GUARDING BREED & TOYS
Great Dane, Doberman, Boxer, American Bulldog, etc.
Retrieving should be the very first game to teach your guarding breed. Guarding breeds are naturally possessive so teach them the concept of sharing first! A.K.A. (Retrieving) Start early training with a cylindrical shaped toy with a string or rope attached to keep your fingers away from the dog's mouth. You will want two identical toys that are large. Since retrieving contains an element of chasing which most dogs love to do, we will not want to strengthen this behavior without putting some controls on this behavior. We want to make chasing permission based, and add brakes on the behavior by teaching dogs to come back to us even when he is chasing something. Retrieving games lay the foundation for control training. Ideally we want to teach this by 16-weeks. To learn how to train guarding breeds get a copy of "The Dog Vinci Code" and follow the guidance in Chapter 9, "Training Specific Breeds", "Guarding Breeds".
Avoid playing games of tug with your guarding breed until they have learned to share.
The toys below are not chew toys. They are for playing games with your dog.