Great Dane Puppy Supply List
Where to start?
First you must create a safe environment both inside and outside your home for your curious, exploring, and chewing puppy. For the puppy's safety you will need to puppy/proof your house and the yard. So many things can be a hazard. When you are prepping the house, remember that puppies much like human toddlers put everything in their mouth. All items but especially small items can be a choking hazard. Your puppy will also put everything in his mouth and will want to chew/taste every single he or she comes in contact with. I suggest you remove things like hanging table cloths, drapes, and electrical cords. You should raise up all the breakables and the expensive stuff until the puppy is past the chewing stage. Shoes and toys can not be left out anymore. They are irresistible because they smell like you. Also these new thin TVs are no match for the whip of a Dane tail or five minutes of zoomies so make sure they are secure. Only you can provide a safe place for your new exploring and chewing puppy. Do not forget to secure the yard of dangerous objects and deadly plants. Build or fix the fence to keep your dog in your yard. Don't forget they grow fast and will be able to reach higher than you think they can.
You must get a good bed~ You would not bring home your newborn baby without having a crib and blankets or your baby right? The same it true for your Great Dane puppy you will need a bed for him or her. Puppies spend more than half the day sleeping and will need a big, soft, and clean place to lay down. From day one it is important is to create a space/den/bedroom for your Great Dane . They will need a space inside and also outside that they feel safe, warm, and can nap in. They need a place to fully stretch out. A full grown Great Dane must have a large thick bed you do not want a bed that your dogs legs, elbows, or head hangs off the edge . The dog beds you find at the pet stores are not thick or big enough for a full grown Great Dane. While sleeping with my Danes, I have personally tried out dog beds and they are not very good. After a few minutes I can feel the hard floor right through the cheap pads they use to build them. My favorite bed for a full grown Dane is a human futon or a regular mattress . For your two to three month old puppy you can start with plastic baby mattress. They are easy to clean and bleach if the puppy has an accident during the potty training.
You must get a couple blankets for your puppy. Give your puppy a blanket (that smell like you) to cover the bed with. Remember the puppy will be lonely and afraid to be alone. My puppies have never been alone before leaving my home. The puppies have always been with mom, dad, and their litter mates. They have never slept alone, ate alone, or been left alone. All dogs prefer to be in a pack and do not like to be alone. When you leave them just know they will be looking for their family, possibly whining and howling for you to come find him. I live in the Forest and we have packs of coyotes that hunt during the night. Sometimes a coyote puppy will get separated from the pack. It is so sad to hear the puppy howling for help, sometimes it take a while but the pack will search until they find the pup. I always worry my puppy will go to a home where he is alone and I worry he will feel like a lost coyote. I hope you have someone to keep him company while you are away. I am most grateful for homes that someone is always home with the Dane.
So what can you do to help the puppy with the transition into your home? In the beginning surround the puppy with the smell my home then after he is bonded with you then you can add the smell of you to his safe place.. To help with the transition, I will send home you a blanket and stuffed toys from my house that smells like home, mom, and the litter mates. I make sure every puppy will leave my home with a blanket, toys, and stuffed animals. This blanket and the toys should be put in the puppies safe space that you create for him. Remember to have this all set up before you bring your Great Dane puppy home. The first thing he will need to know is where his safe spot is, where his food is, and where the bathroom is. If you do not have room in your house for a big futon bed then you do not have room for a Great Dane and should consider a smaller dog. You will also need to make a safe place outside for the puppy. I recommend the largest dog house you can find that is insulated from the heat and the cold. The puppy needs a spot for him outside and inside your home. When shopping for the food and water bowl try to get the biggest bowls you can find especially for the water, so that the puppy will always have a bowl of food to eat and water to drink. Remember we live in earthquake zone so make sure to have extra water in storage. You should get a couple extra large waters bottles for emergency for you and the dogs.
Remember the internet may have lots of advise on these subjects but my advise comes with my phone number and email. Who knows who is running those other sites. In fact it seems like some are run by corporations trying to get you to buy the products they sell. Honestly I will tell you the same thing if you call me or email me. I do not get paid anything for referring these items to you. Also I do not allow others to list products for sale on my page. Instead I truly believe in the products I suggest on my page and I think they will be helpful in raising and training your Dane.
I would also suggest you join a Great Dane group on Facebook or some other large forum so you can get more information from a large group of Great Dane owners. I enjoy hearing others responses and ideas. I have learned so much from other Great Dane owners. Plus, it is a free and a fun way to get more a lot of advise from real Dane owners. On those forums you can ask what food or products people really use and like for their Danes.
