Activities For Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs

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Introduction

While saying this breed’s name, Staffy Bull Bullmastiff might be a challenge, looking after them is not. When you bring a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Bullmastiff cross home as a puppy, you will immediately come to know how gentle, loving, and loyal they are. Their scary looking face is only for show! They grow to be a large, muscular dog, but with correct training, you can have full control over them. What's more, they are loving and gentle with children, protective of families, and only need around half an hour of physical activity daily. Believe it or not, a Staffy Bull Bullmastiff could even live happily in an apartment! Here are a few ideas for activities to keep them out of trouble.

Lead Introduction

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Sunny Day
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20 min
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Leash
Treats
Activity description

Walks are going to become one of your favorite pastimes with your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff because they are one of the most natural but most effective forms of exercise. However, you need to be willing to put effort into lead introduction and training when you bring your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff home as a puppy. Otherwise, they may dominate you during walks, with their muscle winning the fight. On a sunny day, take the time to introduce your puppy to a leash and iron out the kinks of walking. This free activity has a regular difficulty level, only takes up around 20 minutes of your time, and requires the use of a leash and treats. 

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Choose a leash
When you are introducing your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff to a lead for the first time, you need to make sure it’s the right one. Otherwise, you may run into issues with training. The first leash you ever give them should be short, comfortable for you to hold, and thick enough for you to control your puppy while it is attached. You should only look at long leashes and those with retractable cords when they are older, and you are more comfortable walking them.
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Around home
The best way to introduce your puppy to a leash is not to throw them into the big, scary world immediately. Let them smell it, then attach it to their collar at home, before giving them a treat and removing the leash. Repeat the process until you form an association between the lead going on and them getting a reward. Then, let them walk around your yard on the leash, with you keeping it loose.
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In public
Once they are confident walking on a leash around your house, take them further and further out. Go from your backyard to the house, to the front yard, then the driveway. By doing so, you are slowly getting them used to the noise of vehicles and the general public. Eventually, you can walk them in a noisy environment without scaring them. Keep the walks short in the beginning.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
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1 hr
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Leash
Dog life jacket
Treat
Towel
Toy
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During the summer months, your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff may find it a challenge to cool down. Their large bodies are not able to self-regulate, and their panting can only do so much. You can lend a helping hand by taking them swimming on a hot day. Swimming in water is also an excellent non-impact activity – perfect for pups suffering from hip dysplasia which is common in this breed. It’s also free, easy, takes around an hour, and you only need to pack a toy, towel, and leash. Swimming is also something you can do in many different places, so your dog doesn’t get bored. 

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Swimming type
Fortunately, when you decide to take your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff for a dip, you are not short of options. There are many places you can visit! You can bring them to the beach with the kids, a local watering hole like a river, creek, or lake, or a dog-friendly facility with admission fees. Alternatively, you can set up a pool in your backyard, enabling the whole family to get in on the fun.
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Prepare
If you don’t think your dog is all that water savvy, or you want to prepare them for water outings in the future, then put a plan in place. You can buy a life jacket and put it on them for 10 minutes at a time in the days leading up to their water outing. By doing so, you are making them comfortable in the jacket, so there is only one new thing to face, the water, as opposed to two.
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Swim
Depending on where you take your dog, they may need a helping hand to feel safe and comfortable in the water. At beaches and rivers, you can walk in with them, taking their toy, so they know it’s safe. In swimming pools, you may need to put their life jacket on, then encourage them in with toys and treats. When they get used to the water, they will then have a blast swimming around and chasing their toys.
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Chew Toys

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
3 hrs
Items needed
Chew toys
Treats
Activity description

If you plan on leaving your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff at home alone for a few hours, then you need to make sure your pooch has something to do. Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs are destructive and are also prone to separation anxiety. As soon as you leave the house, they can often have no problem with destroying your prized possessions. They don’t do it to be naughty, but their anxiety and the fact their favorite people are not with them can lead them to it! Therefore, you need to put plans in place with toys and treats to keep them out of trouble. It doesn’t take any effort, only a bit of money, but it could save a lot of hassle with cleaning up a mess. 

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Choose toys
Large dogs have large teeth, so you are going to need large toys! Visit a local pet store to see what they have to offer. The best chew toy is going to be one with thick, robust rubber, and potentially an area for you to include a treat. It will give them something to focus on for the hours you are not at home.
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Choose treats
Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs are prone to obesity, so if you are putting snacks inside your chew toys, be careful what you use. And, remember, treats are a “sometimes” food if you buy them from the supermarket. If you want a more natural option, many dogs love carrot, cabbage, and peanut butter. Some also like sweet potato. Provide a mixture of natural treats your dog likes within food stuffer balls and other chew toys.
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Chew toy focus
Now you can leave the house with the knowledge that your dog has something on which to focus. While giving them chew toys is not a sure-fire way of making sure they won’t ruin your new pair of shoes, it can provide a distraction. Remember, never leave your dog home alone for hours on end if you can avoid it. Staffy Bull Bullmastiffs, in particular, are friendly dogs that want to be by your side for as long as possible.
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Dog Park

If you know your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff is good with people, but you want them to be dog social too, then start trips to the dog park at a young age. Get them used to people, dogs, and people with dogs. They will then see that pets are friends, not threats! A half-hour dog park trip also offers them the opportunity to burn off energy in a controlled setting.  

Walk

After covering leash introduction, you will now be ready to go for a walk! Take your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff for half-hour walks in your neighborhood to give them something to do. A simple walk can stimulate all their senses and tire them out for the rest of the day. Walking such a big dog might tire you out as well! 

Conclusion

It’s impawtant to provide your Staffy Bull Bullmastiff with an environment in which they will thrive. They will need lots of attention, love, and training to ensure they grow into a mature dog of which you have control. Take the time today to write a list of activities and training goals you can carry out with your pup. They will love the time they get to spend with you, and you will enjoy being able to keep them out of mischief!