NGDR FORMS

New Owner's Checklist

NEW OWNERS CHECK LIST


On making your appointment, ask for all the family to be present. NOTE ... if the local environment is suitable to keep and exercise a Great Dane.

If you take your own Dane to the home visit, NOTE, the reaction by all family members AND pets

If they have never owned a Dane before, ask why they would like to home a Rescue.

EXPLAIN ... About food costs, Vet costs, Insurance, diet, exercise, grooming (trimming nails). We have a policy of neutering or spaying entire Danes within 6 months of ownership; no breeding is permitted.

EXPLAIN ... The Dane could be nervous, or too lively, or very thin and need careful feeding, not exercised or trained, most importantly, unsure of its new home and need reassurance and time to settle.

ADVISE ... DO NOT LET OFF THE LEAD!! until they are sure the dog will respond to their commands. With children in the house or visiting children, they must supervised at all times. Also other pets should be given plenty of time to tolerate one another.

GREAT PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING IS NECESSARY

ASK ... How long will the Dane be left alone? ............. Do they work? ............. If so, how do they propose to look after the dog? ................. What arrangements would be made for holiday time? .......... Kennels? .............. Should they need advice on this matter, contact us.

Check where they would have the Dane’s bed, ........ it should be in a quiet place, but not locked away from everyone, ............ also, where will the Dane be fed, .................

Now check the garden is securely fenced and safe, ............. if it is a small garden, make sure the Dane would be exercised enough. .......................

Who is their Vet,........................ and has the Vet experience with Great Danes. ..................

EXPLAIN ... The Committee are always available for advice, and on receiving their Rescue, they will be advised of the nearest help line.

EXPLAIN ... to find their ideal Dane for the family, may take a few days, months. Would they be prepared to travel to collect their Dane, if so, how far? ...........................................