Activities For American Masti-Bulls

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Introduction

Your American Masti-Bull is a "designer" dog which is the result of the cross-breeding of an American Bulldog and an English Mastiff. This sturdy canine falls into the moderate range of exercise needs, needing physical activity every day.  If you have a puppy, you’ll need to limit the amount and types of exercise incorporated into their lives to prevent injury and the potential for permanent skeletal and muscular damage as their young bodies continue to develop and grow strong. Whether your canine companion is a pup or fully matured, it is vital to remember not to allow them to become overtired or overheated while exercising, as these issues can negatively affect their health and well-being, tiring and overheating easily due to some anatomical traits coming from both sides of the gene pool.

Daily Walking

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Collar or Harness
Leash
Drinking Water and Ice
Treats
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description

Daily walking is the most basic of any exercise routine in which you and your dog are involved.  Walking is something that virtually anyone can do, for any desired length of time or distance and literally in any weather.  The essential thing to remember when walking the American Masti-Bull is that, whether the dog is a puppy or a fully-matured canine, care must be taken to ensure that they get neither overtired nor overheated.  Both of these conditions are possible and can sneak up on you quickly, due to the inherited soft pallet characteristics coming from both breed parents.  Don't forget to bring along lots of water and perhaps even some ice if overheating typically does occur.  Walking is free and is a marvelous way for all participants to drink in the fresh air, the warmth of the sunshine and the wonders of nature, not to mention the potential for one-on-one bonding time spent with your furry best bud.

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Joyful jaunts
If you’re beginning to walk your American Masti-Bull, then you should start slowly. This instruction is especially important if you have a puppy who is still growing and developing. Because of the construction of the soft pallet in their mouths, these dogs can quickly become overtired and overheated, a condition which can jeopardize their health and well-being. So begin your dog ambling, going only short distances and slowly lengthening them. Aim for no more than 15 minutes at the most for this activity, gradually increasing the length of time as you see that you and your dog are tolerating it. The daily dog walk is repeatable several times a day as you enjoy spending time with your precious pooch.
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Broaden the borders
As you partake of daily dog walks, changing the routes you walk will also broaden the borders of your pup’s world. New scenery will engage a variety of their instincts as will the opportunity to meet new people and interact with other animals. The more exposure you can provide to different situations with people, the better adjusted your darling doggy will become. Broadening the borders combines the activity of daily dog walks with socialization skills which need to be started as early as possible in your pup’s life.
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Vary the venues
If your four-legged family member is a puppy or an adolescent dog who doesn’t get out much, you may wish to socialize them during your daily dog walks as mentioned in step 2. The earlier this process begins, the calmer, more people-friendly and less fearful of new people and things your best bud will be. Your and your canine companion can travel into other neighborhood areas where they will be sure to encounter unknown people and others of their species. These trips can also take you to the homes of family members and friends where similar types of exposure are possible. Acclimating them to as many of these situations will lessen the fears associated with them.
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Day Trip Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
snacks, food and water
Doggy Waste Bags
Cell phone
Rescue ropes
Activity description

Day trip hiking is an excellent way to get in some good exercise and bonding time for you and your four-legged family member.  It offers all participants the opportunity for fresh, clean air, the warmth of the sun, and the wonderment of nature.  This type of trek is only a few hours time span with an American Masti-Bull who is already accustomed to walking for longer distances and durations.  As the goal of this type of excursion is for shorter and less involved walking activities, the gear that’s needed is minimal, making the outing moderate in cost. Essential for one of these trips is to bringing lots of fresh drinking water, food and snacks as well as ice to provide adequate nourishment, hydration, and cooling for all parties included. Research your hiking route options and pick the one that meets your energy and time constraints, noting details of the terrain, (mountains, hills, bodies of water, forests of trees and brush). Also, take time to check the weather forecast: hot and humid, or cold and wet, or dreary and dismissal with impending rain.  These route and weather conditions are essential concerns as you gather your gear for your environmental exploration.

