What's Up With My Great Dane?Raven (because she's all black) is a WONDERFUL pet. She's very obedient, and basically obeys every 'command'. She's an angel on the leash when we walk in the village, but off the leash, she's a total monster-child!
When we're running in the forest and she's off leash, she takes off like a greyhound, and when I call her, she always comes back( Sometimes after a few minutes)... But I'm always afraid that she's running circles around other people and terrifying them with her size when she's away.
She's extremely gentle, but REALLY puppy-excitable, especially around kids and other dogs. She weighs 90lbs.. just short of what I weigh, and even on the leash, she's tried to drag me, especially when she sees other dogs that she knows.
I'm almost 'Hitlarian' with her most times, so she's generally a 'good girl'...but man, when she wants to go, I'm a total passenger!
I strongly suspect that this behaviour is a result of us being alone together all the time, having a small yard where she can do her 'excratory thing', and being in a secluded, heavily-treed area,where she doesn't see anyone but our neighbours and an occasional person walking down the road.
I've never had a Great Dane before.... but I suppose that this is 'normal' behaviour for any dog that's cooped up. Any ideas,other than 'doggy training classes', which I can't afford?
fishsweeper 41-45, F 4 Responses 1 May 8, 2012