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Old 12-22-2014, 05:50 AM
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5 month old bullmastiff..help!

3 months ago we bought a bullmastiff female, she was 2 months old when we got her. She was bottle fed by the breeder as there were 11 puppies and not enough milk to go around. She is my second bullmastiff and I have had dogs all my life but I have never experienced a puppy like this.

She has absolutely no interest in me or my two small children unless we have treats. I am a stay at home mum so I'm here all day and she is let out hourly, yet still after 3 months still goes wherever she pleases regardless of having been out 10 minutes before hand.

I always make a big deal of her going outside, loads of praise and don't go crazy when she goes inside, a sharp no and then out the door. At night she is let out before we go to bed at 11:30/12 and we are up in the mornings at 7 and wake up to her having pooed and peed in her crate and she walks in and lies in it. Her last meal is at 4:30pm and her water is taken up at 7pm.

I know bullmastiffs are lazy and my cousins have had them all along and I have had one previously and no bullmastiff I have come across is like this. She isn't playful or interested in people at all and spends her time sleeping or searching the floor for food. She completely ignores when she is called or asked to get into bed.

Dog trainers are out of the question financially as the nearest one to our home is nearly an hour drive away and he charges ridiculous fees so combined with fuel its not possible for us, does anybody out there have any advice because I am doing everything that the Internet and books say to do and feel like I'm chasing my tail. Apologies for the long post, I'm just at my wits end with two small kids and a dog that is just not getting it. Is it because she was bottle fed and didn't learn from her mother? I have no idea what to do.

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I'm just curious as to what the vet's take is on all of this. The lethargy is a little concerning. When you say that she has no interest in you and your children, do you mean from an obedience standpoint or that she has no interest in interacting or playing with you?

It's fairly normal for dogs to be motivated by food and only food, and of course with a puppy you have to take for granted that you cease to exist the moment you sat foot outside with them But for the dog to express no interest in humans whatsoever-- that's peculiar for me. Bulls are not known for their clinginess, but like all dogs, they are quite fond of human company and attention regardless of whether they take a word you say seriously or not

The sniffing for food-- dogs will often sniff the ground for what seems like no reason to calm themselves down. It could be unsureness or nervousness that you are seeing and not hunger at all.

And finally the potty-training issue-- Have you been cleaning the messes with an enzymatic cleaner? This really makes or breaks potty training IMO as dogs will pee where they smell their urine and urea crystals are not broken down by really any household cleaner. You need an enzymatic cleaner like nature's miracle that contains urease, or something similar, that totally destroys the urine molecules and with them, their scent. The other thing you might want to begin doing is tethering the dog to you while you are in the house. potty training is largely habitual so even if you can have a big push of interrupting an redirecting the peeing wherever it happens for 2 or 3 days, that could give you a foothold in training a new behaviour.
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She needs to see a vet, or another vet. No interest in play at all at that age is not a good sign.
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