Great Danes

Great Danes

by Joe Stahlkuppe

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Like every very large dog, the Great Dane requires plenty of space for exercise. Typically, he has a placid personality, and is patient and sociable with kids. This title, along with all books in the comprehensive and popular B.E.S. Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series, provides advice on feeding, health care, housing, and all other important aspects of responsible pet ownership. Each title in the series is individually written from first page to last by a pet trainer, veterinarian, or other pet-care specialist. All Complete Pet Owner's Manuals are filled with high-quality photos and instructive line art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438076492
Publisher: Peterson's
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manuals
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 17 MB
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Table of Contents

Understanding the Great Dane 5

Meet the Great Dane 5

History of the Breed 7

The Great Dane Standard 8

The Great Ear Controversy 9

The Nature of the Breed 10

Living with a Great Dane 15

"Great" Means Bigger than Big 15

Great Danes and Children 16

Great Danes with Other Dogs 16

Great Danes with Other Pets 17

Great Danes and Strangers 17

Caring for Your Great Dane 19

Housing a Giant Dog 19

Exercise 21

Grooming 22

Boarding Your Great Dane 23

Considerations Before Obtaining a Great Dane 25

Illusion and Reality 25

Searching for the Right Dog 26

A Puppy or an Older Dog? 31

A Male or Female? 32

Pet Quality or Show Quality? 32

Choosing a Great Dane Puppy 33

Bringing Home Your Great Dane Puppy 35

The Initial Phases 35

Adjustment Time 36

Helping Your Puppy Settle In 37

The Adoption Option 41

Adult Great Dane Availability 41

Adoption Locations 41

Adult Adoption Advantages 42

Administrative Aspects 42

Achieving an Adoption Attitude 43

Training Your Great Dane 45

An Untrained Dane 45

Using Pack Behavior 45

When to Begin Training 47

Housetraining 48

Crate Training 49

Puppy Physiology 49

Checklist: Crate Training Suggestions 51

Obedience Training 53

Feeding Your Great Dane 61

The Importance of a Good Diet 61

The Elements of Good Canine Nutrition 61

Commercial Dog Foods 64

Homemade Diets and Leftovers 66

Feeding Guidelines 67

Changing Dog Foods 69

Medical Care 71

Special Health Needs 71

Keeping Your Great Dane Healthy 71

Diseases and Immunizations 71

Other Medical Conditions, Illnesses, and Concerns 75

Emergency Care 83

The Life Span of the Great Dane 86

Old Age 86

Areas Needing Your Ongoing Attention 87

When The End Approaches 89

HOW-TO: Preventive Care for Your Dane 90

Information 92

Index 94

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