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Gia is an approximately 1-1/2 year old female Great Dane who arrived to rescue severely underweight (approximately 80 lbs).  The rescue has completed a refeeding program on her and she now weighs approximately 120 lbs.  She may possible grow a bit more and continue to fill out.

Gia does wonderful with other dogs – both male and female, large and small.  She enjoys playing with all, and will lay on the ground to get closer in size to the smaller dogs.  Gia should go to a home with another dog as this helps her to have someone else to follow.  She is still working on building confidence and another dog greatly helps her.  Gia has seen cats, but is not currently living with cats.  She didn’t seem to concerned about seeing them and didn’t give them much reaction, but we can’t say for sure how she would do with cats in the home at this time.

Gia is extremely timid and shy when meeting new people and she is still petrified of males.  Her foster home has been working to expose her to different people in hopes to help her overcome these fears.  Gia has been around children and she’s done well, but she has no concept of how big she is.  When excited, her tail wags hard and she has accidently smacked a few children with it and it hurts!  If you have children in your  home, you need to be aware of this and realize that she will need continued training in working on this as well as the children need to be aware to try and stay clear of the tail.

Gia is currently learning how to be a dog – it’s unclear what exactly her background was, but she ended up in a horrible situation and will need a patient family.  Gia knows how to come when called.  She is working on learning sit.  Gia is also working on house training – she has a large kennel – approximately 6’ x 6’ in her foster home that she mostly keeps clean when her foster leaves the house.  She has had a few accidents, but overall, she has been doing well with the concept.  Gia does fairly well on the leash but could polish up a little bit.

Gia isn’t completely sure what to do with toys – she will pick them up, carry them a little, and then drop them.  If you toss them, she gets nervous and will avoid at first, but slowly approach to check it out.  Gia does love to chew on bones and antlers!  She also loves soft blankets/dog beds to lay on.  Gia enjoys treats, but if she’s nervous, she will not take them.

Gia is used to a securely fenced in area to run and do her business in.  She doesn’t mind walks, but she prefers space to do her business.  Gia wants to be with her people as much as possible – she isn’t a fan of busy households.  Gia will need a patient family willing to dedicate lots of time to teach her how to be a dog.  Breed experience is greatly preferred.

Gia is vet checked, started on vaccinations, heartworm tested negative, microchipped, and current on her flea/tick/heartworm/deworming preventatives.  Gia is not yet spayed, but this will be taken care of prior to her going to her new home.  Her stomach will also be tacked in efforts to help prevent bloat.  Gia’s adoption donation fee is $450.00.

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