I have had my new puppy for 3 weeks this friday. he is a beautiful Tosa Inu (japanese Mastiff). i am single and live on my own, having this new puppy has been so overwhelming for me. i no longer wake up when i want, eat when i want, leave my house when or for as long, as i want. i love him and i want hi to be the dog i come home to every night, but raising a puppy is hard! when is it too much water to give? how long do you keep him in a crate? how long can you play with him without causing future seperation anxiety issues? Augh!!!!!
Welcome to Terrific Pets. Tell us more about your new puppy. I've never seen a Tosa Inu. Do you have any pictures? Post them on http://www.dogster.com and post the link here so we can see the little darling.
Having a puppy is a big change in lifestyle, it's just like having a new baby in the house.
Welcome! Congrats on the new baby! First, I don't believe you can give a puppy too much water. I have always been told to never withold water from a puppy. If he is in his crate for a couple of hours while you are gone, it's not going to hurt him. He should def. not be left in there for 8 hours a day though. You never know what will happen with sep. anxiety. I don't think playing with him too much or too little will have an effect on him. I played with my babies all the time when they were really little and they are fine. Of course, my Dane does get sooo excited when I get home, his humongo tail knocks everything over. But anywho, I am happy for you and your new "fur-kid". I would LOVE to see pictures!!
I agree it is very overwhelming, I just keep thinking its not forever it will get better. I fill like i canít get up and go when i want. My older dog i can leave in the yard i have a really big patio with cover on it so shade is not a problem. I can go for most of the day and he is o.k. In fact he loves to be outside, but my little guy likes to big and maybe slips out.
first welcome to tp....second congratulations on the new addition.
having a new pup IS just like having a new baby and changes things around the house, time and patience will prevail and things will get better! i would play with him all you want and not worry about seperation anxiety, i play with harley all the time and she is fine when she is home alone. as for water, leave water out at all times so he doesnt get dehydrated.
welcome to the forum. i am very curious to hear how your puppy gtows and about his temeperament. i have heard some really questionable things about this breed in terms of behaviors towards people and other animals.
buy a book called puppies for dummies. it is recommended by lots of people on this board as a good general puppy raising book.
mforbes, your dog is so cute! i will try to post a pic, if it doesn't work (cause i have never done it) i will email you one if you would like. i love my dog, i do, but it is a challenge upon realizing that you are solely responsible for EVERYTHING your doggy experiences. i want to take him to play with other dogs, but i am scared that either he will be biten or he will bite another dog. i am not sure what is the right thing to do. the vet says to let him learn what hurts on his own, but that is my baby and i dont want to see him suffer. however, i dont want to take the bark out of him either. i think that its because i know he will be big (160lbs @ least), and i know that his breed is large dog/same sex aggressive, that i am even more cautious. help!!!!!!!!!!!!!! anyone??????
bassett lover, i appreciate the question. some people see me walk him and ask what kind of dog he is. once i tell them, they ask me, why did i get an animal that will be so large???? they look at me as with disgust. i don't understand that because i am not asking them to buy his food, or pick up his waste..... well, i love the look of the dog. i always wanted a big dog, always. i was raised with a sheep dog mix, we had him for 18 years, died when i was 21. since then we have had two bichons..... i love small dogs, but i also love large dogs. Tosa's are human friendly, but can be (and have been bred for) large dog, same sex aggression. i am taking around as many dogs as possible to social him and i know it will take a maor effort, but i beleive he will be wonderful. i like that he will not only be tall, but his weight will be proportional. i got him for security as well. i live alone and i wanted to come home to a friend that would protect me. he is different, i like that as well. not too many people, or anyone i know, have a Tosa. he does not drool. well, the books and all Mastiff breeders say that of all Mastiffs, Tosa's do not drool. i know he will drool, but not as excessive as other large dogs. i like the color of his coat. he looks like a tiger, really. i think he's great, he is hard now; training and all, but i can only pray for the best. thank you for asking the question...
Here is what I found when I googled the Tosa Inu, just in case anyone else has never seen one either.
"The Tosa, also called the Tosa-Inu or Tosa-Ken, is a stately, massive dog. Athletic and surprisingly agile. The head is large, with a broad skull, fairly abrupt stop, and a moderately long, squared-off muzzle. The jaws are very powerful. The skin at the neck forms a dewlap. The ears are fairly small and pendant, falling along the cheeks. The eyes are small, dark and almond-shaped, with a dignified expression. The long tail is very thick at the root then tapers to a point, reaching the hocks. The short-haired coat is dense and harsh. The preferred color is solid red, though black, yellow, black & tan, fawn, brindle and multi-colored is also permissible.
Temperament - The Tosa is a brave, fearless and bold dog. Very attuned to his master's wishes and greatly sensitive to the tone of ones voice. Protective and loyal. Exceptionally quiet, calm and patient. The Tosa has been bred to be a very quiet dog because Japanese dog fighting rules require the dogs to fight silently. They are highly intelligent and do not need repetitious training, but do require an equable, consistent, friendly approach. The dog is very affectionate towards their family members and more reserved with strangers, but will accept newcomers if properly introduced. It places its family first and foremost, but known visitors are usually happily greeted. Both males and females make excellent home and family protectors and companions. The sheer size of the Tosa and his deep bark are effective deterrents. Tosas show remarkable acceptance of children and will not snap or bite from fear or pain. However, due to the Tosa's size, he should not be left with children unsupervised. The owner must learn to control the Tosa, as the breed is too large and strong to be unmannerly. Good with other dogs and pets only when raised with them from puppyhood. They tend to be fairly dog aggressive. Keep the Tosa away from other dogs that may want to fight, because the Tosa will most certainly win. They are not recommended in a home with other dogs of the same sex, size and temperament. They have a very high pain tolerance due to their fighting origins. This breed requires a strong and experienced owner capable of dealing with a large, powerful animal. With proper training and control, the Tosa can be a good family companion. Self aware, a very good guard and watchdog. This is not a breed for beginners.
