The question is why on earth do I need to train my Mastiff?

The answer to the question is not why, but when, and when I say when I mean now, this is a vital part of owning a dog and can be fun and hold rewards and benefits if done correctly.

Ever heard of the saying can’t teach an old dog new tricks, well that’s just out right rubbish, any dog of any age, breed, size, or colour can be trained to a high level. Start your dog as early as possible as puppies are much like children there learn fast at a young age and will carry what they have learnt into adulthood.

A trained dog is beneficial to the community to where you reside and is really a job that should be high on your to do list once buying a new dog, no one likes a unruly dog or a miss behaving one, or even worse an untrained aggressive dog can be daunting to other people and smaller more submissive dogs.

The right mastiff dog training club

If you think you just turn up at a mastiff dog training class and they will wave a magic wand and train your dog , you are very much delusional , the purpose of a dog training class is to give you the necessary skills so you are able to train your dog yourself using the correct commands and body language, the training should be done at a pace the dog can absorb the new skills it needs.

Short sessions with concentrating on a certain training area at once are beneficial instead of trying to cram all the taring into a long drawn out session where the dog is likely to lose interest.

Before you consider any dog, training classes you need to obviously do your homework. Ask around to see what other mastiff owners in the area have to say and se if they have used a recommended class. Ask to visit the dog training class to see if the environment is ok for you and the dog and ask about any restrictions or add ons that the class requires.

Research, research, research is the key to find a good quality training class

Does the environment feel a safe place for you and your dog?

Are the instructors giving a balanced outlook on the training and give all individuals the same time to advise and correct mistakes

Is the class a welcoming experience or does feel like a bit of a clique?

Do the dogs look happy in the training being given?

Do the instructors have any recognizable certification in the dog training arena that can be checked?

Does the mastiff class offer a free one class try before you buy scheme?

Speak to other owners that are at the class and get there ow opinion of the class content and the instructor’s knowledge on the subject

Look at the structure of the class to see if there is a valid reasoning behind each segment of training, if you see a all the dogs off leads having a whale of a time playing this may be ok for socialising but as long as this is not how the whole class is taught then play can be a good reward for the dogs.

Some training tips:

Just like playing chess try to guess your dogs next move and be ready with the right command or body language to have the upper hand.

May seem a given but a dog’s name must be understood when the dog is called, if not then further command training may be a little tricky.

If you do attend a mastiff training club or class then the old saying, never be afraid to ask questions still stands even in this environment.

Keep a structure to the training so not to overwhelm the dog with multiple subjects in each session, bit like keeping math and English at school separate.

You need to reward your dog when it achieves a new command or instruction, this will re-enforce its ability to do the choir and will strengthen your bond.

As already mentioned, shorter periods of time when training are beneficial to the dog and you will find they remember what they have learnt more and don’t lose interest.

Don’t get frustrated with your dog if they done get it the first time, it may take many attempts for them to grasp what you are trying to achieve.

Make sure to add play into your training schedule and this will keep the dog not only interested but keen to continue training class.

If the dog is to be trained by more than one person make sure you both agree before you start so you can keep to the same content in training.

A dog does not obviously speak your native language they have their own, so the tone of your voice and the way you use your body language is very important.

Each dog has their own pace to learn and observe what you are attempting to teach them, allow them to use this as a guided rule for you to both follow.

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