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Tibetan Dog Anxiety Training & Separation Training For Mastiff Puppies

Separation anxiety training for dogs
Know that frantic feeling you get in an uncomfortable situation? Anxiety (it sucks).

And you definitely know that Tibetan Mastiff dogs can suffer separation anxiety. However, it can sometimes be hard to recognize and separate from learned behavior. Is your TM dog or pup suffering from separation anxiety? Then you have to go through this useful article.

Does Mastiff Dog Separation Anxiety Training Help

Yes, it can help.

No matter how hard it may seem earlier, training for anxiety, especially separation anxiety, is useful; you need love and patience.

But to understand separation anxiety training, we first need to understand what is separation anxiety in a dog and how it is different from simulated separation anxiety, which is a learned behavior in your Tibetan Mastiff.

What Is Separation Anxiety In Tibetan Mastiffs?

Separation anxiety, what is it?

• It is a condition that is serious enough to cause real separation anxiety to your dog during the absence of its owner, which is you, right?

• Anxious behavior like pacing around the house and whining.
• Barking, howling, and trembling.
• Chewing on objects, hard and soft alike, leads to injury to your dog’s teeth and mouth, yup, that is not cute.
• Urinating or defecating out of fear or anxiety when you are not at home, this won’t happen in your presence.
• Salivating and drooling.
• Digging and destruction of house property.  
Well, what is simulated separation anxiety then? And why is that a learned behavior?

• In the words of Cesar Millan, simulated dog separation anxiety is a result of the dog lacking self-control and proper training.

• Is your dog howling or barking excessively and loudly while you are gone and also in your presence? It is doing so because your Tibetan Mastiff dog is seeking attention. Even negative attention like yelling from you is a bonus for your doggy.

• You may not realize it now, but your negative attention can be a massive boost for your dog and lead to the same continued behavior. This is why it is called a learned behavior.

• So, is this simulated learned behavior, not controllable? No, we never said that. It is easier to correct; all you need is disciplined training methods and focus on crate training.

Mastiff Training Treats - Show dog

Does Obedience Dog Training Reduce Separation Anxiety?

Yes, obedience training is very effective in TM dog training for separation anxiety. How can we be so sure of that, you ask? Cesar Millan is vouching for us.

How Does Obedience Training Help A Tibetan Mastiff? 

• Obedience training helps your Mastiff dog learn its place in your house and family and makes it realize what kind of good behavior is expected from them.

• Your dog will learn essential skills of interacting and behaving around guests, other dogs, and, most importantly, knowing how to act when you are not home.

Obedience Train A Mastiff - Basic Practices

• Hey, your dog probably feels worse than you on having a ‘stinky accident’ on your house mat when you are not at home. Do not punish it for its actions; it is separation anxiety in action, yes, you’re right, it can be hard to spot.
• Take advantage of your dog’s sincerity and go ahead.

• Teach basic obedience training for your Tibetan dog through commands like ‘sit,’ ‘lie down,’ ‘wait,’ ‘go to your crate,’ using positive reinforcement and motivation. This way, you can go out to run an errand, and your dog will be patiently waiting for you in its crate. Magical, right?

• Is it as easy as it sounds in theory? No, honestly, it is not. If your dog is showing signs of real separation anxiety and not just a learned behavior, then you’ll need patience and practice.
• Do not spoil your dog or entertain its whims, for eg, if you are working and your dog comes at you and nudges your arm, for it to be pet. What do we usually do? We think it is cute and go ahead to pet our dog. But this way, you are encouraging such behavior from your dog, and it will believe that it owns you.

• Be the pack leader for your T Mastiff. Why is that important? Because if you let your dog assume that position, it will undergo stress and aggressive behavior when its needs are not met or left alone.

How To Stop Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

Well, stopping separation anxiety in your Tibetan Mastiff dog isn’t just like flipping a switch on and off. Yeah, you have probably figured that out. The solution is, again, separation anxiety training.

But to go ahead with that, we need to knowwhy separation anxiety is caused in dogs? 

• Change of guardian or being sent to a shelter or adoption home.
• If you had kept your dog close to yourself when it was a puppy, but after it turns into an adult, you have started to pay more attention to your work, what happens then? That’s right, a sudden change in your dog’s life and separation anxiety may kick in.

• You have to believe us in this one, boredom and lack of exercise are also significant in developing anxiety. It can only get corrected by treating dog anxiety.

• Do not drive up the expectations of your dog. Believe it or not, you are guilty in this too, how? We frequently create a fuss and coddle up our dogs when we are leaving or coming back home—feeling guilty yet?
• Incomplete or inefficient training when your dog was a puppy.
• Lack of obedience training, maybe?

Train A Mastiff Puppy For Separation Anxiety

Separation Training For Mastiff Puppies

Treating separation anxiety for your TM can be pretty easy and convenient if you are following the right steps. What are these right steps we are talking about, and how do we guarantee that they work?

Well, these steps are backed up by experts from organizations like the AKC, the Kennel Club UK, ASPCA, and individuals like Cesar Millan.

First of all, you will have to bring some mindset changes in you:

• Do not reward or coddle your puppy when it starts whining or crying; it will just encourage your puppy.
• Teach your dog to be calm and patient and reward those behaviors; that is the right way to treat separation anxiety in dogs.
• Do not try to interact, or please your pup constantly; why? You should let it be a little self-reliant and let it entertain itself with its toys.
• Crate training is vital; you have to make sure that your puppy respects its surroundings and people.

Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Anxiety Training Tips

• Do not pay any cues: Are you going out to get groceries? Sounds good, but do not make it a big deal and announce to your dog that you are leaving. Do it the usual way as you always do. And after you are back, do not go to love your dog directly, make your way in, act normal, ignore your dog, let it run its ordinary course. Does this help? Yes, it does; your dog will associate you going out as an everyday thing. The goal here is to reduce the clingy behavior.

Mastiff Puppy Crate Training

• Crate Training: Make your dog familiar with the crate from early on since it’s a puppy. Let it take its own time to do that, though; you have to be there to supervise it, sounds good, right? Finding trouble in crate training, separation anxiety in pet dogs involves making your dog associate pleasant things with its crate. How do you do that? Feed your dog in the crate, let it play with its chew toys in it, also make sure that your dog lies in the crate for a reasonable period when you are going out.

Socialize Your Puppy

• Get your Tibetan dog normalized with people: What does that mean? It means exactly what it sounds like. Socialize your dog correctly, introduce it to new people who come to your house regularly. Make it familiar with human activity and the act of leaving and returning, so that separation anxiety doesn’t manifest, and your dog also remains at peace; we want that, don’t we?


Guardian dogs training

Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Exercise And Medication

• Exercise: Exercise promotes your dog’s physical and mental health; it prevents boredom from settling in-in your dog. Engage in mental games with your pooch, give it puzzle toys and training sessions that improve its cognitive behavior.

• Medications: Drugs for separation anxiety should be the last resort for you and your dog. Yes, drugs can help calm your dog down, maybe give it a good sleep as well. But as discussed previously, synthetic drugs are just a temporary solution. Normally you want to avoid it unless your pet needs surgery or is in a life-death situation.

With appropriate training, you can ensure your furry friend doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety – even if you aren’t around for a while.