Great Dane Training

Great Dane fanciers outline what was desirable in this dog breed in 1929.

By Dog World editors | Posted: Dec 21, 2012, 10 a.m. EST

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If you are afraid of Great Danes, you can never be a successful Great Dane breeder. Have you noticed even the owner of a kennel approach his dogs hesitatingly and in hidden fear?

Wherever there is power, there must be control of that power. The Great Dane is power and grace combined and so his training is chief among the duties of fanciers of this dog breed.

A Great Dane puppy can begin his training as early as three months. No Great Dane puppy should be sold unless it is trained somewhat in obedience. We speak a harsh statement when we say that the sale of an untrained Great Dane puppy is harmful to the breed.

By training, obedience is intended, certainly not police work and the like. We want no police work for the Great Danes, no training to attack. Simple lessons in obedience such as to come, to lie down, to be quiet are taught not so much by rule as by the mere practice. A dog naturally obeys; it is the dog permitted to have his own way that becomes unruly.

Disposition should be much in a Great Dane and a kind disposition can be fostered by early training. Kennel-raised Great Danes present a difficult problem, as much human contact as possible should be given so that as the puppy matures, he may become humanized, that is, trained in obedience and in association with human beings. Every purchaser of a Great Dane puppy should be strongly urged to keep the upper hand at all times over the puppy and never to permit a disobedience to go unnoticed. 


Excerpted from Dog World magazine, September 1929, Vol. 14. For back issues of Dog World, click here.


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Kelly   Downriver, Michigan

7/4/2013 8:06:37 PM

I think they summed it up quite well. Kind, loving, consistent and firm training is key. I've had four danes and am always getting compliments on my dog's behavior. My current girl is beyond wonderful and gets so much love and brings so much joy to people because she is calm and sweet and just so, so good. All danes reflect on people's impressions of the breed, so it is so very important they are well trained.

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