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    I think you need to go to a registered breeder who will help you with the puppy and give you a well socialised pup.


    Positive reinforcement is the best way and just be sure to never ever hit your dog (one way to ensure your dog doesn't end up aggressive). You will also need to start socialisation ASAP, with as many different dogs (healthy vaccinated dogs though) and people as possible. It is important to start at this age to ensure the dog doesn't become aggressive.
    I would not be desexing the dog until at least 8-12 months for a bitch and 2 years for a dog due to bone growth. Aggression is due to environment and genetics, not due to being undesexed or that you have not shoved the pup under the nose of every human/dog you have come across. I had an entire male Dogue de Bordeaux who was a registered therapy dog for the disabled and passed with flying colours even with other dogs lunging at him. So no, it's nothing to do with hormones.

    Get yourself into a dog SCHOOL not one of those puppy preschool malarkys run at the vet. By people who know about large powerful breeds and how to train them. As for positive only, headcollars are not suitable for mastiffs due to their restricting the ability to breath and pressure on the neck. As for harnesses ... even the no pull ones will tow you. Training and a martingale from little and martingale/correction chain as they're growing then down to a flat collar if you like or stick with the correction chain. It's even what the breeders recommend. You're buying a powerful dog with unknown heritage and temperament, you have to teach the dog right from wrong early and pull it up on any BS it pulls on you (yes, even with the goo goo eyes lol)

    try leerburg.com on puppy raising as well.

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    Pup.jpgPup 1.jpgPup 2.jpgThankyou so much everyone for the advise i am now over whelmed but thank god i asked all of this before we get him i know now i will be doing research constantly for the next 3 weeks until we get him.
    i have some photo's of him from when we went to put the deposit down on him for now and i will post them and once we have him i will do a progressive album of him growing up.

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    Jess that is one lovely pup. The research won't stop for a fair while yet. My dog is approaching two and I learn constantly from postings and links on this forum. We don't always agree but people are very rarely rude and it is well moderated.
    So don't be a stranger and the progressive album will be great

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    So cute!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Don't they start out tiny... won't stay that way.

    I met a 12 week old weimerana female puppy this morning which is already as big as Frosty - I think that will be one huge puppy, and already desexed too.

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    Theres nothing wrong at all with puppy preschools..... best thing i ever did to socialise my Mastiff.

    Great way to build a relationship with your vet to.


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    Theres nothing wrong at all with puppy preschools..... best thing i ever did to socialise my Mastiff.
    For a first time dog owner they're not enough and the money is better spent with a professional trainer then with a vet nurse run puppy preschool. They're only a few hours out of the dogs life and too limited - puppies need to interact and learn about adult dog behaviors, not other puppies. I see too many dogs that have done puppy preschool and not had that interaction with adult dogs then have problems as they get older because they don't understand adult body language. It's why pups at my school are run with older dogs. They learn respect and consequence to pushing an adult dog.

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    My fave professional dog trainer has just retired - pretty much. Dunno who I'm going to recommend locally now.

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