So you want your very own Tibetan Mastiff puppy as a pet companion. Now the next thing you need to do is to know and learn to take care and raise the puppy. Raising and taking care of Tibetan Mastiff puppies’ turns them eventually to healthy adult Tibetan Mastiffs. A healthy dog is the pride and joy of its owner, and the Tibetan Mastiff is no exception. Tibetan Mastiffs are not hard-to-raise dog breeds, but you still need to know the ins and outs of taking of them. Here is some useful info to help you take care of your pet:
1. The first thing to do is to make the Tibetan Mastiff puppy settle down in your home and family. Puppies go through the several of stages of fear and loneliness once they are in a new environment or surroundings. Most puppies that come from breeders or kennels suffer from this feeling of fear and loneliness. Have your pet meet your family and other pets since it will remove the sense of isolation from the puppy. You also need to help the puppy learn and familiarize with its new home.
2. The amount of food a Mastiff puppy needs depends on its age. Eight to twelve weeks old puppies need four bowls of food daily. Pups that are three to six months require three meals daily. A single bowl of food is more than enough for a Mastiff puppy that is one year old. Just make sure that you serve high-quality dry dog food for your pet. On a final note be careful of gastric dilatation-volvulus or bloat. Dog breeds like the Tibetan Mastiffs have broad chests, and these breeds are at risk of having bloat. Divided your puppy’s meal into two meals per day and after vigorous activities don’t feed your pet for an hour.
3. Be careful in serving your pet food that can cause chronic skin conditions. A Mastiff puppy that scratches always may have itchy skin due to allergies. Itchy skin can cause pyoderma or bacterial skin infections on your pet. Wheat and soy are some of the culprits of chronic skin conditions. Avoid any canned food or kibble that is artificial in its ingredients since they also can cause chronic skin conditions. Some foods like chocolate are poisonous to dogs so avoid them also.
4. While the puppy is still young now is the best time to make it train it in leash training, crate training, and housebreaking. A Mastiff puppy tends to rebel or be stubborn in these training exercises due to their nature. Your best move is to deal with the puppy is be patient yet gentle. Try encouraging your pet with treats and compliments to get better results.
5. Physical exercise and mental stimulation are necessary for Tibetan Mastiff puppies to keep them fit and alert. Daily physical activities like 30 minutes of playtime, half-hour walks, and backyard romps fight boredom that can result in destructive behavior as well as keep your pet physically fit. If your Mastiff puppy is 6 to 18 months old, it will need more physical exercises and mental stimulations.
6. The Tibetan Mastiff was bred for the cold climate of Tibet, so if you are in a hot climate area, your pet needs to cool off. A warm, humid weather is a not a suitable environment for the Mastiff due to its thick coat though dry heat is tolerable for the pup. Make sure that your pet has access to fresh water and some shade during hot weather.
7. Speaking of the puppy’s coat, it needs some grooming. A Tibetan Mastiff’s coat has coarse-textured topcoat that is long and thick with a dense undercoat. Brush the puppy’s coat once or three times a week to remove loose or dead hair. Straighten out the coat’s mats or tangles. The part of the puppy where the coat is heaviest has lots of tangles or mats. Despite the Tibetan Mastiff’s thick coat the dog has little odor and doesn’t need a bath more than once per month.
8. Dental hygiene, nail care, and ear cleaning keep the puppy physically healthy. Every week brush your pet’s teeth two or three times to prevent harmful bacteria and the build up of tartar. For the nails, you need to trim them once or twice a month. If the pup’s nails require trimming more than twice, then go ahead and trim them. If the Mastiff’s nails click when hitting the floor then its sure sign that those nails need cutting. Use a cotton ball and a cleanser for the pup’s ears. The cleanser must be a product that is recommended by your veterinarian or your pet’s breeder.
9. A growing Tibetan Mastiff puppy will experience Panosteitis when it reaches six months old. Panosteitis happens when a large-breed dog’s long bones suddenly suffer from inflammation due to canine growing pains. The good news is that Panosteitis is a temporary condition health problem that will disappear once your pet matures. The bad news is that Panosteitis is painful and causes lameness. To deal with the pain get some pain relief medication for your puppy.
10. Another health problem affecting five or seven-month-old Tibetan Mastiff puppies is Osteochondrosis Dissecans or OCD. OCD is the result of the abnormal growth of the cartilage in the bone joints of the puppy’s elbow and shoulders. Your Mastiff puppy will feel a painful stiff condition because of OCD. Once your veterinarian diagnoses that your pet has OCD, you will need some surgical repair to remove OCD.
Remember to get a Mastiff puppy only from Tibetan Mastiff breeders that have a reputation for breeding healthy puppies. Having a certified healthy Mastiff puppy will spare you from a host health problem that will show up later on.
Knowing how to take care of the physical and mental needs of your pet ensures that its life as pet companion is healthy and lively. So don’t be afraid of getting a Mastiff puppy as a pet. Once you get the hang of taking care of the puppy its training and physical upkeep is not longer a hard task to do.