Mastiffs are incredible dogs. However, as incredible as they are they also come in an incredible size. If you have a Mastiff puppy and would like to walk him as he grows, you will absolutely need to leash train him. Some adult Mastiffs weigh well over 200 pounds and can overtake most of their owners quite easily. The way to avoid this from happening is to train your Mastiff how to walk on a leash properly. Leash training your Mastiff puppy will give him leash manners while he’s little, train him to stay with you with a loose leash rather than pulling you along, and teach him that you are in control even when a bunny crosses your path. He wants to play with you. He wants to spend time with you. You are his person, and he can't wait to follow your lead. Your Mastiff on a leash will draw attention and affection from others. Be prepared when you're out on walks, so he knows how to behave without becoming overly excited jumping up on people or knocking you over.
Leash train your Mastiff puppy as soon as possible. The younger and smaller your Mastiff is, the easier this will be. When you train your Mastiff puppy to properly walk on a leash, you should expect him to walk beside you in a 'heel' position, not pull on the leash, and even walk with a loose leash between you. If your adult Mastiff were to get away from you, oftentimes, the only thing you can do is let go and let him go. Proper leash training from an early age will stop this and keep him calm and by your side.
Mastiffs are large dogs. If you have a Mastiff puppy, be prepared for him to grow quickly. A Mastiff with a harness that connects the leash to the chest rather than the back is easier to control than a Mastiff with a leash and a collar. Your Mastiff is going to need to be entertained on these walks and encouraged to continue with training sessions. High-value treats are important to bring every single time you walk your Mastiff on a leash. Schedule your training sessions with few distractions. Over time, you can increase distractions.
Mona has a lot of anxiety about car traffic and is very difficult to take for walks. I've only had her for less than 2 weeks but she seems to be getting worse. She will start pulling as soon as she is close to home and we start and stop one step at a time but she will continue to pull to get to the safety of home.
Hello Jeremy, Being so close to the road by the cars is probably a bit overwhelming for her. Help her get used to cars more gradually. Spend time near the road but at a distance where she seems more relaxed. Drop large treats for her to hunt in the grass (make sure the grass hasn't been sprayed with chemicals recently), play games with her while she is on a secure long leash, and practice fun training with lots of rewards. Essentially let the cars be background noise while she focuses on things that make her happy. When she is relaxed at the current distance, move your training session a couple of feet closer to the road (gauge how close by her body language and whether she seems tense or relaxed at certain distances). You want her to notice the cars at the distance but be able to stay calm. With practice, you should be able to work her closer to the road until you can practice this training on a normal leash on the sidewalk. At that point you can walk her down the sidewalk again. Practice heeling and sits with treats during your walks at that point, to help her learn to walk nicely but also to give her something other than the cars to focus on and help her feel relaxed and happy around the cars (because of the treats and training) Also, being on the side of you furthest from the cars will be easiest for her, so work on heeling on both your right and left sides, to give you options where to walk her until she is comfortable enough to consistently walk on the same side regardless of where cars are. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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