Haus of Blues Puppy Information
Haus of Blues is an AKC Blue Great Dane Breeder in Southern Arizona.
All of our animals are raised inside with two pre-teen boys, two adults and a cat who owns the place but does not have a job.
I want to start with, I will always take my Danes back, no questions asked. I do not want any of my pups ending up in a shelter, ever. Whatever part I can play in making that not happen, I will try my best. I will not give refunds unless it is a health related issue that is documented on paper by a licensed Vet that I can contact.
You will want a Great Dane size bed. Sherry Wonderling makes them with memory foam and customizable. They are Great Dane sized and made with fleece so the dogs can not chew them! They are only $65!
The awesome Dr. Noble Jackson
Puppies come with a vet check from Dr. Noble Jackson, the best vet I have ever had. They will also come with first shots and deworming. If you have questions or concerns, please contact him. (520) 508-7425 Puppies are prone to worms, so if they use the bathroom and you see worms, that is usually the dewormer working. Please make sure you it mention to your Vet when you take your puppy in for their next shots.
Your puppy’s first shots will be Distemper, Measles, Parainfluenze and Bordatella. They will need their 3 week boosters when you get them. Please do not miss their shots. Remember, you can take your puppy out to places but you will have the hold him/her. They are not fully vaccinated against some very deadly diseases until 16 weeks of age.
Goin’ for a ride
I do encourage you to put them in the car as much as possible, take them to stores and to dog parks. Unsocialized Danes are no fun. If you take them to a store before the age of 16 weeks, always take a blanket to put down in the cart or plan on carrying them in your arms. People do put their dogs in the carts and puppies are still not full immune to some very deadly diseases. When you take them to a dog park, or any other place where there are a lot of dogs, hold them in your arms for awhile. They may be very nervous and every dog will want to sniff them and every person will want to pet them. Take it slow. Don’t expect a lot from them in the beginning. It is a big step with a lot of new sounds and smells. It can be very overwhelming for them.
Train that Baby
Definitely go to a puppy training class. There are good trainers everywhere. Danes are big so you want to make sure you have the control you need over a dog that may outweigh you. One of the best pieces of advise I ever got was “what is cute as a puppy, may not be as cute or safe at 150lbs”. They were mostly referring to jumping up or your or other people.
My Danes do free feed, which you will read is “forbidden” however, all my Danes have always been free fed and never had issues. I asked Dr. Jackson about it and he said that all my Danes look very healthy and so free feeding them is not an issue. But of course, please do what your Vet advises you to do. If your vet recommends elevated bowls, I have found the cheapest way to do that is by purchasing plant stands. I used to use just Dollar Store plastic bowls but they are so light that the dogs knock everything down. I know there is controversy on feeding on an elevated platform so please do as your vet recommends.
So go to some resale store and get really heavy cooking pots.
In addition to following best practices in feeding, there is also a stomach tacking procedure that can be done. Please talk to your Vet about it.
One other note on feeding. Danes have sensitive stomachs. As puppies I have them at a 20-22% protein to control growth. If you give them anymore than 25%, they will get what is called Wobbler Syndrome (http://www.all-about-great-danes.com/feeding-great-danes.html).
Our RufusxPippa puppies have rapid growth. They do get growing pains! Because of that, we have them on Natural Balance Limited Ingredient.
I have done Taste of the Wild (Sierra Roasted Lamb), Diamond Naturals, etc, they are all good. It just has to be high quality. And as odd as it is, as adults, mine have done really well on the green bag of Kirkland dog food dry kibble found at Costco. Kirkland in the Green Bag is super cheap but another Dane breeder told me to try it because it is made in the same place with the same ingredients as some of the super high quality dog foods. So I tried it and they were right! My Danes love the Kirkland dog bones and their wet food too (green can) and never have tummy issues. Your puppy will come to you being fed on Diamond Naturals. If you are changing the food, please do a slow implementation. A tiny amount at first, mixed into the Diamond Naturals, for about 3-4 days. Watch for any bowel changes. If everything is ok, a little more and so on. If you see any bowel changes, stop the new food and revert back to the Diamond Naturals. I would not recommend trying a new food again for at least 2 weeks and then you can repeat the process.
Great Danes are not outdoor dogs.
I always use the test of “if I don’t want to be out here, neither do they”.
Kenneling is not mean
I do encourage kennel training for their safety and your sanity. It’s nice to know that when you are gone, they are not getting into something. The kennels I have found to the best are Midwest. Danes can stand up in them. They are huge but worth every penny. They come with a separator so when your guys are little, you can put that in to kennel train them otherwise it just feels like a giant area to use the bathroom in.
