Raising A Bullmastiff Puppy
Way of Life
The quality of life conditions for the puppy is much more important than quantity. As all other dogs he is interested in the present day and doesn't worry about tomorrow. He takes life day by day. His body and brain develop and he gradually growths into an adult dog. Of cause he has much things to learn, but amusements are worth being part of his life.
All your personal qualities, interests and abilities directly influence the puppy's way of life.
A puppy is less free to choose than other members of the family. Don't feel upset if the puppy rejects when you offer him to play. This is wonderful: he is able to choose, he is able to say "no". Don't make him go for a walk if he doesn't want to 'cause it rains outdoors. And it's absolutely not necessary to train him every day.
A dog's life should be balanced with the physical load in order the dog is to meet his destination properties. The aim of physical training is a good physical form as well as a healthy mind. Be ready to break the traditions and accept the challenge of many dog breeders. Make your puppy life full, rich and diverse. Good ration, comfortable place to sleep and daily walks will make his life complete and healthy. Wouldn't a cheerful game in the yard be better than long trips away from home? Perhaps, less frequent but full walks would fit him more. When the time will come, give the puppy his freedom to choose. Many of us would agree that our dogs live not that long as we'd want.
Therefore it's twice important to make their life complete.
Both for people and dogs youth is the time to broaden the outlook. Both teenagers and puppies often enter the rebellion period. And a docile dog suddenly rejects to obey and doesn't fulfil the simplest commands. Firm, not severe, treatment would teach your growing pet to obey.
Meeting with relatives
A young dog may become reversed or on the contrary, violent. He doesn't behave himself like a puppy any more. Other dogs began to look at him like on somebody else than just a cub. Therefore it's important that his behavior comply with the behavior of a mature dog.
Your puppy may learn what it is from other dogs by chance. And since it's natural, you should not be afraid of it and restrict the puppy from communication with other animals because of the fear he will tussle. Nonetheless control every meeting with other dogs and don't permit him contact with dogs that are out of their masters' sight. If an unknown dog expresses aggression, take your puppy away.
Dog games, especially games between young ones are often very active, noisy and sometimes it seems the dogs are just going to fight. If you apprehend the game gets out of control when your puppy is engaged, remember the dog's body language. Wagging tails, cheerful behavior and playful jumps will prove the fun is in full swing.
A puppy may begin to be interested in things he hasn't noticed before. He may try to play with cyclists and animals. Say "Don't" to him when he focuses attention onto things you'd prefer to pass over and praise him for being obedient.
Step by step
Periods of sleep become more and more short and are interrupted by long periods of activity. Your growing puppy needs more and more physical and mental loading. You must train the main commands every day and teach him something new to stimulate development.
Don't hurry or it may entail undesirable consequences. It's important to note that working and guard dogs puppies are not to be taught work methods until they are 1.5 - 2 years old (until the mind formation is complete).
Training and games
A puppy needs to train both body and brain to be properly developed. Training and games are similar kinds of activity: a good walk has a positive effect onto a puppy organism and also enriches his brain, and a good toy allows him to both train his muscles and entertain himself.
It is of high importance to work out the correct rhythm of activity for a dog, but once you've composed it don't consider it as a dogma. Look for new forms of activity and give the puppy freedom to choose.
What are games and training for?
1. To make your relationship tighter. All members of the family should take care of the dog.
2. To develop coordination and muscles.
3. To practice in the things he was taught at home.
4. To keep his body in good physical form, brain - developed and reactions keen.
5. To let the dog express his nature.
6. To make his life, as well as yours, more complete.
How much training is enough?
While the puppy is small he should not be given a too hard physical work. If you doubt about the way the puppy endures a physical work or you've notice some of the following signs, you'd better turn to a veterinarian.
1. He often stops to take a rest during walks and lessons.
2. It is hard for him to keep pace with you while you are on the walk.
3. Long after a game or a training he can't restore his breathe, even in the cold weather.
4. It's hard for him to bend his legs or he limps after he wakes up after training.
5. His legs are crooked.
When you leave the puppy alone
Your pet is a gregarious animal. He is ready to communicate 24 hours a day. Though often he has to stay alone.
It is very important to teach a puppy to stay without you and the household, otherwise it may happen so that you'll not be able to leave him for one minute.
As is well known, the fear of loneliness is one the most serious problems domestic dogs have to confront. This may be expressed in the form of plain disobedience in some dogs. Others "forget" where's the right place for toilet or destroy furniture. They howl, bark or whimper, when masters aren't at home. No doubt one is able to correct such a behavior, but it would be easier to prevent the problem from the early age.
Start training by leaving the puppy alone in the room and closing the door for several times a day. Give him a toy to switch his attention. At first put some food near the toy if you think this will entertain him. If it is noisy in your house usually, then the sound of radio will help the dog bear his loneliness.
After you close the door don't try to tiptoe - just do your own business. During first lessons leave the puppy for a few minutes, though the duration of learning each time should be different, in order the puppy can't guess when you'll be back. If the puppy doesn't play with the toy when you come in, he should behave quietly. In this case praise him, take the toy away and play with him in reward. Gradually increase the time of your absence until it is equal to your workday.
Owing to your patience and practice the puppy will with the time understand that your presence in the house is the prize for the time he has spent alone.
Even if you're nearby him don't pay too much attention to the puppy if he doesn't ask for this. Ignore him if you are busy. Thus, training him, you'll teach him to be less dependent on you.