How to Train a Chow Chow Puppy to Not Bite

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2-12 Months
Behavior

Introduction

The Chow Chow is one of the oldest breeds known to man. They originated in China as a multi-purpose dog, useful in war, hunting, and at home. With their incredibly fluffy smooth or rough coats, thicker around the ruff to intensify their lion-like appearance, their blue tongue, and wrinkled face, the Chow Chow is one of the most distinctive looking of dogs. They are simultaneously cuddly and intimidating. Chows are reputed to be fiercely loyal and protective of their families, and so it is very important to carefully socialize and train your Chow to be polite with visitors. While all puppies are prone to being mouthy and it is important for all breeds to be taught mouth manners, this is exceptionally important for breeds like the Chow.

Defining Tasks

Puppies, like human babies, explore the world with their mouths, and your Chow pup is no exception. Growing puppies also learn social rules and manners, and controlling their mouths is one of the most important of those rules. Your Chow puppy was taught about bite pressure from her mother and siblings, but she will need to learn an entirely new set of rules now that she is living in a human family. Even if you and your family are amused by your adorable Chow Chow pup's rambunctious play, you will be less happy when your Chow is big and her bites start to hurt. Teach bite inhibition and control now to prevent problems later on.

Getting Started

While your puppy isn't biting you just because she has nothing else to chew on, having plenty of other things to chew on will help her redirect her desire to chew on you. Make sure you have plenty of good chew toys, balls, and tug toys for her to sink her teeth into. Puppies seek out diverse materials, textures, and sizes, so make sure you provide a variety for your Chow. 

Food is the great motivator when it comes to training puppies,  and even if your Chow Chow really wants to nibble on you, she will find restraint when presented with actual yummy food. Make sure you have plenty of good treats available, but be careful that you balance nutrients for your puppy's rapidly growing body.

The Bite the Right Thing Method

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Driven to bite
Chows are an ancient breed, largely used for protection, and some have a powerful bite and protection drive. If your puppy needs an outlet for her bite drive that isn't you, try bitework.
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Bite the sleeve
Teach your Chow Chow to bite a bite sleeve by shaking it and making it enticing to her. Teach her now when a misstep won't matter as much that she is to bite the sleeve and not any other part of your body.
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Earn the sleeve
When your Chow Chow bites the sleeve, let her have it for a time to reward her.
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Name the bite
As your Chow Chow develops focus, give a command for the bite. Make sure it is nothing you would accidentally say. Train until your Chow is waiting patiently for the command to be said.
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Control the bite
Practice having your Chow bite or not bite brave friends wearing the sleeve. With practice you will have control over when your Chow bites and when she doesn't.
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The Ouch! That Hurts Method

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Hands are fun
Play with your Chow puppy with your hands, allowing her to put them in her mouth but being careful not to pull back quickly and trigger her to hold on.
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Ouch, too much!
As soon as your puppy nips too hard and causes you any discomfort, dramatically overplay how much it hurts, yelling "ow!", letting your hand go limp, and pulling back from play.
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Time out
Remove yourself from play, closing a door between you and your puppy if necessary, for only twenty to thirty seconds.
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Go back to play
Go back to playing with your Chow Chow with your hands. As soon as you are uncomfortable, go through the 'ouch' and time out routine again.
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Puppy instigates play
Keep playing, allowing your puppy to draw you into play. If she presentes you with a toy, reward her and play with that. If she wants to play with your hands, be strict. She will soon likely choose to use toys.
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The No Teeth on Flesh Method

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Constant toys
Always have diverse chew and tug toys available, preferably having one on your person or within reach at all times when you are with your Chow.
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Play often
Instigate play with your Chow Chow often, inviting her to play tug or chase with toys.
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React dramatically
If your puppy ever puts teeth on you, either accidentally or on purpose in the midst of play, yell "ouch!", go limp, and remove yourself from play for several seconds.
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Offer a toy
Go back to your Chow, offering a toy playfully. Continue playing as long as she doesn't put teeth on you.
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Test your Chow Chow
Test your Chow's understanding and comitment to not putting teeth on you by presenting your hands while playing tug, so that she has to be careful to grasp the toy instead of you.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers and Success Stories

