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Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Axel
« on: December 06, 2007, 10:10:31 pm »
Hi there, my name is Liz and I am the proud new owner of "Axel" our 14 week old (as of last 12/01/07), male, Old English Mastiff. He weighed in at 42.2 pounds, 17" high at whithers and 18 long from base of neck to base of tail.   He is adorable and my husband and I are immediately attached.  The place we got him, they were feeding him puppy food with 37% protein. Most of the things we read said this is a no no.  So we have been gradually changing him to Eukanuba large breed adult dog food kibble.  This has 21% protein (? off the top of my head).  He is doing well with the housebreaking and loves to go in and out of his kennel/crate for naps. 

One of the main things we have a problem with is, him attacking our pant-legs and shoes.  It is tough to handle and my daughter (age 17) and son's girlfriend (age 20) have a hard time dealing with this behavior... any suggestions?

Other wise, he is a sweat boy and is doing well with the sit and down command, but still having trouble with the stay and come commands. 

I have been trying to get him to allow for a brushing but he wants to eat the brush and I have been trying to get him used to his nails being touched by massaging his paws and in between his toes regularly. 

Also, I try to put some mint flavored puppy toothpaste on my finger and rub it on his gums, but he just wants to eat my fingers instead.  Suggestions on these things would be wonderful.  :)

I've got a million questions and concerns, which you don't always find on the internet.  We had a yellow laborador for 10 years and I have forgotten what puppy rearing was all about.  Looking forward to interacting with everyone and learning a lot from those of you who have experience.

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