My little angel

Discussion in 'Tibetan Mastiff' started by TMmom, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    I let my sheltie groomer bathe, blow dry and brush my baby and she is beautiful. Took the poor lady almost all day to do her. LOL

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  2. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    They're so wonderfully soft after a bath though aren't they!
  3. Catia

    Catia Well-Known Member

    Tessa may allow someone else to bathe her, but I doubt it with brushing or blowing dry. I myself may have to invest in a blow dryer, because taking overnight to dry sucks.

    how old is your girl?
  4. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    She is just incredibly soft, I just love it.
  5. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    The groomer said she was very sweet the entire time. I am just glad not to have to deal with all of it. Laufey is her name and she Is almost 9 months old. I really wish I would have gotten two of them. She is just the sweetest thing.
  6. broccolini

    broccolini Well-Known Member

    Is this your first TM?

    Don't let the sweetness of their youth fool you. :p
  7. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    Yes, it is. Why? this isn't your first? Please enlighten me.
  8. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    Broc's first TM is a sweetheart (well, as long as you're family), her 2nd is destruction on 4 feet lol.

    They're addictive though!
  9. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    I totally get it. :)
  10. broccolini

    broccolini Well-Known Member


    Athena was super sweet and friendly with everyone she met. Until she wasn't. Now strangers are not allowed to look at her, talk to her, or touch her.

    I just didn't want you to get complacent and think she'd always be friendly. Once Athena hit 18 months, her tolerance of strangers went away. And she was well-socialized. Still is, actually. But nobody is allowed to touch her. She also hates all other dogs.

    D'Argo is super destructive and mostly doesn't seem to notice that other people exist. I'm curious to see what he's like when he matures. If he lives that long.
  11. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    You know, I think sometimes I forget there was life before they get their mature temp lol.

    Apollo was very interested in meeting new people as a puppy. But about the time he turned two he became much less interested. He's no where near as standoffish as Athena, but all he wants now is to sniff strangers, and then ignore them. He tolerates being petted, kinda, but he avoids it if he can.
  12. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    Well, she is only turning 9 months and just totally loves everyone, outside the house. It funny my Mother came and stayed for a week and Laufey wouldn't leave her alone. My poor mother never wanted to get up from the chair because Laufey would jump up from sleeping and run after her. Scared my poor mother half to death. Believe me, I never take my eyes off of her. Does the hating all dogs, not include the one she's raised with, my sheltie? What do you do if you have to take them to the vets?
  13. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    Your baby is beautiful.
  14. broccolini

    broccolini Well-Known Member

    We've always made sure to have lots of people over to the house while the dogs were young. Athena is actually really good about letting people come in. New people still have to ignore her. She'll check them out and then lay down. I would say that you might want to start inviting everyone you know to your house. Some TMs will not let people in the house. Early socialization is really important.

    We have two friends that have keys and they've been coming over randomly when we weren't home since Athena was a puppy. They are probably the only two people that could get into the house without us. That's also something I would recommend.

    Athena is fine at the vet for now. I make sure I'm the one holding the end with the teeth or doing any restraining. If she starts acting aggressive toward the vet, she'll have to wear a muzzle.

    When we brought our puppy home, Athena wanted to eat him. She got better after a few days but wouldn't let him have anything for about a month. We had to do a lot of work with her resource guarding with him and the cats. She's fine now, and they get along very well. There is also a Golden Retriever on the corner that she loves.

    She's just very guardy and is convinced that new dogs coming toward her need to die. Since we've gotten her spayed, she's been a bit more mellow. She still hates the other dogs but it's much easier to redirect her.
  15. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    Ok, I will start having more people come In. We do go out all the time and socialize and she is sweet, so far to everyone
    and even dogs. I am just so glad to have you sharing your knowledge. How long have you had TM's?
  16. broccolini

    broccolini Well-Known Member

    These are my first two. I did a lot of research before getting our first one. And I still keep in touch with both of our breeders and the breeder on the East Coast where Ruth got Apollo. Having a good network of TM people is invaluable.

    And yes, have people come over. That's great. Socialization outside the home doesn't translate to inside the home so it's important to do both.

    Keep an eye on Laufey as she gets older and look for signs that she no longer appreciates attention from strangers. It can be subtle, so you really need to pay attention to her.

    Good luck, she's very cute. And big. :)
  17. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    Oh god yes, if you have someone you trust to have keys to the house you need to have them start randomly showing up NOW, and do so as frequently as possible, so that your pup can get used to the fact that those people are ok and allowed to do so. Or they'll NEVER be allowed to do so....
  18. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    Apollo will be 4 in Dec, and we've had him since he was 10 weeks, so 3.5yrs, give or take, here.
  19. looby73

    looby73 Well-Known Member

    I had to chuckle at the title when I saw it was in the TM section.....Angel and TM are not often used in the same sentence, LOL! :D
    My 2 are pretty good at letting people in the house as long as we're there. They're fine at my mum and my father in law letting themselves in when we're out as they see a lot of them and have since we got them as babies. Not sure I'd fancy anyone else's chances though.
    Zeus (B&T, 2.5 year old) is friendly for the most part when we're out, apart from the odd man he's taken a dislike to for whatever reason. Hades (Gold, 1.5 year old) doesn't really want anything to do with strangers when he's out. He'd much rather be left alone and definitely doesn't want to be touched until he's had the chance to check them out first and give them the ok.
  20. TMmom

    TMmom Well-Known Member

    I love hearing all of this, it's very intersting and very important. I did tons of research on TM's before I got her, but no where did it say any of the things you are all telling me. Wouldn't have changed my mind in the least, thou. I just adore this dog. I don't really have alot of visitors anyway, because I work full time and am raising my grandsons, but I do have a few close friends I can get to come over frequently. I'd love to hear more TM stories about thier dispositions, as to my being a new TM mom. Thank you everyone.

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