You might have seen those cute little puppies on TV-shows and just started loving them – or you just might have been amazed by how a Great Dane looks like after growing up completely. Either way, be it because of cuteness or size, you have decided to get yourself a Great Dane puppy.
But before embarking in the rollercoaster that raising the Great Dane will be, there are some things you should know, so you’ll take care of the pet properly. You want your puppy to be in the best hands, and for that, you should know everything that can be known about Great Danes.
From the food for Great Dane puppies up to the activities you should do with him or her, we’ve got you covered. So, hold on tight and let’s jump right in!
Let Him Socialize
The Great Dane is a breed that resulted from the combination of the English Mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound – and it was used to hunt wild boars. Therefore, you realize how important is for your puppy to meet new people and get to feel safe around them.
You have probably seen the sizes they can reach and you wouldn’t want your cute little puppy to get aggressive as he or she is growing up.
Brushy – Brushy!
Another thing you have probably noticed is that the coat of your new Great Dane puppy is very, very shiny. You might think that you’d have to wash it quite often in order to keep it that way. But that’s not the case!
Of course, you still have to give him or her a bath when needed – but until the dog needs to be dipped in water, you can just use a natural-bristle body brush to groom the pet. As his or her coat is short, it won’t take much for you to groom the puppy and see the coat get all shiny again.
Exercise and Cuddle
Of course, you won’t have to worry about exercise when your Great Dane is just a puppy. It will probably run all around the house and have the right amount of daily activity. But as the pooch grows up, be sure that the pet is not going to getting lazy! Arthritis and dysplasia are two of the diseases that can affect a Great Dane if the dog is not getting enough exercise. So, be sure to keep him moving time to time – after all, exercise is as good for dogs as it is for humans.
In terms of cuddles, you have to pull out one extra blanket from your drawer. You might think that the dog has fur, therefore it is warm even in winter – but the Great Dane’s coat is, as mentioned, quite short. So, about that blanket – cover the dog with it during the winter, especially at night, and you will have a happy Great Dane puppy.
You wake up and you have your breakfast. Then, your lunch will follow, and in the end, you will be having dinner. That’s three meals a day for an adult human – with some possible snacks sneaked around them.
Yet, when it comes to your Great Dane puppy, three is not enough. You’ll need one more to make him happy – and feeding your puppy can be quite difficult.
As mentioned, you’ll have to provide your dog with four meals a day. Every dog food has its own recommendations, and you should read them carefully and feed your puppy properly. Checking your puppy’s weight will help you determine the optimal amount of food for every meal.
There are four more things you will have to be very careful of when taking care of your Great Dane puppy!
First of all, you have to know that gastric torsion – also called bloating – can be fatal for your dog, therefore, while feeding your puppy, this is what you have to avoid. A slow-feed bowl could come in handy for preventing this issue.
Even though a lot of exercise was mentioned, be sure you don’t move him too much before a meal, as this can have some bad results. Then, do not pile up those four meals in a single large one – no matter how busy or careless you might be. It’s four meals a day, and that means that your puppy has to eat four times a day.
You should also avoid feeding him types of food that are too high in fat – just keep it simple. And, as the last important thing you should do when feeding your Great Dane, you should get him fed from a low bowl – avoid raised bowls at all costs, as they are known to cause bloating in dogs.
More Medical Issues
No, it’s not about having more medical issues, it’s about helping you avoid them. So, as soon as you get your hands on that cute little Great Dane puppy – you should not start cuddling him all day long.
Instead, you should take him to a vet, as soon as possible. Heartworms, tick infestations, and flea allergies are only a few of the things your puppy is prone to suffering from. It’s best you lay down a plan, along with your vet, and make sure that your puppy gets all the required shots and visits the puppy doctor whenever it needs to.
You don’t have to relax too much until you’ve solved all of these and laid down a proper action plan – there are many breed-specific problems your puppy may suffer from, and you have to take them all into account for the safety of your pet.
House Project: Puppy-Safe
Of course, this goes for any puppy, but it’s just a good thing to know.
You might be scared that your playful little puppy will be compelled by your juicy shoes into chewing on them – and you have all the rights to believe that they will surely chew on them!
But, your puppy is more important than your shoes. And to keep him perfectly safe, all you have to do is remove the small objects that he could swallow or choke on from your house. Besides a simple tummy ache, you might have to get your puppy into surgery, and you definitely don’t want that.
The same care that goes into a baby goes into a Great Dane puppy – so be sure to give him the best care you can and both of you will be happy!