As the name suggests, your Great Dane is probably on the large side. This makes the fact he’s cute and soft on the inside even more appealing. However, it isn’t his soft nature you want to put to work. You want to use his size and somewhat menacing appearance by training him to be a guard dog. Great Danes are confident and devoted, this means they have the attributes needed to make an effective guard dog. He’s also full of energy, so it would be great to channel his energy into something productive.
Training him to be guard dog will come with a number of benefits. Firstly, you will have an effective security measure for whatever you want to protect. Secondly, this type of training is fantastic for instilling discipline, making it easier to teach him a range of other commands too.
Training most dogs to be a guard dog can be challenging. Fortunately, Great Danes possess many of the qualities you need. So, training will consist of developing those attributes. You will need to start with straightforward boundary training. This will reinforce where his territory stretches to and therefore where he needs to defend. You will also need to train him to bark on command. You can then get him into a habit of deterring any strangers from approaching.
If he’s a puppy, he should be a fast learner and eager to please. So, you could see results in just a few weeks. If he’s older and not quite the keen student he once was, then you may need a couple of months. Get this training right and you will be able to sleep easy at night knowing you have a vigilant and capable guard dog downstairs.
Before you start work, you will need to collect a few bits. A long leash will be required. Also, because Great Danes are so large, a body harness may also help. This will reduce strain on his neck while affording you greater control.
You will also need to stock up on treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small chunks. Then set aside 15 minutes each day for training, at a time where you both won’t be distracted.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!