|Barked: Sun Aug 9, '09 9:39pm PST |
|Hello! I am new to the site and am a first time Bullmastiff owner. This is my first 'forum experience' and I am pleased to have found a place with so many bullmastiff owners. I have had Mowgli for about 6 months now and he is definately a full-time job! At first I couldn't get him to walk anywhere. He was fearful of everything, even the dark. After EVERYDAY socialization with people, places, dogs, etc he has nearly grown out of that problem. Just as other bullmastiff owners have talked about...we have had waves and waves of medical problems with him from finding a food that works, to doggie flu, skin problems, etc. but he is completely worth it.
He is very sweet, wonderful with our cats (we live in a downtown condo), and calm. BUT the last month he has been going through a terrible 'test' phase. He tries to get away with everything, and sometimes I am correcting him 8-10 times per incident! However, he has been showing some strange behavior: He has a 'pet pillow' shaped like a bone and several times a day he takes it into his bed or kennel and literally 'nurses' on the corners of it, sometimes for an hour. Is this normal? Should I let it continue or take it away? He wasn't taken from the litter early, we picked him up when he was 8 weeks old. He is not yet neutered, but our trainer and vet recommended that we wait until he is two years old (and has quit growing) until we neuter him.
He is very playful but is too big and rough to play with most other dogs at the dog park. He tries but they run and a chase persues. Even though he *tries* to be gentle he is just too big and I am afraid he will end up injuring another person's dog. Does anyone know how I can get involved with a bullmastiff or large breed playgroup in my area? He would love this! When he tries to play with our female Boston Terrier she literally trembles in fear! Thanks! Megan Valentin
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