Puppy raising advice

Discussion in 'General Mastiff Discussion' started by mastinandlab, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. mastinandlab

    mastinandlab New Member

    Hello,
    I am new to this forum. I just put a deposit down on a spanish mastiff, the LGD kind not a presa, that will be coming in mid June. I currently have a mastador that I got as a rescue, but this will be my first time raising a puppy. Any general advice for raising a mastiff puppy that a newbie should know?
     
  2. mastinandlab

    mastinandlab New Member

    Some general questions i have
    What food is best for a puppy? Ive heard mastiffs shouldn't be given puppy food.
    How should I go about socializing the puppy(especially if the coronavirus is still a problem in june)?
    Would you recommend stomach tacking?
    When is the best time to neuter and get stomach tacked?
     
  3. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. Generally it's recommended to feed a food that has proper calcium to phosphorus ratios to encourage slow and steady growth. There's some info about that in this thread. Scroll down a bit.

    http://www.mastiff-forum.com/index.php?threads/cane-corso-puppy.31493/

    I also posted some info about socializing from Denise Fenzi, who is a positive reinforcement competition trainer, in another thread.

    http://www.mastiff-forum.com/index....ing-social-distancing-for-corona-virus.31473/

    Stomach tacking. Well, I thing that's a personal choice. Studies are showing that there's a fairly strong genetic component to which dogs torsion and which dogs don't. Of course that's only one aspect to GDV and I think that if you're going to neuter it would be a good time to have his stomach tacked. Neutering is best done for our giants after two years old, or even longer. Those hormones are important for proper growth. Many people choose not to neuter, which I do think is fine if you can be sure that your male won't be able to get to a female. You should also be aware that intact dogs have a high instance of prostate issues later in life. If a testicle is retained, it's imperative to neuter. Retained testicles inevitably end up cancerous. I've dealt with that personally in a rescue.

    I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have and we'll try to help. I'd also really love to see pictures of your boy when you get him.
     
  4. mastinandlab

    mastinandlab New Member

    Thank you for the info. I get to choose a puppy at 6 weeks so I will definitely post pics when that happens.
     
  5. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    When will pup be coming home? Eight weeks or later?
     
  6. mastinandlab

    mastinandlab New Member

    Just get to pick which one at 6 weeks, but won't get it until 10 weeks. Sorry for the confusion.
     
  7. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    That's wonderful! I'm so glad to hear it. Ten weeks is awesome.
     

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