Activities For Mastino Napoletanos

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Introduction

The Mastino Napoletano, also known as the Neapolitan Mastiff, is a large dog breed that is known for being calm and gentle despite their intimidating appearance. In fact, they love nothing more than to act as lap dogs and will do their best to get into your personal space and cuddle up. But make no mistake, Mastinos (as they are playfully called) are protective by nature and always have their guard up, which also makes them an outstanding choice for a watchdog. Therefore, this lovely breed needs an owner who can control and command them without having to use forceful behavior. 

Evening Jog

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Activity description

Even though they are big in size, the Mastino Napoletano has low exercise requirements as opposed to other large dog breeds. A quick jog around the neighborhood is sufficient exercise for this gigantic pooch. However, one of the challenges that Mastino owners face is the hot weather, particularly during summertime. This breed is prone to overheating, which will restrict the amount of outdoor physical activity that they can take on. The best solution to this is to go out during the evening when the temperature is a bit cooler than usual. A short jog at night is a good way for your Mastino to stay fit and healthy without putting them at risk. 

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Prepare your running gear
When thinking of going for an evening run, you need to prepare not just for yourself but also your pooch. Aside from your running essentials, you should bring some water and a collapsible bowl for your pooch. A leash or running harness is also important so that you won’t lose your dog. If you are running a bit later in the evening, a headlamp or torch can also come in handy.
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Go for a run
When you are all geared up and ready to go, head on out for your run. Choose a path that is easy enough for your Mastino to follow. It would help if you choose a familiar route that you and your dog normally go to. Also, make sure that you keep up with your dog’s pace and not the other way around and to stop for a water break in between. Start with a short run and build on the distance as your dog gains stamina over time.
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Shell Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Cups
Treats
Activity description

Contrary to what might most people think, the Mastino Napoletano can be quite the couch potato. One thing to know about this lovely breed is that they prefer to stay indoors with their owners. While spending some quality time with your dog is always a good thing, you need to find ways to keep the screws on your dog’s head turning. Otherwise, they can get bored and might resort to destructive and other unwanted behavior. A good choice for an indoor activity is the shell game. Although seemingly simple, this game really puts your dog’s problem-solving skills to the test. It is fun, free and easy to play. 

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Get the materials ready
To play the shell game, all you need are three plastic cups (or more depending on how challenging you want the game to be) and your dog’s favorite treat, preferably one that has a strong scent that your dog can easily detect. Pop some holes into the cups so that your dog will be able to smell through the cups.
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Start playing the game
Begin playing by getting your dog’s attention and asking them to stay. Then, place a treat under one of the cups and slowly shuffle them around while your dog looks on. Ask your dog to “find” the treat. Once your dog starts sniffing or making any gesture towards a cup, open it to reveal if they got the correct one. If yes, give them the treat as a reward. Otherwise, continue playing until your pooch gets it right.
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Beach Trip

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Food and Water
Leash
Flotation device
Waste bags
Toys (optional)
Umbrella
Activity description

Summer is one of the most challenging times for owners of the Mastino Napoletano because the warm weather limits the amount of time that this breed can spend outdoors. While there is always the option to stay indoors, the heat should not prevent you and your dog from having fun and enjoying summertime. A great way to beat the summer heat is by going to the beach. On the beach, there are plenty of things to do such as swimming, playing, walking and even going on a picnic. What makes this activity even more perfect is that more and more beaches are becoming dog-friendly, making it the perfect getaway spot. 

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Find a beach
Beaches are scattered all over the country no matter what region you are living in. The challenge for you would be to find one that is dog-friendly and one that has the things you are looking for. Do you want an off-leash beach? Would you like to try certain water activities? These are some of the questions that you need an answer to. Researching online would be very helpful because you can find some information that will help you make a decision as to where to go.
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Beach time
Once you have picked out a beach where you want to spend your day, pack your beach essentials. This includes enough food and water, a flotation device (if your dog will be swimming), toys for playing, a beach towel and sunscreen. You might also want some form of protection for your dog’s paws in case the sand gets too hot. Bring along an umbrella for shade. When you are all packed and ready, head down to the beach for a fun and sun-filled day.
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Snow Fun

The winter time is one of the best times of the year to play outdoors with your Mastino Napoletano. Head out to the backyard, frolic in the snow and throw a couple of snowballs here and there for a fun playtime with your pooch.

Dog Park Day

The Mastino Napoletano is wary of others by nature. Hence, it is critical for them to socialize as early as possible. An easy way to expose your Mastino to a different environment is by visiting the dog park. In the park, your pooch will meet other people and fellow dogs and help them become more comfortable around others. 

Conclusion

The Mastino Napoletano is a calm and collected breed but is not afraid to get tough when necessary. This breed can easily be misunderstood due to their intimidating appearance but real dog lovers know that they are special in their own way. Proper care, thorough training and plenty of exercise go a long way in keeping the Mastino satisfied.