It’s natural for you to fall in love with a dog at first sight, especially if it’s a Great Dane that makes you recollect your childhood memories of watching Scooby-Doo films! While there’s no denying that all dogs are precious, Great Danes are certainly unique, and may require some extra planning before you bring them to your home. This breed may require some specific grooming tools and veterinary attention, and they also tend to have very unique personalities that may require some toys to keep them busy while you’re away.
Here’s everything you’ll need before you welcome your fur baby to its new home.
As much as Great Danes are affectionate and understanding of their human companions, they’re equally finicky when it comes to where they rest. You may need to buy a bed specifically made to cradle a puppy’s size, and go a size up when you have to. You might also want to look for a dog bed for Great Dane breeds, which are made specifically to match their finicky characters. If you buy the cheapest bed on the market, you’ll definitely have your dog sleep everywhere except for the product that you purchased!
If you think that puppies become less energetic as they grow up, think again! Great Danes are full of energy, no matter how old they are, and they’ll have to keep themselves occupied while you’re too busy to give them the attention that they crave. If a Great Dane is not entertained while you’re away, you might come home with a hole through your sofa. But fear not! Choosing the right toys will certainly keep them distracted, and those include lots of squeaky toys, flavored bones, as well as antlers, which gives them something to chew on other than your furniture.
Great Danes may give you the impression that they’ll stay puppies forever, mainly because they never run out of energy. But always remember that these puppies will grow into quite a large size that a regular crate just wouldn’t be good enough for. That said, a good crate is not just one that your dog doesn’t outgrow. The cheaper kinds are made from poor materials that will fail to endure your dog’s size, and will eventually collapse. You wouldn’t want to have that happening on your way to the vet! It’s always advised to buy a crate with double doors and a sturdy pan. Wobbly crates can be very stressful for your dog, so make sure that you save up, and invest in a high-quality product.
Before you bring your Great Dane home, you’ll want to puppy-proof everywhere that could be dangerous to your dog, as well as anything expensive that may need proofing. You can do this by removing clutter, and any expensive decoration that your dog can get to. Aside from that, invest in a dog-gate to prevent your puppy from access to areas that may be harmful or dangerous, such as kitchens, or any area that may pose harm to a playful dog.
While you can leave any complicated part of the grooming process to your vet or a specialized groomer, you’ll still want to get your hands on some sanitary products. Buying the right shampoo for your Great Dane will help protect its coat from falling out, and will make it easier for your vet to groom your dog on your next visit. Great Danes may also require some tooth brushing on a daily basis, while their claws might need to be trimmed every few weeks. Letting the Great Dane’s claws grow long may harm your dog, and hinder its ability to walk. This is because their claws can curl inwards when they grow, which can injure and pierce through their paws.
Aside from keeping your dogs clean, you’ll also need to keep your house hygienic. This will include training your dog to “go” in a specific spot that you clean regularly in your home, or preferably in your backyard. When puppies are trained early, they grow to be very clean companions. You’ll also want to invest in some biodegradable dog waste bags, as well as dog-friendly stain removers, in case any accidents happen in your home. Stain removers come in handy when you’re still training your dog to go where its designated toilet is.
Adopting a Great Dane may be hard work, but it’s never without reaping the benefits of owning one of the most affectionate dog breeds there are. They may be a little high maintenance, but the money you invest in keeping them happy is worth every penny.
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