My theory on sitting I have no proof of this but I have noticed that Danes in general have trouble sitting. Many times you will see them prop their rears up onto a couch with their legs on the ground. When you instruct them to sit, they will, and then lay down. I just think they have such long bodies, sitting is not easy. But that is my opinion.
They love to be on couches and beds. If you are looking for a dog to stay off your furniture, a Dane is definitely not the dog you want.
NO Rawhide, everrrr
Danes can’t have rawhide or most other “chewies” because it gets stuck in their intestines. A great alternative are Yak Milk Chews. They will chew them until they are tiny so be sure to take it away before they get to a be a choking hazard. My measurement for too small is as soon as it gets to be smaller than the length of my palm is when I take it away. One thing I did was when they get super small, if you still them in the microwave, they actually puff up so then they are just edible and the hazard is no longer there. So I did that last time and it worked. They go by alternative names of Himalayan Chews or Tibetan Chews. Here is more info on chewies: http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/what_does_linda_use.htm
Ropes are for horses
Rope toys shred over time. The issue then becomes that the dogs swallow those little strings and it can bind up their intestines. So no rope toys.
Kongs are great for some breeds but I would not recommend them for Danes. I have seen photos of the holes in the Kongs creating a suctioning and causing a significant amount of damage to lips. There are better alternatives. Kong has done a great job at marketing and product placement but that does not mean they are the only toy in town.
Liver me long time
For training, freeze dried Liver Treats are an absolute must! Every dog in the Universe responds to them. I one time made the mistake of putting them in a plastic bag and taking them with me when I took my Danes to dog beach. I was quite popular that day!
Hulk chested Danes
Unfortunately with harnesses there will be no way to find one to grow with him. What I did was just started with a medium and it was a bit big but they would grow into them. Then just go to a large and then special order if you needed to. One of my Danes had a 42″ chest so I had to special order one. All that being said, we have the capability to make beautiful, leather, custom dog harnesses now. So if you need one, let me know and we can make one for you for a lot cheaper than anything online. But definitely wait until he is full grown. And no need to buy super expensive harnesses while he grows. Most of the Dollar Tree stores carry dog harnesses. Use those for now. I have had puppies chew off their own harnesses so don’t spend a lot of money on them until their are grown enough not to do that.
Shhh…Danes are afoot
Danes are sensitive! Even a change in the tone of your voice can send them running to their kennels for a time-out. They are so sweet! As you are training them, they really respond to positive feedback. Liver treats, positive voice tones, lots of love. You will get back exactly what you put into your Dane. They are very loving and loyal.
Puppies get stressed Keep in mind that when pups are separated, sometimes they do get stressed and will have a bit of diarrhea. Please make sure they are staying hydrated and if you have any concerns, see your Vet immediately.
Be kind, you can’t rewind
Danes, and dogs in general, are animals. Shocking, I know. So though they live with us, they are not humans and still have animal-like tendencies. They chew, the get into trashcans, they do dog things. Yes, training helps but they slip up too. Beating them is not productive and I personally think they lose a little trust in you and they do not forget. It’s not worth it. For trashcans, I highly recommend the Simple Human line of trashcans. The tops lay flush, safe from a Dane nose.
Bye, bye baby, bye, bye
My experience has been that Danes, in general, do not take off. However, my 2016 group decided to go exploring on more than one occasion. Shout out the ever patient Huachuca City Animal Control for their never ending patience with my 5 Danes and my lovely neighbors who caught them and brought them home, looked for them or called me to let me know they saw them out. What can I say, where I live is amazing.
My opinion is that dogs get loose. It happens. But when it happens over and over, you have to do something because it is not responsible dog ownership. I was this owner. We tried SO many things and nothing was working. We ended up rehoming our dogs because we felt out of options. Then someone mentioned the wireless fence. We had thought about it but never thought it would work. Well, it does! I highly recommend the Petsafe Wireless Fence! You can add as many collars as you want and it gives increasing series of beeps before the zap. They usually learn the first time and that is all it takes.
I put these on when we go to the dog park. I want to know that if something happens, I can always grab my dogs attention. I have tried two and like them both but the other we got was really hard to get the collar off and on and then the little plastic pieces to hold the sensors on broken in the first 2 weeks. So I really prefer Petrainer. The collars are big enough for Danes and mine has been chewed up, dropped, stepped on and they still work! These collars come with the beep, the buzz and the shock. My Danes responded very well to the beep and the buzz. It’s a great tool to have if a dog fight breaks out because you can get them to come right to you and not get involved.