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Moose and Roxie

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We are on our 5th foster dog now (6 if you count the foster we babysat for a week) and I’ve come to realize that every dog is significantly unique.

Each dog has its mental and physical quirks. He can be 100% fine with everyone, but pull on leash really hard. He can love everyone but despise men. She can have issues in her knees so you have to lift her into the car. She can have a big surgery to remove a cherry eye which requires a lot of aftercare.

One of the biggest things Christian and I have to watch out for with every new dog is their behavior. If we misinterpret a situation and the dog, there can be very serious consequences. Remember that we’re dealing with a 150 pound dog. And Great Danes in particular are slim, which means most of it skin, bones, and muscle. I personally have never known a Great Dane who has attacked anyone (they’re called gentle giants for a reason), but you never know with a strange dog. (click to read more)



Rocco has, what I would call, severe separation anxiety, something I’ve never experienced before.

  • The first night with us, he absolutely refused to go in his crate so we reluctantly allowed him in our bedroom (which actually went pretty well).
  • He still is very, very slow to get in his crate. It usually takes him a few minutes and lots of “good boy; come on boy; let’s go, Rocco.”
  • I left him alone in the bedroom with his raised bed and favorite blanket to go out to an appointment. I set up a camera to monitor him. He paced and whined. After 15 minutes, he started tearing up his blanket. I turned around and went home.
  • I had to go to another appointment a few days later. I put him in the sun room where he couldn’t destroy anything (the windows into the house were open so the A/C was able to cool the room). He pooped and tracked it everywhere.
  • I was out of town for two weeks and Christian couldn’t miss work. Rocco was left alone for a few hours and would sometimes poop, but consistently tore up his paws trying to climb through the windows.

Needless to say, he does not like his own company.

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Obedience training is very important. It takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication. Unfortunately, not many people understand that and if they do, they may not have time for obedience training. To really get control over your dog, you need to spend dedicated time with them to establish good behaviors and break bad habits.

As I mentioned before, one of my goals is to get Roxie more trained before we get our gentle giants. She has a couple of bad habits that I don’t want her passing down to her little siblings.

Unfortunately, I’ve been a little busy with other areas of my life and have neglected to begin a obedience training regimen with Roxie. By “obedience training regimen”, I mean regularly spending a dedicated amount of time to focus on her training. But until I have more time to dedicate to her training, I’ve come up with an idea.
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Credit: Jon Hurd

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Credit: Jon Hurd

Credit: Jon Hurd

No laying on ‘our’ couch or our bed

Drool is a huge issue with giants. Like, huge. One shake of the head and it’ll be dripping from the ceiling. We’re mostly okay with it, but I really, really don’t want drool spots on our bed or the couch. They will have their own beds to drool on. Couches: giants are sleepers. It’s not only a necessity for them; it’s also a hobby. And couches are comfortable. But I don’t want drool on the couch. So my solution? Have two couches! One for the dogs and one for us. That way, they get to laze around the house just like we do. We just have the option of either sitting with them in their drool puddles or sitting on a nice, clean couch. This will also be good for our guests. Who wants to sit on a couch with drool stains?

Then again, here are 10 reasons why you should let them on the furniture. (click to read more)