Cooper is larger than life. In fact, he’s a Great Dane so they really are rather huge. But their size just makes them all the more loveable. Seeing them bound towards you desperate to jump into your arms and cover you in slobber just melts your heart. However, while you love treating Cooper like a prince, you also have other ideas for his time. You’re a keen hunter and you’d like to improve your results by taking Cooper out with you. Alternatively, you may have a pest problem in your yard that you want to train him to tackle.
Training a Great Dane to hunt is a worthwhile endeavor for several reasons. It’s first and foremost a fantastic way to bond with your canine companion. It’s also a great way to teach them a range of useful obedience commands. But perhaps most importantly, you may find your days of coming home empty-handed are over.
Training a Great Dane to hunt isn’t without its challenges. It will require hard work and patience from both of you. You will need to get them familiar with their future prey from an early age. You’ll also need to develop the skills needed to be an effective canine hunter. Throughout training, you will use positive reinforcements, such as treats and toys to encourage your dog. With the right incentive, they will soon be eager to seek out their prey.
If your Great Dane is just a puppy then you could see results in just a month or two. This is because they will be at their most receptive and eager to please their owner. But if they’re older and never been terribly well-trained, then it could be around six months before they’re an efficient hunter. Get training right and early morning hunting will never be a lonely affair again.
Before you get to work, you’ll need to make sure you have a few bits. Decoy toys and scent spray will play an important role. You will also need a generous supply of tasty treats or the dog’s favorite food broken into small pieces.
You’ll need a large yard and local fields to train in. You should also set aside around 15 minutes every other day for training. In fact, the more frequently you practice, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!