I need some advice

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Registered: 03-27-2003
I need some advice
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 4:52am
My German Shep./Chow mixed use to listen to me all the time.. and lately he won't listen when I tell him to sit he ignores me. When its time to brush him he runs to DH hoping I won't brush him. His name is Shi-Thead sometimes my DH calls him the way its spelled but his name is pronounced Shia-Thead. I use to have the problem with my pit mixed named Browny, Now Browny is the one listening and Shi-Thead don't anyone have any advice on it?

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:27am

Hi Jammie...well, perhaps you should do a bit of one-on-one training with Shi-Thead. Something is distracting him from obeying your commands...and this should not be. I would definitely have some "re-training" classes so you're "sure" that you'll be obeyed when necessary.

Good luck and please let us know how things are going.




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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:53am
I absolutely agree with Laura - you need to take that big boy out for some one on one training to re-establish the chain of command. I know that GSD and Chows are known for being one owner dogs but if he has listened to you in the past and all of a sudden has decided he doesn't have to, well, he should think again. As I say to my pups, "I am the alpha bitch in this pack and don't you forget it!" That has worked well with Casey and Eddy, but, alas, my beloved furangel Harry would just ignore me and hop up on the sofa for a snooze. That was okay, cause he never did anything wrong LOL!

Anyway, spend some time with this fella, re-establish your bond with him. ALthough most people do not believe that dogs can have human emotions, perhaps he is playing favorites with your dh cause the brushing is easier or lighter or he gets a treat, or something is in it for him.

I'm sure he's a good boy, he's just testing you and your limits.

Let us know how it goes - we'll be interested in hearing of your progress.

Love and laughter,


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 1:55pm
Your dog is part Chow - they are famous for not listening. Its one of their traits. Owning a Chow or Chow mix is a real challenge, and most people shouldn't even try it. They are extremely stubborn and obstinate. Take him to obedience school, but this is still no guarantee, since training a Chow is easily twenty times harder than training say, a German Shepherd. With that in mind, be firm and consistent. Don't let him get away with ignoring you. Keep a leash on him at all times if you have to, but be sure to follow thru and reinforce all your commands, or you will just encourage him to disrespect you. Good luck - you'll need it!


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:05pm
*WELCOME* to the board, Jammie!!! I've nothing to add to the great suggestions everyone else has given you, but please do let us know how things are working out for you, okay? Pooch smooches for the furkids!

Hugs, *C*, Mr. Higgins, Mandy, and Bob

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:26pm
I sounds like everyone has some really good advice. As an owner of a Shepherd/ Chow mix myself, I totally know what you are going through. Sadie was really difficult to train and still is really stubborn at 10.5 years old. What really worked was the one-on-one positive reinforcement training. I took her out in the yard by herself 3 or 4 times a weeks and just went through the basics reinforcing her good behaviors with little treats. Sadie enjoys the personal attention and I can tell she is happier. What is really cool is that she is almost 11 years old and learning new tricks. Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks.

Good Luck,

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 4:31pm
I agree with Randi -- it sounds like the Chow is coming out in your dog. Don't let it worry you, though. It's not really all that tough to deal with.

You just have to accept the fact that Chows are often very *independent* -- some people would say "stubborn" -- usually they will listen while they are young, but then the day comes when they just say "i've had enough -- i'm making my own decisions now!" It's kind of like raising kids.

Dog training classes are a VERY good idea -- just don't expect your dog to be the star pupil. The classes, though, will help re-establish the bond between you and your dog, and if you're consistant and firm with him, you will establish yourself as the alpha-dog, and that's exactly where you want to be.

I also have a Chow/Shep. mix -- she's wonderful! This is my favorite pic of her: http://pages.ivillage.com/thelighthouse/Dogs/Cosmo/Images/cosmo.gif

Good luck!


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Registered: 03-31-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 5:31pm
how old is the dog?
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 3:12am
He will be three in Aug.

thelighthouse she is adorable..

here is a picture of mine and my pit mixed


Thanks for all the advice everyone.

Oh yea Browny and Shi-Thead learned to open the front door so know we have a chain lock on it. The actually jumped up and turned the knob.


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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 5:46am
Well three is young so there goes my other idea... but is he fixed?