The Bull Mastiff if socialized properly, is a friendly, loyal, family loving dog that also can be trained to share space with other pets, including cats and smaller dogs, and will learn quickly.
The Bull Mastiff is a loyal, obedient and docile dog that is courageous and loyal to its family. The Bull Mastiff is an independent dog that may like to make its own decisions on what to do but can easily be trained to look to its owner to make those decisions instead. You absolutely need to establish yourself as the “Alpha Dog” in the relationship while your pooch is still a puppy.
From the moment you first receive your Bull Mastiff, you will want to familiarize it with its name. The next command you will want to train it to answer to will be a return command such as “here”, “come”, “return.” As long as you have already established yourself as the “boss” in your relationship with your pooch, and you follow basic training guidelines, training your Bull Mastiff should go smoothly. Command training is key to keeping your extremely large pup under control. These and other commands can be trained very easily using the following basic training method.
Bull Mastiff Training Basics
Start your training in an area where you can remove most distractions. Train on one command at a time to avoid confusion. Show your dog and edible treat. Verbalize the command in a clear and concise voice and show your dog how to accomplish the command. When your dog completes the action successfully, reward the dog with a treat and praise. Do not scold your dog during training as this will slow your training and cause your dog to fear the owner. Instead, always use positive reinforcement when training.
While they do not have as strong of a prey instinct as some other dog breeds, Bull Mastiffs should still be supervised with small children and other pets. Because of their size, they have a tendency for knocking things, (and children) down accidentally, which can be very frightening to a child or smaller pet. These spectacular dogs need to be socialized with people and other pets while they are puppies to help ensure they behave properly as adults. Even when properly socialized, male Bull Mastiffs can be aggressive toward other male dogs.
The typical lifespan of a Bull Mastiff is 8-10 years. They are prone to a few health issues including, most frequently, hip dysplasia. Likewise, they may suffer from elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, or other health issues and should be taken to a veterinarian for regular check-ups.
Despite their size, Bull Mastiffs are generally not happy if left outside all of the time. They bond intensely with their family and generally enjoy being around people. If left in a cage, or outdoor pen, they are likely to break down your fencing just to find someone to pay attention to them.
Mastiffs require only moderate exercise. Unlike many other dog breeds, getting a Mastiff to go for a walk may be a bit of a challenge. But walking them regularly should be done in order to maintain their health.
Hopefully these tips will make your Bull Mastiff Training a rewarding and fun experience for both you and your pet.
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