Socializing and Obedience:
When you take home your new Great Dane puppy it is very important to socialize him/her around many different people, dogs and environments. All of our puppies have been desensitized around different noises and situations. We expose our puppies to loud noises, such as dropping a pot or pan. We open umbrellas around them, and walk them on different surfaces. We want the puppies to be comfortable around different situations in which they will be exposed to in the future. We practice touching the body, paws, mouth, ears and tail. It is very important to socialize the puppies from the time they are born so you don't have skittish, fearful, or aggressive dogs in the future.
It is also very important for the new owner to socialize their puppy around EVERYTHING! You can never start too early! Getting them out between 8-9 weeks to the Vet, the store, in the vehicle, the groomer, around dogs and people. We like to say get as many hands on them as possible. Socializing is very important between 8-16 weeks.
After 16 weeks it is very important to get professional obedience training for your puppy. Obedience is VERY important for a Great Dane. These are very large dogs and will soon become very powerful and difficult for their owners to control.
Food and Feeding:
With Great Dane puppies it is very important to feed a low protien diet. Dane puppies grow so fast if you feed too high of protien and calcium diets it can cause their bones to grow faster than their tendons and ligaments.
Many things contribute to the develpment and growth of puppies including, genteics, exercise, trauma however, nutrition is possibly the MOST important factor. The nutrition is your responsibility as a puppy parent to feed the best possible food for your new baby to properly develop.
"A number of orthopedic diseases, which are problems with a dog's bones, joints, tendons, muscles and nerves, take root in poor feeding practices during the puppy's growth period. These diseases include osteochondrosis, some forms of hip dysplasia, hypertrophic osteodystrophy and Wobbler's syndrome.
Many large and giant breed dogs are genetically predisposed to grow too fast. Unfortunately, humans continue to help the process along by feeding inappropriate, high-growth pet food formulas to these puppies.
When a puppy's body gets too big, too fast and gains a lot of weight, it puts stress on the developing skeleton. Rapid bone growth can result in structural defects of the bones, which makes the skeleton even less able to bear the increasing body weight.
Sometimes developing cartilage can't keep up with rapid bone growth, and cartilage defects can occur. Also, big dogs have less bone density than smaller breeds, meaning their bones are more fragile and prone to injury."
We feed a "Grain-Free" and Holistic diet. What is a grain-free diet? Grain-free dog food does not have fillers such as rice or corn in the dog food. Grains such as rice and corn serve as good fillers and are a cheaper alternative for the manufacturer to add. As a result they are cheaper to buy but not as good for your dog. Grain-free food is generally more expensive than regular dog food because they don't have the fillers however you don't have to feed your dog as much food in order for them to feel full.
A Grain-free diet is also better for your dog in the long run. Keeping them at a good weight, it is also better for their skin and coat, less allergies, and a much easier time passing stool.
Many large breed dogs have special feeding requirements. Elevated food and water is recommended for this breed to help prevent Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or GDV (aka Bloat) A true case of GDV involves twisting (torsion) of the stomach which traps air, food, and water, which can cause rapid onset of shock, often followed by death. Bloat without torsion can create a great deal of discomfort in dogs but is not as likely to result in death. Not allowing them to run around for an hour after eating is also important.
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