Steps to Having a Great Loving Chow Chow

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Step 1:
Play with your puppy. Include handling his paws and grooming him with a grooming brush every day so he’ll be used to being handled the way that you, your vet or a groomer might have to handle him. This way, he’ll learn not to feel threatened when being handled.
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Step 2:
Show your puppy affection often, especially while he is still young. Pet, hold and talk to him without spoiling or doting on him. Chow Chows can be afraid of strangers, so encourage others to show your puppy affection to teach him that it is all right for other people to approach the both of you and to handle him.
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Step 3:
Socialize your Chow Chow. Encourage interaction with other people and other dogs, both friends and strangers, so that he will learn to feel at ease around people outside of his familiar family environment. Take him on road trips to the vet and pet store, and use his collar and leash when taking him for walks around the neighborhood, the park, the local dog park and anywhere dogs are allowed.
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Step 4:
Present yourself the way you want your Chow Chow to present himself. He will be able to pick up on your feelings, including nervousness and anxiety. If you remain calm and collected, he’ll pick up on that, too, trusting that you have the situation under control and that he can remain at ease.
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Step 5:
Keep a schedule. Make sure your Chow Chow gets interaction and socialization time every day.
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Step 6:
Remain consistent with praise and discipline. Praise can include verbal cues and physical affection; you don’t have to stuff him full of treats. Don’t praise negative behavior, whether it’s obvious (like chewing on your shoes) or not so obvious (like acting nervous or afraid in unfamiliar situations). Praising a nervous puppy, even by verbally soothing or petting him, could just encourage him to continue acting nervous in unfamiliar situations.

Tips & Warnings

* Chow Chows need moderate amounts of exercise and should get it daily. Burning away physical energy can also burn nervous energy and can help him focus mentally, especially if you exercise him before training routines. Walking him to the dog park or around the block is a good way to exercise him before socialization training.Chow Chows are known for their soldierly postures. If they march right up to another dog, they may seem intimidating; allow the dogs to get close and sniff each other, essentially meeting and “shaking hands.”
* Never discipline a puppy with physical force such as a strike or a kick. This could irreparably ruin his trust in you. Control him by earning his respect, as a fearful dog can retaliate or turn to bad behaviors out of stress.Chow Chows have a bad reputation for being temperamental and aggressive. Respect others’ space if they seem afraid of your Chow Chow, and keep working with your puppy so he can be one of the Chow Chows to break his breed’s bad reputation.

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Chow Training Should Start at a Very Young Age

Like other dog breeds especially those with dominant and strong personality, Chow training should start at a very young age. Chow training at this point in time usually involves thorough socialization with the mother and other puppies in the litter. This is beneficial in developing social relationships as well as getting them used to common sights and sounds. It is also during this Chow training that a puppy learns about biting and how to control it.

This sturdy built breed with very dense double coat is known for being suspicious of strangers and over protective of its owners as well as property. This personality, although beneficial to the safety of owners, can be one of the reasons this breed is considered as high risk dogs by some since a number of dog bite cases are related to them. But despite the danger this breed can possibly bring, owners or potential owners need not be afraid for there are effective ways on how to deal with this problem and that is appropriate Chow training.

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Termed as bite inhibition, it is a response in which a dog inhibits or controls the force of its biting so as not to hurt or cause injury to anyone. Ideally, a dog learns this when playing together thus explains why a dog should not be taken away from the mother and the rest of the litter at a very young age. The principle of bite inhibition is that, when the puppy bites its sibling too hard, that sibling will yelp, stop playing and ignore the rough puppy. When this happens each time a pup bites too hard, that pup will soon realize that playtime and fun stops when the biting is too hard hence will have to control the force of its bite for continued fun.

Owners can incorporate this principle during Chow training. If your Chow puppy starts to bite harder than it is supposed to, yelp and say something like “ouch” or “oww” and then stop interacting with that pup. Let a few seconds pass and when the biting continues, repeat the first step. If the first step seems ineffective, you may also want to leave the room or area where you’re at for a few seconds. While you are walking away, never look back or budge despite its best effort to tempt you to play.

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Instructions

1-Start obedience training early. Adult Chow’s can be very aggressive, so it is important to begin their training while they are puppies, even though they may not yet show aggression.

2- Earn your Chow’s respect. This intelligent dog will not obey you if it does not respect you. You must correct her forcefully every time she shows aggression. This is the only effective way to prevent her from becoming more aggressive.

3- Use a prong collar or electric collar to correct your Chow. His independent attitude and thick fur will work together to counteract the effectiveness of your correction. Using either of these collars will make the dog pay attention when you correct him.

4- Train in the presence of other dogs. It is important that your Chow obey you when you are at home. It is even more important, however, that she obeys you when around other dogs.

5- Control your Chow’s environment. Use a kennel as a place where your dog can be quiet and relax. This will give him a safe place to go when he needs a break from the noise and chaos of living with humans.

6- Get professional help. If you are unsure of how to effectively train your Chow, pay a professional trainer to teach you and your dog how to behave. This will be well worth it if it prevents your Chow from hurting another dog or a person.

Tips & Warnings

When outside of your home or fenced yard, always keep your Chow on her leash. This will help you maintain control of her behavior no matter what happens. Do not take your Chow to a dog park to play. With all of the activity, stimulation and strange dogs in the park, he may easily become aggressive.

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