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TM Pups

The Tibetan Mastiff Puppy To Young Adult

Cute Puppies And A Giant Dog

If you already adopted or bought your own T Mastiff puppy, you definitely know that you’re both going to have fun and challenging times together. This is because these TM pups tend to be stubborn and difficult to handle but with all these negative traits, they are really intelligent.

Even if you have friends with the same breeds, you may observe that they don’t have the same traits and behaviors. Don’t worry, it’s normal for all dog breeds to be different.

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Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Price

Always keep in mind to buy Tibetan Mastiff pups from an ethical breeder. They usually sell these dogs for $1500 to $5500. On the other hand, if you’re going to buy from a rescue house, you may expect to pay below $1500. Of course, not all puppies have the same price tag. It would still be determined by a variety of factors and this includes the following:

  • The location – The value of a Mastiff puppy is affected by where you reside and where the breeders are located.
  • The season – In ethical breeding, female dogs are only allowed for breeding once per year. Buyers are also more willing to purchase when the weather permits them to get to the breeders.
  • Breeder ethics – If you’re getting a puppy from an ethical breeder, expect the price to be high since they are following strict standards about breeding.
  • Demand and supply – When there is a great demand for T Mastiff puppies in your location, you will almost certainly have to pay more. This is especially true when you’re living in the USA where the demand is definitely high.
  • Breeder certification and reputation – If the breeder is known for taking all the time and effort to raise puppies, then the costs of those puppies will be higher. Also, having certification means that you guaranteed that your puppy will live a happy and healthy life.
  • Bloodline – Because of unethical breeding by irresponsible breeders, purebred Tibetan Mastiffs have become rare. Purebred puppies are more likely to be expensive than those who aren’t.

Your individual approach to buying a TM pup plays a major part in the price you will pay as well. Do you cut corners to quickly get a new pet? How much are you willing to pay? How willing is the breeder to sell a pup to you? The breeder may feel lots of love and concern for the pet, and may want to ascertain that you as a buyer will be an appropriate mom or dad.  

Three Cute Little Pups

TM Pup Training

Tibetan Mastiffs require a lot of socialization and training so before buying one, you must first establish excellent training skills. You should put in the effort to train your puppy to become a well-behaved, devoted, and protective family member, especially if you don’t have much experience with handling dogs.

Are you a seasoned dog owner? If not, are you ready to do what it takes train your puppy into a socialized, loyal, and protective family dog? 

You may want to be well prepared. Check our review of popular Tibetan Mastiff dog training courses below.

Separation Anxiety In Tibetan Mastiff Puppies

Separation Anxiety is applicable to dogs as it is with humans. If you have other pets in your house, their presence may alleviate the uncertainty that your new puppy is feeling. The puppy’s comfort will be determined by his ability to learn his new space and family, therefore, you should limit the puppy’s exposure to events and new people as it will be an exciting experience for them.

A TM puppy will still instinctively sense the urge to exert authority over his surroundings. Don’t easily allow new people to pick him up since it will make him uneasy. If you want other people to freely touch him, make sure to introduce them to your dog first and let him sniff them before touching your pup.

Avoiding things that the puppy does not enjoy is among the most typical mistake made by new pet parents. This is especially true when your dog doesn’t like going inside the car. Once they become a gentle giant, you will be having a hard time dragging them inside the car.

  • Learning his new space and family will be the key to his comfort, so keep the puppy’s exposure to new people and events within his abilities. 
  • Meeting new people, going places, even new smells will be intense experiences for a young puppy. 
  • Although the puppy is young, he is still a Tibetan Mastiff and will already feel an instinctive need to control his situation. Make sure that you introduce the puppy to new people and have them wait until the puppy has had a “sniff” and a minute to evaluate them before approaching.
  • Allowing strangers to pick him up or handle him without an introduction will make your puppy uncomfortable – even if he doesn’t act bothered by it. 
  • One of the most common mistakes that new owners make is avoiding activities that the puppy doesn’t like to do. If your puppy doesn’t take to riding in cars, it is a good idea to work with that problem before he is over 100 pounds and you have to wrestle him into the car to go to the vet. Many puppies are carsick or experience motion sickness at first. 

