Supplies Needed :

  • First veterinary exam scheduled (you have 72 hours after taking possession of your puppy to have their 1st exam done)
  • Food Bowls
  • Water Bowls
  • Food / Supplements
  • Crate / Kennel
  • Bedding / Kennel Pad
  • Toys
  • Training Treats
  • Flat Collar (I send home a PUL Leather Collar for your puppy to use for a very short period)
  • ID Tags
  • Leash
  • Training Classes Scheduled
  • Dremel
  • Canine Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Dog Poop Bags
  • Shampoo
  • First Aid Kit & Bloat Kit

The First Vet Visit : Establishing your new puppy

It is very important, not only for you and your new puppy but also for your vet and their office staff, to have your puppies 1st appointment on the books at least 2 weeks prior to getting your new puppy. This will help them to better prepare for you and your new family member.

Be sure to take your puppy binder I have provided to you, which contains all your puppies’ previous vaccinations, deworming’s and heartworm prevention along with any vet visits he / she has already had while in my care. Your puppy will need 2 more Distemper Parvo vaccines for full immunity.

Feeding Your New Puppy : How much and how often?

Keeping your new family member on the same food that I have had him / her on for the past 4 to 5 weeks of his / her life is completely up to you, HOWEVER, it is VERY important to maintain them on the same food for at least the first 2 weeks once they have transitioned to your house. Changing the food when you first bring them home can cause GI upset, resulting in diarrhea and possible lethargy (YUCK!).

With the change of home, environment, etc. puppies’ little immune systems can sometimes get overwhelmed. Don’t be worried this is completely normal! If after the first 2 weeks, you will want to consult with your veterinarian. After the first 2 weeks feel free to switch him / her to another food (please note I have a list of recommended kibbles for great dane’s, if you have another food that you are looking at please speak with me first so I can do a little research on it to ensure that it fits all the guidelines for great dane’s). When / if you choose to switch your puppy, it must be done so properly over a 7 to 10-day period. A slow transition is best, gradually adding on the new kibble with the old until you have completely transitioned 100% to the new food with little to no GI upset.

Puppies should be fed 3 times a day until they are between 6 and 8 months of age. Between 6 and 8 months you can make the switch to twice a day feeding (AM & PM). For the first 6 to 8 months I feed between 2 to 6 cups total per day, divided into 3 meals (increased or decreased as needed based off your puppies’ personal growth needs). Then you puppy is between 6 and 8 months of age they are typically eating around 5 to 8 cups of food per day, depending on the kibble you’ve chosen (again increased or decreased as per your puppies’ personal needs), which is divided into 2 meals a day.

I can no stress enough the use of STAINLESS-STEEL food and water bowls. They come in a multitude of different styles (hanging bucket, rubber bottom, etc.), I use the hanging buckets that I purchase from, but any STAINLESS-STEEL owl will work. The reason I say stainless-steel is simple 1) they are VERY easily cleaned and sterilized, they can be tossed into the dishwasher 2) they reduce / eliminate bacteria build up that your dog would be exposed to if using another style of bowl.

Crates & Bedding

Crate training is a wonderful training tool, not only are you preventing your new family member from getting into things he / she may not supposed to be getting into, but also providing them with a “safe” space that is just for them. Allowing them to have a spot that is designated just for them is an amazing gift to enable your new puppy a spot to “get away” from people / things / other dogs if they get overwhelmed. I recommend using ether the metal wire crate and / or an x-pen for the first 6 months of life (and possibly beyond, not necessarily for house training purposes but for the safe space). I use both and feel they are the safest ways to keep your puppy safe.

During the first few months, I recommend avoiding the use of fancy, pretty dog beds as they will most likely be chewed on, but also, accidents happen, and those beds will need to be washed a WHOLE LOT and may not look so pretty once the puppy stage is over. I personally use old towels, inexpensive fleece blankets from Walmart (I will be sending one to you in your puppy go home package) or old blankets (not comforters). Once your puppy is fully potty-trained feel free to break out those beautiful beds. I use crib mattresses with cute fitted crib sheets on them (easy to wash and waterproof).

Treats & Toys

There are a multitude of different toys and treats on the market. I personally love and use puzzle toys, snuffle mats (there are a TON of DIY videos on how to make them for about $15), no stuffing toys, KONG and other “stuffable” toys, squeaky pigs are a must (buy multiple, they become addicted to them and become a favorite toy very quickly) and my ALL TIME favorite is the BarkBox (provides toys, treats and goodies for about $22 a month)

Along with age / size appropriate toys, selecting the right training treats for your dog is just as important as mental stimulation. There are a plethora of training treats available, but I recommend sticking with ones with simple ingredients and natural flavoring. I like BillJac, Starmark and Stella & Chewy’s when I am choosing training treats.

Collars & ID Tags

Along with your puppies HomeAgain Microchip (already placed and registered), having an easy to read ID tag always attached to his / her collar. I use a few different websites that I personally order from, most are on Etsy and I also use a local leather tag maker (Kritter Kollars).  

Having the RIGHT collar for your dog is very important to their leash training success. I personally use fabric or leather martingales and flat collars (most of which I purchase from Etsy, Buddy’s Collars and eBay).

Grooming & Oral Hygiene

Taking care of your new family member is a great responsibility, but also very important. Great dane’s are a very easy to groom, and it is very simple to desensitize them from the VERY beginning.

It is important to get your puppy used to having their teeth brushed, coat groomed and bathed.

In Case of Emergency

I always have cloth tape, vetwrap, sterile gauze and Neosporin on hand in my first aid kit for emergencies. I also have Gas X, Pepcid AC (famotidine), tubing (to decompress the stomach), a mouth guard and a bucket (to purchase your bloat kit click HERE).

These items DO NOT replace a visit to the vet’s office, they are just for an emergency, to buy you the time to get to the vet.

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