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Tips For Taking Care of English Mastiff Dogs

The Dos and Don’ts

cute english mastiffSo you’ve found yourself some handsome English Mastiff dogs as the newest additions to your family and you want to be the best master that you can be. As you will soon find out, taking care of these great animals is not actually all that hard. With proper training, mastiff dogs can be the most loyal and affectionate pet dogs around.

Here are a few things you should remember to keep your pets happy and healthy.

Do: Socialize the pups early

Mastiffs are born with a natural protective instinct. Sometimes, they can be overprotective and over-territorial. This happens when a mastiff dog has not been socialized enough.

They are very wary of strangers and other animals so you’ll need to get them used to things early on. Help the pups become less fearful of the world around them. Get them used to the look and feel of your home, the presence of your friends, family and other pets.

Do: Properly train them

Especially with Mastiffs, there’s a big difference between asking it to stop its mischief and ordering it to stop its mischief. If you were talking to an equal, then the former option is the best course of action to take. However, do remember that you are dealing with a proud dog, so it is best to show it who the boss is.

This is also natural because dogs follow a pack mentality. Once it learns to accept you, its master, as the leader of the pack, you’ll have one of the most loyal companions around. Remember, the trick to properly training your mastiff is to be very confident in your commands and be very consistent with the rules you impose.

Don’t: Treat them too harshly

Mastiffs are intelligent dogs, and they can easily pick up hints from the tone of their master’s voice. While you must be a pack leader image to it, you must also remember not to overdo it. Mastiffs may get too depressed when they feel that their master has become very angry at them.

Do: Exercise regularly with them

mastiff exercisingMastiffs may be content just lazing inside your home. But they’re sure to be happier if they are given regular exercise. The least you could do with your pets is to take them on daily regular walks. This helps release their pent-up mental and physical energy.

When you’re out walking your pets, remember that there’s a proper way of doing it. If you’re letting the dogs lead you, then you’re doing it wrong. Make sure that they know who their master is, and at all times you should be the one setting the pace.

Don’t: Get carried away

Sure you’re supposed to give the dogs opportunity to exercise. You shouldn’t, however, overstrain your pets. Mastiffs, especially when they are young, are very susceptible to a number of injuries. Avoid having them jump from high places, or over-exhausting your pets with a too strenuous routine.

Do: Regularly groom them

English Mastiff dogs have smooth, short-haired coats which are, fortunately, easy to groom. As long as you use firm bristle brushes – avoiding those that may be too irritating – your pets will soon get used to regular grooming sessions.

Mastiffs also don’t need to be bathed too often. Only in situations when they’ve become extremely dirty or when you need them to look their best does it become necessary.

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About the Author Joycey

All my life I've been in love with one big dopey Mastiff family member after another. No other breed has given so much pleasure, so it's a joy for my team and I to research everything there is to know about them in this blog. We hope you enjoy the reading as much as we enjoy the writing :)

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Teresa says January 3, 2019

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Maury Cheskes says January 10, 2019

Good advice to set the pace, establish who’s master and let the mastiffs socialize and exercise regularly. I can tell you are an expert in this area so I take your suggestions to heart.

Rizzee Cerdeñola says January 11, 2019

I am planning to get a mastiff in the future. After reading this, it gave me an overview as to how I can take care of it before having the dog. It gives me an edge.

Scott Summers says January 11, 2019

I have not seen this breed up close but photos reveal that they are massive. Taking care of these guys both work and can be fun.

Frank says January 11, 2019

English Mastiff owners should really take note of this. No dog want to be harshly and certainly not Mastiff to avoid depressing your dog, which I believe is not good.

Alma says January 11, 2019

Helpful tips for English Mastiff owners. They should pay attention to this information, I find it very practical.

Glad says January 11, 2019

I love dogs but have never had a mastiff dog. Don’t mind getting one though, thanks for the tips for taking care of a mastiff.

thewanderrunner says January 11, 2019

After reading this article Im thinking to buy this kind of dog.Im an active person so the Mastiffs would be a great dog partner for me.

AJ says January 12, 2019

I’ve only cared for medium sized local breeds, never anything too large. They kind of overwhelm me. But reading your article gave me hope. Thank you for this very wonderful article, it really shows your love for this type of breed – you really understand what you are talking about.

Ehra says January 12, 2019

I am quiet guilty of not exercising our dogs. One of them is a half-breed mastiff named Ranger. He’s shy and easily scared, maybe he isn’t socializing that much?

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