter their age can help them fine-tune their listening skills and makes for some great bonding time between the two of you. Also, classes where your Wolfhound Dane is exposed to many different sounds, smells, and creatures help socialize them so that they do not grow to be overly cautious.
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Research classes near you
Exercise your fingers and find out through Facebook, Instagram, or a search engine what doggy classes are held near you. Once you've compiled a list of options, check out the training styles used in each one. Note if any seem to be breed specific and comb through reviews to get a sense of the quality of the program.
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Sign up and attend
Unless you have a canine with extraordinary issues, there is no reason not to attend obedience training with your dog. In fact -- there are many great reasons for you to be right along with them, including the bonding that arises from working with your pooch. Another great reason to be a part of the class is that you will learn what techniques you should be using when guiding your four-legged pal.
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Enforce teachings at home
What you learn at obedience school will help you to have a top-notch fur kid -- but only if you keep things consistent at home as well as in class. Make sure everyone in the household is on board with training techniques and enforce each new tactic you learn in daily life. If you do this, it won't take long before your Wolfhound Dane is the picture of manners -- minus the odd tail swipe!
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Long or Retractable Leash
Towel
Activity description
Though they are not known to be endurance swimmers of any kind, when regularly exposed to it, Wolfhound Danes really come to enjoy their swim time. This is especially true when the temperature climbs in the summer, as the Irish Wolfhound coat can cause your pup to have longer hair than many other giant pooches. By beginning your swim sessions early on in your canine's life, they'll view this wet 'n wild fun as the ultimate reward. Not only is it great recreation, but the aquatic exercise is easy on giant joints, making it appropriate for seniors and youngsters alike. Just make sure you take lots of breaks and return to areas where your pal can touch the ground to let them catch their breath between doggy paddles.
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Find a swim spot
Depending on where you live, it may be easy or difficult to locate a pup-friendly place to go for a dip. Many public swimming areas prohibit doggos from entering, and -- let's face it -- the two of you aren't sneaking anywhere! Instead, opt for a designated dog beach or a local lake or pond with few rules. A place with a gradual incline makes swim dates easier, so try to find shorelines that don't drop off quickly.
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Lead your dog In
Gently encourage your woofer to head into the waves by slowly entering the water yourself. Do not drag your furry friend along with you, but rather, call them and give them praise when they put a paw or two into the water. If your canine happens to be a foodie, bring along a few treats to reward them for their bravery. By making water entry a positive experience, you can have your fur-kid swimming in no time.
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Make it fun
When getting your Wolfhound Dane excited about the water, one way to up the ante is to bring along fun toys to use in the waves. You're sure to find all sorts of water-friendly items at your local pet store -- all of which are dedicated to making beach time enjoyable. Keep the toy in your vehicle and only take it out when you're at the water. That way, your pooch will begin to associate crashing in the waves with playtime, and positive vibes around the water are sure to ensue. As your barky pal cruises along, you'll probably notice they resemble more of an ocean liner than a speedboat. They move slowly because their bodies are huge -- meaning it takes way more energy to lug that weight around than a Miniature Poodle would have to expend. For this reason, it's a good idea to stay very close to shore and allow your dog to head in whenever they need to take a rest. Long swims are not for this hybrid, so invest in some kind of doggy life jacket when heading out on a boat.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

While not naturally retrievers, Wolfhound Danes can be taught to play games of fetch when trained properly. Keep in mind that at first, you'll have to reward every proper catch with tons of praise (and even a treat or two)! It's also important to use a giant ball -- punctured soccer and basketballs are a favorite!

Hikes

For the giant pups with good recall skills, off-leash hikes can be an excellent way to watch them discover their routes. Both breeds that are used to create this mix originated as giant hunters -- and when you're deep in the woods, it's not hard to notice why! Your big doggo will likely begin to "taste the air" -- a trick that was used by their ancestors to locate large prey.

Conclusion

Though your massive doggo doesn't require heaps of activity and probably clocks an astonishing number of hours per day on the couch, you'll find that participating in activities with your Wolfhound Dane is very rewarding. Not to mention -- all of the attention you get whenever you step out of the house is kind of fun! By trying lots of different activities, you will find out what your canine likes the best and build a trusting bond from every session you complete.