June 26, 2008

How will a Great Dane be with a person using a walker and wheel chair?

My aunt is 71, home bound and uses a walker. She does not want a Great Dane in the house. She thinks it will knock her down or stand in her way and not move. Is this a valid concern?
My aunt is 71, home bound and uses a walker. She does not want a Great Dane in the house. She thinks it will knock her down or stand in her way and not move. Is this a valid concern?

She is a large woman and it would be a puppy we are getting. There is three other adults in the house that will actually be responsible for the puppy.

No, Great Danes, especially the older ones are very intuned to the needs of others. They are in fact as gentle and caring as they seem, despite their size. They are also easily trained to stay in certain areas of the home which are safe for playing, and should be taught to respect your aunt and give her space. If the great dane is very young, it might be best to slowly train the dane to be gentle with your aunt. My family has 2 great danes now and we have had 2 that passed away in the past few years. They have always been very careful indoors with baby kittens, our tiny chihuahua, our older relatives, as well as with other animals who were injured at the time. Great danes do seem to have a special intuition about taking care of others. But, please don't restrict your dane to the outdoors as the heat, rain, and storms are especially bad this year. And as you may know, Great Danes can be easily frightened by bad weather. Also, designating a space for your dane will make the dane feel safe and secure in your home when you have a new person coming to stay with you. Just make sure that you or someone else supervises when your dane and aunt are together.

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August 30, 2007

Rachel @ 9:13 am

Yes. Danes are large and powerful and could knock a frail woman over accidentally, especially if the home is not large enough to accommodate such a large animal. Any large breed can knock someone weak over.

EDIT: Understand that Great Danes are great pets and wonderful companions, but can be difficult to handle, due to sheer size, by an elderly person.
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chrchll129 @ 9:16 am

Absolutely. As mentioned before, Great Danes are very large dogs, and not that they would intentionally hurt her, their sheer size could present a problem just by bumping into her. Plus they need alot of exercise, and room to move, with her using a walker she would not be able to give the dog the exercise it needs daily.
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Jenna @ 9:16 am

Well, if this dog is a trained dog, then no. If the dog has never been broken then yes it is a valid concern.

My experiences with Great Danes: They are wonderful companions to loner humans that live alone. They protect their family greatly and they show great concern if they since something is wrong. They normally are great dogs even before they are trained. I would consider getting one for my grandmother that lives alone.

Overall, I have actually never ever heard an actual complaint from anyone I know that ownes a Great Dane dog.
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Kat W @ 9:17 am

Any dog is going to be a concern if not trained. GD can be trained to actually be a benefit if needed…BUT to simply have an untrained GD around should be an area of concern.
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ACE @ 9:24 am

No, Great Danes, especially the older ones are very intuned to the needs of others. They are in fact as gentle and caring as they seem, despite their size. They are also easily trained to stay in certain areas of the home which are safe for playing, and should be taught to respect your aunt and give her space. If the great dane is very young, it might be best to slowly train the dane to be gentle with your aunt. My family has 2 great danes now and we have had 2 that passed away in the past few years. They have always been very careful indoors with baby kittens, our tiny chihuahua, our older relatives, as well as with other animals who were injured at the time. Great danes do seem to have a special intuition about taking care of others. But, please don't restrict your dane to the outdoors as the heat, rain, and storms are especially bad this year. And as you may know, Great Danes can be easily frightened by bad weather. Also, designating a space for your dane will make the dane feel safe and secure in your home when you have a new person coming to stay with you. Just make sure that you or someone else supervises when your dane and aunt are together.
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We have had 4 great danes, and when my great aunt (80) and my handicapped great uncle (70s) came to stay with us, the danes were on their best behavior with supervision and a little adapting to the needs of everyone.

katslookup @ 9:41 am

Yes, this is a big concern. Great Danes are very wonderful, sweet, and affectionate. However, they don't understand their size. My very good friend has a beautiful Dane named Apollo. He is well trained and very obedient. However, he thinks that he is a lap dog. He runs about 120 lbs and likes to sit on my lap! (I only weigh 103 lbs) When he is excited, he will bump into you and definitely knock you down if you aren't careful.

It is not a training issue like some people are telling you, it is a comprehension issue. Great Danes do not understand how big they are. They under estimate their own power. They can be clumsy oxes, plain and simple.
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lotsadogs @ 11:42 am

Your aunt is right, this is a bad idea. As was said before, Dane's don't understand how big they are. My friend has 4, and they all think they are mini-poodles and want to be cuddled on your lap. Even when walking around, they're "velcro dogs" and come out of nowhere and rest all their weight on your legs if you stop moving. This would be way too much for someone in a walker to handle.

Is the dog for you, or for her? Either way, if you live with her, you should look for a much smaller dog. Even a lab can knock you off your feet without trying.

How about a cocker spaniel, or shitzu? Both are nice dogs and sound more her speed. Wait on the dane until you get your own house…..
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Tara @ 12:36 pm

Yes, some dogs just want to play and can be rowdy, and knock people around on accident. And some big dogs think they are lap dogs.
Especially if the dog is not obedience trained.

Of course her opinion could possibly change if the Great Dane was calm and very obedient.
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August 31, 2007

bignuttdanes @ 6:37 pm

You can sure tell by some of these answers, these folks have never shared their life with a Great Dane.

However, I am going to agree with your aunt about not wanting a Great Dane. It is her choice and she should not have a puppy forced on her.

An adult, rescue Great Dane, if your aunt was willing, would be far better than a puppy. Contrary to what some folks have suggested, adult Great Danes DO KNOW they are big and their weight can hurt someone. They are gentle and sensitive dogs.

I have 5 Great Danes, not one is a 'Clumsy Ox". That is just stupid to even suggest that. If you have never lived with a Dane, you don't know.

I have 5 Danes. With my wife and I on our king sized bed, each dog can actually jump on the bed and not jump on us or another dog.

As they age, they are less active, just like your aunt.

For the most part, an adult Dane just needs companionship, just like any other dog. They sleep most of day, and prefer to sleep next to you. I know of several folks that are wheelchair bound and even have small children that succesfully have Danes in their lives.

There are many, many wonderful adult Danes rescue. If this is an option, place contact yoru local AKC affiliated Great Dane Club for a refferal
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Member of the Great Dane Club of America, 2 local Dane clubs, I have had Danes for 35+ years, ever since I was a little kid.

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