When you have a mix of an American Staffordshire Terrier and a Mastiff, you have quite a unique dog. This isn’t a pup that you see every day! So why not treat your dog like the unique, amazing breed that they are by setting up fun activities for them to play? These games are directed toward your Amstiff and are full of things that they will find fun, entertaining and necessary for their happiness. Grab that box of treats and get your Amstiff excited!
Amstiffs are very big dogs and also a dog that requires a lot of exercise to work those big muscles. You are probably well aware by now that your Amstiff does not behave well when they miss their morning walk or afternoon play session in the yard! They can get bored pretty easily and then misbehave- that’s not good for you or your Amstiff! However, what can you do if it is raining and your Amstiff refuses to go outside? Or what if it is very hot and you know this breed does not fare well in the heat? How can you give your Amstiff the proper daily exercise then? Here’s how!
Not only is this next activity fun for you and your pup but it is also extremely necessary for your Amstiff to be a well adjusted dog. American Staffordshire Terriers and Mastiffs were both used as fighting dogs in the past which would bring out their tendency to be dominant and aggressive. While these dogs are gentle giants by nature, they do have that switch that can flip when they feel threatened or are being protective of their owners. In order to combat this behavior, your Amstiff needs to be socialized from a young age. When trained well, you will never see this aggression and have a happy, loving pup!
An Amstiff can be a very playful breed that loves tossing around toys. That being said, you probably are well aware of your Amstiff’s ability to easily destroy toys. Those big paws and that powerful jaw can easily go through toy after toy, playing with each for only a matter only a matter of minutes before the stuffing is out, the plastic is chewed and the squeaker is gone! Finding the right toy that you Amstiff loves and will last more than a day can be a challenge, so instead of seeing it as a frustration, why not make it into a game?
While Amstiffs are a very big breed, a few agility games can be good to get them moving. Hurdles are perfect as they let your Amstiff jump and get out some energy while not being too difficult for this big pup to navigate.
While Amstiffs do love exercise, this breed is not always suited for long walks or runs as their large bodies can be tough on their joints. Bring your Amstiff for multiple quick walks every day to keep them moving but also give their body a rest in between walking.
Amstiffs are certainly a fun breed to have. This big playful pup can be a handful but when they are kept busy and trained well, they are sure to be a great member of your family. When deciding what to play with your dog, always keep in mind their size, energy level and ability to get along with others. If you think about what your pup needs and wants to do, then any activity will be sure to be a hit!