FIRST on the List... PREMIUM DOG FOOD
WARING: Never feed your Great Dane puppy regular puppy food. Doing so can cause serious bone, joint, elbow, and hip problems. This will be very painful for your dog and can cause problems the rest of his/her life.
FOOD I have experienced that if you feed your Dane puppy, good food, you will have a healthy and happy Dane :) I "free feed" dry food which means I ALWAYS have a no tip bowl full of food available to eat. I think this is the key to raising the BIG Great Dane everyone wants. I must insist that you don't ever let the food bowl go empty, at least for the first year. Danes will eat small amounts of the kibble all day long when they are hungry. My advise is to never put your young Great Dane on a diet, never limit their food. Never measure, ask how many cups to I feed my Dane and do not worry he is eating to much dry food. In addition to the dry food, you should also feed canned food once or twice a day. They should also have a bowl have dry food too. I must say this is the most important thing you can do for your growing Dane, FREE feed him good food and never let the bowl go empty. Remember according to most vets, the best way you can feed a growing Great Dane to grow them slowly, so the muscles can keep up with the faster growing bones. Below I have shared my thoughts on bloat and believe it will not be an issue if you choose to free feed like I recommend you do.
I personally like the ingredients in the Kirkland premium dog food at Costco. The first ingredient is meat but it also has rice the right amount of protein, fat, fiber, glucosamine, and omega fatty acids. Great Dane puppy need all this to grow properly. Costcos Kirkland is the best food that I have found and also has a low price for premium dog food. If you do not have a Costco membership then I recommend that you add the upgraded Costco card to your puppy supply list. Why the upgraded membership and not the cheaper one? The upgraded card will pay you back at the end of every year. I get a large Costco check at the end of every year, which pays for my yearly membership and I have money left over for whatever I want to use it for. Just this year the check was for 250.oo which paid for the membership charges and also paid for a few bags of food. Costco s dog food is in the top ten of over 150 dogs foods, so you can get the best dry food on the market for half the price of premium dog food elsewhere. Great Dane puppies can eat the Kirkland dog foods but not feed them the puppy brand they sell. The Kirkland brands they sell at Costco have the perfect percent of everything that a healthy Dane needs to grow them big and strong. Costco Dog Food is on the top ten list for best dog food! So don't forget this to pick up this food when you are getting your supplies :) I love that the first ingredient is always meat (not a meat by product) along with the other important ingredients too.Outside I have raised bowls for the pack to graze on, I always have HUGE bowls of dry dog food which the puppies also enjoy when they are playing outside. As with most dry dog food, Danes will eat it up wet or dry, although they prefer it wet. I know this because the bowl that I add water to is the first bowl to go empty. The only problem I find is when I wet the dry dog food and if it is not eating within that day then it will go bad and I will have to throw it out. So for only one Dane if you add water to the dry food make sure not to make up too much because it will start to go bad pretty fast once mixed with water.
Costco's DRY DOG FOOD Kirkland's Chicken and Rice Premium Dog Food (red bag). When your Dane is full grown may need two bags of food a month which will cost you around $60.00 a month. I also recommend Costco Natures Choice (bag is smaller) because it is grain free and is also a great food to feed your growing Great Dane.
This one is my first and favorite choice for your puppy and dog food! First ingredient is meat plus everything else done to the correct values. Yes it is adult dog food but it is the correct ingredients of what the GD puppies all should to be eating.
You will also need to feed your puppy GRReat Choice canned food for the first year. It is basically a can of chicken and rice. The large size cans 22 oz are around 1.34 per can so that will cost you around 39.00 a month. The first ingredient is chicken and then brown rice...
