New Mastiff Mom

Discussion in 'English Mastiff' started by BuddyBoy123, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. BuddyBoy123

    BuddyBoy123 New Member

    My family and I just got an 8 week old English Mastiff mix. His mom was full EM and the father was like 75% EM and the rest Lab. Is what the people told us.

    Anyways, I was wondering if I could get any recommendations on brands of food I should get him?

    Thank you! :)

    Also, any other advice would be great too!
     
  2. Michele

    Michele Member Staff Member

    Welcome!
     
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  3. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Welcome to a great site for help and inspiration. We are glad you joined.

    Dog Food? Well, what are you feeding your pup now? And what were the parents being fed? I guess you would start there. When we got our girl she was being fed a low quality dog food but after joining the Forum we were given the good advice to check out the Dog Food Advisor and it was a blessing. People have no idea about just how nutritious or non-nutritious their dog food is, but looking it up on the Advisor will open your eyes.

    You are growing what will be a very large dog, and good food now will go a long way to great health in the future. Try and pick something in the upper ranges, 5 and 4 star products with good reputations. Many pet food stores will have trial bags of the better foods so that you can find one that is both tasty and good in quality. We experimented for quite a while with the same manufacturer and settled on a fish based food, but they have other products and every meat group is represented. And here is something to remember, all breeds of dogs have sensitivities, you might find out that yours doesn't do well on chicken (a lot of Mastiffs don't) and so you may have to settle on fish or beef or veal or....the list goes on. Also, when changing between foods because you've noticed a sensitivity it's hard to go cold turkey, better to wean away from it with decreasing quantities.

    Some of our EM owners will jump on with specifics of the food that they rely upon, but also do your own homework, go to the Dog Food Advisor https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com and you will find a wealth of reliable non-partisan knowledge. Nobody can "pay" to get a good review there so you will always know you are getting the best advice nutritionally.

    Other than that, find some basic training courses that you can take with your pup, it will pay dividends in the future...BIG DIVIDENDS. Every dog should know the basics and should be able to come, stop, hold, drop, bring, sit, lay down. A big dog NEEDS to know these to be a successful Big Dog. And with them, you will be a successful Big Dog Owner.

    And, Again, Welcome To Our Pack!
     
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  4. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    All of the advice above is perfect.

    I would just add to this that when you switch your foods (always do this slowly mixing the foods together) you may just want to start off avoiding chicken and grains altogether. The allergies are pretty common and it's never fun having to pick up liquid poops.

    And yes definitely use dogfoodadvisor.com link. That site is awesome. The other thing is "All stages" foods are pretty good since large breed pups have different needs with their fast growth than other breeds of dogs.

    There are also a ton of good tips and lots of advice in the health and nutrition section of the site. Feel free to browse through. There is sooo much information.
     
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  5. BuddyBoy123

    BuddyBoy123 New Member

    Thank you for all the info! I'll definitely check that website out. :)
     

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