I need some advice. I have a beautiful 14 month old mastiff named Edwin. He is an angel with us and our kids and when we take him to town he loves to be pet and fussed over. Around 8-9 months though he started growling when people would come to the car and house, especially males. Yesterday he nipped at my husbands employee. This guy is scared of him and I stupidly let Edwin approach where we were standing at the back door. He wasnt growling or barking just walked up. The guy reached down to pet him, I told Edwin "gentle" and he let him pet for a min then he nipped him on the arm. I say nipped because there was no blood or puncture, there was a scrape though on his arm and it scared us all. I said "NO" right away when he jumped close to him and I realized what was going on and Edwin immediately lay right down and then I took him to the other room. Only problem now is my husband thinks we need to get rid of him and is scared this will only escalate..I am conflicted, feeling heartsick at the thought of my "baby" having to leave us or worse and guilty that I didnt just keep him away...I thought perhaps it would make it better to have them "be friends". It didnt work that way though, please can someone steer me in the right direction! I have been on the internet for hours trying to find out what I should do now.
I will be glad to offer you help through this in any way I can but will need more details on your situations. Before entering into ANY training class be sure to research and get references. Some "trainers" can actually make the situation worse. I don't want to scare you away from training since this is exactly what you need but I also don't want you to get the wrong kind of assistance. Mastiffs are a synsitive breed and usually respond better to non typical types of training methods. Your WHOLE family needs to be involved with his training not just one or 2 of you, kids need to be involved as well.
First things you can do that will strt to show immediate results are.
Make him "earn" everything. -Sit or lay down for ANY attention or food/treats/toys -sit and then wait untill you release him to go outside and come back in, no charging in and out past you -randomly durring the day make him sit or lie down for no reason or treats. -always make him follow you through doorways you are pack leader and you go first! -If you do not have one already get a large wire crate and place it in the living room or main traffic area of your home when you have guests over. When you have company place him in crate and give him a bisquit or favorite treat when he is calm. Have company ignore him and if he barks/whines tell him no or quiet in a stern voice etc. This way he will start to see that this is your home and your guest. there is more but this will start to help before you can get yourself a good trainer on board for some first hand help. Feel free to send me a PM with any questions and I'll get back with you asap ;)
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I really feel for you on this one because I am having a problem with our 2 year old female mastiff & have also been scouring the internet. I tried to pm you but it wouldn't let me. I have tried calling about obedience training and was also directed to alpha dog boot camp (type it in google and it offers some training advice), I know the problem is definitely magnified by the sheer size of the dog. Wish you the best and let me know how it goes and if you hear of any tried and true techniques that work for mastiffs.
When a dog is a puppy say 8 to 16 weeks, this time is basically an imprinting stage.This is where puppies should be learning to be handled all over, basic training, meeting 20 new strangers a week and so much more. I'm going to say this dog never got that training, so were dealing with a somewhat insecure dog. As well, 8-9 months are basically ranking ages. As well some people are inexperienced around dogs,as an owner you need to be in control of these greetings, give strangers treats to give to your dog, ask them to stand sideways, never pet over the head, and don't bend over the dog.And also direct eye contact will be threatening. But most of all don't use punishments, all associations with strangers must be good.
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