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- Great Dane
- Great Dane
- Pensacola, FL
- Extra Large
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs. Hank has to be an only pet.
- Good in a home with
- Prefers a home without
- Other dogs, cats, other animals. Not good with cats or dogs or any other animals. High prey drive with small animals. Extremely unpredictable with other dogs.
We picked up Hank and his brother, Django, from a family who had purchased them as pups when they lived on a large parcel and just turned the boys out to run wild with no training and very little socialization. The dogs were left to their own devices for almost two years, and then the family moved to a suburban neighborhood and the dogs were restricted to a 75-100 foot by 50 foot area and became increasingly unruly and destructive. So that's when they called us.
We went and got them and took them in. They were, of course, parasite ridden though were not terribly skinny and were extremely healthy and very strong and energetic. Despite being young (2 years old), they were already HW positive. To say they were an unruly pair would be a massive understatement. But, when you could get them calmed down enough to be around, they were both very sweet to humans.
Django through the unfortunate fortune of having an undescended testicle, was already neutered when he came to us, which helped him to be calmer and better around other dogs. Django is now doing splendidly in foster care with two other danes and is ready for a forever home.
Hank, on the other hand, was intact when we came to us and much more aggressive toward other dogs and animals.
Both boys are big, blocky-headed Danes, in the 150 lb range and very muscular as they should be at their prime age. Because of this, and honestly if Hank was to have any hope, we got him specialized one-on-one behavioral training with a dog specialist named Robert at Dogmata Training at great expense to the rescue. While the weeks long training did incredible things with Hank's behavior with humans, the simple fact of the matter is that Hank will likely always be too reactive towards other dogs.
Because of this, he truly must be part of a one-dog-only family, with NO OTHER Furry/Feathered PETS AT ALL. In that environment, Hank shines and thrives and will literally be the perfect Dane. He is loving and playful with humans and is good in the house. He would be happy to get exercise and needs some (preferably in the form of training exercises for 30-45 minutes a day in one or two sessions), but he is getting to the age where he doesn't need hours of it to keep calm.
What Hank needs is someone who's had young, big, and, at times, unruly Danes in the past. Someone who knows how to train them to their level of comfort and is willing to live with Hank's limitations - and more importantly - is willing to honor them and not put Hank in a position to fail. This means that they will NOT take Hank anywhere where there will be other animals and will not have other animals visit his home... PERIOD. Vet trips will have to be handled very carefully or done in the home, if available.
We can't tell you how difficult it is to even look at this sweet boy's pictures and not feel heartbroken at the fact that he is back in boarding because we have no fosters that don't have other danes or dogs. He deserves better... help us to find Hank's people please.
Due to his past, we have specific requirements for those who wish to adopt Hank:
1. He needs to go to someone who is dane savvy. Hank is a very big boy, at least 150 lbs, so knowledge of how to handle the breed is a must.
2. You must have a strong privacy fence in well-maintained condition.
3. Hank MUST be the ONLY dog and into a home with NO OTHER ANIMALS and NO KIDS UNDER AGE 10. He is dog aggressive and has a prey drive for cats and things that are fun to chase. For your safety, and others, there will be no exceptions. He will never be a dog park dog. There will never be a time when friends can just stop over with their dog to say hello, or vice versa. He is not the kind of dog you can take home to meet the family if there are other pets in the house. He is an ONLY dog.
We realize that some may find our requirements harsh, but this is what is in the best interest for Hank.
Due to these requirements, in addition to our standard contract, Hank's adopters will be required to sign a waiver agreeing to these specific terms.
Hank comes up to date on all vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. Hank is HW positive, so whomever adopts him will need to continue his hw treatment.
Because of a generous donor, Hank comes partially sponsored. We have poured hundreds of dollars into Hank's care and training.
If you'd be interested in adopting Hank, or learning more about his needs, please fill out an application at www.nwflgdr.com or message our fb page.
Ask About Hank
- Great Dane
- Extra Large
NW Florida Great Dane Rescue Inc.
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