Canadian Mastadors

About Canadian Mastadors
We start feeding the pups mother high protein and milk about three weeks before she is due. The pups eyes normally open at ten days. They will start to get teeth at three weeks so the mother will wean them, (stop feeding them milk) around that time. The longer they stay together in the family group the more confident they get. We like to keep them for ten weeks. We will start taking them to the local dog park at about six weeks to get them used to other dogs and different people and start some simple training

We don’t vaccinate and don’t recommend it. Dogs are actually very healthy naturally. They heal quickly and were originally scavengers so they have developed very strong immune systems. The pups inherit this from their mother. The first set of shots works to block this immunity so they can give them a second shot that infects them to supposedly force them to create antibodies. I’m not convinced that this is better than daily exercise and feeding high quality food. We recommend Riplees Ranch Free Range Lamb, one cup in the morning and one cup in the afternoon. Our pups are very healthy and the original great grandfather to the bloodline is now 15 years old. We guarantee the pups and have never had one returned.

Do You Really Want a Pup
Puppies are wonderful but can be a mixed blessing. They will test your patience for the first year and possibly longer. They are opportunists and want to train you so be prepared. When you first get them home they are going to mess in your house. They will also take your stuff and chew on almost anything while teething. They will want to sleep with you in your bed and likely want to sit on your lap when you are trying to work on your computer. Fortunately they will improve with age but will insist that you take them for a walk every day. Our pups love people and will jump up and try to lick them. They also have a fair amount of guarding instincts so will bark at strangers coming on to their territory. Each pup has it's own unique personality regardless of the colour of their coat. We always look for health and confidence first.

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The Mastador is a large mixed breed (70 to 120 lbs) being a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Mastiff. She is a talented dog who can participate in activities that include search and rescue, jogging, agility, drug detection, tracking, guarding and hunting. She has a normal life span of 10 to 14 years and is an outgoing, friendly dog with a very protective nature.

The Mastador is an affectionate and gentle dog despite her size. While she can be very protective she is not aggressive unless she perceives a real and immediate threat to her or you. She is friendly and social and loves to be energetic and active with you and then cuddle and nap after. She is a happy dog and very intelligent. She can also display a stubborn side as a puppy. She tends to be a bit more excitable but will start to calm down as she grows into adulthood.

The Mastador is a great family dog but you will need to have room for her. While she will not need hours a day of exercise she will need a fair amount and regularly too so she needs an owner willing to be active with her. She will soon become an important part of the family and she will be dedicated to you, protective of you and will love you as much you will love her.

The Labrador Retriever
Coming from Newfoundland in Canada the Labrador Retriever was bred at the start of the 1700s. They worked with fishermen bringing in nets, lines and fish and then were a family companion at the end of the day at home. They were called St John's dogs named for the capital of Newfoundland. They were greatly admired for their disposition and work ethic by visiting Englishmen in the early 1800s and were taken back to England. There they were used to hunt and were called Labradors. It is actually a good thing they thrived so well in England as in their place of origin they died out due to too strict breeding taxation. In the early 1920s they were imported back from England to North America.

The Lab today is a very intelligent, sweet and friendly dog. He is used in various fields as a working dog such as police work, army work, hunting, therapy to name a few. He is eager to please and loyal and is very easy to train. He has a lot of energy and needs to be very active mentally and physically. Labs can vary from being laid back to quite rowdy.

The Mastiff
The Mastiff comes from an ancient breed of dog called the Molosser. Mastiff type dogs can be found across the globe through the years, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Romans and so on. They were used as war dogs by Hannibal and Kublai Khan and many other leaders. They were also guard dogs, used for hunting and used for entertainment in fights against other fierce animals. In England they were used to guard noble and royal estates. In 1835 the breed almost disappeared when sports like bull baiting, bear baiting and dog fighting were outlawed but the increase in popularity and occurrence of dog shows in the mid 1800s helped save them. They then almost disappeared again in England due to the two World Wars but breeders used puppies brought from Canada to revive them.

Today the Mastiff is still courageous and protective but not vicious or aggressive. In fact he is quite docile and kind. He will be aloof with strangers and may tend to step forward between you and anyone he views as a threat but he will not threaten unless there is an obvious danger. He is a good watch dog and guard dog. He does not like it when family arguments occur and if you are punishing a child he may step in to protect them. He can be shy and fearful if not properly socialized and trained from a young age.

Canine Wisdom
Caring for a dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience. We call them dogs but they still think they are wolves; the only wild animal that actually chose to befriend us. They are intelligent, loyal and devoted. Your relationship with your dog progresses through three stages, affection (bonding), respect (tough love) and trust. These must be earned over time and are unobtainable using treats or chain collars. Dogs progress seven times faster than we do so the first few weeks are very important in developing your relationship.

Your dog wants to please you but he will make mistakes. He will likely still be teething so contain him in a safe location when he is not with you and give him bones to chew, not toys. He will also have sharp claws that can easily scratch so if you have young children you may want to carefully clip the tips. Start with affection, no discipline at all for the first week. When you first bring him home lay on the floor on your back and let him climb on you and lick your face. When he calms down hand feed him some pieces of pancake. Now lay down once more and call him over for some more bonding.

Respect comes from your training sessions. This stage is very important. Start with manners. Wait and Okay can be taught at meal time. He should learn to wait until you say Okay. For Gentle and No, I suggest using pieces of pancake. If he is too rough say No and if he persists a sharp finger tap on the nose. (nose biting is how the mother disciplines her pups) You should be able to continue holding the pancake and have him stop when he gets to your hand. Keep at it until he gets it and the rest of your training sessions will be easy. Always use praise as the reward for success not treats. Kneel down to his level when he is on the floor, let him lick you, and always speak softly in a praising manner. When he is responding consistently try using Wait and Okay when he is going outside or even into another room. You will use these later when crossing the street or if you want him to wait at the entrance while you go into a store.

Stay Sit and Come are next, in that order. He wants to come to you so start by asking him to wait and then use Stay with the stop hand signal and slowly back away from him. When he starts to come toward you say No, push him all the way back. and then and try again. He's feeling insecure because you've never pushed him away before, so only do this two or three times. When he learns to stay you kneel down and give him the come forward hand signal and then praise. Repeat this lesson each day until he responds to just the hand signals and now you have his trust. That's it. Now you will be able to just talk to him and point and he will do anything you want.