Activities For Pit Bullmastiffs

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Introduction

A Pit Bullmastiff is a favorite hybrid breed that combines two powerful dogs: the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bull Mastiff. The American Pit Bull Terrier is characterized by a fearless and sometimes stubborn personality. This breed is playful with their family and gets along with strangers when in the presence of their owner. Pit Bulls have lots of energy for which they need an outlet!

Bull Mastiffs have less extensive exercise needs compared to Pit Bulls. This large dog is quiet and gentle and is good with children when raised along their side. They do require moderate exercise to stay in shape, but this need is easy to meet with a short walk. Combined, the Pit Bullmastiff is a large and sturdy breed that requires lots of socialization, exercise, and obedience. Meet your Pit Bullmastiff's needs by varying the activities you explore together and ensure you include ways to stimulate their mind along with their muscles.

Swimming

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Towel
Dog Bowl
Toys
Blanket
Activity description

Going to the beach is a quick and easy way to squeeze in a physical workout. You don't have to swim long for your Pit Bullmastiff to get a cardio workout. The exercise also provides your pup with a way to release some of that excess energy they're known for.

With thousands of beaches accessible across America, it's not hard to find a location suitable for your pup's needs. Explore your local community and surrounding area for beach options that are dog-friendly. Look into any fees associated with admission, along with specific rules and regulations of the beach. Once you know where you’re going, decide the duration of your visit. For a day at the beach, be sure to pack supplies to keep you hydrated and satisfied! For a brisk walk or swim, there's no need to pack the picnic basket!   

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Finding the spot
If you know your area, you probably have a beach or swim location in mind. Look up the rules and regulations of the beach and ensure it's dog-friendly. Common rules for dog-friendly beaches include keeping your pup on a leash unless within the designated dog beach area, tidying up their waste, and managing their behavior.
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Packing for your visit
Prepare for your beach trip by packing a picnic basket and bringing along the essentials for comfort. Towels, pet-friendly sunscreen, an apparatus for shade and toys are some recommended supplies. You'll also want to bring along treats and fresh drinking water to replenish after your swim! Waste bags and a portable bowl are other recommended items to pack.
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Activities at the beach
Once you're at the beach, you can swim, wade the water or even play games in the sand! If your pup has never been to the beach before, introduce them to the water by walking in together. Wade the water first until they become comfortable and confident enough to explore deeper water. Bringing along treats or a favorite toy can encourage and speed up the process of getting in! Whether you stay for an hour or the whole day, the exercise and stimulation will satisfy the needs of your Pit Bullmastiff.
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Urban Sledding

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Non-Motorized Vehicle
Activity description

Urban mushing, also known as urban sledding, is a "pawfect" activity for dogs with high energy and great strength, making it an excellent option for a Pit Bullmastiff. The activity will require purchasing some equipment if you don't already own it, including a sturdy leash, a harness, and some form of non-motorized vehicle, such as a scooter, bike, skateboard or rollerblades, to name some options.

Urban sledding will take your pup some time to get used to, but the activity is enjoyable for them as it gives them the "oppawtunity" to lead the pack while you give the commands from behind! You can sled for short intervals when first starting, working up to more extended sessions. Session lengths will depend on your pup's strength, endurance, and ability level. Urban sledding is perfect for all seasons, except during heavy snow in winter.

