© Kathleen McDaniel
”On some level, dogs are like a 3-year-old in a grocery store; Every now and then,
they are going to throw a tantrum, and the mother’s going to be mortified.”
The Importance of Spaying Or Neutering A Tibetan Mastiff
It is grossly irresponsible to allow any intact dog the freedom to wander the neighbourhood and the current numbers that reflect pet over-population should be a concern to everyone. Making the challenging decision to become a Tibetan Mastiff owner also means that you accept the obligation to safeguard the health and welfare of your pet and the pets in your area.
Prevent unplanned or unwanted litters by keeping your Tibetan Mastiff secure within your home, on-leash or behind protective fencing. Discuss with your breeder his/her recommended timing for having your dog spayed/neutered. It is your responsibility to see that breeding is left to those ethical and accountable breeders who make a serious lifelong commitment to the puppies they breed.
Tibetan Mastiff Safety
The matter of safety is an important one and, quite simply, a loose dog is a dog at risk. Tibetan Mastiffs are not easily boundary-trained and it is more likely than not that they will roam or wander away from their property without a proper fence. It is the rare Tibetan Mastiff that is trained to obey commands off-leash so shouting “Come” or “Here” is often futile.
A Tibetan Mastiff running free may easily be struck by a car, attacked by a roaming dog or other animal or become lost. If you live in a rural area and your Tibetan Mastiff is found bothering farm animals or livestock he could very well be shot. Animal cruelty cases abound so if your dog can be coaxed he can be stolen or simply abused by some sick individual. Only by keeping your dog close to you on-leash or allowing him/her the freedom of a contained yard will you know that your dog is safe from danger.
Protecting You and Your Dog Under The Law
Having Your TM Dog Off-Leash In Dog Parks?
T Mastiff Puppy Leash Walking
Fencing Your Tibetan Mastiff
Underground Dog Fencing
The Tibetan Mastiff - A Guardian Breed
At every opportunity, the TMBRN stresses that the Tibetan Mastiff is a GUARDIAN breed. The emphasis is to show that the very make-up of the breed is geared toward protection of yard, home and family from strange animals and people. The very essence of the GUARDIAN nature means that ethical breeders will not sell to anyone who does not have a securely fenced yard.
Common sense dictates that breeders and owners should jointly want to do everything in their power to protect the dog and others from all foreseeable harm. It is unfortunate, then, that rejected and disappointed applicants move on to the next breeder on their contact list who will sell them a puppy. (And we can guarantee that you will find that breeder who will sell a puppy at all costs and it won’t take much convincing on your part!) You have, however, not bested anyone with your tactics. You may have purchased a Tibetan Mastiff puppy but you have not magically circumnavigated the problem of how to manage the future containment problems that having an unfenced yard and a guardian breed will most assuredly bring.
The Fence Protects Your Dog
Be suspicious of that breeder that does not require you to have fencing. And, if you are not willing to erect a fence for your Tibetan Mastiff, you should seriously consider another breed.