HAVE THE FOLLOWING
ALREADY ON STANDBY:
Have an appointment for a well check set up for the day or day
after you receive your puppy or your contract/warranty is
void. Also, it's good for your vet to know you have a
new family member coming and if he's not familiar with the
special needs of Great Danes, then ask him to go to the
following web site and research the drugs Danes are allergic
to, the special needs they have when surgery is required, etc.
And it'd be a good idea for you to look it over and bookmark
it to refer back to as well!
Have someone lined up to be your babysitter should you need
one for vacations, illnesses (yourself) or family crisis.
Shortly after you get your baby have that person come over and
get acquainted the puppy and have them spend time with you and
your baby on a regular basis so the puppy gets to know them
well and there'd be no stress if it ever needs to be left with
that person overnight or longer.
I prefer to have someone come to my home and "baby sit" since
I have more than one than to board my Danes out, especially if
it's going to be overnight. I hear on the news at
different times of boarding places and vet clinics that board
catching on fire and all the animals dying and it just makes
me too nervous to even think of leaving them somewhere
unattended overnight!! That's another reason I have Dane
size doggy doors in my home so that, God forbid, it ever catch
on fire I know all my babies can get out safely!
During the flight, or trip home if driving, your baby may potty in the
kennel due to nerves and you will need the following to clean him/her up.
Sissors or a Knife:
If your puppy is being shipped you will need one of these
instruments because I plastic wire tie the kennel together, including the
door, so if it's accidentally dropped at the airport it will not come
pour onto wash cloth to wipe puppy & kennel down; then use clean bath
towel to put inside kennel for puppy to lay on for remainder of trip home.
clean out kennel with first in case puppy
soiled it. Although most all my puppies
are crate trained by the time they leave for their new homes, nerves
will/can cause them to have accidents during the trip home and for a few
Old Towel & Wash Cloths:
To clean/wipe down kennel if
soiled by puppy during flight/trip home.
Put a little
on a wash rag and lightly wipe over puppy after first wiping
down with damp wash cloth.
Small Plastic Garbage Bag:
temporarily dispose of all dirty items until you get home.
When you get home get your puppy settled into his
kennel for about an hour just so it's nerves and equilibrium can settle
down. Also, be sure to have food and water in his kennel so it knows
this is it's new "safety" zone.
If your puppy whines or cries, donít punish
him or be overly affectionate. The later will only reinforce the behavior.
Pet him softly and let the situation diffuse itself. If your puppy gets
too noisy or unruly, set him in the floor at your feet. This area is
den-like and the vibrations from the road may soothe him.
Do not stop at any public areas that are
frequented by other dogs. Until heís had his
full series of vaccinations, your puppy is susceptible to numerous
diseases such as parvo!!!
We actually carry our puppies into the vet clinic and do not put them down
anywhere but on the sanitized table once we get into the room. Think
about it.... what goes to vet clinics 90% of the time?.... sick animals!!
SUPPLIES AT HOME:
Paper Towels and Old Rags
To clean up the "accidents" your new puppy will have
around the house and in it's kennel.
To clean ears.
1. Nail clippers and emery board or dremmel to keep
nails trimmed and smooth.
2. Blood Stop Powder in case you clip a nail too short.
(Don't feel bad as it can happen to the best of us.)
3. Toothbrush Kit
4. Shampoo & Conditioner
5. Ear Wash Solution
|Note the "safety shield" so you
don't clip them too short!
Found at most pet stores.
To induce vomiting if necessary.
(from the baking isle of your grocery store)
Pumpkin is a good source of fiber. When puppy has diarrhea or
constipation, a tablespoon or two with every meal for several
days should help alleviate symptoms. Freeze excess in ice cube
To keep them going into certain areas of the house for
whatever reason I may have. You can try baby supply
stores - generally more choices and cheaper than pet stores,
however, beware that horizontal bars provide a foot-hold for
climbing puppies. Also consider spacing between bars, as
some times it is large enough for little puppies to get their
I actually buy an
"exercise pen" and take it apart using the panels for
different areas of the house. I like these better than
the baby gates because when I lay them sideways they are not
too tall for me to walk over and they are not wooden which
means the puppies can't chew them up! I simply screw
"eye hooks" into the door frame and attach them with double
hooks like I hang the feeders with, only smaller.
Large enough for an adult Dane..... why buy numerous beds to
match puppy's growth? Just buy one to fit the end
Nature's Miracle (gallon size) or similar stain/odor
2. Bitter Apple (bitter taste deters dogs from biting,
licking, and chewing).
