Mojo turns 7 months tomorrow and while he hasnt lived here for 6 months yet i was visiting him at 1 month old so we have been 'together' for 6 months now. Now some of you may remember that i was a little bit suss about taking the smallest 'runt' of the litter and the advice i got from here at the time has been spot on as it hasnt made any diffrence at all.
He's growing and growing so fast it seems i'm adjusting his collar every week and we'll be on our 3rd collar very soon.
His strength is amazing.....almost intimidating at times as he's so strong now i'm starting to think he could give me a touch up if he really wanted to. Dont think it would ever happen though as he's so friendly towards humans and other dogs. The socialising i did with him from day one has payed of big time. Most people are a little stand offish to begin with, mainly because of his size and the way he gets excited but after one pat they have a friend for life.
Obsessed with children, especially my daughter. If they run away to fast he does give chase though and this has seen a few little kids get knocked over so it's somthing i have to be very carefull about. My daughter loves it, thinks it's a game and is always in his face but it's other kids i have to be carefull off.
As for eating well he's simply not fussy at all. Whatever is available is free game. Watermelon is a favourite and the other day i was cooking a Bacon and egg pie and just out of curiosity i handed him a whole egg shell to see what he would do. He didnt even blink a eye as he crushed the whole thing, swallowed and then sooked for the next one.!!
Counter surfing can be a issue..... unwashed dinner plates, cakes cooling down, kids treats etc have all fallen victim to the smushy faced garbage guts. The worst one was half a roll of Bubble gum that comes in a tape like dispenser......no but bubbles though LOL.
Once he's started eating his meal his eyes glaze over and you cant stop him unless you take the bowl away. He just locks in on it and dosnt stop till he's finished.
Exercising and training is short and sweet. One hour every wednesday night for training school and then homework nearly every day. Stubborn was the word used to describe Bullmastiffs in most of the books i read......they where not lying. Stubborn and slow would be more like it. I have had to slow my timing down to match his while training. Exercise is usually pretty short, about a hour down the beach, walking to the shops (natural loose lead walker he is YAY ! ) or 20 minutes of chasing the hose in the backyard keeps him happy. He loves to sleep and relax during the hottest part of the day. I dont blame him
A few other things......he hardly barks at all. Usually a playfull bark but every now and then if he's not sure of somthing he gives it his all with a growling bark that sounds very intimidating. Usually this bark is reserved for things he's never seen or unsure of like the kids car seat inside the other day set him off big time. Yesterday it was a leaf blowing down the street...gggrrrrrooofffffrrrroooooffff !! Bloody evil leaves..LOL.
Wouldnt say they are a dog for everyone...thats for sure.
While i've always had big dogs this bloke is trickier.......travelling, counter surfing and eating, training and the way others react to him have all been a big learning curve for me but is been interesting and fun.
Still not a big time drooler yet !!! (touchwood)
The next six months should be interesting......we've still got 10 to 20 kilo's of growing to do (he's about 40 kilos now) and a trainig demo to graduate in about 3 weeks time.