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The Great Dane, owing to his size is not bathed as often as some of the smaller dog breeds, which is a good thing for the dog. One or two baths a year is sufficient for the Great Dane. Any one of the well advertised soaps for dogs can be used.
Rinse your dog thoroughly with clear water. If a clean bed is provided for the dog and changed often enough, that is, if your Great Dane is kept in the house, a rug that can be laundered should be changed each week and if out of doors, straw which has been shaken up and chaff removed, will last a month or more in dry weather. If weather is wet and yard muddy, change straw every two weeks.
The Great Dane should be brushed daily. Use a brush with short bristles and not too coarse and stiff, similar to a hair brush used by humans, and then rubbed down with a rag of texture smooth but coarse. These cloths should be kept clean. A small sponge squeezed out in water rubbed over the dog’s face, back, and legs just before using your cloth is good.
It is unnecessary to trim the Great Dane like some of the dog breeds with long hair. The entire job of grooming your dog can be done well in twenty or thirty minutes. The greater part of the time should be spent in the brushing. The dog’s nails should be trimmed more often on a dog allowed to run on soft ground than one on hard ground. At no time should they be trimmed and filed enough to cause the Great Dane pain; this can be determined by the hollow part of the nail underneath. Trim only the hollow parts of the nail and finish off with a file.
Excerpted from Dog World magazine, August 1929, Vol. 14. For back issues of Dog World, click here.