Training your Neapolitan Mastiff
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a very intelligent, dominant and strong willed breed and therefor needs an experienced dog owner. They should never be aggressive towards people. Due to the fact that it is a fighting breed, unfortunately they are easily aggressive towards other dogs.
Early puppy socialization is a vital key to successfully own a well behaved Neo. That includes socialization with people, and also other dogs and animals. A puppy must learn to travel from an early age. They are very territorial and would prefer not to go away from its home. A lot of people makes the mistake to leave a Neo pup the 1st year at home. To try and get a one year old or even older dog to learn travelling by vehicle can be quite a mission…that is if you will manage to get your Neo into the car. Once they learn that they return safely, and they realize that they can have a nice outing by getting in the vehicle, they will love it!
We strongly advise that puppies should start as early as possible with puppy socialization classes. New owners must take great care not to take puppies to high risk area’s due to the fact that proper immunity are only accomplished after being fully vaccinated and the puppy can get sick.
Neo’s that are possessive over food, toys or people, or aggressive towards people or other dogs, should be referred to a professional dog trainer and behaviorist. If such problems are not corrected at an early age, the chances are very good that the owner will soon be afraid of his own dog, and later possibly lock it away when visitors arrive. This is fatal, as the problem will only get worst.
A matured Neo, weighing nearly 80 kgs and not behaving well – is no joke to sort out. It can be very dangerous and some training schools won’t help in such a case as they have to put other people and dogs at risk to sort out one with a problem.
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