What do you get when you cross-breed an English Bulldog and an English Mastiff? The answer is a large, heavy-set breed called the Bullmastiff. This powerfully-built dog was originally developed in England to be used by gamekeepers to find poachers and prevent their illegal activities. They are usually successful in this endeavor given the breed’s tough and menacing appearance. However, even if they look like they are built to destroy, Bullmastiffs have a soft and non-aggressive side. In fact, they have become a common choice for a home pet. If you happen to own a Bullmastiff, below are some activity ideas that you may try with your pooch.
Bullmastiffs are inherently intelligent, curious and playful. If you want to put these natural instincts into good use, you can have them participate in mind games. One of the most popular and easiest examples of these types of games is a “treasure hunt”. This game gives your dog a challenge and keeps them from becoming bored or restless. Not only does this activity keep your dog mentally stimulated, it also prevents the possibility of destructive or harmful behavior brought about by boredom. Another about a treasure hunt is that it is easy, virtually costs nothing and can be played in different areas and environments.
If you want an easy and foolproof way to keep your Bullmastiff entertained and happy, you should use toys. Out of all the toys that you can choose to play with your dog, the Frisbee disc is one of the simplest and most effective to use. Dogs usually get excited upon seeing a new toy, especially when it can fly some distance like a Frisbee disc can. The game simply involves throwing the disc into the air and letting your dog catch and return it to you. Playing Frisbee is quite similar to a game of fetch, albeit a bit more interesting and challenging. It is best played outdoors, particularly in a safe environment.
Tug-of-war is a common parlor game played by dogs and their owners. The game involves you and your dog pulling at an item, usually a toy. Whoever lets go first “wins” the game. However, there has been some negative notion surrounding the game, which is that the game promotes aggression among dogs. In the recent years, this myth that has been debunked multiple times. While this may seem true in some rare cases, tug-of-war can actually be beneficial for your pooch. It is physically and mentally stimulating and an overall fun activity that your Bullmastiff can truly enjoy. In addition, it helps you build a meaningful bond with your dog and helps build your pooch’s self-confidence.
Bullmastiffs are often referred to as gentle giants because, despite their size, they can be quite a softy. In fact, they are known to be very sweet-natured towards loved ones, especially their owners. Even dogs need their downtime and a Bullmastiff will be perfectly content to just lie on the couch and watch television with their owners after a long, fun-filled day.
Finished going for a walk or a jog with your Bullmastiff? Why not spend some more time bonding while dining out? There has been a growing demand for dog-friendly places to eat, which numerous restaurants have addressed. Find a restaurant that welcomes canines or has an outdoor patio so you and your dog can enjoy a meal together.
Even with their fearless and daunting persona, Bullmastiffs are truly sweet and mild-mannered. Plus, their devotion to their family remains to be one of their best qualities. As such, they deserve to be loved and cared for by their humans equally. To keep Bullmastiffs on their toes, check out these activity ideas and try them out with your dog.