Can a Great Dane Jump Fences?


Great Danes are enormous dogs that can be intimidating, so keeping your dog contained and happy in your yard is a considerable concern. Having a suitable fence and knowing the capabilities of Great Danes is essential and we’ll look at what is best for your dog.

Can a Great Dane jump fences? An adult Great Dane is a large dog and able to jump fences as high as 5 feet or 1.5 metres. A 6-foot solid panel fence would be the recommended fence to keep your dog secured.

Great Dane standing with child near fence

I’ll go through the best methods of securing your Great Dane and why your dog might be looking to escape.

What are Great Danes Like as Pets?    

Great Danes can be a lot of fun, but if they are not trained properly from puppies, then they can become a liability. These dogs can be clumsy, which can be somewhat blamed on their size, and they are not always entirely aware of their surroundings. Plus, Great Danes can also be curious and playful. They may try to leap onto their owners, guests, new people and other animals and although this does not necessarily come from a place of them wanting to cause any harm, they can just sometimes not be aware of their own size and power. Therefore, it is recommended that discipline is instilled in these pets immediately.

Why Would Great Danes Jump a Fence?    

When it comes to Great Danes jumping fences, this can occur for several reasons and the first reason being ‘separation anxiety’. Great Danes are confident and do possess a sense of their own independence but nevertheless, they value social interaction, especially with their owners and family. Whether it is a result of their overall sensitivity or they cannot bear to be away from their owners and the regular interaction, Great Danes are more likely to experience ‘separation anxiety’ than any other breed.   

If your dog is not trained properly to understand that they cannot have the full, undivided attention of their owner all of the time, then this can lead them to becoming distressed and misunderstood when their owner is not around and consequently, they might attempt to escape.     

It is easy to feel disappointed as an owner and in your pet if they do try to escape, but Great Danes do not set-out to be rebellious. If your Great Dane is bored or not invigorated in its environment, it might try and seek stimulation. Cats or people passing by can evoke the dog’s ‘high prey drive’, and if they are not entertained enough in their enclosed area, this could set them into ‘flight mode’.     

Importantly, if a Great Dane feels overly enclosed, restricted or constrained then their behavior can become erratic, and they will exhibit great distress. To try to cope with the bombardment of emotions, your Dane might not only destroy its living area but also then try to escape. Focus on what satisfies your dog and ensure that all of its needs are met so that they do not have an impetus to try and jump the fence!       

Great Dane behind mesh fence

The Best Type of Fence to Prevent Your Great Dane Jumping    

Whilst some dogs will not have a change with a fence that rises to 4 foot, this is no match for a Great Dane: when Great Danes go onto their hind-legs they can reach the same height as a fully-grown adult, so after putting their abilities into perspective, it is best to opt for a fence that reaches around 6 foot.    

A strong quality fence with wood panels can be a great and secure option for Great Danes. Investing in the best quality wood that you can find will be an investment in the long-term because if your pet does decide to try and climb up the fence, then it is less likely that the fence will become damaged. Again, by opting for better quality, this also means that the material is harder for your pet to chew or gnaw at.    

Wooden Fence

Regardless of the quality of your fence, it is best to take precautions and carry-out regular checks on the slats so that there is not anywhere for your Great Dane to prop himself up. Use other landscaping options and ornaments to increase your garden safety too by potentially blocking areas around the fence so that your dog cannot dig into the soil.     

Chain link-wire fences are also a popular option as it is tough for dogs to leverage themselves; however, it is noteworthy to remember that everything is visible through these fences so even if you have a lot of trust in your dog, other dogs would be able to bark and lure your pet. Remembering Great Dane’s intelligence is also important as they have been known to open the latches on the fence so you will need to check for security regularly.       

Are Underground Fences Suitable for Great Danes?    

Underground fencing, also referred to as invisible fencing, is a modern alternative and there are plenty of companies which will offer help, advice and installation. Some of the benefits of these fences are that they are cost-efficient, and many can even be cheaper than a standard visible fence.     

The principle of an underground fence is that it is a buried wire and when the dog is nearby or it or steps onto it an electric transmitter then sends the signal to an alarm that is fitted onto your property or a shock to the dog’s collar. The intensity of the shock on the collar should be varied depending upon the sensitivity of your pet as you do not want to make them overly-alert or distress them. This is something that needs to be well-thought about with Great Danes as they are known to be very sensitive dogs and if it were to cause too much distress when you were not around, this could potentially lead to a chaotic mess in the garden: Great Danes are known to respond to their agitation by destroying their area.     

For your Great Dane to have an understanding of and respect for the fence, they will need to be trained about the boundaries surrounding it. This training can take a bit of time and perseverance dependent upon the obedience of your pet but if you use treats correctly when rewarding them during training and use an affirmative tone for where they can stop and stop this could lead to success.     

Despite the innovation of underground fences, this does not prevent other animals from venturing into the garden. Large dogs are known even to resist the shock and continue to go beyond the wire, so this is something to remember too when deciding upon which fence is best-suited to your Dane and garden.  So, with all of these factors, I wouldn’t recommend an underground fence for a Great Dane.     

What can Stop Great Danes From Jumping?     

The more satisfied that your dog is in the first place, the less likely it is that they will try to escape. Try to create an environment for your Great Dane that is both safe and stimulating whereby your dog can be settled and fulfilled. This will allow them to focus on being happier and deter them from wanting to be away from home.     

As mentioned earlier, Great Danes are intelligent dogs, and although they may spend a level of time on their own, they value social interaction. To balance the time that you spend with your pet and your work-life try to focus on quality time over the quantity. Ensure that when you do take your dog for walks, they can fulfil their needs for interacting with other dogs in a civilised way so that they are taught what is and is not tolerated by their owner.      

Great Dane with toys

Unlike some other dogs which require several walks a day, the Great Dane should generally be fulfilled by a prolonged 30 to 60-minute moderately-paced walk. By ensuring that your dog has exerted its energy, this also reduces the likeliness of them trying to flee or jump the fence.  

Ideally, purchase a fence which prevents distractions and other animals to entice them and as added security and protection.

The more discipline, loyalty and obedience that is instilled into a Great Dane will truly pay-off in the long-run too as long as their aggressive streak is not nurtured then they will continue to be a truly gentle giant.     

With some precautionary effort, proper training and care, you can set up your garden to be a fence jumping-free zone for your Great Dane.

Related Questions

What size yard do I need for a Great Dane?

Great Danes can actually be kept in fairly small places, considering the size of the dog. Out of the large dog breeds, they are one that is capable of apartment living. Just make sure that you fulfil its exercise needs, by taking it for a 30 to 60-minute walk each day.

Should I leave my Great Dane outside?

With their short coats, Great Danes feel the elements more than other dogs, so it’s essential to make sure that they have protection from both the heat and cold. It’s also good for them to have highly padded cushions to help with joint and elbow damage, which is common in the breed.

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