5 top tips for large breed dog owners

Jul 2, 2022 9:20:18 PM

1 Training

Large dogs are great – full of character, loyal and incredibly intelligent so it’s a good idea to keep them occupied mentally as well as physically. Kongs, feeding mats and other mentally stimulating toys are ideal.


When you own a big dog training is essential. Good recall and not jumping up are two of the first things you’ll need to address. It’s common sense really but being able to reliably call your dog back when he’s racing across the park in pursuit of a small dog, child or elderly person is vital. And a small dog that jumps up is (at best) cute or (at worst) annoying, but a large dog bowling you over is a completely different matter! It’s all about being in charge of your dog in every situation.


2  Other people

This leads us nicely on to the subject of other people and your large breed dog. You will probably encounter people who love your dog and will want to make a fuss of them. But you’ll also come across people who are timid or scared. Be respectful of course and practise your recall, making sure your dog is on the lead around anyone who is uncertain. Reassuring someone who is frightened is a kind thing to do but it’s unlikely to persuade them to change their mind.



3   Diet

It’s useful to know that a large breed puppy grows more quickly and for longer than their smaller counterparts. Often in the puppy stage until they are 18-24 months old, they’ll need lots of protein, nutrients, healthy fats and an overall good quality diet so that they gain weight at the right pace and don’t put any unnecessary stress on their joints.


Large breeds can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia so it’s important to understand your specific breed and be mindful of any common or hereditary issues.


Trophy has a range of food that is perfect for large breed puppies and adult dogs - as well as some excellent joint care supplements. The products are 100% natural and created to support your dog through all life stages. Ask your local Nutritional Adviser or Trophy online if you’d like some more detailed information.


4 Think big

An XL dog brings with it all sorts of XL requirements – from indoor and outdoor space to vet bills, insurance, food and even flea treatment, bedding, leads and collars! It’s not necessarily significantly more but it’s worth doing your sums before you commit. On the upside, you will also get XL cuddles and affection in return.


5   Exercise

Again, knowing your own breed will help you determine the amount of exercise required. It doesn’t necessarily follow that the larger the dog, the more exercise he will need but your dog will certainly benefit from a good walk twice a day. For example, a medium-sized English Springer Spaniel will outrun a German Shepherd all day long!


Make sure you have enough time for regular walks as well as time off lead for your dog to run, explore and enjoy the outdoors. If you feel less confident in more populated places there are a growing number of dog paddocks available all over the UK. Also if you are out much of the day, think about organising someone regular to walk your dog but make sure they have big dog experience.


Despite some of the additional care you will need to expend in owning a big dog you’ll be more than rewarded with an abundance of slobbery kisses, total adoration and absolutely no room on the sofa! We’d love to see photos of your own big dogs – email us at sales@trophypetfoods.co.uk and keep an eye on our social media pages in case we publish your XL friend!


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