First day at forever home.

Discussion in 'English Mastiff' started by trg, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    From my experience they don't act like they are guarding unless they need to. Kryten will be 7 in January and I can count less than 10 times that he has gone into full guard mode. Most of the times he just watches but is more than willing to be pet by everyone he sees. Half of the time he has gone into guard mode have been a non-resident opening the front door when I've been home. The same person can enter easily if I'm not home. Other times are when he doesn't like how someone is acting nearby. Once he went into full guard mode for no apparent reason.
    Just because they don't seem like they are guarding doesn't mean they aren't, it just means they don't see anything to be concerned about.
     
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  2. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

    Well, I just seen a different side to Gus this evening. My son was having a friend sleep over, I called the boys to the living room and Gus spotted our guest. I let Gus in for the evening after we went and got something to eat. Gus new we had company and was leary when he came in, smelling the “new shoes and jackets” and different smells. Anyways he jumped up, positioned himself on the other side of me and gruffed and growled a bit until I called him down. He had the most serious stance to date. He tried to make himself as big as he could. He did calm down to about 50 percent of full alert. After the boys left the room, Gus was somewhat still in attention mode for about three minutes, then he laid down and sighed real big, then went back to sleep. For what it’s worth, I’m sure some will wonder, Gus was introduced when company arrived while outside. He kept his normal, yeah I see you, that’s close enough attitude. Anyways, just un update on a recent conversation. While I want a watchdog, I will never tolerate an aggressive dog. That wasn’t the case here.
     
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  3. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

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  4. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous! And he looks like he's wearing a star hat, lol.
     
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  5. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

    Gus turned one on 12/29/18 . He is 32”at the shoulder and getting thicker and still growing. Thought I would share an update.
     
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  6. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

    Thank you, sorry I don’t get on here much anymore, so busy with everything else in life.
     
  7. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the update! He is so handsome.
     
  8. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden Well-Known Member

    That collar looks so small on him now! Great picture!
     
  9. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Well-Known Member

    He sure is looking good! Thanks for sharing his pictures
     
  10. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

  11. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

    5C7B95CF-0C65-49D3-BF7E-75AE98616756.jpeg Starting to put on some weight now. He is 34 inches at the shoulder.
     
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  12. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    There's that handsome big guy! He's looking good.
     
  13. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Ah, he makes me want to get another...such a handsome boy. Not sure my girl would agree....jealousy.
     
  14. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    What a handsome guy!!!! so amazing these dogs are!
     
  15. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

    It saddens me to even post this, I am wanting to re-home Gus. Our lives have become to busy to allow Gus the attention he deserves. Gus was born on 12/29/17. He is currently 34” at the shoulder. He is current on vaccines and rabies, he is chipped. The only issue Gus has is he is aloof with strangers. He will distance himself from strangers, no aggressive behavior, just the normal gruffing and some barking from 15-20 yards away (outside). When we have visitors, I tell company to pay him no attention, Gus will come around in less than an hour if he is not bothered by the “company”. Gus will then approach the company slowly to allow some petting, then he wants the attention. He is a great watch dog now, and in typical fashion, very intimidating by size alone. Gus is fully intact with full AKC papers with no restrictions. Gus has lived on a mini farm with socialization with animals, not so much socialization in a town or neighborhood atmosphere. Gus does well with dogs he is introduced too, I have never seen him interact with a strange dog. Gus is fully house trained and stays inside if we are away and at night time. I almost forgot, he doesn’t lead well with a collar but does well with a harness. I would like to have $1200.00 for him, Feel free to pm me if interested. I have never breed him with another female, but he knows what it’s about, read my first couple of post bringing Gus home with Georgia in heat. I will only let him go with someone from here that is known or if someone can let me know that someone they know will be good to him. This is a great bunch of people on this forum.
     
  16. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear. Gus is an awesome dog. Not sure if it applies in your case, but have you checked with breeder if they could take him back? I‘d take him if we didn‘t have another male already. However, I‘ll reach out to some trusted Mastiff friends in the area.
     
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  17. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Trg, where are you located, if you don't mind sharing? I agree with TylerDurden. Please check with your breeder. If you purchased him on a contract, you may be obligated to return him to them.
     
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  18. kingmark

    kingmark Active Member

    This one breaks my heart :( dont do it..
     
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  19. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I don't want to sound judgemental, so I hope you don't take it that way trg. What does too busy mean for Gus? Maybe if you tell us what's going on, or what has changed, we can help you come up with a way to keep him. Really not trying to judge here, just wanting to help if possible.
     
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  20. trg

    trg Well-Known Member

    I am in NC, no obligation, breeder only said they would take him back if I could no longer take care of him. Basically if I was going to send him to a rescue etc..,
     

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