Chicken should be the main staple in the Great Danes diet. I give my puppies canned chicken every day along with the dry food. I finally found my favorite canned food at PetsMart its called GRReat Choice. The first ingredient is chicken! I would recommend one can a day until at least 16 weeks or for life if you love them and can afford it. Regarding Petsmart, I have the manager order me ten cases at time. They never have enough on hand. If the store you go to does not carry the big 22 oz can then you can have them order it for you. If they are to lazy to do this for you then you can order the chunky chicken from my Lake Elsinore store. Here is the SKU number so you can order them over the phone 7 37257 26124 2. I only get the classic ground, chunky chicken because the other flavors go not have chicken as the first ingredient. They really don't cost too much costing the most only 1.34 per day or you can find them on sale for only 1.09 normally once a month. I recommend half the can of canned food for breakfast and the other half of the can before the afternoon nap. My husband is a bit more thrifty than I am with the canned wet food. He likes to mix it in with the dry food. This is what he does...In a large bowl, he would mix dry food (chicken and rice ) with hot water, let it soak for around ten minutes. While you are waiting you can open a can of wet food (GRREAT CHOICE from PetsMart) He mixes them both together and we watch them eat it up :) After that special treat, the puppy will take a nice long nap :)
You can also make your own healthy dog food if you have the time. I have a short sample video listed under the video. Make sure to watch it. It is so simple to crock pot chicken and brown rice a few time a week. I buy chicken when I see it on sale cook half and freeze half. I pick up chicken breast every month when it goes on sale at Stater Bros and also at Albertsons. The sale priced chicken breast will only cost you less than $2.00 a pound. Remember to use brown rice because the white rice does not have the nutritional value they need. If you decide to make your own healthy dog food then you might want to add a crock-pot and a rice maker to your puppy supply list. You can also add veggies, pumpkin, and coconut oil to your home made food. Yogurt is also good for your Dane so he gets the probiotics he needs.
Fruits And Vegetables Dogs Can And Cannot Eat below.
Apples. Yes. Apples are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber for your dog. They are low in protein and fat, making them the perfect snack for senior dogs. Just be sure to remove the seeds and core first.
Bananas. Yes. I give Banana treats like banana chips from the bird farm for treats and training puppies.
Great Danes can eat bananas. Actually, many veterinarians even recommend this potassium-rich fruit as a healthy alternative to fatty, salty treats. Benefits? Bananas are high in fiber, which can help if your dog is having gastrointestinal problems, and magnesium, which promotes bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins.
Watermelon. Yes. Everybody loves watermelon, even dogs. But is it safe for them to eat. Yes it is with precautions. Seeds could cause an intestinal blockage, so make sure you remove them. Itís also probably not a good idea to allow a dog to chew on the rind, because it can cause gastrointestinal upset. The fruit itself is a health-food powerhouse, low in calories and packed with nutrientsóvitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium. Watermelon has only about 50 calories a cup and 92 percent water, so itís great for hydration on a hot day. It also has no fat or cholesterol, so itís pretty much guilt-free.
Carrots. Yes. Carrots offer Danes a nutritious snack. They are perfect for adding to your Great Dane food. I steam mine with my rice and add it to the puppy food. I even recommend carrots for teething puppies as a way to relieve teething discomfort, and carrots make cheap and edible chew toys. Chewing on carrots can even help improve your dogís dental health. More importantly, carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, among other vitamins, all of which play an important role in canine nutrition and eye health.
Broccoli. Yes, broccoli is safe for dogs to eat in very SMALL quantities. It is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat. On the surface, this makes it an appealing choice for dog owners looking for a healthy dog treat, but broccoli also contains a potentially harmful ingredient. Broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates, which can cause mild-to-potentially-severe gastric irritation in some dogs. I add steamed broccoli to my dog food sometimes.
Celery. Yes. In addition to vitamins A, B, and C, this crunchy green snack contains the nutrients needed to promote a healthy heart and even fight cancer. As if that wasnít enough, celery also known to freshen doggy breath. I add steamed celery to my dog food. I also give the puppies celery as a chew toy it is good for the growth of the long bones.
NO grapes. NO avocado. NO onions. NO cherries. NO mushrooms. No asparagus.
I do not use this brand at all anymore but I wanted to let you know that it is the food most recommended by vets. It is Science Diet, it is NOT my choice for dog food anymore but for some reason all the veterinarians recommend it. Most vets sell Science Diet at the office so maybe that is why they recommend it. I do not like the fact that the first ingredient is not meat so I no longer agree with them that it is the best food for a growing Great Dane puppy. I am afraid they might recommend it just because it is the product they can make money from. I did feed it and recommend it for my Great Danes for a while but not anymore. If you do choose to buy this brand then you should know the Danes all loved the taste of the lamb and rice one but do NOT like the other flavors we have tried. This is one of the three foods we once fed the puppies. DRY FOOD Science Diet : LARGE BREED PUPPY. Most veterinarians would say to feed them Science Diet for the first year of life.
