Tips For Your New English Mastiff Puppy
Things You Will Need:
1. Food/ Water Bowl
2. A Place of His/her Own
3. Heavy Duty toys
Welcoming your NewComer!
Feeding Your Mastiff
1. Feed your puppy a good quality puppy pet food until he is three or four months old. After that, switch to an adult food. Mastiff's should not be encouraged to grow too quickly as this can put stress on their bones and cause health problems later in life.
2. Divide the recommended amount of feed over three meals a day to start. Mastiffs tend to gobble their food and by offering smaller amounts at each feeding, they are less liable to be attacked by bloat. Bloat can kill a Mastiff before you can reach your vet. After 6 months, you can split the feeding between two meals.
More info on Bloat Below
3. Keep water available for your puppy at all times. Due to their slobbering nature, you will need to change the water several times a day.
4. I personally feed all puppies Diamond Natural Large Breed Puppy Food. This brand received a bad rep a few years ago to a recall. ALWAYS CHECK ONLINE FOR UPDATED RECALLS for the safety of any pet. Since then Diamonds has received great reviews. I use this food for all my Mastiff puppies and have seen significant difference in size now that I have started using this type of dog food. For anybody interested in continuing the use of Diamond for their pet I have provided a link to search for Diamond Dealers in your area. (http://www.diamondpet.com/dealer_locator/)
5. I have provided a link here for anybody wondering what dog foods to feed their pet. This website breaks down all the ingredients about the product and then give it a rating. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com
6. ALWAYS CHECK FOR FOOD RECALLS!!!
(I only repeat this again because of how important I think it is to do this)
You can find updated recalls at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
Type Dog Food in the Search Engine and it will bring up a list of Foods and Treats that have been recalled and the reasoning for the Recall.
Potty Training Your Mastiff Puppy
Training Your Mastiff Puppy
These were just a few tips I thought I would put together to help you with your new mastiff puppy. Please keep in mind that mastiff’s are gentle giants and honestly require the care of a child. If this is your first experience with a mastiff I would suggest researching the breed further. However, I am always here to help you with your new mastiff in the best way possible, so please don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it. I will also be adding more information to my website, as I come across it. Thank you.