Griff Haeger is a lifelong dog lover who grew up with a French Mastiff him and his brothers wanted so badly after seeing Turner and Hooch. When he’s not fixing an air conditioner at work he writes about the benefits of holistic dog food and other dog products.
Mastiffs are some of the most fascinating breeds of dogs out there. Large in size and proud in stride they definitely embody the typical alpha male dog. Contrary to the intimidating and sometimes fierce appearance they are actually great family dogs. When raised properly they can be the perfect home pet that will serve as a great companion for you and your family for many years. Here are some basic tips to raising a Mastiff and ensuring their alpha male personality doesn’t prevent them from being an enjoyable canine friend.
1. Exercise Frequently
Take these dogs for a run or get them a good long period of exercise every day. As puppies most Mastiffs are very energetic and if not able to exert they can become disobedient, impulsive, and unwilling to learn. The more tired they are the more mentally and physically submissive they are. Use this time to help them learn to obey simple commands like sitting, staying, and laying down.
2. Socialize Early and Often
Mastiffs are very protective of their space and their owners so be sure to get them used to socializing with other dogs at an early age. Mastiffs are good dogs but can be timid unwelcoming of new dogs and even people due to lack of exposure to them when they are young.
3. Proper Diet
Mastiffs are big dogs with an extremely fast metabolism and like most dogs they will eat just about anything they can. Don’t feed these dogs your scraps, get them on a consistent diet of healthy food and get plenty of water. For more detailed nutrition and other health tips,scope out these Mastiff links at bluequaker.
4. Have Patience