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Question by jennifer
Submitted on 11/30/2003
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I just purchased a 4 month puppy English mastiff.  How do you begin to train him to urinate outside.  what is the best way. crate training?

Answer by Vols33
Submitted on 1/27/2004
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I think if you ask 10 people this question you'll get 10 different responses.  I am a first-time Mastiff owner.  I have a 6 month old male and I can only tell you what worked for me.  I crate trained my dog until he learned the concept of outside-good and inside-bad.  I can tell you that dogs, unless sick or highly stressed, are less likely to make a mess in their crate.  Crate training my mastiff did not take very much time at all.  I have realized that the Mastiff breed, however sometimes can be stubborn, are very intelligent dogs.  If you do crate train him make sure he understands that it is not a form of punishment and give him a lot of affection when he is not in his crate.  I hope this has helped and good luck.


Answer by Tiny
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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We had a real problem w/ ours.  Tried to crate train, but she wanted to roll around in it...  Let her out on a regular schedule.  Nothing seemed to work.  Hung christmass bells from the door knob, made her ring them every time she wanted out.  One fine day while watching TV she rang on her own.  You see she wouldn't make any noise on her own, but she sure learned to ring the bells.  It only took her about 10-12 days to figure out how to do it.  No issues since.  Got to let her out when she rings, but it's a lot easier than cleaning up a mess...


Answer by Ken @ Prairie Moon Mastiffs.com
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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I have house-broken quite a few mastiff puppies and I can tell you that crate training is the only way to do it. Many people think that keeping a dog in a small crate is cruel but the truth is that all dogs are den animals. They feel safe and secure in their own space. The crate must be just big enough for the dog to stand and turn around. A dog wont poo in his den unless he has the space to have a bathroom and a bedroom.Another very important factor is timing. Get the dog used to going in and out of the crate at the same time everyday. When you let him out, he should be ready to go. Take him to the same place every time so that he gets the smell. Instinct will eventually take care of the rest,..good luck,..be patiant,..you own one of the greatest dogs on the planet!!


Answer by Wendi
Submitted on 10/5/2004
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I purchased a female English Mastiff about a month ago.She is the very best dog I have ever owned, even with housetraining(and I am using a crate by the way)My only problem is getting her to gain some weight.She is definitely growing and I have been buying her Purina Pro Plan giant puppy formula,but sometimes I think she could take it or leave it.Any suggestions? I am eager to try anything!


Answer by kellee090587@usadatanet.net
Submitted on 10/14/2004
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my dad got are english mastiff puppy when he was about 6 weeks old and when he first brought him home he took him outside every 20 minutes or so because puppies go to the bathroom alot but i wouldnt do it every 20 minutes because he got to use to going outside and he just wanted to go outside to go outside and after about a week or two he started scratching on the door whenever he wanted or needed to go outside so that worked.


Answer by DrinkItOnIce@aol.com
Submitted on 12/2/2004
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I have a Mastiff he is 1 year old. I had absolutely no problem training him but probably had just pure luck. He was 4 months old when I got him. Gave food and water three times a day like clockwork. Gave him about an hour and took him out and waited till he did his business and then brought him back in. Took him out again before next feeding.and so o and so on. Took about a week for him to get the jist of the routine. Then he started going to the door on his own.


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Answer by Bella's mom
Submitted on 11/8/2005
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I'm a first time Mastiff owner and she is my 3 puppy of my life. I use the jingle bells and its worked super for our last 2 puppies. We also take the puppy out every 4 hrs. We crate our dogs at night and expect to get up every 4-6 hours until they are about 3 mos old. Good luck and enjoy your Mastiff, she or he wont be a puppy for long.


Answer by ralph
Submitted on 3/27/2006
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I am also adopting a mastiff how big a crate do you need?


Answer by Erin
Submitted on 4/26/2006
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We adopted a 1 year old Mastiff that is now 2 years old.  My husband and I have a great deal of experience with dogs.  However, even though our Mastiff is housebroken, he goes to the bathroom in our house quite frequently. Number one but mostly number two. He goes even after we walk him, where he goes as well.  We have no idea how to fix this problem. We walk him 2-3 times a day.  What can we do????  


Answer by Jennifer
Submitted on 7/26/2006
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Please Help! Our Mastiff is very timid and scared of everyone. She also yelps and fights when put on a leash. She is 5 months old and completely trained with potty and lots of tricks. She is really a wonderfull dog. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Answer by GH
Submitted on 3/31/2007
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I have the same problem as Tiny, my mastiff puppy won't bark when he wants to go out.  If I'm doing something else he'll sit by the door and pee.  Has anyone else tried anything other than bells?


Answer by James
Submitted on 4/5/2007
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You're an idiot.

Thank is all.


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