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Basic caring and feeding of The English Mastiff
The English Mastiff is a housedog and can fit into any environment be a city or a country. The ideal living place for them is a home with a yard that is fenced. They need moderate but regular exercise. A walk for twenty to thirty minutes will be good for him. They are big in size so they don’t prove a good companion for jogging. They are also prone to overheating and their joints can get damaged due to the stress from running. So, walks are the safest choice as an exercise for The English Mastiff. Cool evening or morning walks are good for him.
The English Mastiff puppy is very energetic, so he needs to play freely in the yard. However, lots of jumping, running or long walks is not recommended for the puppies too as their still developing muscles and bones can get damaged. Let the puppies set their own pace for the activities. After they reach eighteen months of age, the amount of exercise they receive can be increased gradually. No matter what age he reaches, you should always look for signs of fatigue as he won’t let you know, he’s tired in order to please you. Recognising his signs of fatigue and letting him rest is important.
The English Mastiff puppies are into everything. They are very noisy and curious. It is essential to provide them crate training so that all your belongings are safe. Crate training the puppies will save a lot of future troubles. Though, The English Mastiff can be easily housetrained and he thrives well amongst the family, initial crate training will help him with bowels and bladder control. An adult mastiff can easily reach your kitchen counter. His height is good enough to help him munch on your foods on the dining table or kitchen counter, so keep the foods out of his reach. His tail can also easily swipe the coffee-table.
Mastiffs also love to chew and they will chew whatever smells good to them or interesting. Let him know what he should chew and what not but don’t be rude or harsh. Provide him lots of chew toys. Discipline and obedience is important when you have such a big size dog I your home. A grown-up Mastiff without nice manners is difficult to manage. Positive reinforcement techniques such as verbal praise or treats can train him. Start the training when Mastiff is still a puppy. If he gets very big, he will not respond to the trainings in the desired manner.
How much and what to feed The English Mastiffs
An adult dog’s food requirement varies according to his size, build, activity, metabolism and age. All dogs do not eat the same amount of food just like people. The recommended intake for them is six to eight cups of dry food per day. (High quality, divided into two meals). It is useless to say that a very active dog will need more food when compared to the one who gets less exercise and spends lots of time on the couch. The quality of the food is also very important. Good quality food will obviously provide greater nourishment to your Mastiff and you may need to give it in lesser quantity.
Always go through the recommended dose on the food packet but be guided by your dog’s appetite and weight too. Two times a day should be enough. Don’t let him munch or snack anytime he wishes or with you. Do an eye hand test to find out, if he’s overweight. His waist should be visible when you look at him. Keep your hands on his back and the thumbs along his spine. You should be able to feels the ribs, and not see them. Don’t press hard. They should be felt without having the need to press hard. If you can’t feel the rips without pressing hard, he needs to be given less food and may be more exercise. The English Mastiff is prone to gassiness. If you give him lots of water just after he has taken a big meal, he will bloat. Lots of exercise or any kind of stress just after meal is not recommended for the English Mastiff as these can contribute to bloating.
Basic Grooming of the Mastiff
• A Mastiff’s coat needs to be brushed daily. Use a rubber hound glove. Mastiff shed a lot throughout the year but particularly more during fall and spring, so you might consider brushing him daily to control the flying hair. You can also remove his excess hair with help of a stripping blade.
• It is necessary to clean the wrinkles daily or it may lead to bacterial infections. Use a damp wash cloth to wipe and then dry them well. You will notice a part of the upper lip that’s hanging. It is called flews. This also needs proper cleaning with the washcloth after every meal.
• You should brush his teeth two or three times in a week. This will prevent tartar buildup and remove bacteria that hide inside it. If you want to prevent bad breath and sny kind of gum disease, you can brush his death daily To learn more about this you can see www.windsorsprings.com.
• The Mastiff needs nail trimming once or twice in a month. Some dogs naturally wear the nails down. If your Mastiff does not do so, it is important to trim his nails to protect from painful tears. When their nails grow too long, you can hear the clicking sound when they run on the floor. Unlike humans, dogs have blood vessels in toenails, so cutting too near the flesh may cause bleeding. IF you are unsure about how to trim his nails, take help of the vet.
• Check his ears for redness or rashes once in a week. These can indicate infection. Bad odour from the ears is also a clear sign of infection. To prevent infections, damp a wash cloth in gentle ear cleaner made especially for dog and cleans his outer ear with it. Do not try to clean the ear canal.
• Weekly examination for any sores, infection, rashes, tenderness, inflammation etc. is important. Do this for all the body parts and if you suspect anything wrong, talk to your vet.