Great Danes are a beautiful and gentle breed, so it's no wonder why they're such a popular pet choice. They differ from other dogs in their size, which makes properly training them more difficult than other breeds. It's suggested that you start when they're a manageable size and remain consistent throughout to ensure that you have a dog that everyone in your neighborhood loves. Read the tips listed below and learn about how you can train a Great Dane puppy.
- Potty Training As a rule of thumb, Great Danes -- and puppies in general -- can control their bladders for one hour for every month of age. A 3 month old puppy can control their bladder for three hours. In the beginning stages of potty training, you will have to keep a close eye on your puppy while they are awake. When accidents happen, explicitly tell your puppy that they made a mistake and take them to a designated area of your area where they can go [source: Humane Society].
- Socializing When it comes to Great Danes, it's imperative that you properly socialize the dog from a young age to ensure that others feel comfortable around your dog and your dog around them. It's recommended that you take your Great Dane to an obedience class starting at 4 to 6 months of age. Your dog will not only learn how to obey commands, it will get accustomed to being around other dogs and people [source: GDCA].
- Outings Because of the breed's size, there are many factors to consider when taking or putting your Great Dane outdoors. Always take your dog out on a leash. Many people are scared of the dog's size and having the dog on a leash will prevent any mishaps. When putting your Dane outside, ensure that it's in a large, fenced in yard. Because they don't jump high, a 6 foot fence is adequate [source: GDCA].