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ALFIE AD 12-05-15


ADOPTED ON 12-05-15 – When someone says “Great Dane,” the term conjures up a picture of the gangly and troublesome Marmaduke ruining the neighbor’s yard, or Shaggy’s clumsy canine companion in a Scooby Doo mystery, cowering or devouring everything in sight. The most we get from these caricatures are lovable, bumbling giants generally causing mayhem.

Alfie, designated nickname Elfman by his foster mom, is a male 11 month old Great Dane/Black Lab mix who weighs 84 pounds. We are not sure what he has been through in his short life. Maybe he was abandoned because his owners didn’t expect him to be such a big boy. Maybe he got lost. Maybe he was just not wanted anymore. But one thing is for sure: this big, beautiful boy is all fun and affection and we can’t figure out who would not want this guy as a part of their family! He is an exceptionally laid back guy and that gets along with everyone. He’s doesn’t want to miss a thing in life and is always enjoys to get in the middle of playtime with the other foster dogs. He is happiest when he is carrying toys, napping in his crate, riding in the car, and taking walks—Elfman appreciates life. He is completely house trained and behaves like a gentleman in the house despite his size. He craves human contact and will lean in for hugs all the time.

Down deep a Great Dane just wants to be your lapdog. Thanks to their friendly nature, they want to curl up with you, so you can’t have a body bubble with this breed. They want to stand with weighty paws on your shoes leaning into your body, showing affectionate attachment. Alfie fits this description to a tee. He likes to lean into you and look up at you with those big puppy dog eyes. He is very loyal and lovable and wants to play with everybody. He will make a great family dog, little girls can dress him up and he will gladly stand there and enjoy it. Alfie adores attention and wants to be part of a family. He does very well on a leash and is glad when he has some time to unwind in his crate. He is also a chow hound and everything to him that he eats is delicious. His foster mom says he is a comedian clowning around with the other dogs. He would be a warm caring protective addition to any family.

Alfie is one dog whose spirit matches his beauty. He is a show stopper in personality and looks and has come a long way from his down on his luck days! If you are looking for a comedian, spunky side kick, Alfie is your guy!!

Great Danes are a dog that combines nobility with robustness and power with elegance. It is regal in appearance, having dignity, strength and elegance. This breed is the tallest of dog breeds with its great size and well-formed muscled body. The Great Dane is known as a friendly dog. This breed is gentle, loyal, affectionate, and patient; it makes a great family dog and a perfect companion to children. Adapts well as a member of the family.

Generally speaking, a Great Dane will get along with other pets in the household. As with all dogs, it’s an individual taste: some won’t tolerate another animal in the house, while others will snooze with the cats and other dogs.

Great Dane’s are a gentle, sweet, affectionate pet who loves to play and is relaxed with children. They have a great desire to please. Keep in mind they do not have any idea how big they are compared to a small child, and so they can accidentally knock them over quite easily.

The Great Dane loves everyone and needs to be around people. It is brave, loyal, responsible and dependable. They truly love the comforts of home and you may find it sleeping in your big easy chair. This breed needs plenty of exercise; minimal is a long daily walk.

The Great Danes are very sweet, eager to please, people-oriented, easy to housetrain, and he responds well to training using positive reinforcement. They want to be where the family is. They like people a lot, including strangers and children, and will welcome visitors happily, unless they think you need defending.

It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack, therefore, the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success you must be the pack leader:

  • When we humans live with dogs,we become their pack
  • The entire pack cooperates under asingle leader
  • Lines are clearly defined andrules are set
  • Dogs communicateshis displeasure with growling and eventually biting
  • Humans MUST be higherup in the order than the dog.
  • The humans must be the onesmaking the decisions, not the dogs.

Schedule Feeding Time – Find your dog’s schedule so that you can work with that

  • Feed your dog on a regular schedule time, always within a half hour of the time

Schedule Water – Help your dog bee successful

  • Keep a schedule for water, however, you should design a schedule that fits you
  • Remove the water dish after the first feeding in the morning
  • After the night feeding, leave water dish for two hours, then take it up
  • Before your last walk for the night, put the water dish down about an hour before
  • Then walk your dog 45 minutes after he has had water. There will might be days where that might be an exception for water.

 Schedule Walking Time – Find your dog’s schedule, then gently move it to your schedule.

  • Start by taking the dog out every two hours for two days, if he goes every two hours,
  • Then take him out every three hours, for two days,
  • Until you reach the time frame you need – every six hours—eight hours etc

One accident in the house, there is a urine smell that the dog detects and his instinct to continue mark where he smells urine. This is how wild dogs let other dogs know that this territory is taken and for dogs not in the pack to go elsewhere. If your dog has an accident in the house, spray the area with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water, brush with a soft brush, put a towel on top to absorb the liquid, then take it outside where you want him to go, take it out of the bag and put it on the ground, praise your dog when he goes outside.


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Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks Worm Every Month Till Six Months Pregnant & nursing momma’s wormed more After That Dogs should be wormed every three months
1ST DHPP Giardia Snap Test BloodTests Office Visit Fee – at least five Visits
2ND DHPP Heart Worm Snap Test Antibiotics Health Certificate
3RD DHPP Parvo Snap Test Ear & Eye Medication Skin Scraping
Bordetalla Fecal Test Flea & Tick Medication Transport
Rabies Ear Test X-Rays Spay / Neuter
Kennel Cough Booster Eye Test Dewormer Collars
Leptospirosis Corona Booster HW Pills Head Cones



Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.

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Great Dane Quick Facts

  • weight: male 120 to 200 lbs.; female weight 100 to 130 lbs.
  • height: male: 30 to 34 inches; female: 28 to 32 inches
  • Life Span:      7-10 Years
  • Color(s): Fawn, Brindle, Blue, Black, Harlequin, Mantle

Ideal Human Companions

  • Kid Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Affectionate with Family & Strangers
  • Potential For Playfulness
  • Families with older children

Trademark Traits

  • Easy to Train
  • Intelligent
  • Noble and dignified
  • Lovable
  • Easygoing



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  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
  • Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
  • Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
  • Children need to be taught how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children.
  • No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”
  • Never let young children pick up a puppy or small dog. Instead, make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs.
  • Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
  • Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
  • Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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  1. Introducing Your Dog to a New Home
  2. Cesar’s House Rules
  3. How do I stop a dog from jumping?

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RDVG wants to provide you with as much information as we can because some of our mix breeds you might not be familiar with. The below section on “About the Breed” offers information on some of the Breed Characteristics, Children & Pets, Behavior and Personality, Temperament and more.

It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

Children & Pets

Animal Behavior Guidelines

Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

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Age 11 Months
Life Average 7-10 Years
Sex Male
Weight 81-90lbs
Location Terryville CT
Breed Great Dane / Black Lab
Altered Yes
Fee All Shots + Transport – 450
RDV # RDV608
Dogs Yes
Children All Ages
House Yes
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Loves Crate
Leash Yes
Car Yes
Personality Elfman appreciates life, carrying toys, napping in his crate, riding in the car, and taking walks
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Email rescuedogvillage@yahoo.com
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
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