Great Danes are large beautiful animals. If you happen to have a Great Dane who has not been trained, he will be very difficult for you to handle as he grows older and larger. Because the Great Dane is such a large, strong dog, you're going to want him to be obedient so you can keep him safe and trust that he will listen when it matters most.
Your Great Dane is incredibly smart. He is eager to please, and he wants to learn new things every day. Begin with basic obedience training with your Great Dane and then move forward to more advanced training to keep his mind engaged and continue to build the trust and the bond between the two of you. Great Danes are fun, sweet, and incredibly affectionate. Once you have obedience training down, try playing a game of soccer with your Great Dane.
There are a few basic obedience tricks your Great Dane should learn before he moves forward to more advanced training. Your Great Dane should learn how to 'sit', 'lie down', 'stay', 'come', and 'heel', along with knowing how to walk on a leash using proper leash manners, before you teach him any cute or fun tricks. Every step of obedience training for your Great Dane will be a building block for the next trick to come, whether it's an obedience command or a fun trick. You can teach your Great Dane puppy much easier than your adult Great Dane. However, older Great Danes can be taught as well. Remember your Great Dane is incredibly smart. He will be eager to please you once you show him you are the leader of his pack. Don’t be fooled by his size either. He will work hard for a tiny treat so there will be no worries about too many treats during training.
To train your Great Dane basic obedience commands, you will need lots of small but tasty treats to keep him engaged, motivated, and rewarded. You will also need to have your Great Dane on a leash.from time to time. Your Great Dane is incredibly strong, so a harness where the connector for the leash is on the chest rather than the back is recommended. Start with small training tasks and move up to other commands, building from one basic obedience command to the next.
he wants to chew on everyting and every body including myself. I say no but he continues. He is also like a toddler into everything the garbage the laundry anything else he can. any advice would be helpful.
Hello Melanie, I would suggest teaching Wriegley the "Leave It" and "Out" commands, and then you can communicate with him to either get his mouth off of something or to leave the area completely. Start teaching him the "Leave It" command using treats, and when he can leave treats alone, then practice "Leave It" with household items and with clothing articles that you can wear, to work on him leaving you alone too. To teach "Leave It" follow one of the methods in this Wag! article that I have linked bellow: https://wagwalking.com/training/leave-it To teach him "Out", first call him over to you, then toss a treat several feet away from yourself while pointing to the area where you are tossing the treat with the finger of your treat tossing hand and saying "Out" at the same time. Repeat this until he will go over to the area where you point when you say "Out" before you have tossed a treat. When he will do that, then whenever you tell him "Out" and he does not go to where you are pointing, walk toward him and herd him out of the area with your body. Your attitude should be calm and patient but very firm and business like when you do this. When you get to where you were pointing to, then stop and wait until he either goes away or stops trying to go back to the area where you were standing before. When he is no longer trying to get past you, then slowly walk backwards to where you were before. If he follows you, then tell him "Out" again and quickly walk toward him until he is back to where he was a moment ago. Repeat this until he will stay several feet away from where you were when you told him "Out" originally. When you are ready for him to come back, then tell him "OK" in an up beat tone of voice. Practice this training until he will consistently leave the area when you tell him "Out". When he will consistently leave, then practice the training with other areas that you would like for him to leave, such as the kitchen when you are preparing food, a person's space when he is being pushy, an area with a plant that he is trying to dig up, or somewhere with something in your home that he should not be bothering. I would also encourage you to crate train him if you have not done so already, and to crate him whenever you cannot supervise him. When you crate him, give him a Kong chew toy stuffed with food in the crate. You can either stuff a Kong by filling it most of the way full with dog food and then covering most of the opening up with a large treat, so that only a couple of pieces of food will fall out at a time, or you can put his dry dog food into a bowl and cover it with water and let it sit out until the food turns into mush. When it turns into mush, then you can mix a bit of peanut butter or Kong food paste into it and loosely stuff the Kong with the food mush. When it is stuffed, then place the stuffed Kong into a ziplock bag and into the freezer to freeze. To save on time, you can prepare multiple frozen Kongs ahead of time, so that you can simply grab one from the freezer when you need it. The frozen Kongs tend to entertain determined dogs for longer because they act as time released treats. Crating Wriegley when you cannot watch him will prevent bad chewing habits from forming, making it more likely that he will simply outgrow the habits. Giving him a Kong to chew on while he is in the crate will encourage him to be quiet, to entertain himself, and to chew on his own toys, so that he will also be more likely to look for his own toys when he is free. Seven months can be a very destructive, curious age for puppies. This is a common age for people to hire trainers because of rambunctiousness and destructiveness. I often tell people to remain consistent with training and socialization even when it does not appear to be making a huge difference, to do whatever they can to prevent bad behaviors from becoming bad habits, which means things like crate training and supervising, and to hang in there while their dogs mature. This is an age to increase your training efforts, but to understand that it might not appear like your dog is learning, so be prepared to persevere and have a bit of faith that your efforts will eventually pay off as he matures and your training and consistency begin to get through to him, or rather he begins to show you that he has been listening all along. So teach him whatever manners and obedience you would like him to learn. If you feel overwhelmed, then look into a local training class in your area that emphasizes manners as well as obedience. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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