Veggies & fruits- my dogs love apples, oranges, cucumbers and tomatoes!!
They will even steal them from my garden!
Yougart, cottage cheese, chicken, lean meat, peanut butter sandwiches,
They are giant dogs and more prone to hip/elbow problems. Proper care is needed early on to help avoid problems later in life.
working group (yeah..right:)LOL
Mastiffs are NOT aggressive dogs but they are very, very loyal and protective of their "packs" (your family/their family!!).
If someone is a threat to your family they can get aggressive if needed. Most mastiffs will corner an intruder over attacking them.
My mastiffs are very protective with my kids and no stranger is going to come in my yard by my kids unless I ok it!
They tend be more on "gaurd" in their own yard, home or car.
After all, they love you enough to die for you... Mastiffs have BIG hearts!
Mastiff puppies HAVE to be socialized as much as possible!
Take them out with you and expose them to as many people, kids & other dogs that you can.
I also recommend you sign them up for puppy training classes and that is another great way to socialize them and get a little control.
SOME LAST TIPS:
-Mastiffs are very sensitive and their feelings can get hurt easily. Please keep this in mind and do not yell at them:)
-Never hit a Mastiff
-Never use a choke or prong collar- (soft leather is best) -if you need more control or your child is
walking the dog you can use a gentle leader
-Never chain or tie them out to a tree, building etc..
- No tennis balls or socks- Mastiffs have been know to choke on these or get a blockage ending in lots of $$$ for surgery or death.
-They are not outside farm dogs.. PLEASE do not get one for protecting your yard/store.
THEY NEED you, your home & family!!
-All Mastiffs Drool-
If you are going to own a mastiff get use to the term "slingers" .
You can also pick up some drool towels or rags.
Some people hang them by the doors and wipe the dogs lips when they come in.
-Their tails can hurt if they hit you or a toddler in the face when they wag them
-Once you ok them on the couch you will never be able to make them stay off
- If given a lot of love and attention this will be the best dog you ever owned
Mastiffs are truly a magical breed & definitely one of a kind.
Keep in mind when you are getting one,
that your are not just "getting a dog"
but a… MASTIFF!!!