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Chow chow
Chow Chow
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Chow Chow
7 Weeks

she bite on cloths and feet

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Yvonne, Check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Yelp" method (which you are already essentially doing). BUT at the same time, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method. As soon as pup is good at the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when she attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if she makes a good choice. If she disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told her not to. The order or all of this is very important - the yelp method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Another important part of this is puppy learning bite inhibition. Puppies have to learn while young how to control the pressure of their mouths - this is typically done through play with other puppies. See if there is a puppy class in your area that comes well recommended and has time for moderated off-leash puppy play. If you can't join a class, look for a free puppy play group, or recruit some friends with puppies to come over if you can and create your own group. You are looking for puppies under 6 months of age - since young puppies play differently than adult dogs. Moderate the puppies' play and whenever one pup seems overwhelmed or they are all getting too excited, interrupt their play, let everyone calm down, then let the most timid pup go first to see if they still want to play - if they do, then you can let the other puppies go too when they are waiting for permission. Finding a good puppy class - no class will be ideal but here's what to shoot for: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/puppy-classes-when-to-start/ When pup gets especially wound up, she probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help her calm down and rest. Finally, check out the PDF e-book downloads found on this website, written by one of the founders of the association of professional dog trainers, and a pioneer in starting puppy kindergarten classes in the USA. Click on the pictures of the puppies to download the PDF books: https://www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads/ Know that mouthiness at this age is completely normal. It's not fun but it is normal for it to take some time for a puppy to learn self-control well enough to stop. Try not to get discouraged if you don't see instant progress, any progress and moving in the right direction in this area is good, so keep working at it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Chow Chow
7 Months
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Simba
Chow Chow
7 Months

Be keeps biting his hind quarter sometimes both sides this has only happened since he starting to shed his puppy fur but hes pulling at it

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Steve, If he is used to being handled try parting the fur and see if there is a hot spot (red or inflamed area) or if his fur is tangled there (somethings knots will form and pull and be uncomfortable while shedding). If there is inflammation and redness, then a trip to your vet is needed to see if there is a fungal or bacterial infection or simply buy medicated shampoo - I am not a vet so your vet can evaluate. If there is a knot, then a trip to the groomers is needed or you can try to carefully get the knots and extra fur bunched up out yourself. If it is irritated he may need to wear a cone for a bit while it heals to keep him from biting at it and making it worse. If he is not on flea or tick medication, then check for fleas or ticks. Fleas will also leave little black dots smaller than grains of sand behind - You can wet a white paper towel and rub it over a furless area like his belly and see if you pick up any black dots - when the dots get wet they will typically turn red-ish if it's from fleas - it is the digested blood that they eat dried. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Moose
Chow Chow
9 Weeks
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Chow Chow
9 Weeks

We went to pick the dog up from the breeder. The breeder wanted to meet in a parking lot so when the breeder gave us the dog I put a leash on him and wanted to take him over to a grassy area so he could pee before the car ride home. When I put him down he hide under the car. The breeder was able to cox him out but when I tried to pick him up he snarled and bite my hand. I sat with him a while and went very slow but was able to pick him up. The whole car ride home I was able to pet him and he was good. But now he growls at everyone in the house and still snaps a people when they get close. What should I do?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question. Did you meet Moose before you decided to take him? It is unusual that a breeder would want to meet in a parking lot and not at the kennel; this type of introduction could be intimidating to a young pup and maybe a bit scary, too. That may explain the bite. The fact that Moose growls and bites at everyone sounds like he may not have been socialized well. I would contact a trainer in your area used to dealing with fearful and aggressive dogs (Moose may be reacting out of fear). The trainer can help Moose learn that people are nice and meant to be his friends. Take Moose out for walks often in the meantime so that he can bond with you. When in the house, let him come to you and give him treats when he does to encourage interaction. Do not punish him for his behavior; instead, give him love and assurance. But, a professional trainer is needed. Good luck!

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Chow Chow
2 Months
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Sansan
Chow Chow
2 Months

My dog keeps on biting my hands and arms. I bought him a toy and a chew bone but he don’t play with them. He keeps on biting someone’s hand/feet. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have any idea how to tame chow chow. It’s my first time to have a chow chow. Thank you

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Bella
Chow Chow
2 Months
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Bella
Chow Chow
2 Months

This is my first time owning a dog , so I don’t have experience in training a dog. I have problems with her sleeping at night , I don’t like her to sleep with me in my room but at some point she cannot stay alone in the living room and sleep there, and whenever someone is going to their rooms she follows them so how exactly am I going to make her know that this is where she should sleep ?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! If you haven't already, you may want to get her a crate, or at the least, a dog bed that is specifically her own. She likely won't sleep through the night for another month or so because of her age, but the crate will keep her confined and it will give her her own space. Dogs are denning animals and they prefer to have a space of their own. When left to wander and roam, their anxiety can sometimes increase. A crate also aids in potty training as they USUALLY won't eliminate in their sleeping space unless it is an emergency.

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