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When you re-home a Great Dane of any age, the following advice will help you to settle the dog into their new abode with consideration.

If you buy a Great Dane puppy from a Breeder it should have in its ‘suitcase’...

  • A diet sheet advising from current age up to adulthood.
  • A Veterinary document listing the puppy’s inoculations, worming programme and Micro-chip registration.
  • Information on how to look after your puppy i.e. food, exercise, bedding and worming, and general care including a list of ‘Do and Don’ts’.
  • A comfort blanket and a list of his/her like and dislikes.
  • The contact telephone number of the breeder, also the address.
  • A Pedigree.

If you re-home an older Dane always ask for as much information as possible.  It is so important to know what the dog likes or what it is frightened of.  How he/she interacts with other dogs, cats, small animals, farm or wild animals and children.  There are many things that can worry a Dane; people wearing glasses, walking canes, umbrellas to name but a few.

So you have the Dane home, the sofa is waiting in the lounge, the padded bed is in the conservatory, and in case it gets too hot, another bed is waiting in the ‘office’/dogs room.  The stainless steel feed bowls are in the stand at the correct height, so when the Dane feeds or drinks, the head is hanging down (a little lower than shoulder height).  Of course, the beloved ‘Porsche’ that was cuddled up in the garage, has been replaced with a station wagon! Sacrilege! (An estate car will suffice).

You introduce the Dane to the whole house, every room, and now he/she has a grand tour of the garden.  You’ll have to excuse the chap if he feels obliged to water every exotic bloom you have flowering in your pristine garden.  (I hope you’ve taken lots of photographs of your garden, so at a later date you can while away the hours longing for its return to glory!)

The first night for puppy or older Dane can be a miserable experience, for them and the family.  I suggest you take up residence on the vacant sofa or mattress on the floor, but don’t be surprised if you wake up with a hairy bedfellow with bad breath snoring down your ear!  Take as long as is needed to settle the Dane in, they will tell you when you’ve taken up too much room on the ‘bed’.

Some very fortunate people re-home a Dane that immediately settles in as though by magic, and never needs any ‘comforting’ at all. Also there are those that do not want to start a habit (sleeping with the Dane), that they feel will be difficult to stop; that one is your call!

With a puppy or an older Dane be patient; give them time to acclimatise, to learn your ways.  All households have a form of routine which will be totally new to the dog; the way you give commands and expect the dog to react, when you take the dog for exercise, noises from the television, radio, music, children playing in the house and garden, all this to accept and learn immediately?

So please be patient, give the Dane time and space to come to terms with a new life.