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The Dane and
Obedience? Obedience? Obedience
with a Great Dane are you kidding? Ah Nooooo!
Have you ever seen the long
list of Great Dane accomplishments? It's amazing long. A Dane can do
anything YOU teach it to do. Go onto the GDCA site and click on Performance
and then onto Obedience and see OUR dogs who are in competition.
Dane can do anything that any other breed can do. All these dogs and
bitches mentioned have proven this time and time again in their competing
in all breed obedience competitions.
I've been asked to write so
many times about Danes and obedience. I must tell you I have no real
secret. I have been blessed with always wanting to teach and that was
extended into animals when my Mom brought my ex-wife and me an Anniversary
present many years ago. My ex was a teacher and so she did tons and
tons of research for the perfect family pet and companion. One day she
went to the school library and bought home several books about this
Great Dane home. The book was, Pinkerton. Well, me being an animal lover
and never being without a dog since I was 6 years old had no problem
with a Great Dane. They were appealing to me with being so majestic,
and lovable. Then after much further research I saw the size that this
“baby” could grow. At that time my Mother was 100 pounds and less
than 5 foot and I knew I had to get some type of training underway to
be sure this new member was not going to knock my Mother down on our
Lady became our first Dane.
I scoured the yellow pages for training schools and settled on one that
wasn't into the macho "killer" methods. I started going to
"Y-worry Training and boarding School" I've been there since
1984! They have greatly helped me with now having achieved four
(4) CD’s, three (3) CDX’s, one (1) UD, one (1) UDX and two (2) TDI'S,
a therapy dog title..
Where do I start? How do I
start? When do I start?
These are just some of the
questions that I will attempt to address in this the first foray into
our Obedience discussions.
Remember one thing and unfortunately
I hear it over and over "My dog is too dumb," NO dog is too
dumb. We just haven't either taken the time to train or we haven't adequately
practiced enough with the dog. No dog is too old to teach new "tricks,"
but the earlier the training starts the better the foundation and the
willingness of our "pupil."
Like us, our dogs have different
personalities and learning curves and way we learn. Some dogs will need
10 to 20 minutes each and every day to train and some will need 45 minutes
every other day and yet others will need 12 minutes every other day.
And yet others will need constant training the all of a sudden their
light bulb goes on and the necessity of time intervals decreases. You
need to judge your dog and know your dog. Don't have a low expectation
and therefore give a poor training experience to your companion because
you will get out of it what you put into it. Don't blame the dog!!!!
Our Danes are as able, bright, and willing as any other breed. In competition
maybe our guys aren't as quick or as agile as a sheltie or border but
there very willing if you show them the way.
In another article I will go
into the AKC titles and there requirements.
First off one has to ascertain the purpose of their desire for the obedience training. Will it be for our home and occasional neighborhood bound family member / pet or is it to enter beyond into the area of competition with our companions?Either way there are similarities. You should start teaching the basics the day you take and get your puppy home. The keys are patience, praise and practice. All of our dogs / companions should have the basic concepts especially the "come" trained and drilled over and over because it may just save their life one day. The other basics such as sit, stay, and heal are all good dog "etiquette" that every dog and owner should have a firm handle on.
There are several great basic
obedience books out there on the market that are available. If you are
at a dog show in our area, see Cherry Brook. One of my favorite authors
for basic and competitive obedience is Diane Bauman. Another author is
Marsha Smith. In all of our towns, or counties there are Dog Clubs or
Obedience Clubs that offer basic to advanced obedience training.
As previously stated in my
next article I will address the AKC obedience titles and their requirements
as well as try to explain the exercises that are required to obtain these
titles. Look for that article in a future date.
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