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    we are new owners to a Harlequin GD. He is 4 months old and has had a couple health issues with skin and a GI thing. He is very laid back and reserved.... he wants to play at times and loves to snuggle.... all the lab work we have had done shows that Sam is healthy! Is being laid back as a puppy common for Danes??? Also, any thoughts on kennel training? Sam is struggling to not go while we are at work!

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    Hi and welcome... what are you feeding him? How much are you feeding? Many Great Dane puppies are laid back..some are higher energy than others.. Highly recommend crate training...
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      The person we got him from had him in Purina Pro PAC for large breed puppies! We have transitioned his food to For Health from our pet store! He gets about 4 cups total spread out at 2 feedings! We work 7a-6p so he is in his kennel for good part of the day! We have older kids at home that take them out and let them play and run a couple hours throughout the day! He is starting to learn commands, but the kennel training is where we are stuck! With our other dog(who is a mixed breed) we gave her a smaller space as we had always heard they won't go in their own area, but with Sam being so big we don't want him to be uncomfortable! She did fine with this and learned... we got Sam the biggest crate possible so he has plenty of room. We were using pee pads in the kennel at first, but now that he's bigger and his poop is bigger it's completely gross! I'd like to use like fine wood shavings and be able to shovel it out.... any tips?!?

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        The crate should not be too big.. It should just be big enough to stand and lay down..It should never be big enough to potty in and then have room to get away from it.. Using potty pads is not a good idea.. they can actually have the opposite effect then what they are intended to.. Make sure to feed him no less then half an hour before he will be going in the crate.. make sure he goes out to potty before going in the crate.. Always TAKE him out don't just put him out.. Glad you got off the Purina...too high in grains, too low in meats... 4 Health may or may not be a good choice depending on formula being fed. Also need to be very careful of calcium/phosphorous levels and to not over feed.
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