Teaching a Great Dane to Stay Behind an Invisible Line Around the Table

By: David Codr

Published Date: August 13, 2018

For this Omaha dog training session we helped an anxious 10 month old Great Dane named Keeva stop feeling so nervous and how to respect people’s personal space.

I could immediately tell Keeva had cortisol in her blood when I arrived for the session. She had her tail tucked, was pacing or darting around the room, jumping when she heard or saw unexpected things, etc.

I spent the first half of the session going over common mistakes people make that can contribute to a dog becoming anxious or nervous. Petting or giving a dog attention when its in an unbalanced state of mind can actually reinforce the behavior you are trying to eliminate.

I went over my Petting with a Purpose and Passive training methods and also suggested the guardians teach Tea some new commands. These will all help boost her self esteem and confidence which is crucial when you are trying to rehabilitate a fearful dog.

I also showed the guardians how to teach her to focus on command. They can take the focus exercise to the next level with this technique.

Another issue Teeva had was stealing food left on counters or if left unattended on a table. To stop a dog from stealing food, I like to first teach them how to respect an invisible boundary. You can watch me train a dog to stay behind a boundary in the free positive dog training video below.

It was great seeing how quickly Keeva picked it up. Within minutes, Keeva was staying behind a boundary on her own or with minimal corrections from her guardian.

By setting up practice scenarios like having the kids eat a snack on the couch is a great way to help her practicing respecting boundaries and simultaneously boosting her confidence which will help tremendously with her insecurity issues.

To help the guardians remember all the dog behavior tips I shared in this at home dog training session, we shot a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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