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Bullmastiff Puppy Care Tips

How well prepared are you for your new Bullmastiff puppy?

Do you have everything you need?  Here is a list of some of the essentials that you will need before you bring home your Bullmastiff puppy.

  1. Crate and suitable bedding e.g..towels blankets (you will find this invaluable)
  2. Bowls (two one for water the other for food)
  3. A lead and a suitable collar or check chain (be prepared to have to buy quite a few until your puppy has grown into an adult.
  4. Food Your breeder will advise you what they have been feeding your puppy.
  5. Nail clippers (puppies nails do grow quickly if you are not sure as to how to cut nails go to grooming
  6. Toys (be careful choosing toys that your Bullmastiff will grow out of quickly)
  7. Soft bristle brush for grooming
  8. Make sure you have cleaners and cloth just in case of accidents.

Toilet Training

cute mastiff puppyA few simple measures can be taken to teach your Bullmastiff that it is better to do his business outside. As soon as puppy wakes or has just finished his meal take them straight outside if he does go to the toilet outside give him plenty of praise. If your puppy does accidentally go to the toilet inside and you have caught him in the act a firm growling no and place the dog straight outside. If you have not caught the dog in the act DO NOT punish him as this will only confuse him or he will think he is being punished for something else. Please refrain from smacking or using a rolled up newspaper, this will only cause your puppy to become nervous and it will also delay proper house training.

Vaccinations and Worming

The breeder of your puppy would have wormed your puppy and have vaccinations kept up to date. If you do have another dog when you bring home your puppy make sure the other dog has also been wormed or two weeks after you have brought home your new puppy worm both dogs at the same time to reduce the risk of either re-infecting each other. Puppies are wormed every two weeks from the age of 2 weeks to 12 weeks if your puppy is 8 weeks remember to worm them every second week until they have reached the age of 12 weeks, then once every three months. Your breeder should have also provided a vaccination certificate which will also give details as to when your puppy will need to be vaccinated again. Usually, two vaccinations are giving one at 6 weeks the following at 12 weeks then annually. refer to the importance of vaccinations and de-worming

Your puppy’s needs

mastiff playing with childA few points that also need to be considered when your puppy arrives home with you is to allow your puppy plenty of rest make sure that children respect the puppy and teach them the right way of responsible dog ownership.

Kids and dogs safety tip sheet

  • Do not allow your children or visiting children to annoy tease or torment your puppy. Never leave a child with your puppy or dog unattended.
  • Never allow an adult dog to play or exercise with a young pup unattended.
  • Do not over exercise your growing puppy!
  • A puppy will play at random thus giving him enough exercise he will not require further exercise. Please refer to Hip Dysplasia

fat mastiffDo not overfeed your puppy!

  • An overweight puppy can cause just as many problems as to much exercise.
  • If you are unsure of anything talk to the breeder of your puppy, most breeders are only more than happy to help.

More Dos and Don’ts

The main thing to remember at all times is that as big as he or she is . . . they are still a baby.

  • Don’t ever allow your puppy to jump off or over things until he/she is at least one year old, as this could cripple him/her and your Breeders guaranty will be null and void.
  • Don’t ever put any weight on his/her back – they are not a HORSE.
  • Don’t ever feed or water him/her immediately before or after exercise.
  • Don’t ever force him/her to exercise until at least one year old.
  • Don’t ever let him play with dogs larger than he is.
  • Don’t ever give bones to dogs in the same enclosure.
  • Don’t ever give your puppy anything that splinters, i.e. chicken bones.
  • Don’t allow your puppy on the furniture.
  • Don’t ever attempt to attack train your Mastiff.
  • Don’t ever tie up your Mastiff.
  • Don’t ever allow your Mastiff to run loose. Tragedies often happen this way.
  • Don’t encourage your Mastiff to fight with other dogs. Unprovoked growling or aggressiveness towards other dogs should be severely penalized. Usually a sharp “NO” will do it.
  • Don’t encourage your Mastiff to jump on you.
  • Don’t be lax about disciplining your Mastiff. A firm “NO” can work wonders with a Mastiff, they love to please you.
  • Don’t EVER hit your Mastiff with a newspaper or rattle penny-filled cans at him/her.
  • Don’t leave temptation around your Mastiff, remember when he/she chews something valuable it is YOUR FAULT.

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