One of the dog breeds that has gained the most popularity in recent years is the Tibetan Bulldog or Tibetan Mastiff . Although it is a breed that needs a lot of space to live because of its size and certain cares of its fur, it is precisely because of its appearance that it is becoming one of the most wanted dogs as companions. So, if you are thinking of including one of these Asian dogs in your home it is vital that you know them well and know how to take care of them and treat them to offer the best to your pet. Continue reading this article to discover all the details on how to educate a Tibetan mastiff .
Characteristics of the Tibet Bulldog
As its name suggests this dog comes from the Asian region of Tibet and there its name is Do-Khyi . Its origin was remote at a time before the year 300 BC and began to be seen as a companion of the nomadic shepherds of the Himalayas.
As you can see in these images of the Tibetan mastiff in this article, it is a giant breed dog since the males can weigh between 45 and 73 kg and measure between 66 and 76 cm to the cross while the females reach a weight between 34 and 54 kg and a height of 61 and 71 cm at the withers. Even being such a large breed, its life expectancy if it is offered a good quality of this can reach perfectly at 12 or 15 years.
Its coat is abundant and medium and this can be black with or without fire-colored spots, blue with or without fire marks and it can also be of sable, golden, reddish color. It is necessary to brush the dog 3 times a week and in times of molt daily.
The character of this race is tenacious, intelligent, protective, quiet, somewhat independent, docile and friendly with adults, children and other animals. Although they have a large size these dogs need an average physical activity, so it is not necessary to exercise them a lot. Due to their vigilant and protective nature they often bark at the unknown and thus alert their human companion to the situation.
It is not advisable for beginners to have dogs or to have large breeds, but it is totally advisable for people who have advanced knowledge of dog education and have experience in the holding of large and giant breeds.
Socialization is important
To educate a Tibetan mastiff in the best possible way we have to start by knowing that socializing is essential for your general well-being and coexistence with us and other pets. It is best to start with this process in the first months of life and, if possible, start when you are still with the mother around three months of life, since then you will be beginning to form your character.
Socialize a dog correctly from a young age will make it easy to have a good relationship with everyone around you and understand how to live well. It is very important that at the beginning of this process we detect some difficulties, we can contact an ethologist or canine trainer to help us.
We must think that, like any other race, if you do not socialize well you will have behavioral problems that are difficult to correct later on, you may become too territorial or even distrustful, fearful and aggressive. But, in the case of the Tibetan bulldog, this is especially important because a dog of this size and strength with behavioral problems can be a serious problem. Because of this, a puppy well socialized and accustomed to various things that will be habitual in his day to day will grow happier and will be a balanced dog when he is an adult.
Set rules and limits
To properly educate and train a dogo from Tibet it is vital that, from the first moment you join our home, we set standards and limits to have a good coexistence on both sides and to teach and help understand them.
It is very important that all the members of the family agree on what they want to allow them to do and on the things that they will not be able to do or the places they will not be allowed to enter or climb. Being coherent is the only way for the animal to understand well what the family wants from him, because if each one indicates something and does not understand anything, he will end up feeling frustrated and will not learn what we want.
In addition to the limits and rules, it is equally vital that routines and schedules be established for walking, eating or exercising. In this way we will have a balanced and happy can.
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Correct the bad behavior
It is likely that sometimes the dog has some behavior that you do not like, especially if you have not socialized well since childhood or we have not corrected some things on time. For this reason it is essential for a good coexistence to correct bad behavior or bad habits as soon as they begin to be detected.
In addition, it will be something vital that is corrected following a conditioning or positive reinforcement and never following a line of punishment or aggressiveness. It is proven and all canine ethologists and trainers today affirm it: it is much more effective and ethical to reward for the good than to punish for the unwanted.
So, if your pet does not comply with the rules you have established and knows, constantly pulls the strap or other things that we do not want to have as usual, you should ignore this behavior or stop the activity you are doing, for example leave to walk if you stretch a lot of mail or stop playing if it hurts you to nibble. In this way you will understand that this behavior is not what you want and that it does not lead anywhere.
Also, when these things that correct you do them well, such as walking by your side, you must reward them to understand that this is a behavior that brings satisfaction to both. You can reward it with pleasant words and relationships with something good, with a specific treat or with caresses. You will see that in a short time your pet prefers to do the things you have indicated to him that you like, not those that you have ignored or stopped at that moment.
Teach orders to my Tibetan bulldog
To educate a Tibetan bulldog it is essential to teach him several orders that will help him maintain a good balance and development, feel useful within the family nucleus and create a great bond between the two of you.
As we have said before, it is not a suitable breed for novice owners, because it is not only dogs with great strength and large size but also with a somewhat independent and alert nature, although they are calm and this plays in our favor at the moment to teach him orders and tricks .
Among the basic commands to teach a most common and easy Tibetan mastiff are the following:
- Go to your site
- Come here
- Sit down
- Lie down or lie down
- Walk to the side
- Bring the ball
Once our Tibet mastiff has mastered these basic exercises you can teach him advanced commands so he can continue to develop his skills, abilities and never get bored and can exercise more fully:
- Give the leg
- Spin around
- Roll over itself
- Bring the toy you ask
- Playing the dead
- Skip obstacles