My 9 month Old Chow starting to nip at strangers
Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:56 am
Hi! I need help. I recently moved in the past three months from NC to FL. My chow chow, Aleppo (Po) came with me on the move. He's nothing but a goofy, fun-loving pet that every member of my family enjoys. He has a particularly high level of respect for me but does not necessarily always listen to everyone in my family although usually not in a harmful or menacing way. When I am away, apparently Po is not this way. He sometimes nips when others try to brush him or pet him in certain ways. This has gotten better over time but still persists especially with new people or strangers. I have never seen or heard of him showing teeth, growling or anything besides a quick snap but I am concerned this will progress. Today he nipped at the groomers even and was immediately returned back to me. I feel confident in Po when I am around but my family is not as supportive and helpful with the dog, and is not willing to help train him. Unfortunately I learned for work I will be doing a few months in the UK. This would mean he would be staying with my family for months without me. I am hiring a trainer to correct the behavior and (maybe even get him service dog trained) but I am concerned it will be the same problem, where he is fine with me but not with others. I am conflicted if I should invest in this or should I make moves to rehome Po to a more active and supportive master?