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    Hi all, wanted to introduce myself as I've just joined. I have an 8 month old Mastiff Wolfhound cross and would love to meet people who have these dogs or have experience with them. He's a very gentle sensitive boy and is vary wary and gets a bit anxious in new environments. He's so unlike my old girl (bull terrier border collie cross) in nature that I thought I'd try to seek out others with similar dogs to learn a bit more from their experience.

    Fantastic site , was stoked to find it....

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    Oops...should have posted in the introductions forum. I only just noticed it, I apologise....

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    Hi 'dhru' and to the forum ! Yes it is a great forum and I hope you enjoy being a member here.

    A photo or photos of your pup would be good !

    There are members with Mastiff and sighthound experience - so hopefully they will join the thread soon.

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    Hi Riley and thanks for the welcome. Well, I'm a lousy photographer at the best of times and moving targets like my pup don't make it any easier. I managed to find a few pics that I think my son took. The last two are the most recent, but you can see that from his size compared to my girl. Sal is the black and white, Abe the baby...
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    'dhru' - lovely photos of prized pups - thank you.

    The size of Abe's knuckles !
    There is still a lot more dog there to grow from that pup !

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    Ha, indeed there is, every time I look at Sal she seems to be shorter and her head's getting skinnier every day

    And thank you for your comments. How nice to be able to share my love of these critters with like-minded folk!

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    Hi Dhru

    welcome - doesn't really matter that you got the wrong bit of the forum - most of us read by using "new posts" or the "quick links" > "today's posts" and they all get lumped together that way.

    I can move it later if I feel like it but that often only confuses people.

    I don't know much about mastiff except they're really big, and they drool a lot. Sean has them - when he gets back from holidays he will be able to help with any questions that haven't been answered.

    Have fun, there's lots to read in here.

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    Hey Dhru..congrats on the new pup. I'm a Mastiff owner....got 2 of the buggers trying to get through the side fence right now to eat the little black dog that $h!t stirs them through the fence. Dont buy expensive collars now....wait till all the growings done and then get a good one...you'll be replacing them constantly over the next few months as Abe grows and grows.

    If he isnt slobbering yet he will soon enough...so keep your old towels for slobber towels !! They are sensitive souls..they hate getting told of and take it to heart so be patient with the big fella. He'll love you to bits and gaurd your family and belongings well if treated with love and respect.

    While he's growing feed him the best diet you can afford and dont let him jump or exercise to much...those big bones have alot of growing to do over the next year and they can be damaged easily. My daughter always wants to ride my Bullmastiff like a horse...gotta keep reminding her she'll hurt him if she does so its a big no no. Not that he would complain..he loves my kids to pieces !!


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    Hiya Sean and great to meet you. I will admit that I was hoping the wolfhound in him might reduce the likelihood of drool but I will be prepared with an old towel if it starts . I'm trying to work out if his nature is more mastiff since he has more mastiff in him than anything. You hit the nail on the head about him hating to think he's in trouble and being sensitive. I also read that about mastiffs so I'm handling him very gently indeed. And he's responding beautifully. He has fabulous manners, isn't a jumper, never has been. Prefers to sit and lean.

    He isn't overly food motivated - likes his treats for training well enough but more interested in Sals dinner than his own. Unfortunately she is the opposite with food and although she won't eat his when she's done, it's agony for her waiting til he's done. It can take him an hr - leaving it and coming back again and again. I'm at a bit of a loss with this one really. I don't know whether to take it away after a reasonable time or to leave it there so he can get as much as he wants. He really doesn't eat a lot.

    As for the exercise, that has concerned me a bit because he is sooo fast, he's built a bit like a greyhound The 2 dogs play and he does flybys at top speed while she does very little. I do worry that he might hurt himself as he seems to have no regard for life and limb and hurtles at obstacles like trees and fences that I'm sure he cant avoid.

    My last concern is his anxiety. He's shy and doesn't like to meet new people. He settles fairly quickly with some, but will run around others and bark and wont settle, staying out of my reach as well as theirs (this is at home in his yard. Out, he will hide behind me or sal if he can). It seems his anxiety takes control and he gets more and more beside himself. If I put him on a lead and maintain control from the start he's better (as long as I don't force him into anything, I'm talking just a leash for control. He's still anxious), but that's not always possible if visitors just turn up. Walking can be a drama too. He's scared of children, large groups of people, a kids toy on the footpath that wasnt there yesterday. I was told in that situation to keep walking strongly and make the dog walk with me. I do that, which isn't easy with a 34kg puppy freaking out. He will prop and fight me if I don't have a good hold on him, but that's happening less and less. He is happy to go for walks, seems to enjoy them for the most part and is improving. He is better if sal or i are between him and the scary object, but it's obviously just his nature and i don't want to inadvertantly make it worse. I would love to hear opinions on whether he will grow into some confidence. And this isn't all for Sean, I would love to hear from anyone who has a dog with similarities and how they handled it.

    Sorry about the long post folks....
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    Cheers Dhru,

    Donht be to worried about the zoomies....My goofs do it too and theres a huge dent in my brand nesw shed where Mojo crashed into it !! The 2 dogs playing is a good sign hes not fased by her or dog aggressive so thats a win. Jumping is what does the real damage but that dosnt sound like its a issue for you.

    Dont let him graze....as in eat when he wants. The other issue with this breed is they can easily get Bloat which will kill a dog quickly.....gulping food then heavy playing or running can twist thier bowels over then its pretty much lights out if not caught quickly. Its for this reason both my dogs are fed at night only, seperately then seperated for the rest of the night. They just chill out and snooze after dinner...but they both still gulp thier food quickly.

    Try taking his food away after 10 minutes or even less. He'll soon get the message to eat it or loose it. But i stress the dinner only at night time thing. A frozen marrowbone or cow hoof during the day is good for them too.

    I'm no behaviour expert sorry. What you should do is start another thread about his anxiety and the people here who know lots about that stuff will see it and no doubt help you out. Call it "anxiety issue" or somthing like that and the experst will be on it sooner or later. Good luck.


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