- You need to love exercise.
- You need to love being outside and especially in the cold.
- Find a trainer before you bring a puppy home and make sure Tonilyn approves.
- Giants mature later than most other working line dogs and their training needs to respect that component.
- Giants mouth and you need to learn to stop it immediately.
- Giants need to be with you. There is no way around it.
- Giants have large fluid requirements and will want to guzzle late at night. Learn to balance their exercise, eating, and drinking or you will be going for routine midnight pee-walks.
- They can be picky eaters and have temperamental intestines.
- Socialization is a lifelong task.
- Giants get bored very quickly and not capable of self-entertainment.
- You will need to learn how to groom your own dog. Most groomers lack the capabilities and knowledge to care for a Giant’s coat and skin.
- Giants are rare and most people are going to want to meet your dog when in the public. Protect your dog and do not allow a stranger to set your dog up for failure. Giants are naturally protective and more so than most other breeds. Strangers are strangers. Not everyone needs to pet your dog. We know Hans and he can really care less if he meets new people. He will however, become subtly foreboding when someone quickly approaches him and this is a trait you need to recognize, and stop a person before they just try to pet your dog. Hans has never bit anyone except in bite class but admittedly, we do not allow most people to pet Hans without first gauging their appropriateness. He is not allowed to be face to face with children or other dogs. He flung around a large unleashed Rottweiler at a park that tried to bite us. But with all these events cited, he has been in large crowds during firework shows, regularly trains around other stimulated dogs, and his best friend is a highly trained Dutch variant working line German Shepherd. Understanding a Giant is understanding the balance of predictability and potential.
Drs. Mary Grace Rizzo-Fryzel and David Fryzel