3-page Great Dane Information

G'Dieter Danes

14404 Cearfoss Pike   Hagerstown, MD 21740-1632

Info@dieterdane.com  301.745.8922


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When You Get Your Puppy Home:

Give your puppy a few days to adjust before putting any demands on him/her.  Keep confusion and distractions to a minimum, offering the puppy peace and quiet during this traumatic time of missing his/her old home and littermates and adjusting to his/her new life.  Your puppy has been raised with a lot of love, gentle handling, and positive reinforcement and we hope you will continue this way of care. 

<>It is not unusual for your puppy to go off his/her food for the first day or two, so don't be alarmed if this happens.  But it should not last but a day or two.  And it is not uncommon for puppies to get some diarrhea from the stress of the change. Again this should not last but a day or two.  Please let me know and/or consult your Vet if it continues for more than two days. 


Your pup is used to having Eagle Pack Large Breed Puppy food with warm water 2 to 3 times a day.  Eating from a feeding table or stand when you pup gets older is highly recommended.  It is believed this will decrease the chance of bloat.  Your puppy will need fresh water available at all times.  You may need to increase the protein level after the rapid growth is over at 1 yr.  Eagle Pack makes many foods that should meet your dog’s nutritional needs for his/her entire life.  If after one year you would like to try another holistic hormone-free preservative-free food, please make the change gradually.

Vitamin C should be given every day.  Vitamin C does many good things including promoting healthy growth.  You can purchase Vit C time release chewable tablets from Drs. Foster & Smith mail order catalog.  Follow the instructions for dosage.  You may also give glucosamine and chondroitin.  Your puppy should have no other supplements, etc.  Allow your puppy to rest after eating.

Danes' bones grow rapidly, sometimes causing orthopedic problems.  For this reason, protein level of your puppy's food should remain fairly low.  The protein level should not excess 23% during the first year.   

Ears Taping:

If your pup is cropped and still has a cup on his head, try to keep it there until the ears are completely healed (up to two weeks).  For several days after cropping, the ears will look very sore.  You may use triple antibiotic ointment or Gold Bond Medicated Powder if you want, but normally you need to do nothing.  Take the cup off only if the ears are not erect.  If the cup gets loose, try taping it so it is secure to the ears and the ears are erect.  Make sure you do not put tape on any unhealed edges of the ears.  If you cannot get the ears to stand erect against the cup, remove the cup completely and wait for the ears to heal and/or call me for help and/or consult a Vet in your area who is knowledgeable about posting ears (many Vets are not). 

There are many ways of taping ears once they are healed.  Use the method with which you feel comfortable.  I use pipe insulation (foam rubber) for ear taping.  Cut the foam in two strips so that they are long enough for the ears and fit comfortably on the ledge (knob at the base of the inside of the ear).  Wrap each strip completely with adhesive tape.  Put it on the ledge, pull the ear up so that it’s nice and straight, and wrap tape around the bottom and the top (elastic or adhesive tape may be used).  Skin Bond may be used for extra strength if needed to help hold the tape-covered strip to the ear.  Then hold the ear up straight and wrap the rest of the ear with adhesive tape.  After both ears are covered with tape and standing straight, run a piece of tape from the bottom of one ear to the bottom of the other ear to keep the ears vertical.  It is a good idea to leave the very tip of each ear exposed so you can watch for any swelling, which would mean the tape is too tight.  In this case, remove the tape immediately and tape the ears again once the swelling goes down.  If the circulation is cut off, the pup may lose his/her ear, so it is very important to pay attention to this.  Usually each posting will last about a week before it starts coming off.  But keep check for rubbed or irritated areas (at least once a day at first).  If the ears smell fowl (stink), take the tape off the ears and clean them.  Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to clean the ears especially if there are any open areas or the ears are red.  If there are no open areas or redness, rubbing alcohol can be used.  Then tape the ears again making sure you do not cover any open areas.  You can let the ears air for a couple hours, but it is important to get the ears taped ASAP.  If the ears are standing straight, you may leave the tape off.  But, if they start flopping, tape them immediately.  Continue this procedure until both ears are permanently erect on their own.  It usually takes 4 to 8 months of taping, but it could be longer with softer ears. Please contact us with any questions.

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A Note about BLOAT:

Bloat is a real threat to your Great Dane.  Large-chested animals are prone to it.  Bloat is when the stomach fills with gas.  Some of the symptoms are retching, acting uncomfortable, and distended (large) abdomen.  Please keep simethicone (gas-x or the like) on hand to give your dane at the first indication of bloat.  Then get your dane to the Vet ASAP.  This is a medical emergency!  Please read more about Bloat on the internet at http://www.marvistavet.com/html/bloat.html. 


Puppies like to chew, chew, chew!  Toys and things to chew on are very important for many reasons.  One is so the puppy doesn't chew on your furniture, shoes and other undesirable items.  Toys are also necessary to stimulate a puppy's mental capacity and soundness.  And it will help to keep your puppy from getting bored.  I recommend cow hooves, sheepskin toys, rope toys, hard rubber bones or kongs, gumabones, nylabones.  Milk jugs are great toys too, as long as they are not chewing them into little pieces.  Any toys that your puppy is chewing into little pieces and swallow are potentially harmful.  Please do not use rawhide unless the rawhide is big and you are going to supervise your puppy while he chews on it.  Your puppy can chew a piece of it off, swallow it and it can obstruct his intestinal tract if/when it swells.  Greenies are NOT recommended.  As a rule, do not give your puppy ANYTHING small enough that he can swallow.


