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Question by mastebaron
Submitted on 2/25/2004
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My wife and I both work five days a week in the city but we want a Great Dane. Is it a problem leaning a dog home all day alone?

Answer by Ray
Submitted on 3/12/2004
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I wouldn't recommend getting a Dane if nobody is around all day. As a Dane they need human companion most of the time. You can get away with it for a few hours at a time but to expect them to sleep during the night, then expect them to sleep all day until you get home from work just won't work. As a puppy they urinate often.  And as an Adult they get very peed off if they are alone to long and can get very constructive. A cat might be better choice.


Answer by Suzie
Submitted on 4/4/2004
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I definately would NOT get a Dane if no one is around all day. I have a 5 year old Dane, and I have to arrange for someone to make "visits" to him during the day. They need and thrive off human companionship. If they don't have it, they often become destructive. The first time I left my Dane home alone, he chewed up my couch, pillows, and many houseplants. Not a good idea!!


Answer by Nicola
Submitted on 5/6/2004
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Great Danes live for people! If you do leave this dog alone for too long, they easily become destructive and neurotic.
They are sensitive, gregarious animals known as the clown of dogs.Isolation is detrimental to these beautiful creatures.


Answer by Mimi
Submitted on 7/14/2004
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I have a wonderful 4 yr old great Dane, and I work from 9-5 five days a week. When the weather is nice outside, she stays in the yard during the day. When it is too cold or raining, she stays in the house while I'm at work. She is fine with it! (Only once in a while will she pull something out of the trash). She is not destructive or neurotic. If you really want a Dane, don't let you job get in the way of that.


Answer by Eddie
Submitted on 8/31/2004
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I have a 1.2 old Great Dane.  I too work from 9-5. Even though my fiance works on site, she doesn't always have the chance to check up on Adonis.  He is a very good dog and wouldn't trade him for world.  I also have 2 cats and they tend to keep each other company.  I would definitely get a Great Dane. As a matter of fact, we are getting another one. Don't let your work schedule interfere with you getting a Dane.  They are wonderful with children as well.


Answer by Tigerdane
Submitted on 12/10/2005
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No one here has touched on the fact that danes with their enormous energy and long legs need lots of room to roam and run. I would never recommend a large dog for an apartment, especially when the owner (s) are gone all day. It wouldn't be fair to the dog at all. Why not adopt an indoor cat instead? They of course like human companionship, but don't mind being alone as much as a dog would, the cat can do what they can do best, snooze all day!


Answer by Michael
Submitted on 8/4/2006
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I too have a 4 year old Dane and I work 9-5, five days a week.  She is alone all day and is fine with it.  She's not destructive or neurotic.


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