Can Great Danes Be Left Alone?

Can Great Danes Be Left Alone?

There are a lot of people and animals in the world. Billions of them have their own kinds of activities that make them occupied. People have their studies and work.

Animals especially dogs have their variety of activities with their owners. Great Danes are one of the most popular breeds that are so loving to their owners. So, can they be left alone?

The answer is Yes. Great Danes may be left alone, but they are not performing well. Leaving them alone will cause them to do destructive things that may, later on, affect their health so much with increased levels of stress. While they may be left alone, but this is absolutely not to be preferred. 

It is not too late. With proper training, their obedience and self-control will help them to do better socialization. Still, their personalities vary that could affect so much to their way of interaction with you.

Let us now consider what kinds of qualities do they have, what can we do to help, and what additional information should we have to know to give great care for their needs. 

Great Danes’ Personality 

Great Danes are known to be gentle giants. They have been so mild to their treatment with their owners. Unlike the other aggressive ones, they may be confident that their dogs are naturally friendly with either humans and animals. 

Great Danes could also be known as the canine extroverts. They are so easy-going that they could get along well with others nicely.

When you go out and play with them in a wide space around the park, they will have interaction with different kinds of people, but they will do no harm with them,

Since they are sociable, they need to keep on interacting with a lot of people in their area. They do not prefer being alone. Great Danes do not have ‘me-time.’ It means that they really need companionship whenever they do certain activities. 

How Long Can Great Danes Be Left Alone?

Although this is something that they do not prefer, Great Danes can be left alone at least 5-6 hours depending on how you train them. Before they have distress over your absence, you should take note of how much time can they take without you.

In that way, you will be able to adjust your circumstances and at the same time, identify the things they should cultivate.

Until they turn 3 years old and you still did not train them, it could be dangerous for both of you. Keep in mind that they always remember what they have learned from infancy. When you do not do it during their growing stages, you might miss the right attitude they supposed to have. 

While they may be alone, they will still show that they are anxious or display destructive behavior. So during your absence or before you leave your Great Danes, they exhibit behavior that makes them worry that they are about to be alone.

The reason why they do that is that they are dedicated to their families. They are prone to have separation anxiety that when they enjoyed a lot while playing with you in the morning and suddenly leave them alone in the afternoon. It might be hard for them to adjust to changes. 

Remember that they are large in size. When you leave your Great Danes for some time, and they were not able to receive the proper training before you left them, it could cause severe damage because they could touch a lot of things due to their size. 

Dangers of Leaving Them Alone

They are potentially aggressive. Remember that they could be protective of their owners. It shows a display of their different exerting of energy when they spot certain threats that will trigger your security. 

When your Great Danes stay alone for a long time, there might be possible health dangers that they would attain. Consider some of them:

SicknessDescription
CardiomyopathyCardiomyopathy is an enlargement of the heart. They are triggered, especially when they encounter a lot of stress. One of the reasons why they are stressed is when they feel like they are alone and left behind. 
Gastric Dilation-VolvulusAmong all the other breeds, Great Danes have the most bloated part since they have it already in their genes. It could affect what they feel and how they react to what they have felt. 
Hip DysplasiaThis is a rare case. When they are not used to having a lot of changes in them, they will find a hard time to adjust to their new environment. For that reason, it will cause them to have pain, especially in their back. When they are alone, they want to move around and want to do something. 
CancerIt will cause death. As time passes by, every part of their body will be affected by the fatal factors. Helping them to be happy as possible will prevent them from releasing stress on their part. 

5 Tips to Train Your Great Danes to Be Alone

Start early

Great Danes can be trained to be obedient over time. They need to learn to be used to have your absence for a while since they will be molded to be someone their pet owners wanted them to be.

When you train your Great Danes early, it is like a tree that could easily be molded into what you want them to be. During the time of its growth, they will stay to what they have grown into.

Do not punish your Great Danes

Instead of giving them a lesson, you might leave them a very traumatic experience for them. They will remember the pain that you have caused them rather than the lesson you want them to learn. 

Keeping them terrified will make them have a record on it for the longest time possible. Beating them may also mean punishment or an act of not loving them. This will affect their emotions so much that they would keep it in as a bad memory instead of a sign of giving them discipline. 

Reward your Great Danes

Reward your Great Danes for their obedience. They will have a better connection with you and to their adjusted environment when you train them and make them feel that their efforts are worthwhile. 

The training will be more fun for them when they feel like what they do is productive. However, since you are training your Great Dane not to feel so homesick, remember to keep being moderate when it comes to giving them training.

Express dissatisfaction firmly and calmly

Even if they love to be with their owners, they still need to know your boundaries with them. This will help them to have a sense of authority despite your good relationship with them. Please help them to realize for their own good. 

When you become firm to what you want them to have or do, keep in mind that they will discern what is right and wrong. Your Great Danes will be able to learn self-discipline and control in different circumstances. 

Help your Great Danes to learn patience

Being patient means a lot of waiting to orient them that they could not do what they want just right away. This will be a great help when you leave them, and they will not feel alone. Even if they do not prefer having a lot of solitude, helping them to be patient in all things will benefit them a lot. 

Being patient will help your Great Danes to tolerate delay. There might be instances that you might not be able to come home for a night, or you go back home at midnight. That means they do not have your presence for quite some time, this will help them a lot for sure. 

Final Thoughts

Definitely, Great Danes should not be left alone if possible. Buy out time to make them feel that you have your companionship, and you will not leave them. 

Letting them feel alone for a long time will cause them to have some subtle to serious illness. One of the common factors of their diseases is their stress over being left behind or not having anyone’s presence around. 

Even though they do not want to be alone, you can do something about it. Giving your Great Danes proper training on how to be patient and how to handle stressful situations will be a great thing. 

Lastly, what really matters to your Great Dane is your association with him. The reason why he feels alone is that he wants you to be always by their side to show an interchange of care. Therefore, we do well to give them the best of their welfare as possible. 

John Carter

My name is John Carter and I absolutely love pets, especially dogs. I've got a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have several years’ experience working in animal shelters and rescues. My passion for animals started at a very young age as I grow up on a farm with several horses, cows, cats, chickens, and dogs on our property.

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