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training a chow puppy [Nov. 12th, 2009|12:18 pm]
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hi everyone!

i recently got my first ever chow puppy. i have done alot of reading about how chows need to be raised, and now i'm hellbent on making sure i socialize him correctly and train him right. but the thing is, he's nothing like any dog i've ever had, so i was hoping you guys could help me out with some questions. :) 

1. he doesn't like playing fetch or really play, and is generally content to just chill out/get petted. i've only had golden retrievers and english bulldogs, so maybe my games for him aren't chow-appropriate? do you guys recommend any games/activities for chow puppies that are better suited for them? i'm worried him laying around is a sign of boredom. tbh, i've never had a puppy before, so i was expecting a really hyper crazy puppy, so i'm a little thrown off.

2. i'm really concerned about how he will react with other dogs. i read that chows don't get along with dogs of the same sex that aren't in their household. my family who i visit alot all have male dogs (bulldogs, spaniels, etc), and i really want to make sure that my puppy is used to playing with other dogs. i've been thinking about a combination of obedience classes and weekly trips to the dog park. do you guys recommend anything else?

3. any advice/ tips/tricks/stories would be greatly appreciated! 

i just really want to make sure i raise my puppy right when he's still young and easily correctable. alot of people that found out i got a chow puppy have been warning me about how they're vicious and tempermental dogs, and i'd really like to prove them wrong.

thanks alot!

From: ex_mypointo
2009-11-12 06:46 pm (UTC)
1. My chow didn't play fetch untill he was 2
he is very chill comparing to other dogs
actually the breed is known for that,
but he likes to run after me, when i'm running and running from me :)

2. you should introduce him to other dogs when he's still a pup,
then he would get allong with them better,
but anyway my dog sometimes doesn't like some other dogs (specifically he doesn't like pugs! i find it very weird) for no paticular reason, but adores others
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[User Picture]From: thekerriproject
2009-11-12 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh man! I was in your boat with my Chow. I had only owned Golden Retrievers (dopey dogs) and a Samoyed until the Chow... and he was unlike any dog I've ever owned.

1) He doesn't particularly like to fetch or catch something in his mouth but he loves to go find a toy and bring it to me and play keep away. Soon as I get it or throw it, the game is over.

2) He doesn't like many other dogs, especially dogs smaller than him. With every single dog I introduce him to I feel like I have to make the whole thing happen. Introduce them slowly, tell him it's a friendly dog etc. If he doesn't decide to try and kill it he'll just ignore it and run off on his own. I think that's his way of saying I like you. He just runs off.

3) The more people/dogs I introduce to his world the better he's behaved. It seems like he gets along better with people who aren't. "ohh what a cute puppy.. googoogoo". He prefers stronger, less fluffy-wuffy people who act like people. If that makes sense. As soon as someone baby talks in his face I'm nervous he'll snip at them.

It was hard for me getting used to how aloof chows are. I never know what to expect so he keeps me on my toes. But he is the absolute funnest dog I've ever owned.
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[User Picture]From: daisybaby7
2009-11-12 07:02 pm (UTC)
1. My chow never played fetch. What you're describing is exactly how Chows are. They generally are content to just be and not do a lot of playing.

My chow, Simba, loved being bumped with (playfully of course) and he would wag his tail a lot when we talked to him and took him for walks. He loved those tug of war rope things you can buy at the store.

2. Whatever you're reading about how Chows behave with other animals, is totally false. EVERY Chow is different. Simba loved going to the dog park to meet other dogs and was totally happy doing his own thing, whether it was with other dogs or not. If you socialize them more, yeah they'll be more friendly with other dogs... but just b/c you don't, if you don't, doesn't mean they won't like other dogs.

I hate all the rumors people spread about Chows. It's like with any dog, if you raise them violently and meanly, then yeah of course they'll be "vicious". It all depends on who/how you raise them. A lot of them are friendly. But it's people who purposely raise them scarily that give them a bad name.

Good luck! Any pictures?
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[User Picture]From: kitty_bangbang
2009-11-12 07:47 pm (UTC)
First how old is your puppy?
There is also a puppy sleepy phase once all puppys get to a certain age that phase sometimes subsides and then you'll have your playful puppy.
i met a male chow chow pup once who was insanely hyper! to the point he acted like a crazy untrained golden! jumping and mouthing ect ect.

none of my pups were like that. well one chow i had i dindt get till he was a year. my first male chow chow he didn't really play much, he just injoyed chilling and walking a lot of walking and sitting with me. they are more reserved dogs. my girl now, oh she loves playing fetch! and wrestling with my boys. i have the female chow chow and two male pit bulls, they all wrestle around and play. very active.

but when we go out into public shes more reserved. or when certain ppl come over. but socilize socialize! with dogs and humans then you shouldn't have such a huge problem. all my chows loved people,dogs,children, cats. not a one of the three had any issues. well one had issues with larger males coming into our yard but he usally got over it.
with my chow chow girl now, i took her on colder days during the winter cos you never want to stop socializing, we pet store hop. so we'll walk around visit one store then go to another, so even when its cold and you don't want to be outside tho she doesn't mind. she has the exspirence of being in new enviroments, new people, new dogs, new sounds new smells.
once when i was walking her a husky lab mix came charging after us!
usally when dogs run after us when i'm on walks (it honestly happens a lot where i live) i just stand there. so this dog had his fur all raised up on his back and hes sniffing her, what does she do? she licked his nose.
at work we have adoption cats, she loves visiting them! she always goes to them, granted most of them don't like her. but she plays and cuddles with my cats.
really like all dogs, if you don't socialize properly then you can have a very insecure slightly human or dog aggressive dog. like the chihuahuas? i'm more scared of those! i work with dogs! i'm a groomer. but i know not to show fear let em know i'm afraid. i also know its NOT the dog, its the OWNER. almost everything lies with the owner. ppl constantly hold chihuahuas they became more for show, so these dogs are terrified of life, they are sheltered in the persons arms. to then they are more frisky and prone to fear bite. its not the dogs fault, its the humans.

just make sure you take your dog with you everywhere it can possibly go, then you should be okay. its what i love about dogs, they can go out and injoy life with us.
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