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Research the route
Do your homework and research the hiking areas available within the parameters of your intended trip, being sure to include the commute time both to and from the hiking site. Check out conditions like the terrain, noting the presence of any hills, mountains, bodies of water, and forests as well as the weather report for the area. Will the conditions be hot, humid, sunny, rainy, or gloomy?
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Gather your gear
Consider the gear that is appropriate for the distance, duration, terrain, and weather expected on the planned trek. Remember to pack adequate supplies of food, snacks, ice, and water for both you and your canine comrade to assure you’re both nourished, hydrated and cooled during your excursion. Another good idea is to include a fully-charged cell phone in the event help is required, and don't forget that rescue ropes are an essential part of your gear because you never know what can occur as your party hikes along. As you pack your stuff, keep in mind that your sturdy pawed partner is willing and able to help carry the load, so that neither of you is overloaded - another way to build the bond between the two of you!
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Head out to hike
The gear is packed, divided between your party members to share the load. You've chosen the route, and now you’re ready to roll. Be sure to plan rest breaks while you hike since you’re both likely carrying a load, and you and your American Masti-Bull will need rest periods along the way. Remember to be watchful of signs and symptoms that your best bud is tiring or overheating, as these conditions are both very likely to occur. Take those breaks, hydrate and nourish as needed, and enjoy the comradery that is building between you. Breathe in that clean, fresh air and enjoy being one with nature - and above all, enjoy your precious pawed playmate!
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Bite and Tug Toys

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Bite and tug type of toy
Snacks for rewards
Activity description
Your American Masti-Bull is a chewer extraordinaire!  And, because of their size, this propensity to chew can become a dangerously destructive behavior if not controlled.  Bite and tug types of toys can help manage this natural tendency, and protect your shoes and furniture along the way!  The reasoning behind these playthings is quite simple:  give them an appropriate item to chew to replace those inappropriate ones.  You can modify the “wild chomp” of your canine champ and teach them which things are okay to munch and which are not.  After you have chosen the bite and tug toys for your pup, you’ll be able to substitute the toys for the shoes, table legs or gym bag when you note their interest.  By taking the "no-no" thing away and giving them the "yes-yes" thing, you are teaching them that there is a difference, and going a step further by providing a positive reward for them when they choose the "yes-yes" thing instead of the "no-no" thing, you’re reinforcing the desired behavior.  And, that reward can be a yummy treat, coupled with lots of praise and love pats. Your shoes and table legs will thank you.
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Pick the plaything
You get the pleasure of choosing the bite and tug type toy to be employed in this activity. The costs for the plaything will, of course, vary from venue to venue as well as will depend on how elaborate you get with its design, sometimes, a piece of rope safely knotted sufficing quite well to replace your husband’s work shoes or little Johnny’s skateboard. Toys designed and manufactured specifically for this purpose are always considered the safest, though they aren’t the most cost-effective, especially given the fact that destruction of the item is inevitable as your precious pooch exercises the chewing mechanism, with the dog's needs for this changing as the pup matures.
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Attack the assignment
The “assignment” is the process of teaching your pet the right and wrong of their chewing habit. When you see that your pup has latched onto a “no-no” item, take it away from them lovingly, giving them the “yes-yes” toy instead. While disengaging your dog from the item to be avoided, be sure to lovingly and positively encourage them to accept the offered acceptable choice, praising them when they do so. Each time you see your pet involved with a “no-no” item, positively make this substitution, and eventually, they will begin to choose without your intervention. It is vital that you increase the level of praise and even offer a treat when that choice is voluntarily made.
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Repeat, repeat, repeat
You should expect to repeat the training process repeatedly until your pup “gets it.” Always remember, however, that positive encouragement and reinforcement is more beneficial than the impugning type, and this is especially so with this particular frisky friend who is both independent as well as intelligent.
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Obedience Training

Your American Masti-Bull is an intelligent canine, and as such, will need a fair amount of mental stimulation to avoid boredom and the annoying, destructive behaviors which can accompany it.  Getting your dog involved in obedience training serves two purposes: first, you are giving them the mental stimulation they need; and second, you allow them the opportunity to expend significant amounts of energy as they train and practice.

Fetch

Dogs of any age and health condition love the game of fetch.  They will chase and retrieve any item thrown, sometimes even developing the ability to catch it before it lands.  This activity will expend a great deal of pent-up energy in your precious pooch.

Conclusion

You are the proud pet parent of an intelligent, engaging, energetic, loving, loyal and independent canine companion.  This ownership brings with it the responsibility of managing the high natural energy and intelligence levels in a fun way to avoid the dangerously destructive habits that are prevalent with an American Masti-Bull.  In return, you get loving devotion, protection and perhaps even a four-legged babysitter. Does it get any better than that?