TM Puppy Socialization At The Vet

It’s true that many people are still unaware of this breed. People who want to socialize with him may leave him nervous as a puppy, making it harder to get him in the front door later. Your puppy can also feel your emotions so if you are embarrassed about your dog’s negative trait, he can pick up on it.

It’s much better if you have a large car that can fit a huge crate in it so you and your puppy could travel safely to the vet. It’s never a good option to open your car trunk and put your dog inside it. You may also want pet insurance that covers most circumstances in conjunction with proper socialization.

  • Many times new puppy owners feel embarrassed if the puppy is not highly approachable and this embarrassment can create tension that your puppy will sense and respond to. Try to be relaxed and self-confident in new situations, so your puppy can relax as well.
  • Much of this is brought on by the anxiety of being “out of control”. Sometimes, just sitting in the car for a few minutes is the first step, followed by short trips, which increase in duration until your TM can settle and ride without concern. When your pup begins to grow up, getting your Tibetan Mastiff into a car can sometimes be a challenge. 
  • If you drive a large enough vehicle to accommodate a crate, then you will find that your puppy will travel most safely that way. In no case should you ever travel with your puppy or dog in the back of an open truck.

In addition to pet training and socialization, you will need pet insurance that covers most contigencies. Your TM will likely be eager to explore new territories far away from your home and stake a claim in this world. Beause of that, check our review of the most popular insurances for Tibetan Mastiff dogs (USA). 

Mastiff Puppy Leash Training and Crating

No one likes being forced to do things. Leash training needs a lot of time and effort to master since your puppy will most likely resist leash training in the beginning. In order to get through this, an appropriate collar should be bought to let your dog feel comfortable.

The collar should have no noisy bells or medallions on it. The puppy is easily distracted by dangling stuff, and he will pull at the collar to detach it. Consider adding the leash after your puppy has worn the collar for a while and is familiar with it.

Flexi-lead gives the puppy more mobility upon first use. If you have an adult dog in your household, you may want your new puppy to join them so that he becomes used to walking on a leash. These dogs have been known to pull off a Flexi-lead as well as destroy a weakened collar and leash, so assess them for wear.


  • To make your puppy comfortable on a leash, you should select a well-fitted flat collar preferably with no noisy tags or medallions on it. Dangling items are distracting to the puppy and he will sometimes scratch at the collar to remove it. Once your puppy has had the collar on and is comfortable with it, try attaching a leash. 
  • I personally like a flexi-lead for puppies because the flexi-lead will allow the puppy more latitude in movement at first. Many times a puppy will follow an adult dog on a leash so if you have another adult dog or a friend who can walk their dog with you, that may help get him accustomed to walking on leash. 
  • Try to keep the puppy walking on your left side as his training progresses and get him accustomed to being under control without pulling.
  • To make your puppy comfortable on a leash, you should select a well-fitted flat collar preferably with no noisy tags or medallions on it. Dangling items are distracting to the puppy and he will sometimes scratch at the collar to remove it. Once your puppy has had the collar on and is comfortable with it, try attaching a leash. 
  • As your T Mastiff puppy weight increases, use caution in the selection of leashes and collars. Check them for wear as TMs have been known to strip out a flexi-lead and break a weakened collar or leash. 
  • My TM puppies also like to chew collars off of each other. Never use a choke collar on your Tibetan Mastiff puppy as you can easily injure him.
Two TM Young Adults

T Mastiff Housebreaking

After leash training, let’s go on with the principles of housebreaking. These two training skills are connected with each other as it is recommended that you put your pup out on a leash to do potty. This will assist him in making a connection between being outside and what he needs to do there.

Praise your pup when he completes the task for which you took him outside, then bring him back inside the house and let him out to play. Another effective method is to attach a doorbell to the door you will use to let your pup out. If you ring the bell on your way out, the pup will understand to do the same when he wishes to go outside. This can help prevent scratches on your door.

  • When your puppy does what you have taken him out to do, praise him, take him back inside and then you can let him out for play. 
  • Another technique that works well is to tie a bell to the door through which you will take puppy out. If you tap the bell on the way out, the puppy will eventually learn to do the same when he wants to go out. This can save damage to your door from scratches.

