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Great Dane Bella is 2 years old and Great Dane Moose is 9 months old.

 Great Danes Bella & Moose

Moose

 Great Danes Bella & Moose

Bella

Bella and Moose live with their parents in the country side. Almost all day Bella & Moose are outdoors. A common misconception is that Great Danes are slow and docile and don’t need walking; this is incorrect and in most cases Great Danes are full of energy and need regular exercise.
Bella & Moose have a problem. These two huge dogs are very nervous in new environments. They are not comfortable and trustworthy around new objects or in new situations. Everything new makes them spooky. All of this behavior is caused by a lack of *socializations. Luckily they are not too bad with other dogs.

 Great Danes Bella & Moose

Bella and Moose

When I first saw them one description of this breed came into my head: Great Danes can be protective and make good guard dogs. These two were under **stress and their parents had no idea what to do.

*Your dog is a social animal and needs the chance to meet and to have positive experiences with other beings that will play a role in his life. The best time for dogs to learn to behave properly, both with their own species and with others, especially with humans, is when they are under four months old.

The most common mistake that dog owners make is to expect too much human logic from their canine companion. Treat your dog as a valued member of the pack but never as of the leader of the pack.

**There are two types of stress you can see in dogs

  • Positive – increased activity: Jumping, whining, mouthing, running around, bouncing up and down and ignore commands
  • Negative – decreased activity: freezing, slinking behind owner, muscle tremors, excessive panting or drooling, sweaty feet, urination or defecation (diarrhoea)

I prepared the following plan of action for Bella & Muss:

  • Owners must start
    • Slowly introduce Bella & Muss to new places, new situations and people in a positive way.
    • Practice obedience training exercises regularly.
    • Stop babying them and build leader ship over them.
  • Stress control:
    • Dealing with positive stress:
      • Became calm.
      • Keep your hands off the dog.
      • Use a low tone of voice.
      • Give the “sit stay” or “down stay” command.
    • Dealing with negative stress:
      • Try to turn the dog on with a favourite toy or treat.
      • Go for a walk.

Good behaviour requires good exercise, good company, good health, good nutrition and good training.

“Good behaviour requires YOU!” – Wendy Volhard