Training your Neapolitan Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not born with the knowledge that drinking out of the toliet is unacceptable...it looks like a great water source to them.
Neo's don't know that chewing up the couch is not acceptable,
Dogs don't just suddenly know at age two that biting your arm is no longer acceptable, you let them do it when they were a puppy?
Dogs don't understand when you change the rules!
Crates are not cruel, you have your own bedroom, why is it cruel to allow a dog to have its own space?
How come you expect your dog to go in a crate at the Vet office or boarding facility at age two when you never showed him a crate before ?
When the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, dinner is burning - don't you think your Neo would like to go in his crate for some peace ?
And if he doesn't, who's fault is it?
Be a responsible parent, and parent your dog. Parents take the time to "train" their children, send them to school, put them to bed, potty train them etc.. but most pet owners never take their pet child to school or give them a crate as their own private bedroom. And then they wonder....."Why is my Neo so out of control?"
First, and hopefully before your new Neapolitan Mastiff arrives, you and your family will discuss what your expectations are. You need to envision an adult Neo living within your family and household. What and where does he/she do? sleep? potty? eat? What does your adult Neo do at your dinner time? does he sit beside you drooling begging for food? or perhaps he jumps on your lap while your driving? That's probably not what you envision, but it will happen if you don't start training right away. In order to start training though, you need to know or have a feeling for what it is your family expects.
Training Resources Dr. P's Training and Canine Behavior Virtual Library
Leerburg Dog Training