It is very important that your puppy is allowed to rest/sleep at will.  So your puppy should have NO forced exercise for at least the first 6 months and longer if you notice ANY limping or uneven gait.  I define "forced exercise" as something as simple as taking your puppy a walk around the block.  During a walk like this, he/she cannot lie down and rest/sleep when he/she wants to.  Therefore, this is forced exercise.  Your puppy should never play with other animals or small children unsupervised while growing.  Their rapidly growing bones and joints can be injured very easily.  And your puppy should never play with any animals bigger than he/she is while growing.

By the way, if you see your puppy limping restrict his/her activities for a few days.  Please let us know immediately if the limping continues and call your Vet. 


Training is very important when your puppy is small.  After he/she gets big it is very difficult to start training.  Do not let your pup on furniture unless you plan to let him/her on furniture as an adult.  It is almost impossible to break a habit like this once it is started.  OBEDIENCE TRAINING IS RECOMMENDED!  Your local kennel club should offer classes.  AKC can furnish a list of the kennel clubs in your area. 

Housebreaking in not difficult if you are patient and consistent.  Take your puppy out after eating, after playing, after waking up, and frequently in between these times (about every 1/2 to 1 hour).  A crate helps in housebreaking, especially at night.  Usually a dog will not "dirty" in his/her own crate/bed.  Praising your puppy when he/she relieves himself/herself outside is very important.  If your puppy has an accident, tell him/her "no" firmly and take him/her outside.  NEVER, NEVER put his/her nose in it or hit the puppy.  This is cruel and only confuses the puppy.

DO NOT give a command (tell him to do something) if you are not there and can make the dog do it (if he doesn't do it on his/her own).  And DO NOT give a command if you are the type person who just likes to hear himself/herself talk but doesn't intend to carry through. 

Another very important thing to keep in mind is to make training fun for your puppy.  Use positive reinforcement (NOT negative).  Praise, praise, praise, praise!!!  Plenty of praise for things done correctly.  Do not dwell on things done incorrectly.

Finally, never call a dog to you and then fuss him/her.  He/She will learn that when he is called, he/she is going to be fussed and he/she will not come to you.

Training can be fun and your dog will learn if it is done correctly.  One of the many top dog trainers says, "There are no bad dogs, just bad owners."  It is extremely important that your dog knows that YOU are the pack leader and YOU call the shots, not him! 


Please pay special attention to your puppy's registration application.  After a certain period of time, the registration fee increases.  This dog may not be registered with any other registry except AKC without written permission from the breeder/seller.

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Pet Supplies

If you are interested in saving some money on dog supplies, these mail order catalogs are available (among others):

Foster & Smith 800-826-7206 [www.DrsFosterSmith.com], Valley Vet 800-468-0059 [www.valleyvet.com], Care-A-Lot 800-343-7680 [www.carealotpets.com], Omaha Vaccine 800-367-4444 [www.omahavaccine.com], R.C. Steele 800-872-3773 [www.rcsteele.com], J-B Wholesale 800-526-0388 [www.jbpet.com], Jeffers 800-533-3377, Revival 800-786-4751 [www.revivalanimal.com], and KV Vet 800-423-8211 [www.kvvet.com].

Great Dane Books and Videos:

The Great Dane by Anna Katherine Nicholas

The Great Dane Dogdom's Apollo by Nancy-Carroll Draper

The New Complete Great Dane by Noted Authorities

AKC Breed Standard Series - The Great Dane Video slide show

Great Danes Today by Di Johnson

The Great Dane, Model of Nobility by Jill Sedlow (The brindle on the cover is out of my Tee)

The Great Dane Handbook by Mary J. McCracken (G'Dieter's Chance Encounter, Page 81)


AKC Gazette - 5580 Centerview Dr, Raleigh, NC 27690-0643.....info on care, training, and showmanship

Dog World - PO Box 98816, Chicago, IL 60693

Dane World - 13318 Elk Run Rd, Bealeton, VA 22712


If interested in obedience (which is highly recommended), conformation, agility, etc, you may want to subscribe to "The Match Show Bulletin."  Address is Box 214, Massapequa, NY 11758.  If you are interested in point shows, contact AKC to subscribe to the AKC Gazette/Events Calendar.  Or contact your local kennel club for information on handling classes, obedience classes and showing.

Websites of interest:

www.doglogic.com          www.sharlaitdanes.com/Links.html          www.akc.org          www.gdca.org          www.infodog.com                           

Dog food sites….    www.beowulfs.com (Back To Basics)             www.eaglepack.com    

We hope you have many years of enjoying your puppy and you will treat him/her like a member of your family.  Include him/her in family activities, and never tie him/her outside isolated with no stimuli....this would have a negative effect on your dog (especially danes!) and it is against our agreement.

Please feel free to phone us with any problems, or just to let us know how your puppy is doing.  Also, we love pictures!



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