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    Hello!

    Just wanted to do the courteous thing and introduce myself before diving into your forum.

    I have just adopted a dog from the pound (where I do some volunteer work) and we are slowly getting to know each other. He is a 4(?) year old Mastiff X, desexed on the day I picked him up! We have named him Jacob. We had planned on adopting a dog since we bought our house together a year ago, and I had been reading everything I could get my hands on for the previous six months, but still, I'm not sure if I would ever say I was entirely ready! Sometimes you just have to go with the heart. Neither my partner nor I have ever had dogs (well, not as adults), and so we are aware we have bitten off a lot, but we are both dedicated and loyal (tenacious?) people, and we are commited.

    It has been a fortnight so far, and it is fascinating watching Jacob starting to relax and show us his playful side. Of course, I expect we shall also see some things that we would prefer he didn't do (such as a penchant for chewing beds and blankets), but we're taking it slowly, rewarding what is good, and ignoring as best we can what isn't. We took him to his first Dog Training Club night this week, which was... interesting. And I have been researching trainers in my area because I definitely want to work with a professional to ensure I do more right than I do wrong

    Anyway, I am sure I will be here with plenty of questions and searching through your posts for the many things that we will experience in the years to come.

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    Welcome CrabbyP, and especially welcome Jacob.
    feel free to dive in.

    Id love to see a photo of Jacob.
    4 is fun.
    Fit as a fiddle still, not entirely convinced it can walk through solid matter, so some caution learnt. But i love bull breeds.
    Im sure ive type cast mine with my predjudice.
    I think they are goofy, and playful, and a little on the excitable side. But also a couch potatoe, often.

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    Where is Sean when you need him. He's the mastiff / giant pug expert. Tho he's currently refering to one of his dogs as Brindle B*s*d cos it gutted a treasured family toy.

    I try to keep the door closed to the room with my favourite chewables (mostly shoes, sox, uggboots).

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    Welcome..photos are good

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    Hi 'CrabbyP' and Jacob and to the forum ! Ask any questions you like - and we love seeing photos of new pups - please ! There are heaps of really good threads here on this forum - and I hope that you enjoy being a member here !
    Heaps of kudos to you both doing a rescue ! Jacob is one really very lucky pup !

    Generally with rescues - as you have found - as they become more comfortable with their new situation - and start trusting their new owners you will see their true personality coming out - this usually can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months. It all depends on the pup - and of course the new owners ! If you can snag it earlier - great !

    One thing I will say here - is that the moment that Jacob walked into your home - he was yours ! Draw a line in the sand - with worrying about his previous life and experiences- and move on. He will show you with his behaviour - as he begins to trust you even more - what he is or not comfortable with in certain situations - so treat them as learning experiences for all of you.
    Keep up the good work ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif

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    Welcome to the forum!

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

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    Thanks for the welcome.

    Here are a couple of pics taken today at the park. Jacob was very happy playing with his new blowfly soft toy.

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    He had his first day with the social group at the dog park, and as he is a bit hyper with dogs on the leash, I was not sure how he'd go, but he was an absolute star. He just wished he could run with the others, but it will be a while before he's going off leash.

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    Awesome looking dog CrabbyP.

    As for your inexperience, there's nothing like "on the job training" lol. Just keep reading and put in some time and effort and you'll be very happy with the outcome I reckon. Congratulations!!!

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    Hi CrabbyP,

    Welcome to the forum !!..and welcome to the chewing world of slobber, doggy farts and stubbornes !! Mastiffs are AWESOME...and your Jacob is a close resemblance to my Bronxy AKA The Brindle Bastard. Bronx just chewed the one thing i didnt want detroyed (long story )

    I'm by no mean a expert on any breed let alone Mastiffs but i do have nearly 2 year of living with them under my belt and in that time i've been taught a thing or 2 about them.
    I give my guys plenty of bones and pigs ears...they love to chew so you may aswell make them clean thier teeth at the same time. If you set some rules try and tick to them....this is where i fail miserably and now share my bed and lounge with a snoring and farting Bullmastiff...i dont mind but the wife' not so understanding. :

    My Mastiffs are slow learners..patience was the key with Mojo...Bronx still needs work !! They are also very sensitive.....and they give you the big sooky look that makes ya feel like a slack arse......they really are big sensative sooks so try not to punish him or correct him to full on if ya know what i mean. Give a Mastiff lotsa love and you'll get it back big time !!!

    The big guys are food guzzlers so Bloat can be a issue...i feed mine at night time so they sleep off the tucker and dont run around with a belly full that could lead to a 'twisted bowel'. It's a terrible thing to happen to a dog and i'm paranoid about it so it's night time feeds with a small kibble for my guys.

    Hopefully Jacob had a good life before you guys got him.....work hard on socialising him with other dogs..but if he gets out of hand and fights other dogs the best way i've found to handle a big dog is to grab them by the back leg and give a good hard pull....it really works a treat (Thanks Nev Allen for that tip ).

    Sorry to carry on.....Just be patient with the big sensitive fella, give him good tucker....read up about bloat...socialise well and stick to your guns with the household rules.
    I had great results with a check chain on my Bullmastiff...not everyones cup of tea...but if used correctly they can be a good way to control the big dogs.

    Oh, and if you have a 'Curious George' teddy or anything else close to your heart that you dont want destroyed put it up really high or like Hyacinth said...keep the door shut.
    Mastiffs lurk where you least want them and they eat things.

    Good luck and congrats on picking such a cool dog to rescue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    One thing I will say here - is that the moment that Jacob walked into your home - he was yours ! Draw a line in the sand - with worrying about his previous life and experiences- and move on. He will show you with his behaviour - as he begins to trust you even more - what he is or not comfortable with in certain situations - so treat them as learning experiences for all of you.
    Keep up the good work ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif
    Welcome CrabbyP! and RileyJ has made an excellent point.
    What he has been through in the past is behind him now.
    His future is with you, so we wish you a very happy life together.
    You have rescued Jacob the Dog - so are now officially "one of the cool kids"

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