5 Common Mistakes Made When Training Great Dane Puppies (and How to Avoid Them)

5 Common Mistakes Made When Training Great Dane Puppies (and How to Avoid Them)


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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).

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A mantle Great Dane puppy learning how to sit.


One common mistake made when training Great Dane puppies is not starting early enough.

Training Great Dane Puppies

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.

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Training starts on day one. Fill your pocket with treats and remember that your puppy doesn’t know anything!

If your breeder was reputable, he or she would have also established some early crate training, leash training, attention and bathroom habits.

Training Great Dane Puppies
A fawn Great Dane puppy being socialized


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!

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Great Dane puppies benefit the most from 2-3 minute sessions, several times per day.

Use this time to teach the foundations of an off-leash heel, look at me, touch (my hand), sit, down and stay.

These sessions should be fun, short and full of rewards!

Here are some of our favorite Great Dane puppy training treats (click to view):

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A lilac Fawn Great Dane Puppy


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.

Training Great Dane Puppies

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.

Spend more time saying ‘YES’ to your puppy than saying ‘NO’. If you find yourself constantly saying ‘NO’, your puppy needs more positive training, management and guidance from you.

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Two Great Dane puppies learning how to play nicely together


A fourth common mistake is not socializing your puppy enough.

Training Great Dane Puppies

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.

Socialization means positive exposure to novel things. Flooding a puppy with rude people and dogs is not socialization.

Having fun exploring new textures, sights, smells and sounds, is.

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A harlequin Great Dane puppy exploring a new environment


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!

Training Great Dane Puppies

We recommend finding a highly experienced positive trainer that uses balanced training methods (positive reinforcement + appropriate and fair corrections).

We recommend that all Great Danes be trained to a Canine Good Citizen level or better.

Sign up for classes beyond puppy 101 and keep going!

Having a well-behaved, polite, well-socialized dog is a joy.


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.

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