Great Dane dogs prefer living in a social environment, and generally consider "their" humans as part of the family. In some families, they share their lives with humans as well as other dogs. In these social settings, it helps them to know who is the pack leader in their social group.
Dogs, in their natural state, are pack animals. Well-trained dogs are taught to look at the humans as their leaders. This should be accomplished early on, not by showing any type of physical domination, but by being the leader mentally. Being bossy is not the same as being a leader. Simply trying to enforce your will on a dog does not necessarily communicate to her that you are truly the pack leader.
Helping the dog to gently and consistently know what is acceptable behavior, will actually help your dog be more comfortable. You should always watch your dogs body language for signs of stress and anxiety. For a dog, as for people, not knowing what is expected of you can be very stressful, as can mixed messages.
Owning a great dane makes the job of becoming the Pack leader easier. Being as the Great Dane wants nothing more then to please you she will gladly let you take the lead.
Remember the three rules: Exercise, Discipline, and only then Affection. Affection is something we humans do for our own satisfaction.
Being the pack leader does not mean putting the dog in its place, or shouting at it. It means being the authority figure in the dog’s life.
Pack Leader Tips
Dogs, in packs, have leaders. The leadership role in dog packs is one of great influence. Other dogs in the pack naturally subordinate themselves to leadership and will look to their leader for guidance and instruction.
15 Ways to help you become the Pack Leader of your Great Dane Dogs Family:
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Always be firm and consistent with your dog, as this will show him that he can not get away with everything. Their submission to you should be premised in respect and appreciation, not in fear or humiliation.
By maintaining eye contact with your pet during training, he will better understand your role as leader. Likewise, it is desirable to occasionally demand your dogs attention while walking, playing or during more intense training sessions. By commanding your dog to heel and to look at you, for instance, you will further reinforce your position as pack leader.
Our dogs are incredibly finely attuned to us. That is why they need calm, assertive energy to relax. Remember: Dogs are predators in the wild, so if they become nervous, their fight-or-flight, response is almost always more likely to be fight. Nervousness in dogs will soon come out as aggression. It is how they deal with a problem.
Listen to your dogs. Listen to them carefully, for they are trying to tell you what they want. Their needs are really very simple, and if you satisfy those, you will have a happy and harmonious relationship.
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