Crate Train A TM Puppy

For many pet parents, puppy crate training is indeed a delicate topic. People in general dislike being restricted, and we transfer this onto our dogs. TM puppies are highly active and if they’re left unattended or uncrated, they may create a great deal of damage in your home.

One day, you may feel the need to put your dog in a crate so teaching him at a young age is ideal. It’s also a good idea to put up his crate in a quiet space in which he can see what’s happening and keep the door wide open so he doesn’t get shut in by accident.

  • When training Tibetan Mastiff puppies, you may find out that they are very mischievous and can cause quite a lot of damage in your home if left unsupervised or uncrated. 
  • Again, you may have to kennel your dog one day or leave him overnight at the vet’s – so let’s teach him to be comfortable in a crate. 
  • Leaving his crate set up in a quiet spot where he can see what’s going on and fastening the door open so he can’t get closed in by accident are good ideas.

Offer A Puppy Toy Or Treat

Begin by rewarding your dog with a nice toy or puppy treat just when he enters his crate. When closing the crate’s door for the first time, expect some struggle. To get out, your dog may cry, moan, bark, or howl. Wait till the ruckus has stopped before allowing him to come out.

This is because if he believes that having a tantrum will get him out, he will keep throwing tantrums. Please keep in mind that your pup will not hate you, albeit he becomes irritated if he does not get his way. Unless you want to be his pet, you need to draw a line with your puppy.

T Mastiff Puppy And Getting Into A Car

You should allow enough time for your puppy to master the training to save you a lot of pain and stress. This will also establish your bond with your new furry pet. Once your TM reaches the age of 4 years old, you should be able to drive in a car with your puppy, walk him on a leash, and crate him.

While he’s developing these positive behaviors, keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t pick up any bad ones as well. Regardless of how adorable his puppy behavior is, he is acquiring patterns that will form the foundation of his adulthood behavior.

While he is learning these good habits – watch that he doesn’t pick up some bad ones along the way. However “cute” his behavior may be as a puppy, he is developing behaviors that will be the foundation of his adult conduct.

This is another reason for crate training, as in most cases TMs cannot be “trusted” not to damage your property. 

Well, to get things straight, chewing is normal for puppies. However, TM puppies, especially when they’re bored, have a specific liking for wood and aren’t afraid to gnaw on your prized possessions.

Would you also believe that they are also said to be capable of climbing to the top portion of a room? Yes, they are! They may climb up to the dining table and have dinner with you.

  • The most common complaints are items of a personal nature that are damaged or destroyed including: e yeglasses, pagers, remote controls, shoes, etc. in addition to furniture and or fabrics. Even as puppies, TMs can be amazingly destructive, especially if they become bored. 
  • TM puppies also have been purported to climb to the highest point in a room (they are mountain dogs, after all!) including perching regally on the dresser or dining room table. No, I’m not kidding.

The Puppy Is Cutting Teeth And Chews?

Your pup will be growing his adult teeth thus will be more tempted to chew while he is 4 to 6 months old. Willow branches are ideal to chew on since the wood isn’t too rough and the willow bark contains anti-inflammatory characteristics that help with gum soreness but be sure that your pup won’t sneak into one.

These dogs are more likely to play rough and injure themselves if not closely watched. After all, these giants should not be permitted to leap onto and off of decks, stairs, or furniture without supervision, nor should they be allowed to bound into or out of a car without support.

  • As we all know, willow branches make a mess in the house, so please make sure puppy doesn’t “sneak” one in.
  • During this same time your puppy may become an erratic eater due to gum pain.
  • This is also a time when puppies tend to play hard enough to hurt themselves if not carefully monitored. 
Two Little Puppies

Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Barking

Puppies can become a barking nuisance around the age of 5 to 7 months. This breed is extremely alert, and even a minor noise can result in a barking outburst. If you can, teach your puppy to quit barking on command. If that doesn’t work, you must take him in at night to avoid sleepless nights. Don’t really remove this trait but just work with it slowly.

