First off let me state that I feel like a total jerk for even talking about this and for feeling the way I do.
My love my girl my chocolate lab x Maggie will be 7 this year and has been my best friend since I was blessed with her at 6 weeks weeks old, hard to believe she fit in my palms once...
Enter Roland -> the tibetian mastiff. 12 weeks of fluffy wonder weighing in at 35lbs sure to be a heavy weight contender, playboy/heartthrob and winner of many dog competitions.
I have forgotten what puppyhood brings and my hubby is a virgin to all things puppy like. Welcome rude awakening.... So here's the deal we have a strong will stubborn pup who's had generations of breedng to back that up. Tibetians are territorial guard dogs that decide what they are doing and not by your choice either.
Enter the potty training. - Roland is smart he knows how to ring the bell and chooses not to if he doesn't get his way. Hence the sunflower pattern on my carpets. Crate training is a challenge (again I know it's the first week but if I don't vent I will explode) he don't like it. Hence the high pitched barking for extended periods of time. When he's out he tests us and then once we think he's good he pees everywhere. He's banned to his kennel, the kitchen, and the three acres of land that he gets to roam very hour.
He eats mice, birds - we have two cats and live on an acreage so they bring home "gifts" from time to time and leave under trees etc.
it's been a rough week of no sleep, lots of accidents, and me trying to claim leadership of this small little dude. He has bitten me several times not nipping full on open mouth clamp downs, looked me in the eye and peed on the carpet via transport to the door. And the taunting & biting of Maggie has been a challenge. He thinks he's alpha and we gotta get this under controls fast before he's 160lbs of bad attitude.
My other problems are that we co-own him with the breeder (our friend)and she wants to show him. So he must be show quality: that means I must groom him, blow dry him, trim his paws on top and underneath as well as he can not wear a collar because the hair can not get broken. Practice his stance and shove my hands in his mouth...
Tibetians can not be off leash around other dogs and people because they do not come when called and they have the potential if not socialized properly to be aggressive.. Our friend did not educate us and we did not look into it ourselves. But apparently when they are 3-5 years old they turn into awesome dogs..... Sigh.......
We didn't research now it's gonna be a long hard road ahead of us and I am dreading it. Maggie was a high energy puppy but she listened and by nature wants to please so she was a easier pup than he is being. I hope that she can influence Roland and help guide him a bit along with our hard work and my struggle to claim the dominant position in the pack.
I feel awful for saying this but I don't like him. I am not enjoying this at all and we are so exhausted, overwhelmed and cranky that we can't enjoy the little dude. Please someone say it will get better, I know that we were not ready for a puppy and I would have rather adopted a mixed breed companion for the three of us not a snobby little show dog.