Chow Chow Training

Training for the chow chow dog.

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1. The importance of socializing a Chow Chow from an early age cannot be overemphasized.

2. Chow breeders should only breed from dogs with friendly, sound temperaments.

3. A Chow must be handled and loved as a puppy or else he will not be easy to approach as an adult.

4. Socializing your puppy includes handling him, petting him, accustoming him to having his mouth and feet touched, introducing him to all family members, acquainting him with strangers, allowing him to meet and play with other dogs, taking him to different places in the car ... the list goes on!

5. Socialization is an ongoing process, starting from puppyhood, in which you try to make your Chow as well rounded, well adjusted and open to new things as possible.

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Reprinted from Breeders Best: Chow Chow 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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Della   Sandpoint, Idaho

7/18/2013 2:52:37 PM

After losing my precious Chow-Retriever from a shelter after ten wonderful years of companion ship and unconditional love and respect for each other, I finally adopted another pure-bred Chow, seven years of age. He seems very happy to be with me but since it's only been a few weeks and he was in the shelter for two months, I think he still has trust issues and usually hides under may desk. The only time he gets really happy and excited is when I take him in the car with me or for walks. I was worried he didn't bard for two weeks at all and was hoping for a "watch dog" like my first one who was not vicious at all, but strangers didn't know that and was nervous when coming to the door. My first dog loved to swim; this one will get in the water up to his belly but won't swim but does love to roll around in the sand and grass. I had him saved since he had a ton of fur and it is very hot in the summer here. He had to be sedated since Chows do not like grooming at all. He also does not like dog toys or chasing the ball like my first dog did so I am trying to find out if there is anything else I can do to make him happy. Also am wondering if he would protect me if someone were to get intot he house or try to attack me...

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Kayla   Lyman, SC

6/6/2011 5:35:18 PM

I have recently purchased a chow puppy, & already have a 13 year old chow-terrier mix. However; though the information in this article is good, it does not tell me what age to start training a chow. And, since I only have chow mix, I do not know if I should start training her now; at the age of 6 weeks, or at a later age.

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Thalia   Tempe, AZ

5/12/2011 11:10:29 PM

the article was a nice overview, but as you stated too many breaders, thinking of puppy profit, gave them a bad rep. just like people we are a product of our genics and environment. I handeled large dogs from 14yrs on, and was taught most dogs are pack animals, so the best thing to make sure you and the pup remember is "Who is the big dog" a good dam will let her pupies know when they misbehave, chewing on table leg brought the dam running to cuff the pup gently with her mussel, I have done some thing similar, I keep my strong minded dog in one place and tell them I'm the big dog, once they give me that look like, "your stopping me, really?" then praise and treat or play

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Annette   Aurora, CO

1/23/2011 11:58:29 AM

The Chow Chow is a very good breed. I spent several months searching for the right breeder before I considered my purchase. The perfect breeder will handle the puppies, give them lots of love, cuddles, etc. This is the 3rd Chow I've owned in my life time and would never own another breed. She's raised in a daycare environment and is great with the kids. Gentle and kind but also very protective just as expected from this breed. Challenges I do have is socializing her with other dogs, she's very pickey about who she wants to be friends with and there's nothing wrong with that after all we're pickey as well as humans aren't we? Just enjoy this breed but remember you are the superior and you have to let this breed be aware of this.

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