Training and behavior topics, guidelines, and tips for Chow Chows.
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I adopted my Chow Chow, Rusty, at age 6. I have had him for 4 months. He is displaying sudden aggression towards a roommate, a person who he has shared the house with for the last four months. Outside of of this recent aggression he has not shown any aggression in my time having him. When I adopted him it was from his former owner who had him since he was a puppy, the former owner moved in with his girlfriend who had three kids, one of them was with a mental disability and constantly pulled hair and cornered the dog, after a week of this Rusty eventually nipped at the child. This is were I came in to give the dog a child-free home. A little about Rusty... he is well mannered although stand-offish. He doesn't like to be fussed over and tends to walk away from attention being given. He tolerates and even seems to enjoy my attention but it has been a long bonding process. I had never seen him be aggressive until this week, he has always been very passive with other dogs, people and situations... very easy-going. The other day a butter wrapper fell on the floor and Rusty found it, I saw my roommate try to yank it out of his mouth and asked him to not do that and I would handle it, the roommate continued to wrestle the wrapper from Rusty's mouth regardless, I pleaded with him (calmly) to stop but this continued for about 15 seconds, at the end Rusty nipped at him. The problem now is that Rusty has approached him and nipped two more times: One time when he was eating and the roommate passed by and then again tonight when the roommate was breaking down a pizza box. The roommate started yelling at me and I had to diffuse the situation quickly because I was not how sure Rusty would respond to the yelling. I am not sure how to correct this behavior and fast, I am not at all pleased by this new behavior. Please help!
Hi, I'm not an expert but I will try to help as much as I can. One thing about chow chow is that they are one owner type of dogs. It is possible that he feels threatened by your roommate as if he thinks your roommate is trying to take his spot. My dog,Sky, does not care for my brother even though when he was younger he was more attached to my brother. It may be a good idea to let your roommate take over responsibilities such as feeding, bathing, etc. so your chow can see that he also has authority. Another idea may be to find something he really really likes and when he growls or nips at your roommate, tie him up and turn your back towards him. Show him no attention. After a while he should come around if you follow these things and when he does come around to your roommate, reward him for the smallest things. Like if your roommate rubs on him and he does act out, give him a treat. Hopefully he comes around but like I said they are one person dogs. Some dogs are just very loyal like that. If I find or think of some more tips, I will let you know . Hope I helped. LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES!!!
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