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Old 01-12-2019, 04:47 PM
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Great Dane Stray

I'm new to the group. Little bit of background, my husband and I have had a 4.5 year old female Doberman for 3 years. We have 3 young children. We are also finishing up building a house and will be moving in the next few weeks so our lives are pretty hectic. But a few days ago, we came across a stray Great Dane. He had a collar, but was in the middle of nowhere and pretty skinny. We took him to the vet and they said he was pretty malnourished, but otherwise seemed okay. We have reports at all the local shelters and have been posting online to find the owners but the vet agreed with us that he probably was too much to deal with and got dumped in the middle of nowhere. If no one steps forward to claim him, we would prefer to either keep him or find him a new home ourselves as opposed to taking him to the shelter. But his training is almost nonexistent. Vet estimates that he's about 1.5, so he's fully grown and playful and if we want to keep him or rehome him, we need to get his behavior under control asap.

He is very friendly with my husband and I. We've been keeping him mostly separate from the kids and our Dobey, but he has done pretty well with them in the short times they've been together, so we're not really worried about that. He also seems to be house trained and we haven't had any accidents in the few days he's been with us. But we have made zero progress with teaching him any basic commands. Really could use any tips or resources you can give us. He really is a big, clumsy sweetheart, but he is getting into everything and his size really makes keeping him under control a challenge. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Actually a lot of great danes are NOT fully grown at 1.5. A lot of giant dogs don't stop growing until 3, sometimes even longer.

For what it's worth, our Newfoundland got into everything when we got him too (he was 13 months), but he stopped after 2 weeks. I guess it was all new to him and he eventually lost interest.. so it's not necessarily a lost cause. I'd still go over training 101 obviously (honestly.. just google puppy training), and keep him active.

Look on Craigslist for any post regarding lost Great Danes (include nearby regional), and check regional 'lost and found' pages on Facebook too... sometimes dogs just get lost and can go pretty far from their original home. But if you can't find the owners and decide not to keep him, I would really recommend just contacting a Great Dane rescue - they have experience in finding good families, and he could be fostered by more experienced people as well until he's adoptable. I'd still contact the local Great Dane rescue to see if they've heard anything about a lost dog too.

Anyway, good luck, I hope this story gets a happy ending.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:13 PM
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My dog is 90 pounds. I got him at sixteen months old from the shelter who tried to tell me he was full grown. He was 63 pounds and all huge paws and ears that he hadn't grown into yet. He's not a great Dane.
He didn't stop growing til he was two or more and didn't fill out til at least two and a half. Emotionally he didn't mature and get out of adolescent stage til around three.

He's a mix of gsd, boxer, Chow, and a little lab and American Staffordshire.

A great Dane will take much longer to mature physically and emotionally.

For training I used his favorite treats and praised and rewarded all good behavior. I kept sessions short to account for distractibility.
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