|Barked: Thu Oct 30, '08 5:54pm PST |
|We got Bam-Bam the Great Dane size crate (54x35x45) from petedge.com. It is made by midwest, and you can buy a divider panel for it to keep the space smaller until he is bigger.
I noticed Bam-Bam tends to get hot at night with a regular bed, so I recommend Primo Pads. They are a little pricey (especially the size you would need) but virtually indestructable and provide cushion between the dogs bones and the crate, which is important for elbows and knees
My next words of wisdom are: Unless you are willing to do a lot of research and learning, DO NOT FEED PUPPY CHOW! It can cause growth issues, and its just not worth it. Mastiffs grow fast as it is, and puppy kibble often has high levels of calcium and phosphorus which causes fast growing which can lead to joint problems, pano, etc. Feed a good quality adult kibble: Solid Gold, Blue Buffalo, Eagle Pack, Canidae, etc.
Something we invested in: An electric waterer with a filtration system. Because of the amount of backwash and drool, it has been worth the $50. Bam-Bam loves his special water
Definitely do puppy classes. Bam-Bam and I just graduated our first puppy class, and he did so well that we are going to start taking rally classes. Trust me, you do not want a dog with the potential to reach 200 lbs that you cannot control!!!
You can also join a number of forums out there to learn about the breed from some of the nations top breeders. Two that I am a member of are: mastiffs.org and worldmastiffforum.com
If you have any questions or want to share stories, feel free to contact me! I'm a huge researcher (for fun!) and if I don't know an answer, I always make a point to try and find it!
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