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Prepping for the mush
Depending on your hobbies, you may already have a favorite non-motorized, wheeled vehicle. If not, this is the chance to explore a new hobby. Decide what you would like to use for your urban sled, and if you don’t already own it, purchase it. For your next outing, head to the pet store, but bring along your pup. You’re going to need a harness and a sturdy leash that’s long. Bring your pooch along to acquire your equipment if "pawssible!"
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Getting used to the equipment
If your Pit Bullmastiff is new to a harness, let them wear it around the house to get accustomed to the fit. This is a way to prepare them for the leash. You will also want to introduce your dog to the vehicle you plan to use. Do this by showing them the device, such as a bike, and moving it back and forth. Mount the vehicle and ride it with them watching. Let your pup sniff it and check it out so they don’t become wary of it!
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Before the sled
To prepare for your first sled, attach a string to the harness. Attach the other end of the string to a box so that your Pit Bullmastiff can get a feel for pulling something behind them. You can add weight to the box for the first few sessions to prepare them for the big load soon to come.
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Going for a ride
After your pup is used to the equipment and you’ve practiced using the string and box, get them ready for their first official "mush." Do this by securing your leash to their harness. Ready your “vehicle” behind your dog and mount it. Have the leash in hand, if possible, or loosely around your wrist. Start slow, taking baby steps. All dogs are unique and catch on at a different pace. Give your chosen command and begin your adventure. Note that before completing this activity, your dog will need to know how to stop and stay -- for their safety and your own!
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Obedience sessions are necessary for Pit Bullmastiffs because these dogs tend to develop strong, dominant personalities that require a confident leader. An experienced handler who is firm and consistent is necessary to help this pup grow into a well-mannered member of the family. 

Begin obedience training as soon as your pup comes home with you. Use treats and praise as positive reinforcement to encourage obedience. Leading with an incentive is a conventional technique used in the initial stages of training. Continue obedience training throughout your pup's life to stimulate them mentally and maintain good behavior. Be prepared to invest both time and energy in this activity, though the benefits are well worth it! 

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Leading with treats
One of the most common ways to introduce a command to a dog is to lead the dog into the desired position using an incentive. Leading is typically easy, as dogs tend to react consistently to specific actions. For example, holding a treat outward in front of your Pit Bullmastiff’s nose before pulling it back will encourage them to sit. Once in this position, lowering the incentive to the ground encourages them to lie down. Coupling the action, or gesture, with the command is how they learn what the command word means.
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Being an effective leader
As previously mentioned, Pit Bullmastiffs are intelligent but strong-willed, so a confident and consistent handler is necessary. To be a confident leader, you must remain calm, yet firm at all times. This is, of course, the case when training, but even your everyday actions must show your place in the pack. Do this by ensuring you’re the one who makes all decisions at all times. For example, it’s you who decides when your dog is acknowledged and rewarded with petting, and it’s you who decides where and when your dog breaks during walks. Remember your role as pack leader and do your best always to play it when around your pup!
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Training regularly
Regular training is essential to maintaining your dog’s learning. Obedience sessions for puppies should occur daily, though sessions may only be 30 minutes to accommodate their restlessness. For adult dogs, an hour-long session is typical and may happen only 2 to 3 times per week. After your dog learns a command in a formal session, you can revisit it daily with a simple refresher session at any time. Make obedience training rewarding using tasty treats! Baking these treats yourself can be another fun activity you partake in together.
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Socialization Activities

Pit Bullmastiffs are a hybrid with two parent breeds that can be aggressive toward unknown dogs if they're not habitually socialized from a young age. Do this by setting up play dates or visiting your local dog park regularly, starting from a young age. Mingling, playing and interacting with other dogs will help your pooch develop healthy social skills and prevent aggressive behavior.

Bond with Baking

Spend time together with your Pit Bullmastiff in the kitchen by baking tasty treats together. Discover hundreds of recipes for homemade treats online, acquire the ingredients, and spend an afternoon taste-testing, baking, then practicing obedience with the delicious desserts you created together!

Conclusion

With an intelligent and strong-willed breed like the Pit Bullmastiff, a handler needs to be prepared with activities to release built-up energy and provide mental stimulation. To work their mind, introduce obedience training at a young age, and include this activity in your Pit Bullmastiff's weekly exercise routines regularly. With knowledge of basic commands, your pooch can then explore other activities outside of the home, such as urban sledding or visiting the local beach. 

If you're interested in spending time together indoors, set aside an afternoon to bond through baking! Visit your pet shop together to grab ingredients, then hit the kitchen and get baking! The best part is tasting your masterpieces. Finally, you must ensure to include ample opportunities for socialization in your dog's activity schedule as well. With obedience, socialization, exercise, and play, you're going to have one satisfied Pit Bullmastiff!