My Incredibly Emotionally Needy Great Dane Puppy.I have a beautiful (or so everyone says) 6-month-old Great Dane puppy. (She's black, so we call her Raven.) I'm SOOOO happy that I started training her the day we got her because she weighs 70 pounds now, and that's only 30 pounds less than I weigh!
She does 'puppy things', and although she's never chewed any of our belongings... Let me tell you I've been shocked about this... She has NO IDEA of how big she is. She's very obedient, although she gets out of hand once in a while and goes running up to terrified people in the dog park... but she's just so BIG that when she wants something, it's the biggest pain in the @ss.
I'm doing my best to keep her under control and teach her all of the 'doggie politenesses' that one would expect out of any dog, but there's going to come a day when, if she feels like 'breaking loose', I'm going to be hitting the high spots on the sidewalk while she cavorts down the street.
Right now, I'm not exactly 'Hitlarian' about her training, but, as a puppy, she wants to be cuddled and loved, and to jump in bed with us when the sun comes up. It's a really tough role for me to play, but she's going to be a minimum of 120 pounds at adulthood, and I'm having trouble being the 'hard@***' that I need to be.
We never crate-trained her because my husband thought that it was a cruel way to go... and she's been GREAT about sleeping on the couch. Unfortunately she, like most Great Danes, is very vocal (not loud and barky, just 'noiseful'), and she drives me crazy with her emotional needs.
Is this normal, or have we inadvertantly spoiled her by letting her out whenever she wanted to leave the house, and by giving her attention whenever she wanted it? Any comments would be appreciated.