  • Train your dog to stop barking on command if you can. If not, you will have to bring him in at night to prevent sleepless nights. 
  • The breed is very alert after dark and even a small disturbance may yield a barking episode.
  • In my view, de-barking the dog is terribly cruel and really unnecessary with training. No bark collars can work with some dogs, but it is cruel to leave them on continuously.
  • Barking and Tibetan Mastiffs are almost synonymous, so you should be prepared to work with, but not eliminate, that behavior.

The Puppy Is Digging And Climbing?

Your pup will certainly go through a number of noteworthy changes between the ages of 7 and 10 months.

First, he’ll stop acting like a pup and start behaving more independently. You might also discover that the pup that used to come when you called or seemed to care about satisfying you has a new objective and that is self-satisfaction.

Chewing, climbing, and digging can still be a problem, but there’s also the issue of sexual development to consider. Around this period, males will become more protective, and females will be emotionally everywhere. Your female may have her first estrus as early as 6 to 7 months, however, it is more usual between 9 and 12 months.

  • First, he will begin to act a little less like a puppy and will become more independent. 
  • You may find that the puppy that previously came when you called him or seemed somewhat interested in pleasing you, has a new agenda . . . pleasing himself. 
  • Digging, climbing and chewing can continue to be problems, but the additional concern of sexual maturity begins to emerge. The males will begin to act more protective at about this time and the females can be “all over the map” emotionally. 
  • Your female may experience her first estrus (heat cycle) as early as six to seven months, although the age of nine to twelve months is more common. 

Female Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Character

This breed has one annual estrus that causes them to have such a particularly strong desire to breed. It is recommended that a 1-year-old male or female dog should never be bred. The dogs’ health cannot be guaranteed, and the female’s personality can be permanently changed. Obviously, carrying, delivering, and raising puppies puts a lot of physical toll on a 1-year-old female.

  • Keep your puppy under close observation during this critical time. Temper guardiness and watch for aggressive behavior toward other dogs and toward people.
Mastiff During Winter Season

T Mastiff Food Issues

Unfortunately, you’ll be having a hard time with your TM when it comes to food as it is a problem for most of them. Food is used to establish pack hierarchy, and a puppy may exhibit a variety of food-related behaviors. These habits are frequently ignored, so I’ll go through a few things to look out for.

You may notice that during eating or after the meal is removed there will be rumbling or growling. When food is served, there is also a sense of calmness and alertness. They will be constantly around the bowl of food, particularly with their head down.

Moreover, they will sit near the food bowl and guard it along with rushing over to it when anyone else comes near. On top of that, they’ll even refuse to consume their food.

You may notice some of these tendencies in your TM:

  • circling of the food dish repeatedly, especially with the head down
  • a kind of stillness and watchfulness when food is presented
  • lifting or moving the food dish
  • dumping or burying uneaten food or empty food dishes
  • rapid gulping of food
  • refusal to eat at all
  • sitting with and guarding the food dish, including racing over to it when anyone else approaches
  • resting with the food dish between the front paws, sometimes with the head resting in the dish
  • grumbling or growling while eating or when the food dish is removed

Your TMs Food Anxiety Or Food Aggression

The necessity of addressing your dog’s food issues cannot be underestimated. Recognizing your dog’s food anxiety will be the first step toward resolving the problem. If left ignored, these problems can range from anorexia that just protects their meal and avoids eating it to a developed food hostility in which no one is allowed near an empty food bowl.

Whenever you will place food in your TM’s food bowl, help ensure he remains comfortable and confident and you can get the food bowl without your pup being violent. You may need to pet and chat with your dog as he eats to familiarize him with your voice and presence.

If you are letting your dog eat with other dogs and you’ve noticed that he’s refusing to eat, you may need to resort to self-feeding. If they are being kept in a cage, these dogs frequently starve themselves because they lack the privacy they require to eat.

These circumstances can affect your dog’s health and can result in injury.

  • Make sure that your dog stays relaxed and confident when food is placed in front of him; be sure that you can pick up the food bowl and/or biscuits and other treats without your Tibetan Mastiff pup becoming aggressive.
  • You may have to pet the dog and talk to him while he eats to get him comfortable with your presence and the sound of your voice. 
Dogs that won’t eat in the presence of other dogs are a very special problem and may have to be fed by themselves. These dogs often starve themselves if left in a kennel because they cannot find the privacy they need to “let go” and eat.
Adult T Mastiff

Young Adult Tibetan Mastiff Socialization

Congrats! You are finally on your way to having a mature dog. Socializing your TM puppy simply entails gradually introducing him to different circumstances and assisting in the development of his self-confidence. When your puppy is 10 to 14 months old, the emphasis on socialization shifts.

