GREAT DANE BEHAVIOUR
AGGRESSION – The Great Dane Breed is an instinctual and clever one with a special ability to pick up on emotion and intent. This inherent nature makes the Great Dane a protective breed that is extremely efficient at guarding and protecting. Knowing this in most cases the Great Dane needs a strong leader to enforce the rules when it comes to protecting their people. For informative resources to ensure your Great Dane’s protective nature doesn’t lead to aggression issues Click Here.
BARKING – Some dogs bark for good reason and some do for apparently little or no reason and some do a little of both. For information on understanding why your dog barks and how to ensure its for good reason Click Here.
RESOURCE GUARDING – Is when a dog shows aggression around toys, food and any other item the dog considers to be of high value to them. It occurs when a dog believes they will lose something e.g. another dog steals their bone so next time they’ll put on an aggressive display to make the other dog leave them alone. For informative resources on how to prevent and treat resource guarding Click Here.
SEPARATION ANXIETY – Historically, dogs served purposes such as hunting companions, herding, guarding – and in those cases were physically accompanying us 24/7. Now their “jobs” are mere companionship. Our modern lives include being places and doing things where they can not come with us. Leaving a dog alone for extended periods of time can therefore lead the dog to become anxious and act out, especially in the case of Great Danes, a breed know for their sensitivity and need for human companionship. For informative resources on ways to prevent and treat separation anxiety Click Here.
DEAF DANES – As with many other breeds some Great Danes carry a homozygous merle gene known as a “Double Merle”. Merle refers to a color pattern, not a color in and of itself. Unfortunately, in some “circles” the lighter, the better; the whiter, the prettier. This has led to the irresponsible breeding of male and female merles in the hopes of producing as many light merles as possible. The unintentional byproduct is the double merle who is unable to produce pigment in the iris and the stria vascularis of the inner ear leading to blue eyes and partial or complete deafness and/or blindness. While they do have certain limitations, they themselves are not aware of this, and can be as active and affectionate, playful and pleasurable as any other dogs. For informative resources on how to care for and train your deaf dog Click Here.