Advice On Training Your Biggest French Mastiff
The biggest French Mastiff belongs to the breeders, or puppy mill type of breeders. These dogs are bred like a dog for dog and that means they have little or no true leadership in the canine world. They do well in a home with a family and have the drive to please, but they need to learn how to be a dog owner first.
They are stubborn dogs and can be very difficult to train. They may need several months of training before they will learn to obey and follow commands. Once they are trained and have learned their place in your home as the dog owner, however, they will do anything in their power to protect and serve you!
The French Bulldog has a very high prey drive. They are natural hunters and love nothing more than catching prey and bringing it back to life. Their strength and size make them an excellent hunting dog and if properly socialized, can be great at tracking. However, they are not a good choice of dog for people with epilepsy or who suffer from trichotillomania, otherwise known as “the pulling of the tail’. If your dog pulls on your tail when you pull on his leash, he can get quite agitated and snap at you.
This behavior can be very difficult to break in a dog with this instinctive behavior.
To train your Mastiff correctly, you have to be patient, kind and use positive reinforcement (treats, etc.) He will not respond well to physical punishment, yelling, or hitting. If your Mastiff snaps at you during training, back off and don’t hit him. If he does start to snap, give treats but do not over-feed him. Positive reinforcement will teach your dog to associate good behavior with some kind of reward.
The biggest problem with these dogs is they have a huge appetite and need a lot of exercises each day. This can create problems if you have a large household or live in an apartment. Larger dogs tend to hog the bed and eat out of doors. Since these Mastiffs love to pull and chew, if your house is located near the kitchen or dining room, the dog may chew on things you cannot put back in his crate.
For the most part, Mastiffs are very intelligent dogs that will respond well to training. They are eager to please their owners and if you are consistent in your training, the dog will learn what you want him to do. Make sure that your Mastiff is getting adequate exercise and has been taken for regular medical check-ups. A healthy well-hydrated dog is more likely to stay in shape and not get overweight. An overweight Mastiff is more susceptible to health problems.
Always be sure that your puppy is potty trained and has mastered basic obedience commands such as sit, stand, and come.
If you find your Mastiff snuggling under your leg and you ask him to stop, be firm, but gentle. If he continues down this path, be ready to grab him by the scruff and escort him outside immediately. If you are not confident with your abilities as a trainer, you may wish to enlist the help of a professional dog trainer to help you train your Biggest French Mastiff.
Training your dog properly is vital. He must be taught proper manners and be socialized so that he will act accordingly when around people. When you observe your dog in its various social situations, you will see that he acts appropriately. The best way to train your dog is to spend quality time with him and make sure that he is always obedient. If your dog has a solid foundation of discipline, obedience, and personality, he will be an enjoyable companion for years to come.