He now has the appearance of an adult, and your anticipation for his capacity to act well is high. During this period, he will begin to take his role as protector more seriously.

TM Puppies Acting Like Guard Dogs

Whenever your dog is on a leash, in your home, or in your car, he will be more alert. This is the time of year when dogs who have been held too long at home may become aggressive against visitors. I really regret the time when I wasn’t able to properly socialize my dog at a young age. Right now, all she’s doing is to always be on the lookout and bark at the visitors and every other dog.

He may begin to be more “on guard” when at home, in the car or on a leash. He is determining his territory and his responsibilities. This is a time when dogs that have been kept too much at home may begin to act aggressive toward visitors to your home. The dog that walked casually on a leash, may begin to growl at other dogs or people that he sees as a possible threat. 

Growling And Barking

Managing your dog’s behavior at a young age can make a big impact on how he behaves as an adult. They like being appreciated so make the effort to show him your appreciation for guarding you all the time. Of course, you wouldn’t want an aggressive dog so you should also let your dog know when’s the time to stay calm and just observe.

Aggressive dogs are really hard to control. Once, I saw a video where a guard dog rushed its way out of the house to bite (or rather kill) a toy breed. I wasn’t able to finish the whole video as it was really painful to watch. As a pet parent, always make sure that your dogs are under your control.

Guiding your dog’s behavior during this growling time can make all the difference in his adult behavior. Let him know that he is a good dog and that you appreciate his guarding you but also let him know when he can relax and just continue watching. 

  • You can say, “Okay, boy, you’re fine – it’s okay now”.
  • Whenever possible, introduce him to the person or thing that got his attention so he will know that you are paying attention to his concerns. 

T Mastiff Puppy Maturing Into An Adult Dog

Physically, your pup will mature between the ages of 14 months and 2 years, and therefore will start to resemble the dog he’ll become at the age of 3 to 4 years. The behavior of your dog should be pretty predictable and controllable.

It’s really nice how TMs aren’t just letting any stranger or visitor go inside your house whenever you’re not around. If your dog has undergone all of the normal health examinations and is of good quality, you may opt to breed him or her at around 2 years of age. After breeding, there are different behavioral changes. For several weeks after their first mating, the males may become very attentive and sexually driven.

  • You will have discovered that your Tibetan Mastiff is not going to let people enter the house or car in your absence. 
  • You will have developed a protocol for introducing him to new situations and new people so that he can evaluate his role. 
  • At about two years of age, if your dog is of breeding quality and has had all of the routine health checks, you may decide that you want to breed him or her. I hope you will let your breeder help with that decision. Ultimately, the choice and the responsibility are yours if you purchased a breeding quality puppy. 
  • There are decided changes in behavior after breeding. The males become quite alert and sexually motivated for several weeks following their first mating. 

Spay Or Neuter A Tibetan Mastiff?

Now that you’re thinking of not only fencing but also spaying or neutering your Tibetan Mastiff, this means that they’ve matured to the point that they want the entire world to recognize their increased pack rank. The females experience a wide range of emotions before becoming amazing mothers.

Your dog should only be bred if he has something unique to offer the Tibetan Mastiff genetic pool. Spaying or neutering your dog is a good idea if you don’t necessarily want to breed your Tibetan dog. Females can be a real pain in the neck during the breeding season, whereas neutered males are calmer and simpler to manage.

Take note that each and every breeder comes with the responsibility of taking good care of the puppies for the duration of its life.

  • If you choose not to breed your dog, the decision to spay or neuter is a sound one. Females are a real nuisance when in season and the males are happier and easier to manage when neutered.
  • The only reason to breed your dog should be that he has something special to contribute to the TM breed.
  • Every breeder must take responsibility for every puppy they produce for the life of the puppy – so it is not a matter to enter into without a lot of guidance and thought.