Potty training a Mastiff puppy is not much different than potty training any other puppy. You're going to need to show your puppy where he should be eliminating and reward him for recognizing it and then doing so. Mastiffs are eager to please. So your Mastiff puppy is eager to learn from you. Approach potty training with enthusiasm and high energy so it's a task he's happy to do.
Having a large Mastiff in your house also means potentially having large amounts of urine in your home. Potty training him early on through positive reinforcement and reminders while building this new habit will be imperative to keep a clean house and having a well-trained dog.
Your Mastiff puppy will love the idea of going outside to go potty because he gets to get some exercise while he's out there. End this outdoor time rewarding him with a little bit of play time so he can burn off some of that excess energy he has. Potty training your Mastiff puppy will take some time and commitment. But most of all, potty training is about repetition and knowing the right times to show your Mastiff where he should be going potty. Potty training your Mastiff is certainly easier if you can be home a lot during the day, especially during these early times in your relationship with your Mastiff. House training may take up to 6 months to perfect, but you can start expecting your Mastiff puppy to begin learning as early as 8 to 12 weeks of age.
Potty training your Mastiff puppy will require lots of tasty treats to keep him motivated and remind him to make good choices when he needs to go. You will also need to be cognizant of his schedule and the signs, and cues he gives to let you know he needs to go potty. If it all possible, having someone around during the day certainly helps. If not, keep in mind a puppy can typically only hold his bladder for about 1 hour for every month he is old. So your 4-month-old Mastiff could probably hold it for about 4 hours if you're out of the house. You can also teach your Mastiff puppy to tell you he needs to go potty using a bell or a knock on the door. Make potty training fun and rewarding.
I am 78 years old and I am finding it very hard to hold him back when he decides too make a move. I need a better mouse trap a leash and a collar is not working, help
Hello Robert, I suggest using either a prong collar or a gentle leader. A prong collar applies pressure behind a dog's ears-high on the neck and requires very little force to use when it is fitted and used properly. Check out the video that I have linked below on how to properly fit and use a prong collar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3iczULPcdE a Gentle Leader works by turning a dog's head, which let's you control the rest of the dog's body because where the head goes-the body goes. They also tend to work well for strong pullers and large dogs, but if your dog's muzzle is very short, he may not be able to use one, in which case a Prong collar will be a better tool for you. I also suggest teaching a "Heel" command while he is wearing one of those tools because eventually a solid "Heel" command will allow you to walk him regardless of which tool you are using. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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will always go outside and then one day i will come home an she peed in the house and then she will be great for a long time and then it will happen again and NOTHING changes why is this happening?
Hello, At 6 months of age good potty training habits aren't well established enough to give her freedom in the house when you aren't there to supervise. She really needs to be crated while you are away for another few months. I generally recommend until 1 year of age, then leave her for short periods to test how she does, and work up to the full day gradually, crating for longer if she has an accident or destroys anything during that time. A puppy needs several months of management to ensure thorough potty training even if they have the basics down well quickly. Also, if you are gone for longer than 7 hours, she physically won't be able to hold her bladder that long. At 6 months a puppy's maximum amount of time they can hold it for is 6-7 hours during the day. Any longer and you are actually forcing her to have an accident. Some days she may drink less water and make it longer, but as a norm she really can't and she is probably pretty miserable trying if you are gone for longer than 6-7 hours at a time. If being gone a long time is the issue, you will need to come home during lunch to let her outside or pay a dog walker to come. When she is 8 months old she should be able to hold it for 8-8.5 hours. 8.5 hours is the maximum amount of time that even an adult should be expected to hold it for though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My pup is great in the day but still using puppy pads at night I do not leave water down for him can you help at all
Hello Hazel, At five months a puppy may still have to go potty at night occasionally but most can hold it through the night. They have to learn how to hold it vs. going potty whenever they want to. If they aren't learning this on their own, you will need to crate them at night. Crate train pup and use an audio baby monitor to listen for when they wake up at night (if they aren't sleeping close enough for you to hear them when they wake without a monitor). When they cry after its been at least 5-6 hours since they last went potty outside (ignore crying that happens before then), then take them potty outside on a leash. Keep the trips boring and calm, don't give treats or much attention - you don't want to encourage waking up for any reason besides a full bladder. After they go potty, take them straight back to the crate to go to bed and ignore any crying in the crate until 5-6 hours (or time to wake up in the morning). Crate training will teach pup to hold their bladder better because most puppies want to keep a confined space clean - practicing holding their bladder in the crate for a reasonable amount of time can help pup learn to hold it better at night. At first, they probably won't be great at holding it since this is new so they will wake up some at night (which is why you need to take them potty outside after 5-6 hours if they ask). As they practice, they should improve and start sleeping through the night most of the time though. Peeing on the pee pads might also be happening because pup wakes up in the morning and goes to the pads right away before you get to them - which means they actually are sleeping through the night. If this is the case, then crating them is still the answer - so that they will cry in the morning to ask to be let out, instead of just going potty. If this is the case you probably won't be woken up at night to take them potty at first - which would be great for you. After a few more months, when they are used to waking you up to go potty in the morning and pee pads are no longer a habit - you can probably transition them away from sleeping in the crate at night if you wish to and their are no longer chewing issues or other behavior issues that would make it unsafe to do so. You could also keep using the pee pads for one more month, then use the crate at that point if they don't stop going potty on the pads on their own - since by six months there will be less doubt about whether they still need to go potty during the night. If you go this route, go ahead and get pup used to being in a crate during the day to make things easier at night later - the longer you wait to introduce the crate past young puppyhood, the more crying you might get. This route is only recommended if pup really is going potty on the pads during the night opposed to in the morning - this route won't fix peeing on the pads in the morning and could make that habit harder to break the longer you wait to correct it with crating. Surprise method - to practice crate training during the daytime first (only give treats during the day and NOT at night): https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Crate Manners and calmness - additional training to practice: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Be sure to remove all food and water two hours before bedtime so that pup's last potty trip before bed empties them more. Also, supervise pup during that last potty trip to make sure they really are going potty completely - if you aren't already doing that. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He tries to bite when ever i okay with him
Hello Kashif, Work on getting puppy used to touch and handling. Use puppy's daily meal kibble to do this. Gently touch an area of puppy's body while feeding a piece of food. Touch an ear and give a treat. Touch a paw and give a treat. Hold his collar and give a treat. Touch his tail gently and give a treat. Touch his belly, his other paws, his chest, shoulder, muzzle and every other area very gently and give a treat each time. Keep these times calm and fun for pup. Use the "Yelp" method from the article linked below; however, At the same time, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method in the article I have linked below. As soon as pup is good at the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when he attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if he makes a good choice. If he disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told him not to. The order or all of this is very important - the Ouch method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup gets especially wound up, he probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help him calm down and rest. Know that it is completely normal and healthy for puppies to by mouthy at this age - it's how they learn many social things. Puppies naturally bite us like they would other puppies. They have to be gently taught how to be gentle with their mouths. This is partially developmental too. Don't expect instant results. Keep practicing though and you should see gradual progress. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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