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Question DetailsAsked on 5/11/2011

Are Tibetian Mastiffs hard to train?

My 5 year old Tibetian Mastiff is one of my best buddies. She eats my trash, pees in the basement when angry and shows little affection. Her latest adventure included chewing off large chunks of door and door frame in the short hour she was shut in the guest bedroom while trick or treaters were coming to the door for Halloween. Everything I read tells me this breed of dog is very hard to train. We also have a very well trained 11 year old Rottweiler that behaves like gold compared to the Mastiff, so it's not just that we're derelicts. We've tried discipline, rewards, praise, everything and she still behaves like an angry teen. Does anyone have any good tips I might use to tame this beast? I still love her despite her shortcomings.

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I think This Site pretty much says that what you have is what you have.

While my shepherd is usually very docile and well mannered, there are times he likes to show his "other" side. I have found that fighting him does neither of us any good and I have a magic device that calms him almost immediately.


It doesn't hurt him but he knows when it is on that he can not do the things that dominate dogs like to do. I don't know how others would feel about using a muzzle to elicit desired behavior but I've certainly found it to be a good short-term tool.

Keep in mind that it probably would not work for extended periods or if you need to use it many times each day. But for a temp thing when he needs to sit quietly in a bedroom so the rest of the family can have a bit of time...

Good Luck!

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch


I have had luck with my cat using some essential oils just on the tip of the ear to calm him down.

Also, there is energy work you might consider to help your dog and help to get it "grounded" and centered again. Its energy levels

are all messed up. I know one here locally that does energy work on animals. Quite facinating.

Answered 9 years ago by healer



I'm a dog trainer and wanted to respond to your comments about the muzzle. Of course, I can't give you specific recommendations for your dog without having met you both. Muzzles can be quite helpful. However, there are some issues to consider, depending on the type of muzzle you are using. If you're using a nylon muzzle (the kind typically sold at petco, petsmart, etc. - you can see a picture here:, you should not keep it on the dog for longer than 5 minutes at a time. Any longer could cause the dog to suffocate, since they are unable to pant while wearing this type of muzzle. (FYI, they may say they allow panting, but they actually don't.)

Basket muzzles are muzzles that can be kept on longer and are quite safe for dogs. They look more like traditional muzzles, however, so its hard for some of us to get over the fact that we're muzzling our dog when we use these. You can see what they look like here:

Good luck!


Answered 9 years ago by erin_tigs



Sounds like you have a challenging pup! I'm a dog trainer (you might have seen my last post about muzzles), and while I can't recommend anything specific for you and your dog, I did want to recommend that you talk with a trainer about your dog. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers has a searchable list of trainers around the country (, all of whom are educated and abide by humane training methods. Sadly, there are many dog trainers out there who are not reputable and are uneducated, so its important to do your research when it comes to finding a trainer.


Answered 9 years ago by erin_tigs


Excellent points about muzzles. The one I use is nylon and a size larger than my dog would have needed so he is able to have some freedom while in it. I use it to get his attention and for short times (as you point out) because I know it restricts his panting.

I appreciate your link to the basket muzzles as well. I don't expect to have to buy another because he'll join his ancestors before he needs me to replace the six-year old one we currently have. It's good to know there is a better idea though.

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch


Try "The dog Whisperer" it is on the Discovery Channel. You can get the first season on DVD for about $30. I watched it through twice and it has been a lot of help.

Answered 9 years ago by abacab


What do you actually want to specify now.I am sorry to say this the message you want to specify is not so clear to understand...So can you please explain me in brief..?

essential oil products

Answered 9 years ago by Trevor99

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