With their tough, judging expression and harsh, loud bark Chow Chows are still fantastic dogs especially if you are looking for a protector. Chow Chow's have been used as hunting dogs for decades and also were used to pull cargo from boats! Needless to say, they are strong and fiercely loyal. These dogs certainly need some great activities to keep them busy and happy. Proper training of a Chow Chow is important so be sure to schedule some time to do these activities and keep your dog active and content.
Chow Chows are known to be aggressive dogs and it is frequently recommended that they are raised in a home where they are the only dog and there are no young children around. However, while this may be good advice, it is also just a good idea to train your Chow Chow early in life to be accustomed to being around people. Socialization is key in this breed of dog and that is true for socialization with other people and with other dogs. Since this breed can be tricky to train (they can be stubborn!), training your pup slowly is always a fantastic idea.
Chow Chows have a long history as hunting dogs. In fact, they were bred in China to be a hunting breed exclusively. Chow Chows would hunt with their owners and also act as guards, attacking any animal that may attempt to harm their owner. While you don't necessarily need your Chow Chow to go around attacking things for you (especially people!), it can be good to exercise this instinct in a positive, safe way. From basic hunting games to more complex training, Chow Chows will love these activities and want to play all the time. So set one of these fun games up and let your Chow Chow hunt!
Chow Chows are fantastic herding dogs. They have been used to herd cattle, sheep and other animals throughout history. However, you may not have a field of animals readily available for your Chow to herd. Helping satisfy your Chow Chow's need to herd is simple though, even in a more modern setting. Any of these herding activities are good for Chow Chows and, while some are more complex to set up, there are very easy games you can play as well. Get ready to watch your dog herd people and objects in a fun and interesting to watch way!
Chow Chows need a lot of exercise so daily walks or runs are important. Make a daily schedule that involves walking your pup frequently and far. Regular walks will also help curb any bad habits your Chow Chow may have - being tired is always helpful in preventing bad tendencies!
Setting up a doggy playground in your yard is something your Chow Chow will love. Ramps, tunnels and balls attached to ropes are all fun toys to integrate that will keep your pup busy and entertained.
Chow Chows are an amazing breed of dog. They are strong, protective, fast and smart. While a Chow Chow can be tricky to train, with a little patience and practice, your pup will be able to do almost anything! Gear your training and activities to suit your dog's needs and instinctual desires. Herding, running, playing and hunting are all things that a Chow Chow will love. Get ready to play and teach your furry friend!