LARGE DOG BED the most important supply on the list. I would hope that everyone that reads this will invest in a human FUTON bed for your Dane. I have learned that it is the BEST dog bed I can give them! Honestly I have over ten futons at my house for my pack. They are very soft with no box springs you don't even need the frame. I promise it is the only thing large enough for them to sleep comfortably on. If you don't believe me then you try to sleep one night on regular dog bed it is NOT ACCEPTABLE! This is so important to me that, I will even pick up one up for an extra 20.00; if you let me know ahead of time... Costco also has the OK small beds for puppies and at an OK price. For an adult Danes, they will NEED a full size or bigger bed. For smaller puppies still potty training I have used the plastic baby crib mattresses available at Target/Walmart for around 40.00... I use a couple blankets over the beds to keep them nice and protected. The beds last longer and stays cleaner this way. I can just wash the blankets. For My best Training Tip, I keep the small Costco size bed at my side as I move room to room. The puppies can stay at my side and watch me but if they get up off the bed; then it is time to play outside... Money saving tip, find a used futon on craigslist for your dog bed. They are every easy to find and I normally pay about 20.oo for them. Plus you can take the frame apart and use it for doggy gates. Dog bed and doggy gates for only twenty bucks will save a lot of money!!!
Dog gate/Baby gate - These are pretty important in the puppy stage. It helps to keep the pup in the desired room or to block off the other rooms/stairs as off limits. Also works for crating. If you use the tip listed above you can really save on the doggy gate!
Dog Food - must be a large breed puppy!!!!!! NEVER feed a great dane regular puppy food!!!! You need to buy a large bag of kibble for large breeds and soft canned food mixed into your kibble. This will helps the pup to get it's appetite back after the stress of leaving it's litter-mates. See above instructions to get the right food for your puppy.
RAISED Food and Water Bowls -Elevated feeding stand (optional, but ideal) are on sale at Petco for around 30.00 or a bowl (that wont tip )can help save a lot of money and mess. You should get your Danes a raised feeding bowl but you can use so many things to get it up off the ground... Be creative with this... use wagons, benches, tables, chairs, and tree trunks to get your food bowls elevated. The water bowls should hold a large amount of water. I use big horse waterers and a kid pool too. Living is Ca I am prepared in the case of earthquake I suggest you have extra water also. Get a couple of those big Sparkelets bottles of water as a backup for emergencies
Storage Containers- I have two big plastic containers for the food storage, I like to take the food out of the bag and put it in them, it helps to keep the food fresh and the critters out. I also like the metal trash cans with lids, I like to mix my two favorite dog foods together in the can. Remember you also need to be prepared in case of earthquake so you should have a lot of food on hand. You can find these metal cans or plastic storage containers at places like Home Depot or Lowes or even on ebay or craigslist.
Dog Houses- It is fun to look on Pinterest to get ideas of what I really like. You can find them new, used, and custom built on Craigslist too. On craigslist I prefer to search for dogs houses using the key words. kids playhouses, instead of dog houses because they are bigger, cuter, and cleaner than the regular doghouses. I also like to go on Pinterest and search for plans to build them new. Some pins have plans so you can build them yourself for so much less than buying them. On Pinterest I have pinned my favorites doghouses on one of my boards.I seem to like the two story ones and also ones with little porches. What you really want to find is one that is short and wide. You want them to be wide so they can stretch out but not to tall because the heat rises. They should be dark and den like. From watching the puppies I have learned when the are tired out and ready to sleep they crawl under the sofas and tables where they can barely fit to take a nap. They like it dark and with a low roof. The kennel are just not big enough or warm enough so I do not recommend them outside. I think my Danes favorite den was made out of my old kitchen table with four legs. I wrapped the legs and I put a blanket over the top and side to make it dark and warm.
CHEW TOYS are so critical for a teething puppy. Chew bones are a must too. I will give you a few toys from my home but make sure you supply them with lots of fun toys and bones too. I love the ones from the butcher because they last forever.
Small Hard Plastic Kids Pool- These are a must for summer fun. Easy to find in summer, the ones like you see at Walmart for around 20.00. Works great for a water bowl, playing in the water, or just cooling down. Once again these are optional but for the price they are worth it!
Crate - For nap time, puppies like to find a dark, closed in, place to sleep. Dark crates feel like a den help make the puppy feel safe. It will help keep puppy out of trouble when you are not home to watch them. Also works good to put puppy in for nap times, quiet times, and training purposes. Be creative... indoors you can use a table for a crate just wrap a blanket around it and put a bed under it.
