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Our canine companions have little say in some of the changes that happen in our life like having a baby, moving to a new home, or taking a job with longer working hours. We should of course consider the needs of our canines when making decisions that will impact them, but we’re often put in those same situations at a moments notice too. So how adaptable is the Bullmastiff when it comes to the changes in our lives? Let’s find out.  ENERGY We’ll dive right in a look at a key factor in adaptability; energy. The Bullmastiff reaches maturity around 3 years of age, and with their puppy and teenage years coming to a close, their energy level drops a bit. They are generally a pretty low-energy breed, but they will range closer to moderate-energy for their first three years of life. They need an hour or so of exercise each day so having a larger fenced yard, and larger home, is ideal. Should your home and yard decrease in size then you’re going to have to be more dedicated to exercising them but they adjust to smaller living remarkable well for their size. This could mean longer walks around the neighbourhood or easy brain games in the home, but you’ll generally find the Bullmastiff to be quite happy as long as they are with you and their family.  TRAINABILITY/INTELLIGENCE The Bullmastiff is fairly trainable and willing to please their calm, consistent leader which can come in handy when their life is uprooted. Obedience work is a great way to focus their mind and energy in new places where they need to ignore the new distractions, but they aren’t over achievers in this area. They’ll likely find a comfy spot with a view and carefully watch their new surroundings while keeping an eye on the family. Remember, your Bullmastiff’s ancestors were bred to be estate guardians so they prefer situations that are familiar so they can easily spot anything amiss. Keeping their routines as familiar as possible will help to transition them into their new life whether that be a new home, a new baby, or less time with you.  FAMILY & SOCIAL The Bullmastiff is a devoted family canine that thrives when someone is with them but they are generally quite comfortable being alone. It’s still critical that you work on their confidence alone from an early age and build up the time they are left alone rather than jump in. Bullmastiff’s are capable of destroying their kennel, chewing the any number of things, and other destructive behaviours when they aren’t trained to accept being alone. Moderate exercise, quality bonding, and crate training are going to be key in keeping your Bullmastiff from developing separation anxiety. Since you never know when you might suddenly start working more or be home later, it’s crucial that you teach this acceptance early on and keep this training maintained throughout the life of your Bullmastiff. It will make many of life changes easier for both your canine and you to adapt to at a moments notice. AFFECTION/INDEPENDENCE Bullmastiff’s are incredibly devoted and affectionate with their family, so changes in their life that result in less time with you, or the rest of the family, are going to be the hardest for them to adjust to. If you’ve taken a job with longer hours and don’t have a family member that can be there, you’ll need to work harder when exercising and bonding with them in the morning and evening. If you or someone your Bullmastiff trusts can be there for an hour or two in the middle of the day to give them some attention then they’ll adapt much more easily. As with most things, it’s easiest to make the adjustment in stages if possible and get creative when making accommodations if it’s not. Keep in mind that if you know a life change that will directly impact the amount of time you can spend with Bullmastiff is coming, start adjusting to the new routine as early as possible.

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