Raising a puppy can be a fun, joyous, and sometimes frustrating adventure. It’s important to avoid making common training mistakes when training Great Dane puppies.
If you’re not careful, you may end up with a giant disobedient dog that barks, pulls, and jumps on people.
In this blog post, we will discuss five common mistakes made when training Great Dane puppies (and how to avoid them).
GREAT DANE PUPPY TRAINING MISTAKE #1
One common mistake made when training Great Dane puppies is not starting early enough.
It’s important to begin training your puppy as soon as possible so that they can learn good habits from the start. If you wait too long to start training, your puppy may develop bad habits that will be difficult to break.
Training starts on day one. Fill your pocket with treats and remember that your puppy doesn’t know anything!
PUPPY MISTAKE #2
Another common mistake is not being consistent with training.
If you only train your puppy once in a while, they won’t learn as quickly or as effectively. It’s important to be consistent with training so that your puppy knows what is expected of them. Training doesn’t stop once your puppy has been through puppy classes!
Great Dane puppies benefit the most from 2-3 minute sessions, several times per day.
Here are some of our favorite Great Dane puppy training treats (click to view):
TRAINING MISTAKE #3
Another common mistake is using too much force when training.
This can be counterproductive and may cause your puppy to become scared or aggressive. It’s important to use positive reinforcement when training your puppy, such as praise and treats.
We believe in balanced training (saying YES often and saying NO when appropriate) but we do not recommend using punitive, harsh, forceful, or aggressive training methods.
GREAT DANE PUPPY MISTAKE #4
A fourth common mistake is not socializing your puppy enough.
Socialization is important for Great Danes so that they can learn how to interact with other dogs and people. If you don’t socialize your puppy, they may become shy or anxious around others.
Socialization means so much more than meeting people and dogs! It means taking your puppy to new places, exposing them to different sounds, sights, and tactile experiences while also teaching them how to behave in various situations.
GREAT DANE PUPPY TRAINING TIP #5
Finally, a fifth common mistake is not seeking professional help when needed.
If you’re having trouble training your puppy, don’t be afraid to seek out the help of a professional trainer. They can give you valuable advice and guidance on how to train your puppy effectively.
Many times, a ‘stubborn’ puppy is actually just confused!
We recommend finding a highly experienced positive trainer that uses balanced training methods (positive reinforcement + appropriate and fair corrections).
NOW GO HAVE FUN AND TRAIN YOUR GREAT DANE!
Avoiding these five common mistakes will help you to raise a well-behaved and obedient Great Dane puppy.
With patience and consistency, you can train your puppy to be a well-mannered, polite, calm dog that you can be proud of.