Crate cover/Blanket - or a sheet to drape over the crate helps create a den-like feel not to thick... Also good for the dog beds. I always send one home with the puppy but know that you will need more. I like the thick ones without stuffing.
Treats/Clicker - Training tip for fast learning; it is great for all types of training reinforcements even potty training. Cost around one dollar at Petco...
Leashes - I like horse lead ropes, AKC handler leashes, and nylon leashes. Try to find the thick nylon leashes. I like The GRIPP that have the two different handles one low and one at the end built into the same leash.
I also like the really short leashes for walking, that are mostly just a clip and a handle. They work great for our tall breed and keep them close by your side.
If your rich then get a nice long one and also a short handle leather leash. The best one I have seen is sold at PetCo designed by a Dane owner I think they are called The Grrrip which has a short and long leash in one and a control collar...
Collar & ID tag or Microchip:
Pooper scooper/shovel- You don't want to forget one of these for yard clean up. Personally I like the horse rakes, they are the best for me, but a flat straight head shovel also works really good. You might want a special trash can for the poo. So you may need to add a trash can to the list also?
Plastic bags - for cleaning up after your pup while walking about town.
Plastic Gloves- for all occasions. Cheapest at Granger but also at Costco
Baby wipes - Can be used for cleaning up accidents indoors. My favorite to use for cleaning out the Danes ears and eyes.
Vinegar - for neutralizing odors after accidents. It is also good in your laundry :) I use it for washing the dog blankets :) I have not found any other product that works as good as Vinegar at getting the smell out of things.
Dog bed- second reminder A human FUTON is the best Great Dane bed!
Old towels, blankets, or sheets for pup's bed - When your pup is still in the potty training age. I recommend crib mattresses for indoor Dane beds when they are small. Use a crib sheet as a cover, they are easily washed. Also those outdoor mats made to go on patio furniture make good but thin puppy beds.
Grooming Supplies: nail clippers, nail files, puppy shampoo, rubber curry comb, and brush
Tarps are good for under the dog bed, bowls, ect. They work great when you are potty training. Also can be used to cover the top of the kennel
TOYS TOYS TOYS TOYS is the key to a happy Great Dane puppy.
MORE IMPORTANT FOOD INSTRUCTIONS
I am sharing my thoughts on bloat since it is a question I get asked all the time. I believe if you free feed your Great Dane it will eliminate many problems associated with the Great Danes from bloat to food aggression. When given the chance Great Danes are grazers that eat small amounts all day. I think it is important for them to always have a bowl of dry food available so they may eat when their body wants to eat. I hate when I hear " How many cups of food do I give them in a day?" because I want them to have a full bowl of food at all times, I do not want to hear that you only give them a few cups a day. Great Danes unlike other dogs will not overeat or gourge on food if you free feed. Unless you only offer food once or twice a day then I have seen them gorge on food and act like they are starved when the eat. Not free feeding will lead to other bad issues like food aggression and stomach problems. I believe improper food and not free feeding is the best way to mess up the health and happiness of your Great Dane. I have raised five generations of Great Danes and never had one dog suffer from bloat or food aggression, that is why I pass this information on to you.
Below is a site on bloat that may be helpful. If you go by what they believe then you will never have to worry about it at all since it is not something that runs in the lines. Like I already mentioned, I do suggest free feeding so the Dane to prevent bloat since I believe if you free feed your Dane you never has to worry about bloat or about limiting the zoomies after a meal.
Large breed puppies like great Danes require a special diet. Your great Dane puppy should only be fed a high quality ADULT DOG FOOD or a GIANT BREED PUPPY FOOD. Do NOT feed your puppy a regular puppy food. Doing so can cause serious bone, joint and hip problems which can be very costly and painful for your dog. These foods have properly balanced levels of calcium and phosphorus, and are lower in fat and protein which allows your puppy to grow at a slower rate, lessening the likelihood that he will develop hip, bone and joint problems. (Donít worry, your dog will still grow to be the same size!)
Information about spaying or neutering your Great Dane puppy. Please watch this video before you alter your puppy. You can really mess up a GD by fixing them to early! This vet did her research! http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/09/30/neutering-health-risks.aspx
IMPORTANT FOOD INSTRUCTIONS
Large breed puppies like great Danes require a special diet. Your Great Dane puppy should only be fed a high quality ADULT DOG FOOD or a GIANT BREED PUPPY FOOD ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!