Top 10 Bullmastiff Tips
Make sure your Bullmastiff is safe all the time.
Never let your Bullmastiff outside alone unless he’s safely behind a
fence or in a kennel run. When you take your Bullmastiff out, the
safes practice is to keep him leahed. Obedience training is also
useful because it teaches your Bullmastiff to respond to calls like
“Stop,” or “Come,” helping to assure your Bullmastiff’s safety.
If you leave your Bullmastiff at home alone, particularly as a
puppy, the safest place for him is in a crate. That way he won’t be
able to knock things over or chew through electric cords.
2. Nutritious Bullmastiff Food
There’s lots of choices out there and without
guidance, it’s hard to figure out which brand is best for your
bullmastiff. Ask your breeder what kind and how much food to give
your dog. Don’t just give your bullmastiff table scraps or generic
brands. You want a good quality food that makes his coat shine and
keeps him trim and energetic.
3. Fresh Water
You must keep close tabs on your Bullmastiff’s water
supply at all times of the year. In the summer, he’ll drink more of
it quicker. In the winter, it can freeze. Water can also become warm
or dirty and can be spilled, so check your Bullmastiff’s water
supply several times a day. Make sure your Bullmastiff can reach it,
that it’s clean, and if you keep your Bullmastiff outside, put his
dish in a shady spot.
Be sure to buy a weighted water dish that won’t tip. Some even have
heating elements for the winter to keep the water from freezing.
Thime is also a gadget you can buy that attaches to an outside
faucet, allowing your Bullmastiff to lick fresh water at any time.
The best shelter you can provide is your own home.
But it can be comforting to your bullmastiff to have a little space
to call his/her own, whether it’s a rug, crate, or bed. It’s nice
for them to have a comforting den to retreat to when they need rest
or some alone time.
When your bullmastiff is outside, even for short periods, they need
a house or a door to the garage or other protective shelter to
provide a barrier against sun, freezing cold, wind, and storms. They
don’t need a fancy dog house, just a simple two-room shelter made
from plywood. The second room provides a partition to curl up behind
for protection against cold, wet, and wind.
Be sure to make your Bullmastiff a true member of the
family. When Bullmastiffs are isolated, they can become bored,
depressed, and/ or destructive. They’re smart animals meant for pack
living. Once you remove them from their canine family, they are part
of your pack.
6. Obedience Training
The commands a Bullmastiff learns in obedience
training not only help the owner control the Bullmastiff, but also
protect the Bullmastiff. There is no more important command for him
to learn than Come. When it’s 100% reliable it can be the one thing
that saves your Bullmastiffs' life when he’s running straight into
the path of an oncoming vehicle.
7. Regular Exercise & Mental Stimulation
Bullmastiffs can’t properly exercise on their own. If
you don’t take your Bullmastiff out of the house or backyard, they
will not get the mental and physical stimulation they need. Take him
out for a walk around the neighborhood (on a leash, of course).
Throwing a ball or Frisbee around in a safe, off-leash environment
will be a great delight to your Bullmastiff and help form a bond
Most Bullmastiffs don’t have to work to earn their keep nowadays.
The modern Bullmastiff typically has one purpose: companionship. To
be a good companion, they need to keep their minds sharp. Toys are
good. You can also play games with your Bullmastiff like “Find the
Hidden Treat” which teaches Bullmastiffs to use their noses.
Organized events and classes are also a good way to provide mental
stimulations, whether it’s in tracking, agility, earth digs or field
8. Weight Management
Bullmastiffs can’t diet themselves. You’re the one
who feeds them, so you have to do it. So when you think you’re only
feeding your Bullmastiff a cup of food twice a day but he’s still
getting fat, count how many times you’re giving him a treat or
feeding him table scraps.
Try breaking the treats in half. Your Bullmastiff won’t know the
difference. Try giving him a fresh carrot. Some Bullmastiffs even
like ice cubes. Unbuttered popcorn also makes a good low-fat treat.
Be sure to also increase his exercise. And, if necessary, switch to
a food with less calories or cut back on the amount you give your
All Bullmastiffs need the basics: nail trimming, ear
cleaning, baths, and brushing.
10. Vet Care
Regular physical examinations and inoculations must
be given to your Bullmastiff. They need to visit the vet at least
once a year for check-ups, vaccinations and to be tested for
As your Bullmastiff ages, he’ll need to visit the vet twice a year
and it would also be a good idea to regularly examine him for bumps,
lumps and sores.
These days, owners are advised to brush their Bullmastiff’s teeth
with specially formulated toothpaste (not meant for humans) at least
once a week and have them cleaned professionally when needed. This
helps prevent tooth and gum problems as well as infections,
abscesses and heart disease.