If you are looking for a very large breed of dog, here it is. The English Mastiff is one of the largest breeds of dogs and is most recognized for its extremely large head and enormous body. An English Mastiff comes in a very limited array of colors, but no matter what color the body sports, the head always displays a black mask. Over the years, the Mastiff has grown in popularity around the world. It is a very gentle and loving breed of dog and many breeders have tried to incorporate the gentle nature of this dog with other breeds by interbreeding and creating hybrids, or Mastiff-type dogs. If you are considering purchasing an English Mastiff, there are several things an owner should know about caring for this breed. Keep reading to learn seven tips for caring for English Mastiff puppies.
1. Crate train
Crate training works for all breeds of dogs, including an English Mastiff pup. Introducing your pup to a crate in the beginning is the easiest way to get him accustomed to being confined to one area and not having access to rooms he is not allowed to go, it also helps to housetrain your dog for going potty outside. A crate should not be large enough that he can potty at one end of the crate and still sleep at the other end. Food and water should also be kept out of the crate, as this will allow him to eat and drink; filling his stomach and bladder and needing to go potty more often when you may not be able to take him out. Keep his potty breaks on a regular routine to get him used to holding it until he goes outside.
2. Feeding time
Mastiffs have a habit of wanting to gobble their food when they eat and this can lead to a serious stomach issue called bloat. It is important that you help your puppy develop good eating habits to help avoid developing this condition. One of the best feeding tips is to spread the amount your puppy eats, over three separate meals per day. This helps him to keep the amount of food he eats at one time, to a limited amount and will not allow for bloat to develop.
3. Leash train right away
The sooner you start to train your Mastiff puppy to walk calmly on a leash, the better. Large breeds of dogs make for a very hard-to-control adult dog if you don’t begin lessons on how to behave, at an early age. Can you imagine a large Mastiff taking off to chase something with you at the other end of the leash? This dangerous for not only you, but for your dog and others around. Leash behavior training is critical to raising a well-behaved, leash-trained adult English Mastiff dog.
4. No jumping
All puppies have to learn how to behave around humans and other animals. For large breeds, this is even more important due to the dangers they can pose to their owners and others. When working with a young, English Mastiff pup, it’s important to always bend down to him and not allow him to jump up to you or your face. This will instill bad jumping habits that as an adult, can pose a risk for injury to you and others who encounter your dog.
Socializing a dog of any breed is important to get them used to being around a variety of people and in a variety of situations without feeling nervous and anxious. English Mastiffs can easily begin to feel these feelings unless they are introduced to them early on. Take your pup to dog parks and allow him to play with other dogs and be around groups of people. Spend time introducing him to any type of environment and situation you know he will be exposed to throughout his life, to get him accustomed and accepting.
6. Don’t over exercise your pup
It might be tempting to want to get out and run and play hard with your new pup, however, this is not recommended for an English Mastiff puppy. It is recommended that for the first 9 months of your English Mastiff puppy’s life, keep exercise to simple, routine exercise, such as gentle playtime in the yard along with controlled exercise. It’s important your English Mastiff pup learns how to play gently from a young age considering he will grow to be a very large dog.
7. Do not yell or hit during training
Using a firm, corrective tone to train your pup is substantial to get the results you want. Never hit or yell in an effort to get your Mastiff pup to listen and obey, as Mastiffs are sensitive in nature and it will have the opposite effect and create a nervous and anxious dog that does not know what to do or how to behave. Always praise your pup when he obeys and follows your commands. Offer a little treat when he responds correctly, as an incentive to want to follow your commands. Be patient and consistent when training your Mastiff and realize that it will take time to create the type of dog behavior you want from him. In the end, the rewards will be a well-behaved, loving and confident adult dog.