- On 17 April 2011
- Great Dane, features great Dane, information
You have decided to take a great Dane puppy or l ’ 've just brought home?
We want first of all congratulate you for your choice, you have chosen a unique breed, not so much for the aesthetic factor, who you know, the great Dane was named "the Apollo of dog breeds", but above all for the emotional and human factor.
Start a new life for you: a new family member enters your home and our hope is that you give all the affection they need, now that is is when will grown-up puppy. We hope that you will always find time to play with him, to be with you to watch TV, to share with him every aspect of your daily life. We hope that you will continue to give due importance always and to follow him for a lifetime, up to the age and the early ailments and until they will be gone.
Nutrition is very important for the growth of a perfectly great Dane puppy. The Alans are very rapid growth molossi, and around 6 months have already done much of the growth. For a year, a great Dane puppy has almost reached final height, having raised in cm 90% its final height (This means that only will grow another 10%). After the 12 months, the great Dane will grow in musculature and structure, improve movement and morphology. Achieved two years, two and a half years, the dog will be finished in weight and structure and reach the height of its beauty, that will last for many years if well taken, trained, Fed healthy and cared for in affective. Any stupid food type error during the first 12 months of Cub's life, threatens forever his future health and fitness. Therefore we recommend that you follow the advice below letters.
- Great Dane puppies are fed with croquettes brand suited to breed (We recommend the Purina Pro Plan Puppy Digestion rice and Angello at least until adulthood).
- However, we recommend that you continue to feed with this brand even in adulthood (Purina Large Athletic). This brand is free of preservatives and natural, Unlike the Royal Canin. The meal must be integrated with added base of ground beef seared in boiling water and goat's milk.
- Administering to the puppy 3 daily meals until the age of 12 months, trying to meet schedules (example 8 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, 8 in the evening); then you can divide the daily ration of two meals (morning and evening).
- Never leave the food ration to the puppy: If you ate or ate just for lack of appetite, remove the bowl and ripresentargliela at the next meal with possible addition;
- Place the Bowl on the floor so that the puppy should not bend on the Forelegs for feeding. Raise the Bowl as the dog grows in stature and keep this habit forever. Reason: good growth, development and maintenance of joints.
- When you switch from one type of feed to another (the same brand but also for different age groups, e.g.. from Puppy Digestion to Adult Large Athletic) make the move gradually within at least 7 days. Always start by mixing the croquettes with new ones, According to this schema:
– for the first 2/3 days of .25 new croquettes + .75 of croquette old.
– for other 2/3 .5 days of new croquettes + .5 of croquette old.
– the last 2/3 .75 days of new croquettes + .25 of croquette old.
- Around 6/8 months you can start adding something more substantial in the bowl of kibble and delete the goat's milk from the diet (1 egg yolk twice a week, 2 spoonfuls of cottage cheese, some pezzettone of Turkey meat or chicken or beef or lamb, without bones and without skin or fat, boiled carrots, Parmesan flakes, etc. You can give a bit of dry bread (dry completely) between meals. The important thing is to remember that not OVERDO the ADDITIONS, SHOULD ONLY BE A HELP. Avoid sweets and chocolate, that turn out to be a poison for dogs.
- It is important however that the puppy doesn't ever fatliquor, It is always better to have a few pounds less for the perfect development of skeleton (otherwise load too could bend the legs), and never become fat. The ideal would be his ideal weight is difficult to see why you should do so often see the vet of confidence during the first 12 months.
- Do supplements cycles, such as the Cosequin or the Fortiflex during the first year of life. Be followed in this by the veterinarian of trust.
- Always leave fresh water available.
- Let the puppy play when you want and let him sleep when tired without force him to do anything;
- Don't let him go up and down stairs in these first months why rush and the fatigue would damage the joints;
- Place in a home where there is moisture and warm.
Education & Socialization
- Get it out often if you have and if it does not rain garden, to train it to do the needs outside, advisable whenever he ate;
- Do socialize with people and other animals now, don't hold it too alone, It's like a bimbo who discovers the world and learn.
Health and care
- IMPORTANT: If it were to happen that the puppy snagged has not finished the cycle of mandatory vaccinations, do not take it out and in public places where infectious diseases are lurking! Do not walk on the ground on the street until they finished the cycle of immunizations, but only in the home! The puppy should come out from the herd only after receiving all the vaccinations cycle complete, and this is usually when they have finished 80 days. Beware from alleged "breeders" who want to give/get puppies 40/50 days of age. Puppies in question, In addition to not having vaccinations at that age have not received nor proper imprinting (socialization with his mother and brothers for their psycho-cognitive growth).
- Doing so often see the vet for a control, the first few months are critical for its growth and any mistake, and that is not included, could definitely be compromised. It is not fanaticism, is pure truth, don't make the mistake that many do, of underestimating the growth of a great Dane. All these people are then made to have damaged their dog and in extreme cases, He had to suppress.