chow chow puppy

The Chow Chow is generally a very well-mannered dog and quite good with kids. If they get to know cats and other household animals when they are young, they will get along with them when they are adults. They must be extensively socialized preferably when they are young. Chow Chows need strong authority and training right from the start. Whether you are adopting a puppy or an adult dog, owners need to set the rules in which the dog must follow and stick to them. This very dominant breed requires a dominant owner. The owner of this breed of dog should be a calm person who is firm, confident, and consistent.

With such an owner, the Chow Chow can develop well. The problems arise when the dog lives with owners who do not stay in the alpha position. This dog can be willful, protective, bossy, serious and will independently work at keeping his alpha position in your human pack. He is not being mean, he is just telling you in the way dogs communicate with one another that he gets to decide when and how things are done. He will be self-willed may be over-protective. When you have a Chow Chow who believes he is the boss, and strangers push themselves on this dog, he may become aggressive=. Space means a lot to a dog. It is respect in the dog world.

Alpha Chow Chows will often be a one-person dog, very loyal to his family, though he may act reserved, even with them. Alpha Chow Chows like to dominate other dogs. A Chow Chow who is not 100% convinced humans are the boss, will be harder to obedience train. The Chow will feel he needs to be deciding what and when, to do things, not the human, as humans must listen to him. These are not Chow Chow traits, they are instinctual behaviors, resulting in meek human authority over the dog. If you would like to own a dog, make sure you, and the rest of your family know how to be alpha. All family members, and other humans around the dog must be higher in the pecking order, than the dog. This breed can be quite a handful with passive owners, but take the very same dog and put him with an owner who has natural authority and he will be polite, patient and well rounded, making an excellent family dog.

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Training Your Dog To Not Bark

Training Your Dog To Not Bark

First, pick a word or phrase that will be your command to stop barking. Suggestions can be: “Quiet!”, “Enough!”, “No Bark!”, “Hush!”
Never use “Shut Up!”, its better to use “No”.
Set up for barking, and have a leash on the dog. When the barking happens, take the leash (step on the leash if you have to “catch” the dog or just have the leash in your hand to start!), give a firm tug horizontally to the floor and firmly use your word.
When the dog is quiet, calmly & quietly praise (“GOOD quiet”). Sometimes a tiny soft-moist treat can reinforce your praise (brought down to the dog’s level).
If the pop on the leash doesn’t help, you can incorporate a squirt bottle into the equation. Give a sharp series of squirts right in the face, firm command to quiet, and, for extra measure, have the dog SIT. Your correction should only be as firm as it needs to be. You can also use a small “shaker container”. Do not use these tools to threaten.
Teach a command for “guard barking” – my command is “Who’s there?” My dogs will run to the door and bark. Tell them “Good who’s there!” and then use a quiet command to tell them that is enough. Use this to get dogs to respond to the doorbell or knock.

Although you have no way to correct barking when you are not home, you may want to leave a tape recorder or video camera on to see when barking happens, what causes the barking and the duration of the barking. Guard barking, for example, is handled a little differently than lonely or random barking.
Barking is a normal dog behavior. In excess, it can be irritating. If controlled, barking can be useful!

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shetland sheepdogs

A Shetland sheepdog is not a “mini-collie” but a distinct separate breed that actually has roots in the Border collie. A native of the Shetland Isles in far northern range of Scotland he was a dog developed to help on crofts, or small farms, where there wasn’t much food to be had. A small dog was needed for that reason, yet a tireless worker in all kinds of weather which gave rise to selection for a durable coat and a loyalty to their owners.

Shelties are also thieves – they’ll steal your heart slicker than any pickpocket! They are commonly sable, black and white, tri color and blue merle. They can be barkers without patience and training but are a loyal, observant dog. Their intelligence and trainability make them among the most successful obedience breeds.

The sheltie coat does require regular grooming to remain tangle free and prevent it from becoming matted. There is a double coat with an outer layer that is more harsh and straight and an undercoat that is very dense. This can help shed rain from a working standpoint and enough harshness to the coat to resist tangling. For pet dogs you must be committed to thoroughly combing a Sheltie a couple times per week. It is not advisable to shear or close cut a Sheltie’s natural coat.

From a show standard point the Sheltie is 13-16 inches tall and of course show dogs are bred for that glorious coat. Dogs over or under height can excel at herding, agility, obedience and many other tasks where intelligence and their work ethic is valued.

Some Shelties are very nervous, some very friendly and some reserved. One sheltie came to a new home at five months old and was very stand offish initially, almost timid. After a week or so his new owners noticed he was observing EVERYTHING in the household. From washing clothes to cooking dinner to hooking up speakers on the stereo the young Sheltie was observing as if taking notes on human behavior. Once he was satisfied in his mind things were fine he became a constant companion and irreplaceable part of the household. He had his little quirks and routines – he loved to be outside but let one rumble of thunder roll and he wanted inside pronto! He would patiently stand to be combed and brushed until the camera came out when he would primp and pose like the most arrogant of film stars!

