Here you have this Great Dane puppy, that will turn into a very large dog. If you plan on crate-training your Great Dane, puppy-hood is the time to do it. If you coddle him now and encourage him to sleep in your Queen-size bed, he’ll do it forever. Right between you and your spouse!One of the most important things to emphasize about crate training your Great Dane:
*** The crate is an instrument for training, not for punishment. ***
Otherwise, your Great Dane will fear the crate.While some Great Dane owners may find crate training unsuitable in their home, others find the crate to be a God-send. Whatever your feelings on crating may be, crate training is not inhumane. It’s intended to protect your pet from harm while you’re away. Great Dane puppies are very curious, they may get into things when you’re not around, such as: chewing wires, walls, furniture, carpet, glass, etc. BY crating your Great Dane, you are protecting them and protecting your property. Even a mature Great Dane (who you think it completely trained) may have feelings of anger or loneliness — and will then take them out on your home furnishing. Crating is a responsible decision on an owner’s part.As time progresses, you will learn a lot about your pet. You may feel that you do not need to employ the crate on a daily basis.
Nevertheless, there may be some occasions when crating is a necessity. Here’s such an example:
A couple finds that their Great Dane becomes very destructive each Wednesday. Every other day of the week the dog is fine, but he goes bonkers on Wednesday! “What’s wrong with this dog?” After being off from work on a Wednesday, the husband starts noticing irritability and excitement from the dog without explanation. By 9:10 AM, the Great Dane (who is usually docile) leaps up onto their couch barking! Moments later, the garbage man arrives to take their garbage. The dog sensed this. There was nothing the couple could do to alleviate the Great Dane’s anxiety, instead they crated him each Wednesday.
A crate is also a very reliable tool for napping. After a while, (with the right training) your Great Dane can and will associate the word “bed” with his crate. The command “it’s time for bed” will let your Great Dane know that you’re going to sleep and he should too. Uncrate your dog in the morning to relieve himself outside. Let him play with your children and ‘hang out’ with you before you go to work. NEVER leave your Great Dane crated all hours. He will become depressed, angry, and lack out on crucial social skills. The crate is NOT meant to be lived in.