LAST DAY TO SAVE! Enjoy 40% OFF orders $75+ & FREE SHIPPING on $175+ with code HOWLIDAYS20

Bigger Breeds: How to Train Large Dogs

Large breed dogs have a reputation for being dangerous and just a little harder to handle during training. Indeed, the larger the dog, the more powerful it is, which can result in greater injuries if attacked. However, with the proper training, any breed can be a peaceful and obedient pet. Here are three ways to overcome various obstacles faced when training large dogs.

Teach Them Not to Jump

When a dog sees someone new, his first reaction is often to jump up and place his front paws on the newcomer. Though this excitable behavior is often thought of as "cute" and "harmless" with small dogs, it's a big problem with large dogs. A 120-pound Rottweiler or a 250-pound St. Bernard who jumps can very easily topple an adult human, and could cause serious injuries to a smaller child. Excitement is hard to control, so large dogs must be taught an alternative behavior. Instead of jumping, encourage the dog to offer his paw for a handshake. Guide what would be their natural reaction to something a little calmer or easier for strangers to handle. A lawyer specializing in dog and animal bites recommends keeping your pet away from strangers until these behaviors have been truly ingrained in them.

Use Fixed-Length Leashes

Retractable leashes are popular because they reduce pulling, and allow the dog more freedom while out and about. Large dogs, however, should ideally be walked on a shorter fixed-length leash. A German Shepherd on a retractable leash will feel he has more freedom to run and act on that feeling, not good when he's not yet trained or easy to control. Using a shorter leash will teach the dog appropriate walking distances and will help keep him away from potential trouble.

Show Affection from Day One

The better a dog is treated, the less likely he is to show aggressive tendencies. This goes for dogs of all sizes, including big dogs. A dog who has been properly socialized with humans since puppyhood is generally much safer than one who has been neglected or had limited human exposure. Large breed puppies like Great Danes and Boxers should be given lots of positive attention from a variety of people of all ages to help reduce the risk of aggressive behavior. Once trust is built between a dog and his owner, the owner should be around to comfort the dog during stressful new scenarios such as vet visits, car rides, and thunderstorms.


Large breed dogs can make great pets, but they need to be very well trained to avoid dangerous interactions due to their size and power. The best way to prevent injuries and other incidents is proper training for all dogs, especially large breeds.


Older Post
Newer Post

1 comment

  • I really enjoyed it from beginning to ending because this is a very interesting article. At first sight, I thought you’ll use the same old tips people used to write on their blogs, We choose only the best products to facilitate the people so that they can choose the best one for their loved ones. I think your pet safe would use it.
    Best anti-bark collar for small medium and large dogs


Leave a Comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Luxury Designed Products for Pets, People & Planet

Pamper your pet, update your home décor and save the planet with P.L.A.Y.’s luxury and eco-friendly pet products. Our premium pet beds are not only functional, but they’re also 100% machine washable, stylish enough to look good your home & their plush filling is made from recycled plastic bottles!

From comfortable and practical pet beds, new and whimsical pet toys released yearly and the best outdoor gear to help you adventure with your furry friend, we strive to meet the needs of modern pet parents. With exclusive designs created by artists around the world, we deliver a look and feel that will leave tails wagging and wallets intact.

People Are Talking About Us
Hallmark Channel
Apartment Theraphy
Chicago Tribune
Daily Candy
View More Media Coverage
Close (esc)


Use this popup to embed a mailing list sign up form. Alternatively use it as a simple call to action with a link to a product or a page.

Age verification

By clicking enter you are verifying that you are old enough to consume alcohol.


Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty.
Shop Now