puppies aren't like other puppies.
They are usually very calm and easy to deal with even when
they are small babies. Some Mastiff puppies are, of course,
more active than others. They generally tend to learn the
house rules fast, if the owner takes the time to teach the
puppy in a loving and understanding way. You can experience
that a mastiff-pup is as calm and easy-going as an adult
one. They are very sensitive, and don't handle yelling and
unfair treatment very well. These pups also need a lot of
sleep, in addition to a great deal of affection and company.
the dog has to be home alone while you're
at work or at school throughout the whole puppyhood, both
you and the puppy will be better of if you wait getting
a dog until someone in your household has more spare time.
Remember that any dog must feel safe in his home WITH his
owners before he can feel safe being in his home WITHOUT
his owners! He has to be totally sure of that you are leaving
him only temporarily, and that you'll be back in reasonable
time. He also needs to be sure that the homecoming is worth
You can start teaching the pup to be home alone as soon
as he' gotten used to his new home. Leave the house or the
room only for a few minutes the first times. Be sure he
knows that you're gone, and return to him BEFORE he starts
crying for you. This way he learns that he doesn't have
to bark or cry to make you come back home. He must never
get the impression that this kind of behavior gets rewarded,
rather he should discover that there's no need for it. He
can always be sure of that you're just around the corner.
Build up his trust in you!
can be a good idea to let him have a toy or something else
that keeps him busy while you're leaving the room. Remember
that even for a grown up dog, 6-8 hours is considered as
the maximum time a dog should spend alone on an every day
basis. This is even more important if you don't have much
time for him when you finally get home! In other words:
A puppy isn't that different from a child. He needs caring,
compassion, time and understanding. He's well aware of who's
a member of his family, and who is not. All he wants is
that safe and caring home that all children want.
get one thing straight: The Mastiff eats a lot!
Your 10 kilo puppy may weigh about 60 kilos just six months
later. It's important to feed the pup properly. A growth
like that demands quality dog food if you want to bring
up a strong and healthy fellow. The stuff you get at the
supermarket may be alright for Mr. Smith's dog, but it's
not good enough for your Mastiff! Find out where to buy
Eukanuba Junior, Hills, Royal Canin, or any other high quality
product. This will cost you a lot more money than the supermarket
solution, but you can be sure of that your dog gets what
he needs to grow up to his full physical potential.
puppy needs a nice, comfortable place of
his own where he can go to when he needs to relax without
any disturbance. Such a place will give the dog the privacy
he sometimes wants, but it shouldn't be too fare away from
the family either. The Mastiff is very dependent on his
owners, and needs to be close to them as much as he can!
shouldn't let children (or grown-ups!) wake the puppy while
he's sleeping, no matter how tempting it might be. A dog
needs peace and quiet when he's tired. If he can't get the
rest he needs, he'll might become a restless and nervous
dog. A dog simply can't understand why you won't allow him
to relax. Your Mastiff also has a right to privacy!
with other dogs is important while growing up. In the picture
to the left, Kaiser (6 months), is playing with the Doberman
bitch Mika (2 years). One should remember that all dogs
that grow as fast as the Mastiff does, shouldn't use his
full strength until he's fully grown. Don't let him play
like crazy neither with people nor with other dogs. Even
so he needs to meet other friendly dogs, in order to learn
that they might be nice creatures just like himself. Kaiser
loves to meet other dogs, especially the smaller breeds!
male mastiff-pup will get an important lesson for life if
he learns that he can play with another male. You can let
him meet and play carefully with a low-dominance grown up
male, no matter what breed he is (but try to find a dog
at about the same size as your mastiff - before it's too
late...). Aggression towards other dogs is rare with mastiffs,
but getting used to being with strangers, both human and
four-legged, is important anyhow!
you get them any sweeter? Baby-Kaiser with his first toy
- ten weeks old. Is this really the same dog we're living
take your pup for too long walks the first 7-8 months. He
grows in an enormous tempo, and doubles his own weight several
times during these months. A heavy pup like this can hurt
his muscles, hips and joints so bad that he will never recover.
him for daily slow walks, and play gently with him. Being
too careful is better than making your friend a cripple!
Be extra careful when the pup is "cold", i.e.
the first ten minutes after he's started moving outside.
When the Mastiff is fully grown, at the age of three, he
has an enormous strength that can solve plenty of tasks!
Remember that he needs to warm up, just like an athlete,
before he should do anything that demands his full strength.
You are, as the owner of the dog, the only one that can
plan his future health. Your Mastiff-puppy is not able to
decide what's best for him! A giant like this needs to be
taken care of in a special manner. It's a responsibility
that gives great pleasure!
you have any questions about mastiff puppies or mastiffs
in general? Contact your local dog club, or even better,
a Mastiff Club.
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