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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.