3. A puppy training book.
4. Appropriate sized doggy sweater if it's fall/winter
when your puppy comes home.
Have a storage bin for the food,
a small bag of food of what we have the puppy on and what you
will be switching your puppy over to and food and water bowls.
The first 3 days feed -- 3 parts
KMC food to 1 part New food,
Days 4, 5 and 6 feed -- half and half,
Days 7, 8 and 9 feed -- 1 part KMC food to 3 parts NEW food.
Day 10 feed -- New food only
Doing it slowly like this gives their stomach and intestines over a
week to get use to new food so their is no scours or vomiting from
We use the following
to start a puppy out with so that it can be raised as the
puppy grows. When they are puppies I like to feed them
in their kennel so they relate something "nice/possitive"
about going into their kennel. Then once they get to
about 4 months of age we switch them to a galvanized pail as
they are very easy to clean and keep all the food "in" the
The treats are to be
used when training your puppy for praise, commands and/or
and Water dishes are to always be at puppy's chest level being
raised as it grows!!
This helps to prevent bloat! Also, keep puppy/dog quiet (no playing or
hard exercise) for at least
minutes after eating,
again to prevent bloat!
Puppies are taken outside to potty right after eating & I let them have a drink
of water and do their business.
I always use the same door so they learn which door to go to to "ask" to go
outside to potty.
If you take them outside right after eating they learn to go right away and not "dilly
Following these simple rules you should not have a problem with house training
ignore them and you'll wish you hadn't! For tips on crate training
Have these on hand so the puppy won't miss any servings
because we start all our puppies on them at 7 wks of age.
Nzymes Antioxidant Treats
We recommend buying this just one time
so we suggest a DANE size wire kennel because if you buy one
"as needed" according to size.... you'll end up spending more
than what the adult kennel costs to begin with.
ALL puppies should be
crate/kenneled at different times so should they ever become
ill or have surgery and need to be kept quiet/still they will
already be use to a kennel. If your puppy has never been
kenneled and you need to do so when it is sick or had surgery,
it could hurt itself trying to get out or the stress alone
will make matters much worse!
For tips on crate training
We buy our Dane
size kennels by Midwest Homes for Pets. The are actually
large enough for two medium sized Danes or one 200 pound male!!
Model/Series: 1154U. For a list of distributors
do a search on EBay and you might
be able to find a deal on one like we did!
If you prefer to
use a doggy door (this works well for those with crazy work
schedules) we suggest buying one just one time and biting the
bullet and buying a Great Dane size one. Some people try
to save money and buy a medium size door for their Dane to
"crawl" through, however, in doing this every day, their Danes
will develop lower back and joint problems.
We purchase our Dane size doggy doors from Moorepet.
to see the
door mount one
bottom of page, Behemonth.) The dual flap ones are great if you get a lot
of wind and/or rain in your area.
Here is the link if you need a wall mount one
(see bottom of page, Behemonth.)
If you're not
going to use a doggy door, hang a little bell by the back door
and teach puppy to ring it to go outside to potty. You
can hang a larger bell (to hear better from inside the house)
to teach puppy to ring when it wants back inside.
Bells used for crafts come in a variety of colors and work
well for this.
We supply collars for our puppies but you will need to get a
leash to take your puppy outside to potty. To keep our
potty areas clean we use a scoop and paddle. The red scoop
(horse feed scoop) we get at our local feed store or you can
find them at some Wal-Marts as an ice scooper and the paddle
(5" puddy knife) is from any hardward store. Both
are easy to rinse clean after each use and I simply hang them on the back
You can dispose of the "deposits" in your normal manner.
Since we live on a ranch I put mine into a metal trash can, then twice a
week I add water, slosh it around and pour into my flower beds as
fertilizer. It smells a bit at first but my blooms have increased in
size by 3 times!! Back when I use to grow roses, the blooms that use
to be the size of a small tea cup saucer were the size of a salad plate!
If you research it, many business now even use packaged human waste
as fertilizer they buy from a garden center or Home Depot.
We did one year when we lived in a neighborhood and were constantly
getting yard of the month!
Phone Book or
Start shopping for Obedience classes in
your area. This is a must for any Great Dane owner!!
Yes, it may be "cute" to have your puppy jump up on you to
greet you when you come home, however, it will not be cute
when it is half grown and weighs 140+ pounds!!