Are you in for a trick or treat when it comes to training Tibetan Mastiffs?
Don’t be worried, this FAQ session will help you avoid the worst pitfalls in Yorkie training.
However, let us be frank; dog training for T Mastiffs is not necessarily easy. (We wouldn’t say that they are tough to train either, since it would be an exaggeration.)
Are Tibetan Mastiffs Easy To Train?
Okay, so you want to know how hard it is to train a Tibetan Mastiff? On a scale of 1 to 10, it lies on a 6 or 7. This means “not so easy”, right?
So, what makes training Mastiffs, ‘not so easy’? These dogs have a certain air about themselves (and an upright personality).
That’s right; their antics may put some of you to your knees in defeat.
You are probably asking how to make dog training for Mastiffs effective and make them listen to you?
Well, surprisingly, their personality or temperament can lovingly be used “against” them to train them.
No, this does NOT mean that we are manipulating them. T Mastiffs being brilliant dogs and fond of praise, can get motivated easily. Positive reinforcement is your secret weapon.
What Is The Best Way To Train A Tibetan Mastiff Puppy
1) Build a trusting relationship: When you first get your puppy home from the breeder, it will need some time and love to adjust to the environment and new people. They are just babies, aren’t they?
Till the age of 16 weeks, puppies will remain puppies, so you gradually have to let them out in the environment. Introducing them to other dogs and taking them on car rides is the key; you would love it just as much, wouldn’t you?
When To Start Training A Tibetan Mastiff Puppy
The earlier you start the training in the smallest of ways, the better it will be for you.
2) Take it one step at a time: You cannot expect to house train a puppy at the mere age of 8 to 10 weeks, right? There are specific rules and stages that you may want to follow as well. (Yes, you want the best for your pup, I know.)
When the puppy is at the age of 12 to 16 weeks, it would be appropriate for you to leash train.
Your Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Is Aggressive?
Your puppy is being aggressive and pulling on its leash? No, don’t scold or punish them; you need to be calm and allow it to cool off.
Pet them afterward, so they feel loved and trust you.
3) Positive Reinforcement: We have all heard how effective positive enforcement can be for puppies, right? Well, it is perhaps the best asset you have got.
Utilize its firm, loyal behavior and motivate it to follow proper instructions.
Mastiff Puppy Potty Training Is Working?
What should you do when your pup successfully goes potty to the litter you have assigned? Yes, the dog training, for weeks is now seeing its fruits; what are you expected to do? Just walk away? No, utilize this opportunity and reward your Mastiff puppy with a small healthy treat.
This is called operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, which encourages your pup to repeat the behavior.
Tibetan Puppy Barking Or Other Bad Behavior
4) How to not encourage bad behavior: What is bad behavior when it comes to a Mastiff puppy?
A way to discourage bad behavior in your pup would be not giving it the treat that you give every day.
At What Age Should A Mastiff Be Housebroken?
No, it is not breaking into your house to steal your dog. Housebreaking means dog training, so that they excrete in a designated area, and not in the house.
You may ask: What is the ideal age for your puppy to be housebroken?
According to professional breeders, trainers and vets, a Mastiff pup should be housebroken right after it turns three months old. Others claim 4-6 months.
Why three to six months, though?
Puppies’ bodies and organs are still growing at the mere young age of 2 months. Therefore, they can’t control their bladder and urges to excrete or urinate.
And as to why not six months, well because six months can become too late to dog training and potty training, and therefore more challenging for you.
Three months is the ideal age as they can control their urges, sense their surroundings, & understand where to poop and where not to.
How To Potty Train A Mastiff Puppy (Basic Potty Training Guidelines)
– Understand that your dog may need some privacy, therefore let it choose an appropriate place to let it out.
– Know the 15 mins rule, which means give them at least 15 to 20 mins to do their business.
– Notice your pup’s body language and keep an eye on them. You will know if something is going wrong.
– Do not get angry if your puppy soils itself or urinates in the house. It will just scare them away. Understand what the problem was. – Did you make them wait too long? Or do you need to give more dog training?
– You will need to take your puppy outdoors more often as it needs to empty its bladder frequently.
– Use positive reinforcement like treats or petting to motivate your puppy after it follows the housebreaking rules.
– Understand that it can take time to house train TM pups. Be patient and keep the dog training going.
How To Train Tibetan Mastiffs To Sit
You can often use two different techniques for training your Mastiff puppy to sit. The first method is called the luring method and in the second method you command a little pressure to help your pup.
1. The Luring Method
– Get some of your Yorkie’s favorite treats with you and call your dog to you, or go up to it.
– Place a treat in front of its nose, let it smell the treat. After that, slowly move the treat to the back of its head while you command “sit” to your Yorkie.
– If your pup sits, reward it by feeding the treat, and if it does not, do not reward it and try again.
– Repeat several times. This is most important when it involves dog training for Yorkies.
– After some good practice, follow the same method, but this time after commanding “sit” to your pup, do not follow with the treat, wait a few seconds and let your puppy sit down on its own. If it follows your lure, reward it with a few treats.
2. Command A Little Pressure
– Get your pup’s favorite treats with you.
– Desensitize and pet your Yorkie under its chin till it gets comfortable. Follow the same process by gently patting it on its tail area. Yes, we feel you can be a little intimidating, but patience is the key here.
– After your dog is familiar with your action, gradually put a little pressure on its back to make it sit down. No, the pressure needs to be gentle, not forced. Do not forget to use the command, “sit.” If you are gentle with your pup, it will sit down automatically.
– Reward your pup’s behavior with a treat. This will act as a positive reinforcement.
– Repeat and practice. Again, repeating is the most important step in training Yorkies.
Good luck with your adorable Tibetan Mastiff puppy!
The journey of training Tibetan Dogs can be a bit daunting at first, and you may tend to lose patience from time to time.
But do not let this discourage you. All the basic commands and things to train TMs depends on you.