General Info About Tibetan Mastiffs
People send us emails and leave comments about the information on the site, and we are often asked if a given recommendation is truly important. Some believe that our information is intended to “frighten people away” from the breed.
Other people argue that much of the advice isn’t meant for “them,” because they’ve had dogs previously and are well-versed in canine behavior and training. Surely, some of these suggestions apply exclusively to “others” and not to “them.”
First and foremost, we absolutely love the Tibetan Mastiff, as every page on our site declares “For the Love of the Breed.” There’s really no other breed with which we would choose to spend our lives and our homes. And, because we like the TM, we are extremely happy for you when you find this wonderful breed.
However, we must be truthful about the breed’s essential truths, which must be recognized and acknowledged by both breeders and potential owners.
Mastiff Dog Statistics
We do not use fear tactics on our website. Based on the recognized features of the Tibetan Mastiff breed, we are just stating logical, probable management, confinement, and training methods that the AVERAGE DOG OWNER may utilize.
These facts are simply not in question:
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff enjoys barking.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff enjoys chewing.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff is a guardian breed that is protective of its home and family.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff is a strong, self-reliant dog.
General Advice For Tibetan Mastiff Owners
Keeping only these 4 of several facts in mind, the AVERAGE TIBETAN MASTIFF OWNER should assume the following:
- The AVERAGE TM demands ample room, mental engagement, and physical activity.
- The AVERAGE TM requires socialization and basic obedience training.
- The AVERAGE TM requires a securely fenced yard.
- The AVERAGE TM needs to have crate training.
- The AVERAGE TM requires structure and strong leadership.
Safety Fence For Your Mastiff
A securely fenced yard will keep your hyperactive TM from getting missing, frightening someone due to size or temperament, or even being run over by a car.
Your guardian TM will not charge and maybe bite an intruder or delivery driver if the yard is securely fenced. A securely fenced yard will keep your TM from getting into fights with stray dogs or being attacked by them.
Crate Train Your TM Dog?
Are you a one-person or two-person working family? Is it typical for you to be gone for 4 to 8 hours per day? Crate training will protect your valuables and furniture from your TM, who enjoys chewing wood, fabric, and plastic. Crate training also keeps your dog or puppy away from potentially harmful situations.
What about the TM, which is capable of opening your patio doors on its own? We’ve heard about TMs getting away through a window that is only barely opened to allow for air circulation on several occasions. One dog had climbed three stories!
This TM was fortunate not to suffer a fractured bone or worse, but why expose yourself or your pet to the dangers that such behavior might bring?
A kennel, kitchenette, bathroom, or other “puppy-proof or dog-proof” area could also be used as your dog’s crate, but SAFE CONTAINMENT is still the most essential thing.
Tibetan Mastiff Obedience And Socialization Training
Any advice you’ll discover on our site is presented with the goal of informing you about the practicalities of owning a huge, protective, and stubborn breed like the Tibetan Mastiff.
A TM with some basic obedience training and who has been socialized is less likely to become aggressive, shy, or a bite risk. All of these undesirable traits are common in non-socialized, untrained guardian breeds, which is sad.
Surrendered or abandoned Tibetan Mastiffs frequently lose their homes for the following reasons:
- causing property damage
- a lot of barking
- aggression and shyness
- escaping and fleeing because of a containment issue
Ethical Dog Breeder Characteristics
When it comes to bringing out the advice for selecting an ethical breeder, our logic holds true as well. MOST compassionate, ethical breeders will exhibit similar traits, as would the majority of profit-driven, unethical breeders.
We can only tell you what TYPICAL characteristics to watch for to distinguish one breed from another, although it is up to you to ask and evaluate the breeder of your choice. Poor breeders are rewarded with puppy sales, which is harmful to the Tibetan Mastiff breed as a whole.
Exceptions To The Rules
Are you still unsure if anything you see on our website is aimed at you? You can be certain of it. We fully acknowledge that every rule has exceptions. It’s possible that you can keep your TM without the need for a fence, a kennel, or even a single second of basic obedience training or adequate socializing.
Nonetheless, given the nature of statistics, we try our best to stack the deck in your favor by providing you with accurate, common-sense advice on properly caring for your Tibetan Mastiff.
The purpose of this website is to inform, inspire, and entertain you about all aspects of this wonderful breed.