Great Dane Care
Great Danes, though big, have very delicate stomachs, especially when it comes to food. We recommend you buy high quality dog food and make sure you feed them in an elevated bowl. Most deep chested dogs need this so that they don’t inhale as much air as they would if they were eating off the ground. Don’t exercise them right after they finish eating. These steps will also aid in the prevention of Bloat. Danes need to be fed 2-3 times a day with plenty of water.
Danes do not require significant grooming. But like people, they feel better after a good bath! If youre keeping a Dane in the house, we suggest a weekly bath. Most can be trained to bathe in your tub or shower! Careful though, you may get a bath too! And though they dont shed very much, brushing your Dane with a brushing mitt is also helpful.
It’s Not a Bad Thing!
Contrary to popular belief, it is not punishment. Most experts and veterinarians recommend dog crates as the best way to raise a puppy. Many breeders require you to own a crate before they will let you take a dog.
Most dogs will actually find a crate to be a secure and safe space to call their own. Once trained, you’ll probably find them resting in the crate even when you’re home!
What Kind of Crate?
A wire crate is recommended because it allows for proper ventilation and visibility. A young puppy will need to be able to see what’s going on around him, where strange noises are coming from. Otherwise, it may become frightened and you’ll create additional anxiety and behavioral issues. Wire crates are also easily moved and will fold flat for storage. The portability of a wire crate also makes it useful for travel.
There are now some really great mesh crates as well. They are lightweight, portable for travel, and come in many colors. These are generally recommended as a travel crate, or for use once your dog has been trained.
What Size Crate
Make sure the dog has plenty of room to grow to full size in his crate. The dog should be able to comfortably stand up, turn around, and lie down in the crate.
Where to Put the Crate?
The crate should be kept in a quiet location where the dog still feels like part of the family. Remember, it’s not punishment. As a reminder, keep them away from direct heat and cold drafts.
How do you train them?
Take it slowly and make it a positive experience.
Use a consistent phrase as you place the dog on the crate. i.e. “Crate”, “Kennel”. Praise him and give him a treat each time. Remember also to praise them when you take them out .
Start with short 10 minute periods of quiet time in his crate while you are in the room. Then leave the room for a short period of time. Gradually increase the duration of his quiet time to 30 minutes, then an hour and so on.
After the quiet time or your return home, we also recommend that you immediately take them outside to potty. This helps associate that they need to wait to potty until you let them out. Dogs have a natural instinct to keep their living space clean and they will do their best to hold it until you let them out.
Within a short period of time, your pet will feel content and accept the crate as their own space.
As the dog matures, you will be able to leave your pet in the crate for longer durations.