I've been reading this forum for some time while preparing to welcome a Great Dane into our home, and I'm really excited to have her in my life.
She's now 10 weeks old and after just two weeks is doing really well with most things, but being a natural worrier, I was hoping to get some advice sooner rather than later.
1. She was very nippy the first week, and she learnt quickly that it's not okay, but she doesn't understand that biting also isn't okay. She did it to me only once and doesn't even try anymore, but she's grabbed my partner by the nose or cheek and held. She is going to puppy socialisation classes from this week (following her jabs) and I have her signed up for puppy school and 121 lessons from March (I'd happily get in there earlier than that), but I just want to nip this in the bud. My partner is worried that this is her jealous behaviour, but I don't think so, yet. Any techniques that work well with this sort of play biting? Nipping/teething was solved with toy distraction, but this is different. Plus, if it's me always solving the issue, she could just end up misbehaving only when I'm out, which is not much better.
2. She loves our 5 year old dog (CKCS), and he tolerates her just fine, but I think he gets anxious and stressed when she's in her crazy mood, and I want to make sure he's happy. I'd like to help them with their relationship, so any tips would be fantastic.
3. Most nights she'll sleep in her crate without an issue, but if I lock the crate during the day she has a complete meltdown (and I really don't mean just crying). She starts doing the same if I hold her down when she's in her crazy mood (I don't just grab her and hold her down for no reason, I'm talking vet, examination, or stopping her from hurting herself). She did alright at the vet so far, but worried it won't stop before she gets bigger. She starts doing the same when we go to a different building, but calms down pretty quickly. I've tried the ignoring method, but if anyone has experience with this, it'd be great to her what works best. Would one of those calming plug-in things work?
I'm home most of the time, so the crate is just for the rest of us to have a quiet dinner and then she's out again. Our CKCS loves his crate, but he hated it as a puppy, especially at night, so she's doing better than him!
She's not my first dog, nor my first crazy dog. She's just special It all sounds worse than it is. She's too smart for her own good, loves to play, walks well on a lead, no jumping up, happily plays with her kong, and does 90% of her business outside, which I think is fantastic for a 10wk old puppy. I just read this post from 2015, so just making sure it never gets to that
Thanks in advance!