Shelties are above all people dogs. They’re intensely loyal and affectionate with a high drive to please their owners. They should move as a working dog with purpose, without up and down hackney action. They are wonderful dogs for those who have a small area or need a small dog due to housing requirements. They are a big dog in a small package and often have a hero worship for the people lucky enough to own one.

There are health considerations that warrant attention in the Sheltie. Among them is hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, von Willebrands disease, dermatomyositis, collie eye anomaly, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy and Addison’s disease are among those to watch for. Many of these can be tested for including eye disease, epilepsy and hip dysplasia.
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Tips For Pomeranians


Pomeranian dogs are what you are looking for if in case you want a small lap dog as a pet. Generally, this breed of dog have a bright personality and easy to get along with. However, they can be temperamental, commanding, and outgoing. That is why it is discouraged to have them with very young children in a house. They can snap when they are teased. On the other hand, Poms are affectionate, gentle, and loyal. Pomeranian dogs are ideal for pet lovers who live in a small house or apartment. But they can also adapt well in a wider area.

This breed is perfect for dog owners who have a small yard. Outdoor activities are okay for Poms. They may be lap dogs but do not hesitate in letting them get a good exercise. Pomeranian dogs can actually endure taking long walks since they belong to an active breed. It is easy to teach them with tricks as long as you are patient and determined enough. Looking after Pomeranian dogs requires ample time and attention from you. Their grooming requirements are quite complicated since they have two coats of fur that need special grooming. Poms have a short, fluffy undercoat and a straight topcoat.

Their coat needs to be brushed at least once a week but not too frequent because it can be damaging. In addition, Pomeranian dogs need a good dental care because they are prone to loss. That is why it is highly recommended that Poms eat dry food to help keep their teeth and gums healthy. Another distinct characteristic of Poms is that they give high value to their personal properties like food, toys, or beds. They do not want their properties to be shared with other dogs or pets. Despite of this high sense of ownership, Pomeranians are not quarrelsome dogs.

It is recommended that Pomeranian dogs be trained as early as possible. In particular, they can bark relentlessly if their barking is not controlled. They are headstrong little dogs and can become rowdy if not properly trained or disciplined. By having them trained, you can set out rules for them to follow. Your Pomeranian will show its love and appreciation to you after you have trained it well. Remember that they will not learn proper discipline if they won’t be trained. Poms are said to be quite difficult to housebreak, but if you remain consistent in training them, they will eventually learn proper potty training.

This breed of dog is especially independent and they don’t cling to their handlers. However, it is important that the owner is firm when he disciplines or deals with a Pomeranian. Otherwise, his dog will not listen or obey his commands. If not properly contained, Poms can be very demanding. Pomeranian dogs are ideal for people who desire to take care of small dogs. Poms are considered to be kind hearted pets that can easily adapt in your household. Poms are excellent little dogs. They may be fox-like in appearance but they are affectionate. If you are thinking of owning a dog, just make sure that you familiarize your self with all the information about the dog breed.

It will help you know what are to expect from your chosen breed.

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house training dogs

Thinking about getting a new puppy or currently own a little puppy? Then this information will come in handy. House training your dog is one of the first things you should be doing. It is the most important aspect of training your dog as a puppy. While this process is usually not hard, take it seriously. You should always remember to take it slow because it will not happen immediately. If you rush the training process you may end up having to restart the whole process.

When the owner is not at home, the puppy should be placed in a small room at all times and all of the floor should be covered with paper. It is very important to puppy-proof the room , which means that you should remove any items that could cause injury to your puppy. At first, the puppy will likely dispose of waste at a random spot in the room and they will likely play with the papers, chew them etc. This is normal and you should not punish your puppy for it. Always clean up any mess that the puppy makes each day and place new ones down.

While the puppy is in the small room when you are not at home, due to using the paper training method he will began to get used to using the bathroom on the papers. After some time goes by he will choose to try other places to use the bathroom. When he establishes a favorite spot you should slowly take away the paper from there. Start to remove papers that are farther away from that spot then move on to laying down just a few papers. If your dog misses the paper when using the washroom it means that you need to make the area a little bit bigger as you reduced the spot too much. After your puppy is comfortable with doing his business on the same spot all the time you can most the papers to a area of your choice. Only move the paper up to an inch a day. If the puppy misses the papers, it means again that they are not ready to make a little move from spot to spot. It is important to not rush this process. If this happens then you can just move the papers back and wait a while.

The more time that you are able to spend with your puppy, the faster that he or she will be house trained. The main goal should be to bring your puppy with you to the toilet area to use the bathroom every time that he needs to go. Most of the time, your puppy will either need to go every 45 minutes or in most instances, right after each time he plays, after he just wakes up, or right after he eats or drinks.

When your puppy gets used to the toilet area and he starts to improve his bladder and bowel control, he will be able to spend longer time outside and a longer time on his own or playing. It is important that this transition is a slow process and that you don’t rush anything. Do not leave the puppy alone unless he is in his the originally specified room.

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