Whys and Wherefores
© Kathleen McDaniel and Lyse
"It's what you learn after you know it all
Attributed to: Harry S. Truman
Our Goals & Objectives
We do get email and comments from people about information contained
on the site and we are occasionally asked whether or not a certain
recommendation is really necessary. Some people wonder if our information
is meant to “scare people off” from the breed. Some
people comment that many recommendations can’t be meant for “them” because
they have had dogs before and know everything there is to know
about dog behavior and training. Surely some of these recommendations
only apply to “others” and certainly not to “them”.
First and foremost, just as every page on this site proclaims ‘For
the Love of the Breed’ we LOVE the
Tibetan Mastiff. There is no other breed we would rather share
our lives and homes with. And because we do love the TM so much
we are equally excited for you when you discover this beautiful
and wonderful breed. However, we need to be realistic about the
fundamental truths of the breed and these realities must be considered
and acknowledged by breeder and potential owner alike.
Nowhere on our site do we promote scare tactics. We are simply
stating reasonable, foreseeable management, containment and training
techniques that the AVERAGE DOG OWNER may employ based on the known
characteristics of the Tibetan Mastiff breed.
These facts are simply not in question:
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff likes to bark.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff likes to chew.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff – being a
guardian breed - is protective of home and family.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff is headstrong and
Therefore, keeping just these four of many facts in mind, it is
merely common sense for the AVERAGE TIBETAN MASTIFF OWNER to assume
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff requires adequate
space, mental stimulation and exercise.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff requires socialization
and basic obedience training.
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff requires a safely
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff requires crate
- The AVERAGE Tibetan Mastiff requires structure
and firm leadership.
A safely fenced yard will prevent your headstrong TM from running
off and getting lost, scaring someone because of size or behavior
or being hit by a car. A safely fenced yard will prevent your protective
TM from charging and possibly biting a stranger or delivery person.
A safely fenced yard will prevent your TM from getting involved
in fights with or being attacked by stray dogs.
Are you a typical one or two-person working household? Are you
generally gone for 4-8 hours a day? Crate training will help safeguard
your furniture and belongings from your TM who typically loves
to chew wood, fabric and plastic. Crate training also protects
your dog or puppy from getting into something that can harm him.
How about the TM that is intelligent enough to open your patio
doors? On more than one occasion we have heard of TMs escaping
through a window that is only slightly cracked to allow for air
circulation. One dog was up three stories high! This TM was lucky
to come away without a broken bone or worse but, as an owner, why
subject yourself or your dog to the possibilities that such behavior
can bring? A kennel, utility room, bathroom or other "puppy-proof/dog-proof" room may also suffice
to serve as your dog’s crate but the key here is still SAFE
Any recommendations you find on our site are given with the express
purpose of educating you about the realities of what it means to
own a large, protective, headstrong breed like the Tibetan Mastiff.
A Tibetan Mastiff that has had rudimentary obedience training and
one that is well-socialized is less likely to become shy, aggressive
or a bite risk. It is unfortunate but all of these negative aspects
can be typical of non-socialized, untrained guardian breeds.
Tibetan Mastiffs that are surrendered or given up often lose their
homes for the following and common reasons:
• destruction of property
• excessive barking
• escaping and running away due to a containment problem
• aggression and shyness
Our logic also holds true when it comes to pointing out the recommendations
for finding an ethical breeder. MOST caring, ethical breeders will
share common characteristics and MOST profit-driven, unethical
breeders will do the same. We can only give you the TYPICAL characteristics
to look for so that you can tell one from the other but it is up
to you to question and investigate the breeder of your choice.
Rewarding poor breeders with puppy sales is detrimental to the
entire Tibetan Mastiff breed.
Are you still wondering whether anything you find on our site
is directed toward you? You can be sure that
it is. We absolutely admit that there are exceptions to
every rule. It may be that you are able to keep your TM without
a fence, without a crate and without a moment spent on basic obedience
training or proper socialization. Yet, with percentages being what
they are, we strive to do our best to stack the odds in your favor
and provide you with factual, common sense guidance on successfully
caring for your Tibetan Mastiff.
The intended goal of this site is meant to educate, inspire and
entertain you about ALL aspects of this beautiful breed.
Other Helpful Articles About the Breed
TMBRN Brochure / Hand Out
Mastiff Info Brochure in PDF format
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