must be fed at chest height to prevent any bone problems. I
recommend that you also feed adult Danes at chest height (a beer
crate makes a good base). Grow your puppy slowly and he/she will
reach their full potential in better health than if he/she grows too
fast. strongly recommend that you keep feeding your pup the
recommended diet as it is one that he/she is used to. I also
recommend that you give your puppy right through to
adulthood Vitamin C. Ester C is best because it is less
acidic than normal Vitamin C give them anywhere between
250mg’s and 550 mg’s.(This can be obtained from any Health food
first 1 ½ to 2 years quality in feeding is essential! At
his/her heaviest appetite period eg: 9-15 months he/she can consume
up to 11/2 -2 ½ kg of cooked chicken mince and rice mixed
with biscuits per day or more! I use a cup of Brown rice to
every kilo of Chicken mince being cooked. (Boiling it is the
way I’ve done it) also pour off excess water and fat after the
cooking process is done.
to 3 Months: At first
your pup will need four meals a day - Nutrience
you’ll be using at this stage. (1 1/2 to 2 cups of cooked chicken
mince & rice plus 1/2- 1 cup of the Nutrience per meal)
Roughly around ¼ a kilo. Your pup should look well covered,
but you should still be able to feel your pup’s ribs (You
should not keep your pup fat and rolly but neither should they look
too thin).NB: Amounts shown are guidelines only some pups may
require more some less.
3 to 6
now change pup over to Nutrience Large Breed puppy Junior mixed with
cooked chicken mince & brown rice. You can
now probably reduce the number of meals to 3 a day (remember to
increase the quantity of food with the pups weight).
Reduce to 2 meals a day. I would prefer that Nutrience
puppy food mixed with the cooked chicken mince and rice
be used until the pup is 18 months old. After that an adult
formula is a good idea or you may change to a diet that suits you.
(Bone’s or biscuits may be given at lunch times)
Remember if you should choose to change the diet do it gradually as
Dane’s don’t have a strong constitution when it comes to dietary
changes and it may upset their stomach’s and give them
are full of vitamins, if fed raw, pureed vegetables are best as the
puppy gets all the nutrients from them. If not pureed a dog cannot
break down the vegetable cells and they can’t get all the goodness
from them. Any type of vegetable can be given in moderation, every 2
to 3 days. Also bits of fruit are good in chunks i.e. apple.
Pups have not had vegetables in their diet, so if you choose to
include them introduce in small amounts! This is the case with
anything new you give them.
supplements are not needed as the Nutrience contains all that is needed. Extra calcium could do
more harm to your growing pup.
Extras: Do give
a variety of RAW meaty bones occasionally, as these are good
for keeping the teeth and gums healthy. (Perhaps twice a
week would be ideal) You may also give raw chicken necks as
well if you wish? NEVER feed cooked bones as these can splinter and cause major problems which may require expensive surgery to
correct!! Also a small amount of cheese and acidophilus
yoghurt is very good for your pup. Acidophilus yoghurt is
also good to give your dog if he/she is taking antibiotics at any
time. Fish is good and most dogs love it, but be sure
to remove any bones.
also give Macaroni cheese or scrambled eggs as an extra remembering
that any New foods should be introduced gradually otherwise you may
give your puppy Diarrhea. If your puppy leaves food uneaten
regularly then cut down the amount given per meal –if your puppy
eats meals within a few seconds and is looking for more increase
amount given slightly. Table scraps may also be included into the
pups meals so long as it’s not too spicy and there are no cooked
bone’s in it!!
puppy has just been wormed; he/she will need worming again on the
date in his vaccination card, then every 2 weeks until 16 weeks,
then you can use an all wormer such as Drontal or Endogard (but
not before the age of 16 weeks or four months)
this I suggest that once or twice a year worm with Drontal or
Endogard all wormer, as this includes tapeworm. (Sometimes a dog may
take Endogard better as some dog’s vomit after Drontal). Unless you
are taking your dog to parks etc where they are likely to come into
contact with other animals fecal deposits? In which case I would do
them twice a year with an all wormer and twice a year with ordinary
canicare worming tablets
puppy has been vaccinated at 6 weeks, he/she will need another at 9
weeks, (the date is on your vaccination card) then again at 12
weeks. After this he/she requires an annual booster shot. Check
with your vet on this as some vets vary in their regime. Until
your puppy has completed his/her initial regime and for 2 weeks
after, it is not advisable to take him/her anywhere where other dogs
may have been walking, urinating etc because of the high risk of
contracting Parvo virus. (Avoid parks & streets).Also if you live up
North in Auckland region it may be worth discussing with your vet
about immunisation against Leptospiroses.
get my dogs done with a nasal spry to cover the Viral side of kennel
cough even though it is included in the three in one inoculation, it
doesn’t protect against the Bordatella the viral side of it. This
is an optional extra as far as inoculations go but in my books its
money well spent when it comes to the health of my dogs!!
Socialization with other dogs and people is important particularly
around your pups 10 to 12 week age period. Some areas have puppy
pre-school classes through vet clinics, if you have one of these
classes available do use it, the socialization at this age is
important for the dogs future well being.
recommend that you brush your dog daily to keep him/her clean. (I
use a latex type brush put out by Kong (brand name) called a ZOOM
GROOM and available in some vet clinic’s or pet stores.
hesitate to bath a dirty or smelly dog but in saying that they don’t
need frequent bathing unless they are dirty or have been rolling in
something they shouldn’t have, because you don’t want to strip the
natural oils from their coats by over bathing them!
they are short coated and generally keep themselves clean Dane’s are
virtually odorless and a pleasure to keep as a house dog. Be sure to
keep your dog warm until dry after bathing. I use Triocil; this is a
good medicated shampoo that keeps the skin and coat healthy. Dane’s
love swimming if you get them used to it right from a young age(but
beware of those big paws coming at you if you’re swimming with them
as they leave big scratches on a person’s body ,so it’s advisable to
keep a good distance between you whilst swimming with a Dane!!)
want your dog to wear a collar, please make sure it is a loose soft
collar until your dog becomes accustomed to wearing a collar.
Remember to change the size of the collar as your dog grows.
puppy is partially house trained, but it is up to you to complete
that training. When your pup wakes up, take him/her outside
immediately and stay with your pup until he/she goes to the toilet.
Reward with heaps of praise immediately. Repeat this after every
meal and playing. If you see your pup sniffing around, take him/her
bed must be thick to avoid the development of corns on your dog’s
elbows and heels. A 3’ x 3’ foam squab or bean bag works well.
for your Dane should be kept to a minimum until 12 months of age, as
long walks may harm bone development. Don’t let you Dane jump into
or out of cars, or go up and down stairs until his/her bones are
strong (approx. 8 months).
must be trimmed 2 to 3 times a month. Miki Nail clippers are good.
remember a Dane is an important member of the family and they like
nothing more than to be around their human companions (constantly if
enjoy nothing better than lounging around and just being with you,
but they’re also always ready to go anywhere with you too.
pick up a set of keys once a Dane has been accustomed to car rides
and see what happens??
TIE UP A DANE!!
you find this helpful, remember this is just a guide, your puppy may
need more or less food and it will depend on appetite.
have any problems, queries, questions or just need advice, don’t
hesitate to give me a call. I am only too happy to help you in any
way I can.
about the Great Dane”
“Every Dog – The Complete Book of Dog Care”
- Rowan Blogg & Eric Allan
Pelham Books 1987
IS BN 0.7207.1724-