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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