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