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Any one have a Great Dane? Any advice?

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by emrgnc, Jan 23, 2005.

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    Just picked up a 12 week old male. Any advice from other owners? He seems very even tempered. We spent about an hour outside Sat with my kids and 4 of there friends playing in the front yard with him. Then he spent the next hour sleeping. He slept in the bed with us last night. I think he is going to workout just fine.
     
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    I have a 9 month-old Dane-Doberman mix. Here's my advise...
    1) Get LOTS of chew toys.
    2) Be CONSISTANT in your training. Lots of positive re-enforcement, lots of praise.
    3) BE advised that he will grow, and grow, and grow. I'm 6'2", and mine can stand and look me in the eye. And he's STILL growing! ;)
    4) Develop patience. You'll need it! ;)
    5) Post pics!
     

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    Here's my two pups.... Jack and Teal'c. Sadly, Teal'c died a few weaks later from a birth defect. :(
     
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    2 weeks later, here's jack sleeping in a kitchen chair at our old house...
     
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    This time, WITH the phote! ;)
     
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    And this is him last month. Just after he turned 7 months old. :) (Sorry for not making the bed. lol)
     
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    Sorry to here that. Max appears to have the same markings as your Teal'c. Kinda blue and Harlequin mix. Beautiful. I read on the "Dane club" web site that those markings are looked down upon not allowed to show and that breeding is discouraged. :soap: I love the unique markings. I have never seen another other than yours with them.
    Ill post pics on Mon.
     
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    Yea, I hear that too (about the markings). That's ok. I had no intention on showing them, just loving them. :)

    It was a HUGE blow to the entire family when we had to have him put down. Looke like his kidneys never formed correctly, and he couldn't filter the toxins from his blood.
     
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    Here are some things I think you should know about Great Danes. Make sure you have a fenced yard. They will run after EVERYTHING!!! They are sight hounds and have an uncontrollable urge to chase. My Jasper was fine to stay in the yard until he was about 4 months old but then we learned the hard way that he needed a fence. Tie downs are a no-no because it will not stop them from running....they will just hurt themselves when they get to the end of the rope. If you don't have a fenced yard, I would take him out to potty on a leash. (this will save you many hours of running up and down the neighborhood screaming at your dog to come home)
    Make sure you read on the internet about nutrition for Great Danes since they have different nutritional needs than most dogs. This is especially important in avoiding growth (bone and joint) problems. Avoid "large breed" dog formulas and puppy formulas because they will cause your Dane to grow to fast. I know this seems strange but your Great Dane is "special" in this situation. I'm sure you can find out more on the internet. Good luck with your new sweetheart!
     
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    Here is another picture of Jasper
     
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    Im going to learn how to work this thing one of these days.




    Try this.
     
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    That's a handsome boy! One other bit of advise...

    Watch out for growing pains. Danes get them, sometimes badly. Their lega grow so fast during growth spurts, it can cause pain and limping. :(

    Your vet can prescribe a pain reliever for them if needed.
     
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    That is a great looking dog!!! What a sweetie! And concerning growing pains, Japser had them BAD when he turned 3 months old. He was in so much pain that he couldn't walk. We had to place him in a sheet and carry him outside to potty. Our vet prescribed Fentynal pain patches for him that really helped. That is when we switched him to a lower protein food to slow his growth rate. (Don't worry, it will not make you dog small...Jasper stands 36 1/2" at the shoulder and weighs 178 pounds).
     
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    Good point on the food. Puppy food is very high in protein, and I keep reading to give giant-breed dogs a lower-protien food. Always seed backwards to me though. To me, a BIG dog needs protein to fuel the system! ;)

    But the lower-protein foods really are better while that are a puppy.
     
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    HOLY DOG!!!!!;P What a cutie!!!
     
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    4 yr update


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    This is my big boy.
     
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    Wow, he is gorgeous!!!