Grand Leviathan Basics Of Training

The Fundamentals of Training Successfully 

#1

Nutrition

Feeding you Dane nutritionally balanced food and supplements helps them much in the same way that they do humans. Without proper nutrition dogs tend to lose focus easier and do not have the energy to accomplish the goals of training.

Structure

 

Danes love structure even though especially as puppies they tend to rebel against it. Always remember you are the alpha and you must remember this as well. 

Discipline

 

Never praise negative behavior. Use commands frequently in the proper stern tone of voice. 

Rewarding

 

Always praise and recognize proper behavior. If they are doing something you want to see more of even if unintentional do not let it go without praise. 

Fitness

Training after exercise helps to keep them focus on the task at hand. So a nice game of fetch or tug time before hand is helpful.  

#2

Determine what your goals are for training and what is needed to reach those goals.

#3

Recognize that we are ALWAYS teaching our dogs something be it positive or negative. Be sure you are sending the correct message. 

#4

Always teach with confidence and a stern tone of voice for commands (remember you are the alpha).

#5

Never repeat commands.

1. Give command

2. If non-compliant, use NO!

3. Give command again

4. If non-compliant, physically place in commanded position

#6

For jumping type problems say NO! OFF! 

We recommend using compressed air if necessary.

 

#7

 

Reward Reward Reward

1. Always use a happy tone of voice while rewarding

2. Reward dog for doing good (whether caught in the act of doing something you want to see more of or when giving a command).

3. Good + Command (example - GOOD SIT or GOOD HEEL etc).

4. Reward can be food, verbal praise, toy, treat or playtime.

#8

Always be prepared for training throughout the day with rewards discipline or needed equipment such as compressed air, treats or favorite playtime toy. 

#9

Always follow through, you need to win every challenge from your dog.

#10

Timing Is very Important - correct and reward in the moment. If you wait to praise or discipline your dane will have no clue what action the praise or discipline is for. 

 

#11

 

 Always establish structure and rules to follow. 

#12

Body Language - Dogs are master of body language. Be mindful of what message you are sending to your dog with your body language.

#13

Stay calm and relaxed. Danes are highly intuitive dogs and will pick up on your tension. Staying calm and relaxed keeps them calm and relaxed and open to your training lessons.

#14

Avoid setting your dog up for failure. Set up your dog for success.

The Grand Leviathan Basic Commands  For Good Behavior

PLACE

"Place" is somewhere you can put your dog when you need them to stay out of your way such as when company arrives, cooking, cleaning etc. "Place" should be a yoga mat or something that is a different tecture than the floor they are on. This will allow them to realize when they have stepped off "place" without looking at the floor. 

You can began familiarizing your dog with his or her place by saying "good place" when they are on your designated "place". When you are ready for them to leave there place say "Break". Be sure to praise them for staying on there place and when they come to you when you say "Break". 

If they leave there place prematurely or before you "break" them. Calmly and assertively have them place again and reward with the phrase "good place".

WAIT

 Is a good one to use before they eat or go outside. Never allow your Dane to walk through a doorway before you. This is a good time to use the "wait" command.  To practice "wait' have them sit and give the "wait" command and if they move tell them NO and use the martingale collar and bring them back to the place they were and have them sit again and tell them "wait". Be patient, it will take several tries before they get it. 

HEEL

 Teaching your Dane to heel is a very important command. You do not want a two hundred pound Dane dragging you around. Your Dane should stay at one side without pulling. Stay relaxed and leave very little leash (leave leash relaxed without tension). If they start to walk ahead tug and release for a correction and tell them NO.  While practicing this command try walking in zig zag patterns or turning abruptly it teaches them to focus and that you are the leader.

SIT

Sit can be taught by using a treat to direct the head in an upward motion and applying a little presure with your fingers on there hips.

Give the command to sit and if they don't sit tell them NO and give them a tug on the martingale. Tell them to sit again and if they still don't sit tell them NO and give them a tug on the martingale then apply a little pressure with your finger on their hips to push them into a sit position. Make sure to say "good sit" when they are in the sitting position. 

FRONT

Being able to have your Dane come to you is very important. It could save there life. The word front is very distinct rather than using the word come which we use very often. 

Start on a leash and walk a few steps away from your Dane then give the command while enticing them to come to you with something like a treat or sweet tone of voice or body language. Make it so the best decision they can make and the greatest decision will be to be in front of you. Try using a long leash 15-30 feet and let the dog have all or a lot of the leash and then give the command while enticing the dog to front. If the dog doesn't front you are able to give the correction because the dog is on the leash. Just give them a tug and say NO and tell them to Front again. If the still do not come tell them NO and use the leash to pull them to you. When they get to you tell them "good front". 

LEAVE IT

Leave it is a command to give them to let them know not to ever do that. Start with a pile of treats in the middle of the floor and walk the dog by in a heel command. If the dog does not leave the pile alone tell them "no" and give a tug on the leash. The main goal is to have your dog walk past a distraction and be focused on you. Reward highly when that happens. They should feel that the best thing in the world is to be focused on you. This command can be used for anything you want your dog to leave alone. For example if they have a chewing problem or dog aggression etc.

DOWN

Taught by first getting the dog in a sit position then using a treat to direct the nose down to the floor while slightly messaging behind the shoulder blades to encourage the dow to go down. This command is useful in cases such as if you plan on being in one location for a while.

STAY

Stay is another form of wait. Stay is used when you want your dog to stay in one place for a long period of time. 

Start by putting your dog in a down position and tell them to stay. Gradually move away from your dog if they get up put them back where they where in a down position and tell them to stay and try walking away from them again the goal is to get further and further away until you can leave the room and they stay. Only give them praise when you return to the dog. 

TIPS

Remember you can use any of these training techniques to teach your dog thing you want them to do such as "off". Give the command and if they do not comply tell them "NO" and give them a tug on the leash. If they do not comply then physically make them get off.

We highly recommend using a martingale collar above any other type. It keeps them from slipping out of there collars, prevents neck injuries and they are perfect when training inside and outside of the home.

We also recommend coming up with personal hand signals for each command (sign language that is unique to you and your dogs). Sign language is good for times that verbal commands are ineffective such a noisy room or if you are in the middle of a conversation

If the martingale collar is not on you can simulate a gentle bite on the neck. Remember its not about the pressure used its the fact that you are doing it that they respond to. 

A good way to practice the command "front" is to play hide and front around the house. Go into another room and yell "name plus front". Praise and reward highly when they come to you.

Habit is nothing more than behavior be it good or bad.

Repetition plus consistency = habit

Enforcement is not punishment. Enforcement is guidance.

NEVER give a command unless you tend to enforce it.

Give the command only once before physically enforcing it.

Reinforcement through teamwork creates respect.

Praise even the smallest accomplishment and be enthusiastic your dog can tell!

Positive reinforcement, not negative, makes a happy, well-adjusted dog.