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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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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