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How to Tell If Your Great Dane Loves You

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When your Great Dane loves you it’s the best feeling in the world! I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of their affection. Great Danes are a friendly, loving breed that are very human-focused.

Here are 5 ways to tell if your Great Dane loves you!

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Your Great Dane will Lean on You

Great Danes are famous for leaning!

It’s actually one of the ways that they show affection. They also learn pretty early on that leaning results in getting pet, and they love that.

When your Great Dane leans on you, they are showing you that they love you!

Brace yourself, though! These large and powerful dogs are gentle but can push pretty hard on you. If your Great Dane leans too much, teach them to stop by calmly saying “enough” and throwing a treat away from you for them to grab.

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Great Danes Think They are Lap Dogs!

Another sign of love and affection from your Great Dane is when they sit on you.

Great Danes honestly do not know, understand, or care how big they are. If you are sitting down, and your Great Dane starts scooting backwards towards you, prepare for landing.

A full grown male Great Dane can weigh 140-180 pounds!

Most Great Danes figure out that while they cannot get their whole body onto your lap, they CAN get their rear-end situated there. Of course, we don’t blame them for trying to fit their whole body on your lap. In that case, prepare to be crushed!

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Great Danes Will Follow You Everywhere

Let’s put it this way. Great Danes are nosy. They like to “help”, and they like to know where you are at all times.

Consider this a major sign of affection!

You haven’t lived until you’ve had a massive dog open the bathroom door, walk in, shut the door behind them, and then sit on your lap to make sure you’re ok.

Need to get up and grab a drink from the fridge?

Dane.

Did you leave your phone in the bedroom and want to go grab it?

Dane.

Are you heading into the small laundry room with a large basket of clothes?

DANE.

A Great Dane that wakes up from a solid nap to follow you into the bathroom is a Dane that loves you!

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Great Danes Paws, Everywhere

When a Great Dane wants to show affection or get your attention, they will use their giant paws.

Expect to be touched, pawed at, whacked, or even knocked over by your Great Dane.

In general, Great Danes tend to be ‘handsy’ and will put their paws all over you given the chance. Keep those nails short so you don’t get scratched up, and if this is a behavior you don’t like, teach your dog to “shake” on command.

By replacing an impulse behavior with a commanded one, you’ll have more control over the situation (and getting slammed in the face).

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Your Great Dane Will Be Happy to See You!

If your Great Dane loves you, don’t be surprised by their wild affection when you come home after even just 20 minutes!

Great Danes love it when you come home!

Of course, a dog that jumps and tackles you is painful and potentially even dangerous, so it’s important to teach good skills.

Use impulse control games to teach your pup that they can receive attention from you when they settle down, but not a moment before.

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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