Mastiff dogs are excellent companions and brilliant pets. They are very affectionate and easy going. They tend to be protective and possessive of their family, especially if they sense danger. They may be quite a difficult lot if left untrained, so early dog education is necessary to help these large breeds know how best to act.

Mastiff training can be quite frustrating. However, it is important to maintain your patience and to remain calm all throughout the process. Be sure to take a break should the need arise. In training your mastiff, always demonstrate a positive disposition. Never ever hit them, kick them, or do anything that will hurt them as this type behavior will give you the opposite effect of what you desire and may even trigger aggression.

Practice classical conditioning. This is an effective way of pet training, particularly when working with the large breed dogs. Rewarding your mastiff when he does something good and ignoring him when he does something bad is an effective way to let your dog know the difference between right and wrong.

Be gentle but firm. Mastiffs tend to be a sensitive breed. They will not respond to any training if they are afraid, hurt, and confused. Do not raise your voice or use physical force if you want to impose punishment. Be firm and simply start over again.

Mastiffs love attention so it is much more effective if you ignore the bad behavior and the dog himself. If you do that, your dog will recognize the action and will begin to connect the bad behavior and his master not giving him any attention. The negative association will help to redirect the bad behavior.

During mastiff training, make sure to keep treats within your reach as this will be one of your ways of rewarding him for a good behavior. Don’t just simply hand the treats to your dog, scratch his chin and give him a good pat to emphasize the good behavior and following of commands. However, giving a food reward all the time for a good deed done can turn your good dog into a spoiled one. After all, your mastiff should learn to obey you not because of the treats you are giving him but because you are his master.

While these are just a few of the basic suggestions of mastiff training, you might also consider seeking out professional dog training classes or an obedience school if you really want to have an incredibly well behaved dog.

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