Activities For Mastadors

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Introduction

The Mastador is a large hybrid dog that results when the English Mastiff is combined with the Labrador Retriever, which happens to be one of the most popular breeds in the whole world. This breed was intentionally crossed to be used for guarding purposes. While extremely protective of their loved ones, Mastadors also exhibit friendliness and share lots of affection. Aside from their personality, this designer dog is also known for wanting to be involved in various activities and playtime with their loved ones. So if you are looking for a watchdog, adventure buddy and companion all rolled into one, the Mastador can be a great choice for you. 

Search and Rescue

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Certification
Activity description

Because of their excellent hunting, detection and guarding skills, Mastadors are a shoo-in for search and rescue training. They can be quite ruthless when taking on tasks that they were trained in. Search and rescue is a great opportunity for your Mastador to get involved in something practical and meaningful. After all, SAR dogs are very valuable and are involved in various types of crises. In these situations, a SAR dog can help prevent attacks, assist in missions and potentially save lives. But even if the Mastador is a natural for this type of work, they still have to undergo rigorous and thorough training in order to be an official search and rescue dog.  

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Start with the basics
Before you place your dog through the thorough search and rescue training process, you first need to introduce them to activities that will hone their skills. If you have a puppy, it would be best to train them at an early age. You can introduce them to scent games such as hide and seek or treasure hunts to really enhance their ability to search through their sense of smell.
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Undergo formal training
When you feel like your dog can start formal training, enroll your pooch in an official search and rescue class. Kennel clubs and other specialized training centers can help your dog get started in SAR. Another option would be to hire a personal SAR trainer. Through formal training, you and your dog can learn the ropes of SAR.
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Get SAR-certified
After undergoing formal search and rescue training and completing the process, the only thing that is left is to get the formal certification. There are a number of organizations that offer SAR certifications that are recognized on a national level, such as the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR), National Search Dog Alliance and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS). Certification is a lengthy process but the rewards both you and your dog will reap are worth the effort!
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Standup Paddleboarding

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Standup paddleboard
Flotation device
Treats
Activity description

Dogs and water usually make for a fun and splashy combination. While all dogs are different, Mastadors may find getting in the water a fun activity, specifically if they inherit their parent Labrador’s love for water. An amusing, unique and physically stimulating water activity that you can try with your Mastador is standup paddleboarding. As the name suggests, this activity involves you and your dog getting on a paddleboard and paddling out into the middle of a river or lake. Not only is it an interesting activity to do, it also helps build trust and communication between you and your pooch. 

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Buy the proper gear
When it comes to any sport, you should always remember the phrase “safety first”. This is even more crucial when you are responsible for your dog’s well-being aside from your own. If you plan to do standup paddleboarding with your dog on the regular, you should invest in the right equipment. An inflatable standup paddleboard works best for canines. You should also equip your dog with a flotation device in case they fall off the water to prevent drowning.
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Familiarization
When you have the right gear, the next step would be to train your dog to willingly get on the board. Since the board will be something new for your pooch, it will take time for them to get used to it. Place your board in a room where your dog frequently hangs out in. Curiosity will get the best of them and they will sniff around the board. You can put treats on the board itself so that your dog will get on it. Do this regularly for a couple of days until your dog builds an attachment with the board.
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Get in the water
The final step to go standup paddleboarding with your dog is to test the waters (literally and figuratively speaking). As a warm up, stay in a shallow area and see how your dog reacts while they are on the board in the water. Then, slowly move to the deeper parts of the lake or river and gauge your dog’s reaction. Once they are comfortable enough, you can start paddling out further.
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Guess the Hand Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Even though Mastadors are active and are in need of ample physical exercise to keep them in tiptop shape, they also need an equal amount of mental exercise to stimulate their minds and thwart any potential aggression or unwanted behavior. For a breed that has strong detection skills and keen sense of smell, the Mastador would really enjoy taking on some nose games. A popular nose game that you can play with your pooch is the “guess the hand” game. What’s great about this game is that it is so simple and requires nothing but your dog’s favorite treat. You can do it without exerting any effort and you don’t even have to leave your home!

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Call out your dog's attention
Start the game by getting some of your dog’s favorite treats. Then, call out your pooch’s attention and draw them towards you. With your dog watching in plain sight, place a treat in one of your palms and close it. Your dog’s next move would be to try and get the treat out of your hand, usually by tapping the one holding the treat. Then, give the treat to your dog as a reward.
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Get your dog sniffing
The next thing to do would be to put a little more challenge into the game. What you have to do is simply repeat the process. However, make things a bit more difficult by hiding your hands behind your back so that your dog won’t see which hand contains the treat. In doing so, your dog will have to use their sense of smell in order to guess where the treat is hidden. Do this repeatedly until your dog loses interest or moves on to another activity.
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Play Frisbee

Mastadors are athletic and would be great playmates for Frisbee. In this activity, all you need is a Frisbee disc and an open space to play in. Toss the disc some distance away and watch as your dog runs after and catches it. 

Playdate

Because of their intrinsic protectiveness, Mastadors can be wary of strangers and other pets. One way to prevent them from being too aggressive is through a doggy playdate. Set up a date with your friends or neighbors who also own dogs and give your pooch a chance to socialize. 

Conclusion

Mastadors are big dogs with a splash of friendliness and love. They also have just the right amount of protectiveness, which makes them a good choice for a watchdog at home. With an owner who loves to be active and engage in a variety of activities, the Mastador will thrive and live a happy life.