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!!


ABOUT THE BREED
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.

PET COMPATIBILITY
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.

CHILDREN
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.

TEMPERAMENT
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.

PERSONALITY
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.


IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT PACK LEADERS
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.

HOUSETRAINING
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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WHAT  THE ADOPTION FEE PAYS FOR 

Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 WeeksWorm Every Month Till Six MonthsPregnant & nursing momma’s wormed moreAfter That Dogs should be wormed every three months
1ST DHPPGiardia Snap TestBloodTestsOffice Visit Fee – at least five Visits
2ND DHPPHeart Worm Snap TestAntibioticsHealth Certificate
3RD DHPPParvo Snap TestEar & Eye MedicationSkin Scraping
BordetallaFecal TestFlea & Tick MedicationTransport
RabiesEar TestX-RaysSpay / Neuter
Kennel Cough BoosterEye TestDewormerCollars
LeptospirosisCorona BoosterHW PillsHead Cones

DISCLAIMER: THE BREED POSTED ON OUR DOGS’ BIOGRAPHIES ARE OUR BEST GUESS BASED ON SEVERAL YEARS OF DOG RESCUE. ADOPTERS WHO NEED TO KNOW THE EXACT BREED OF A PARTICULAR DOG MUST HAVE THE DOG TESTED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.

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

Age11 Months
Life Average7-10 Years
SexMale
Weight81-90lbs
LocationTerryville CT
BreedGreat Dane / Black Lab/
Purebred
AlteredYes
FeeAll Shots + Transport - 450
UTDYes
RDV#RDV608
DogsYes
CatsUnknown
ChildrenAll Ages
HouseYes
EnergyMedium
FenceHelpful
CrateLoves Crate
LeashYes
CarYes
PersonalityElfman appreciates life, carrying toys, napping in his crate, riding in the car, and taking walks
OrganizationRescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
NameKris
Phone860.940.3350
LocationPreston, CT
Emailrescuedogvillage@yahoo.com
FacebookRescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.

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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.
  • THIS IS YOUR JOB, NOT THE DOG

 

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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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