Great Dane Puppy Training
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Great Dane Puppy Training should begin the moment you bring your Great Dane puppy home. Early training is especailly important for puppies that will grow up to be big dogs. By the time they reach 6 or 8 months of age, large-breed puppies are too strong for most people to handle easily. Also, Great Dane Puppies learn almost efforlessly if training begins while their are very young. Breeders and experienced dog owners often have little problem with biting or other behavior problems because the corrections come naturally and effective right from the start. The good thing about Great Danes is, they want so much to please you they will happily let you be pack leader. But, you must step up to the role.
It is not uncommon to start Great Dane Puppy Training at 5 weeks of age. If you start at this age by the time the puppy is 7 or 8 weeks old they should know the commands sit, stand, down, and stay. By the time they are 5 months old, they are capable of doing a half-hour down-stay and a 10-minute sit-stay.
While the Great Dane puppy was with his mother, his mother was the pack leader. Every Great Dane puppy needs someone to look up to. The social order of dogs is such that every dog must have a leader or be a leader. If you don’t step up to the plate and take over the role of pack leader (or mother) the Great Dane puppy will eventually appoint himself to the job (which you do not want).
All dogs need a leader, and it is important that you establish yourself as the boss eary in your Great Dane's life. If your Great Dane puppy recognized your authority, he will be more obedient, more secure, and easier to get along with. You can communicate to your puppy that you are the leader in a number of different ways.
Being the leader means being first. Teach your puppy to wait for you to go through doorways before he is allowed to enter or exit a room. You can do this by keeping him on a leash and going through a door first, with him following behind you. If he tries to rush ahead of you, use the leash to bring him back. Put him in a sit-stay, walk through the door yourself, and then invite him to follow. Reard him when he obeys.
During Great Dane Puppy training paying attention to you is one of the first things your puppys needs to learns. Your puppy must first learn to focus on you when he is asked to, too enable him to learn commands and tricks. Teach him that making eye contact is good by asking him to look at you and then giving him a treat when he looks at your face or makes eye contact. Repeat this exercise until he automatically looks at your eyes, instead of the people walking by or the treat behind your back, when you are interacting.
Your Great Dane puppy will see you as the leader if you are one who determines when he plays and eats. Schedule playtime for your puppy and be the one to initiate it. Feed your puppy his daily meals yourself, and use treats in training to help him see you as the source of his food.
Common Mistakes to Avoid During Great Dane Puppy Training
It is easy to inadvertently encourage puppy behavior problems or make them worse. Here are some of the ways new Great Dane puppy owners can become their own worst enemies:
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Like children, Great Dane puppies need structure and rules; praise when they do right; corrections when they make a mistake; and a place they can go to feel safe. By showing your puppy what you want, keeping it on a schedule, rewarding it for good behavior, and providing a crate or safe room where it can stay when you can't supervise, thus preventing destructive behavior, you will give it the framework it needs to become a super companion.
Puppies have an extremely short attention attention span, which is best worked in five to ten minute sessions. Use whatever time you have to your advantage.
A favorite training technique is to put your puppy on a leash and tying the other end to your belt loop, this way the puppy gets in the habit of staying with you without the worry of it wandering off into mischief. Plus, it presents an easy opportunity to periodically stop what you are doing to interact and get in a bit of training. You need to realize that consistency is key in any level of training.
Use Clear Cut Commands. Using the same word consistently makes for far quicker understanding.
A tast tidbit of cheese or other favorite treat can help motivate your pup to perform a cue, such as "sit".
Great Dane Pupppy Training "Sit"
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Teaching a puppy to sit on command requires minimal effort while reaping huge benefits.
Before beginning your Great Dane Puppy training session have your Great Dane puppies favorite treats handy, in tiny pieces. Keep sessions short, 5 to 10 minutes four to five times a day and end on a happy note.
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