Mastiffs are large dogs; in fact, the breed is considered the world's largest. Dogs of this breed can weigh more than 220 pounds! Because of their size, the Mastiff will look fierce. However, they tend to be "gentle giants" with docile personalities. Mastiffs do not require large amounts of physical activity to be healthy, though they do reap physical and psychological benefits from staying active. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to spend quality time with your Mastiff, which will not only help with their mental and physical health, but will further develop the bond you have with one another.
As the Mastiff is a large breed, obedience training is of particular importance. After all, at their size, it is important that your pup will follow commands. Training can feel challenging, as the Mastiff was initially bred to be a guard dog and to make decisions on their own. Thus, taking commands is not necessarily in their nature. That does not mean, however, that Mastiffs cannot be trained for obedience. Not only can the breed learn obedience, it is necessary that they do so. Fortunately, Mastiffs tend to be quick learners and want to please their people making training at home an inexpensive option that can be taken advantage of often.
While not a particularly high energy breed, Mastiffs require some activity for their mental and physical health and well-being...and to keep them out of trouble! After all, a bored Mastiff can be a destructive Mastiff! Fortunately, there are many ways for you and your pooch to spend time together that will keep your pup occupied and ensure that they meet their activity needs. Each activity that you engage in is an opportunity to enjoy one another's company and further develop the bond you have with each other.