A chow chow puppy with all of its dense fur often resembles a teddy bear more than a canine. While the is a loving breed, it isn't as eager to please its master as is the loyalest of loyalists, the golden retriever. For the sake of a long and mutually satisfying relationship, it is essential that the humans involved with a chow chow set parameters early in the puppy's life and remain firm, yet gentle, in training the young canine to obey. Doing so will increase the possibility that your chow chow puppy will grow into a loyal family dog eager to guard its home.
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Give unending amounts of love to your chow chow puppy by petting, holding and snuggling him or her during the time period of adjusting to the new home. Speak gently and reassure the young canine that this is where he or she now belongs.
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Establish a relationship with a reputable veterinarian if you don't already have one. Securing proper veterinary care in the form of vaccinations, worming and professional advice regarding spay and neuter options ensures your puppy's future health.
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Provide food and water at regular intervals three times per day to keep your puppy from going hungry or getting too thirsty. Select puppy-specific food that contains an adequate amount of protein to aid the puppy in its growth.
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Walk your chow chow puppy daily. Play games with your puppy to help increase its physical stamina.
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Brush your chow chow puppy's thick fur every day to reduce the occurrence of tangles and matting. Regular grooming sessions also provide the puppy with the extra attention young canines crave.
Learn more about the care of your chow chow puppy and its transition to adulthood by reading breed specific information in books or online or consulting with your veterinary professional.
- Use a shampoo specificially manufactured for puppies.
- Always approach your chow chow puppy from the front of its head: The chow chow breed has a highly limited peripheral vision and can become aggressive if unnecessarily frightened.
- Excessively bathing a chow chow puppy dries out its sensitive skin.
Amy M. Armstrong is a former community news journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing features and covering school districts. She has received more than 40 awards for excellence in journalism and photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Washington State University. Armstrong grew up on a dairy farm in western Washington and wrote agricultural news while in college.