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Dignity, strength, elegance, harmonious proportions, and fine and powerful musculature are terms that describe the Great Dane quite well. This gentle giant is often referred to as the Apollo of dogs because of their unique combination of grace and strength. Furthermore, the Great Dane is bold and courageous, while being friendly and confident. These physical and mental characteristics make them excellent guard dogs and loyal protectors of their families.

Indeed, despite their rather calm temperament, Great Danes were originally bred to be guard dogs. They are not dogs prone to being aggressive, but their massive size and loud, powerful barking are typically enough to scare off intruders.

What Makes Great Danes Good Guard Dogs?

First, Great Danes have all the physical attributes of the classic guard dog: impressive size, imposing bearing, and a dignified, watchful demeanor. This superb animal also emits powerful barks. So, even though the Great Dane is basically a gentle teddy bear, their physical characteristics will scare off most burglars.

Along with having caring souls, Great Danes make good guard dogs because they are protective of their family and home. It is also essential to socialize a Great Dane from an early age so that they are comfortable with new people and situations.

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How to Train Your Great Dane to Be a Guard Dog

Here are a few tips for training your beautiful Great Dane to be an excellent watchdog, while remaining behaviorally balanced and friendly.

If Your Great Dane Is Still a Puppy

As soon as your Great Dane puppy arrives at your home, it is important to put good habits in place to prevent your dog from getting out of control once they grow up.

Here are a few examples of educational foundations to establish quickly:

  • No jumping
  • Walking on a leash
  • Learning basic positions (sit, stay, lie down)
  • Having reliable recall

These basics are essential, especially for a dog of this size.

If Your Great Dane Is an Adult

If you are adopting an adult dog, it is important to learn as much as possible about what they have been through before arriving in your home. This will allow you to adapt your attitude to your new companion and adjust your training methods.

With an adult dog, certain behavioral issues can be difficult to fully resolve but can be improved with time, patience, gentleness, and consistency.

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Hire a Certified Dog Trainer

With a dog of this size, it is often preferable to call on a professional in canine education and behavior. Do not hesitate to ask for help; it would be a shame not to take advantage of the skills of this great dog.

Also, keep in mind that despite their formidable appearance, the Great Dane is sensitive. It is essential to avoid training methods focused on punishment and to favor positive reinforcement instead.

Final Thoughts

Despite their intimidating size, Great Danes make wonderful family companions. They are sociable, friendly, calm, and well-balanced, though this does not prevent them from being formidable guard dogs. Moreover, these dogs are quite docile and receptive when the training methods employed are respectful of their sensitive nature. When a bond is created between this dog and their owner, the potential of the Great Dane can be fully utilized.

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