Please!! Help needed!

Discussion in 'Tibetan Mastiff' started by WaDogTrainer, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. WaDogTrainer

    WaDogTrainer New Member

    Hello my name is gina and I'm a dog trainer in Wa,

    I recently acquired a client who was sold two Tibetan Mastiff brothers who are 10 months old.
    The dogs were purchased in hopes of working together on the family farm as a team, however, there has been an arising pecking order that is getting out of control. The boys can coexist under supervision, but when left alone, they are starting to go after each other.

    My question; Is it possible, or has anyone been successful raising 2 intact litter mates and have the coexist peacefully?

    Lastly I think it was a poor decision for the breeder to sell two litter mates knowing the families situation.
  2. tmricciuto

    tmricciuto New Member

    I have two girls and so far so good. Is there a reason they don't want to get them fixed? I think it may be difficult if there are a lot of times where they aren't supervised. Maybe crates or separate dog runs.

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  3. DDSK

    DDSK New Member

    May need to rotate them, work one kennel the other then swap off.
    Neutering them may or may not work when you have two alpha dogs.
  4. Yamizuma

    Yamizuma Active Member

    Leaving them alone together seems like it's not a good idea. Are ther other dogs? These guys are still baby brains.

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  5. WaDogTrainer

    WaDogTrainer New Member

    Thanks everyone for the responses.

    So far the dogs can coexist when supervised. When I'm there they are angels. The dogs get walked together by a dog walker 3 times a week and are fine with the dog walker.

    The owners bought them hoping they would be able to work as a team guarding their farm. Unfortunately I do not see this happening if the dogs cannot coexist Naturally by themselves at 10 months old. This type of job has to be done unsupervised.

    My suggestions for the owners:
    1. have one dog stay at the farm and the other at the City house, then rotate them at their discretion.
    2.Swap one dog out for a female
    3. Return a dog (DDSK, Im with you, I think it's too late to neuter)
  6. looby73

    looby73 Member

    I dont know anyone who has had 2 boys from the same litter. We were considering do that but thankfully everyone we spoke to when researching the breed (breeders included) advised against it. Such a shame.
  7. Liz_M

    Liz_M New Member

    I have a good friend with two male litter mates, now 5 years old and never an issue. But they are lab crosses and were neutered before a year old.

    Anyhow, I agree, neutering at this point probably won't do much and their issues will probably get worse rather than better, without a lot of work. I had two male Rottweilers who were not littermates, but had to be crated and rotated, nothing we did helped allow them to co-exist. I didn't choose this, it was a complicated situation and one of the dogs was just going to be a short term foster but stuff happened and we ended up keeping him and adjusting...when my ex and I broke up, we each kept "our" dog.

    Shame, and very irresponsible to sell two same-sex pups to someone (and some responsibility needs to go to the owners too; some research would have quickly revealed that breeds like this very often are S-S DA.) Rotating them, or re-homing one and getting a bitch, would be the easiet solution, although neither solution will be easy.
  8. marke

    marke Well-Known Member

    keep them in side by side runs when your not around ..... dog doors , a barn , shed , or dog house with outside chainlink runs , lime , limestone , pea gravel , concrete ,something sanitary ......... keep them next to each other , so you can keep them together when your around .... if you separate them by too much , you may end up where you can't keep them together at all ......jmo

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