Height, Weight - Height: around 24 (60 cm.) Weight 83-200 pounds (37Ĺ-90Ĺ kg.) The large height and weight ranges in the Tosa breed is due to their background in dog fighting; they are grouped into light, middle and heavyweight classes. The average weight for the USA Tosas are: males 120-170 pounds (54-77 kg.), females 90-140 pounds. In Japan the Tosa weighs about 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg.) - smaller than those bred in the West.
Health Problems - Both parents should have the following certificates: CERF (eyes) and OFA (hips and elbows). Also prone to bloat. Ask about bloat in the lines. Bloat can be a major problem in these large dogs.
Living Conditions - The Tosa will do okay in an apartment if it gets enough exercise. It is relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do as long as it gets enough exercise. This breed is not suitable for kennel life. They like to be close to their owners and would be unhappy.
Exercise - With a well-fenced and large enough area of land, the Tosa can happily look after its own exercise demands. In theory this breed requires only an average demand for exercise but will enjoy and be healthier with more. They make good jogging companions.
Life Expectancy - About 10-12 years.
Grooming - The Tosa is easy to groom. An occasional brushing to remove dead and loose hair is all that is needed to keep the coat looking good. The Tosa may not drool as bad as other mastiffs but, they do drool, especially when they get excited, hot or when they drink. This breed is a light shedder.
Origin - The Tosa often was referred to as the "Sumo wrestler of the dog world." It has been bred for hundreds of years in Japan. It was developed between the period of 1868 and 1912 by crosses with the Kochi (a local Japanese breed) and native Shikoku fighting dogs. The Tosa we recognize today was developed in the late 1800's. The best of the Japanese Tosas were crossed with newly imported European breeds such as the Great Dane, Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier and St. Bernard, to increase its size. The result was a powerful, agile and athletic mastiff-type dog. In Japan, the Tosa is considered a national treasure. Although dog fighting is now illegal in Europe, North America, and Japan, secret, illegal pit fights continue in remote rural regions of Japan, where the Tosa, at 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg.) - smaller than those bred in the West - is still used for fighting. The breed excels at Japanese-style dog fighting. Japanese dog-fighting rules in the last century demanded that dogs fight silently, without cowering, and the Tosa fought by these rules - relentlessly and silently. The Tosa is a rare breed, even in their native land and have only recently been introduced to the USA. Unfortunately, this breed is banned in some countries as a dangerous breed. It is definitely unsuitable for beginners, but with the proper socialization, handling and training, it can make a wonderful family companion. This massive dog excels at weight-pulling and makes a great watch and guard dog.
I know exactly what you're talking about tosamom! I am 5 feet tall and not even 100 pounds and I have a Great Dane. People think I am NUTS. I don't see anything wrong with having a dog who will outweigh you for the rest of your life. It's fun. And I have a Yorkie, so when I walk them together, people give me some looks I have never seen before. But I am glad you love your baby! Good luck with everything.
yes, my dog is Brindle.....he is orange, its so funny. and he has black stripes...when i learn how to post pictures, i will put one up. i got him 3 weeks ago. he was 15 pounds. i took him to the vet today, he is 27lbs. i even asked if i could feed him more because he continues to look in desperation when his food is all gone form the bowl.... they said yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tj- thank you. having him is wonderful and so many people ask me questions about him. but having a puppy is just demanding and hard. i think i am being too concerned with not making mistakes... tough, but i am praying to make it through with some hair left on my head.
LOL @ keeping some hair on your head! You are only human, we all make mistakes, try not to put so much pressure on yourself. I'm sure you are doing a great job. It takes huge tennis balls to take on such a responsibility and I'm sure you have them. :)
Tosa mom is my sister, I have a tiny shih tzu/maltese mix and she has the Tosa. I do not have big balls. :)
No, Bear is the Yorkie and Zeek is the Dane. Ha yea...a little switched. And yes - the training was REALLY different. I am still struggling w/ the whole training part. It doesn't help that my Dane is extremely hard headed and stubborn.
***Edited By: bearandzeek on 4/23/2005 5:26:08 PM*** Reason: Forgot to answer a question
"The Tosa is a brave, fearless and bold dog. Very attuned to his master's wishes and greatly sensitive to the tone of ones voice. Protective and loyal. Exceptionally quiet, calm and patient. They are highly intelligent and do not need repetitious training, but do require an equable, consistent, friendly approach. The owner must learn to control the Tosa, as the breed is too large and strong to be unmannerly."
Bottom line, he is BIG, he is SMART, he trains EASILY and he is VERY in tune to your feelings. If you understand the breed instincts it helps with training just a bit. Since there is MUCH more offered on the Tosa on the link, you might want to go take a peek at it.