Dogue de Bordeaux, being large and massive animals, do not live long (10-12 years), therefore it is important to do everything to increase the life span of the animal. Health care is the main condition for longevity.
French Mastiff: Puppy Training
Puppies grow quickly and become heavy, with active games the load is on the legs, which negatively affects the development of joints and bones. In addition, a small puppy gets tired very quickly, so it is gradually taught to walk. At first, walking the baby is enough for 5-10 minutes. After 7 months, the walking time is increased to 30 minutes. It is ideal to walk the grown Dogue de Bordeaux for 20 minutes 3 times a day, which will satisfy physical needs, as well as control weight.
When walking or playing in the house, you should not encourage your puppy to try to run (especially jogging) or jump upstairs, or jump off furniture, at least during the first year of life. Do not allow the puppy to move on slippery surfaces, as the baby can pull the muscles or damage the joints. The pet should not be subjected to vigorous exercise until 18 months of age.
Swimming is an excellent exercise and game, especially since the breed loves water. Therefore, if possible, you should allow your pet to swim. Swimming allows you to develop muscle strength without harming your joints.
Dogue de Bordeaux: Diet
For the first 12 months, Dogue de Bordeaux puppies should receive high-quality food containing the required amount of calcium and other substances that affect the growing body. At the same time, excess calcium and phosphorus lead to abnormal skeletal development. Therefore, it is so important to have a balanced diet.
The choice of the type of feeding depends on the owner, the main thing is quality food. When choosing dry food, preference should be given to grain-free food for puppies of large breeds, with a formula aimed at maintaining the health of ligaments and joints.
Do not overfeed your puppy, as excess weight will not be beneficial. Caring for proper nutrition should not stop throughout the life of the pet, it is especially important to have proper nutrition up to 3 years of age, until full maturity.
French Mastiff Socialization
As early as possible, the Dogue de Bordeaux puppy begins to socialize, but only a week after the baby is in the new home. The puppy should be given time to adapt, and only then introduced to friends and relatives. Gradually introduce you to new conditions, walk in the park, in the yard, introduce you to other animals, take them on a trip by car, allow the dog to watch what is happening from the car window (in motion and during a stop). In addition, to acquaint with sounds and objects, in particular, to show umbrellas, bags, vacuum cleaner, TV, and for attempts to explore rooms and objects to encourage the baby. Acquaintance with loud sounds is carried out at a distant distance, gradually bringing the sound source closer.
If the pet is afraid, hesitates, behaves indecisively, do not immediately calm him down, because by such actions the owner, without noticing it, encourages the behavior of the puppy. The main thing is to make sure that the new experience is not painful, unnecessarily frightening. Let the puppy get to know the world around him at his own pace, gradually. You just need to provide him with the opportunity to meet, adapt.
Socialization affects the dog’s future behavior and should last until at least 3 months of age. The older the puppy, the more difficult it is to control. A socialized Dogue de Bordeaux puppy adequately perceives strangers, animals, does not show unjustified aggression, is not afraid of passing vehicles, harsh sounds are friendly to family members, and is not prone to damage to furniture in the house. Otherwise, a simple visit to the veterinarian and walking in a place where large congestion of other dogs can turn into an attack with bites, fights.
Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff): Training
The Dogue de Bordeaux is an intelligent breed, and the stubbornness shown by a dog does not mean stupidity at all. From an early age, the puppy must understand who is the leader. When training a dog, it is important to show confidence, the strength of character, patience. The correct method of training is important, otherwise, a cute puppy, having matured, will not obey. Good behavior is always encouraged, but undesirable results should never be physically punished or yelled at.
The best time to exercise is right after a walk. The dog will already be a little tired and will see the leader in a cheerful owner.
French Mastiff Puppies: Conclusion
Puppies need a lot of sleep, they get tired quickly and often fall asleep in random places in funny positions. The need for sleep is normal.
The pet’s sleeping place is prepared in a quiet, calm place. Toys can add coziness to a comfortable sunbed.
From an early age, you should train your Dogue de Bordeaux puppy to take care of your hair, claws, ears, eyes, and examine your teeth. In addition, you should gradually accustom yourself to a collar, leash, or harness.