A friend just got a Mastiff puppy a couple of weeks ago (she's a mix of English, bull, and American). Her Neapolitan mastiff had died in her sleep earlier in the summer. The Neapolitan mastiff was a certified therapy dog as is her Landseer Newfoundland, and she's working with the puppy already to get her ready to be a therapy dog, though she won't be able to certify her until she's at least a year. My dog has met the puppy and was used as a training exercise in leaving another dog alone, since once the puppy got overly excited and started barking at him, he utterly ignored her. He generally loves puppies, but he's never liked having another dog bark in his face, so he just sat there (and eventually stretched out) while she was told to "leave it" and praised when she ignored him after being told that (which generally didn't last long until she realized he wasn't going to have a thing to do with her until she stopped yapping). He's not a certified therapy dog, because there wasn't anywhere nearby to certify him nine years ago, and at this point, the people at the nursing home have spoiled him so that he'd never pass the tests. Besides, working full time, I don't have time to take him more than one place on a regular basis anyway.Originally Posted by canuckinchile;4054469;
There's a funny youtube video from Italy of a Neapolitan mastiff snoring away while his owner pleads with him to wake up and look at the camera (I don't speak Italian, but it's pretty clear what's going on). The dog finally opens one eye, rolls it up briefly at his ecstatic owner, and then rolls it right back shut.