Crate training your Mastiff will give him a safe place to call his home, give you peace of mind that he won't destroy the house, and help with safe car travel in his new surroundings. Crate training is a sensitive issue and you need to approach it with patience and consistency. You can't expect to stick your dog in a crate, leave for several hours, and have him want to ever be in there again. You have to slowly let him take ownership of the space and learn to love it. Crate training your Mastiff puppy the right way will pay off for the rest of his life.
Make sure you get the proper crate for your needs. A wire crate is good for home and allows your puppy to see everything that's going on in the world. A hardshell crate is safer for travel because they can't collapse down, but make sure they have proper ventilation. Another consideration for you is size. Your puppy is tiny, cute, and cuddly now, but in six months he is going to be huge! If you purchase a crate your puppy will grow into, make sure you purchase a divider so he can grow with the crate. Too much room in the crate can be less effective in potty training since the puppy can go the bathroom without messing up his bedding. You can often find second-hand crates and upgrade them as he grows.
There are several ways to crate train your Mastiff puppy depending on his personality and your daily routines. Check out the three methods listed below and pick the best one for you and your buddy. If you take your time and listen to your dog, he'll learn to love the crate.
Hello. I am having issues with my 5 month old Mastiff. She has seperation anxiety when leaving the house but is already good with her cage and sleeps in it at night. Also her listening habits...
I find myself getting frustrated and wanting to give up..but no that I cant. Can i have some advise?
Hello Taylor, I highly suggest you join a puppy class or basic obedience class or a dog club that offers classes in your area. Having others that you meet with regularly with puppies, an instructor you can ask for guidance from while practicing training and learning, and being able to see the other puppies and how they act might help you feel less discouraged and lost. Five to seven months is one of the most difficult ages for dogs because there is so much they are still learning, they are less mature and have less self-control, and they are very curious about everything around them. She probably doesn't listen because she does not understand how to do what you want her to do. If you do not already crate her when you leave the house, then start. Puppies that age cannot be left unsupervised and unconfined. It can cause a lot of issues. When you crate her and leave her alone, give her a food stuffed chew-toy. Check out the article that I have linked below for additional ideas on how to help her adjust to being in the crate while you are gone, and for ideas on stuffing a Kong with her dog food in a more interesting way. You can also use other hollow chew toys, like hollow white cow long-bones. Whatever you use make sure that it won't splinter or break pieces off Specifically, give her a food-stuffed chew-toy in the crate and practice crating her for a least an hour during the day, while you are home but in a different room or section of the house. She needs to practice being by herself and not being able to always follow you around, even when you are home. It's wonderful that you have been working on crate training though. Keep up the good work! https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy English Mastiff I have to leave at home during the day and she stays in her kennel for at least 7 hours a time I know I don't like to leave her that long but I have to work. she'll go in her kennel and sleep most of the time I guess this would be considered her safe place am I doing this right?
Hello Emily, The main issue with what you are doing is that a 7 week old puppy can only hold their bladder for a maximum of 2-3 hours, which means that pup will be forced to go potty in her crate - which will teach her to use the crate as a toilet and will make it impossible to crate train and use the crate for potty training - which is the easiest way to potty train. Do what you need to do for work, but until she is older you will need to confine her in an exercise pen with a real grass pad for potty training so that she isn't forced to potty in her crate. When she is old enough to hold it the entire time you are gone (generally 6-7 months if you don't come home for lunch), then you will have to transition her to crate training at that point. I still suggest getting her used to the crate while you are home for shorter periods though so that the transition to crate training later will be easier. Check out the article linked below and follow the Exercise Pen method. Set up an exercise pen in an area of the house you can close off from the rest of the house later - since she will be learning to go potty in that room so you don't want her continuing to potty in there as an adult. A guest bathroom is one example. Since you will transition her to crate training and pottying outside later, you will not phase out the exercise pen like the method mentions. Instead, keep using the exercise pen until she is ready for crate training, then go straight from the exercise pen to crate training. Exercise pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Use real grass pads in the exercise pen and don't put anything else absorbent in there to ensure she pees only on the grass pads. Use real grass not astroturf, such as the ones below: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com If you want to give pup a bed that's not absorbent, check out cot type beds or www.primopads.com Finally, when you get ready to crate train, switch to a crate training method for potty training and close off the entrance to the room where the exercise pen used to be so that she won't potty in there anymore. Since she will be home alone a lot, I suggest feeding her her breakfast and lunch in dog food stuffed hollow chew toys like Kongs, to give her something to do. Leaving pup home alone all day makes training harder and isn't ideal, but unfortunately not everyone has the option to stay home while raising a puppy. The most important things you can do to ensure she does well is to tackle potty training well like I outlined above (If you come home 1-2 times during the day and aren't gone the entire 7 hours straight, you can go right into crate training), to be intentional about socializing pup a lot in the evenings and weekends, and to give pup what she needs mentally and physically when you are at home. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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