"No Bite" becomes a monotonous sound as I train my bullies. Although Bullmastiffs are among the dogs used to discourage intruders, they are not well known for their bites. The bully will bark, growl and even give ground long before it will bite. When a bullmastiff does resort to biting, they have a very powerful and destructive bite.
Biting to a Bullmastiff is a very social interaction, and they tend to use their mouths naturally in play. A social biter does not mean to hurt with their bite, but can still cause harm when overly zealous in their play.
So it is also very wise to teach your Bully that biting is a boundary that they should never cross easily. Here are some training boundary tips:
Two Simple words "NO BITE"
When playing with your pup, they will more than likely bite you. This is how they interacted with their litter mate. The second they bite, change your tone of voice to authoritarian style, and firmly say "No Bite".
The first few times they will have no idea what you are talking about. But the will soon catch on.
When they bite you again, and they will because to them you are in the middle of play, repeat the command "No Bite" and I will bop the pup in the nose (not so it hurts, but so the pup understands biting is not acceptable).
You may have to repeat these steps a few different play sessions, but they are quick to pick up.
Rules to instill in your bully:
Their food bowl can be taken away, by any human, at any time. You accomplish this by taking the food bowl away from the time of being a puppy, and not allowing any aggressive behavior from the pup as a result. Any one at your house should be able to mess with your bullies food with out you being apprehensive about it. In the same token do not let your bully be teased, only taught.
The children have seniority over the bully in the pecking order. A common mistake a bully makes is thinking a child is a littermate. They will play rough with children, even when they are respecting boundaries with you. This can be rectified by having supervised play time with both children and pup. Correct and discipline immediately when the bully crosses the line. They will catch on quickly, and will soon have a respect for interaction with humans.
Touch Your Dog. Dogs differ in their sensitive spots, some from wounds, others just ticklish, regardless where they need to know touching is not an excuse for bad behavior. You should not have to worry about a child coming around and what your bullmastiff will do, that is a refection on the owner more than the dog.
Discipline the Children. Instill in your children a deep respect for this new friend. Do not allow them to tease your bully. Do act in a way that lowers your children in your dogs precept ion of the pecking order. If your child gives a reasonable command, support the child's command. If not reasonable, instruct the child to desist. Until pecking order is established, remember the bully sees the child's order from your actions.
Bullmastiffs are great family dogs, and they are great buddies for your children, but like all areas of life .... things run smoother when we keep a few simple rules. Because of boundaries we have the freedom to play aggressively with our bullies, they know they are never allowed to bite down. They are smart dogs and are capable of discretion, but only when well trained to stay in their boundaries.