Adopting the Right Dog Breed

There are several things that you should do when you are looking at finding the right dog breed. It is very important that you find the right breed, because this is going to be the best way for you to be successful at dog breeding.

First of all, when you are looking for the right dog breed, you want to be sure that you find out as much information about the breeds that you are considering as possible. This information will help you make a good decision when it comes to the type of dogs that you want to breed.

The first thing to think about is whether or not you would like to breed purebred dogs. This is something to think carefully about. Some dogs, like golden retrievers and labs, can be bred with dogs that aren’t pedigreed. You might want to do this because you like the type of dog that you have and because you feel that others might like those dogs as well. In this case, you’d be looking for two dogs that you want to breed, but you wouldn’t be as concerned about the pedigrees as you would if you were looking for purebred dogs.

Breeding dogs that aren’t purebreds can be very had to do, however, because you don’t have the right information about the dogs and about what they might be like. Therefore, deciding to breed purebred dogs can actually be better because you will be able to look at their lineages, and make sure that you are breeding a pair that is going to produce good puppies.

You also want to think about the sizes of the dogs that you want to be breeding. You should be looking at a size that is compatible for you. Remember that the best breeders keep their dogs in the house with them – breeding dogs should not be kept outside and should not be kept in kennels or runs. So, you want to decide on a breed that is going to be best for your home life. For instance, if you have a small home, breeding small dogs is probably better. If you have a large home with lots of room for bigger dogs, you can consider breeding bigger dogs.

Once you’ve decided on a breed of dogs, go ahead and do some research so that you can discover all of the fine points about the dog that you have chosen. You want to look at what breeders are currently breeding for with particular type of dog, and you want to see what types of things breeders are attempting to breed out.

Also, you’ll want to think about things like temperament ,and about making sure that the dogs you are breeding have the right temperament. Look to see if the breed is good with children and other animals. And listen in on some of the online discussions about breeding your particular type of dog. You want to make sure that you are getting into a breeding program that fits your needs – and one where the people are going to be ready and willing to help you a long a little bit. This is very important because it will give you a chance to make sure that you are doing the right thing. 

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

Exploring and Learning Breed Standards

In order to do a breeding plan in the correct manner, something that you are going to have to do is to develop an idea about the breed standards that you are looking at and how to apply them to your own dogs.
Looking at breeding standards is a very important way for you to make sure that you are having a responsible breeding program. All of the breeds that exist that are either UKC registered or AKC registered are going to have breed standards that have been developed.
The standards have been developed for each breed by the people who register them and who have bred them for many years. Therefore, these are the standards that are going to be important to you when it comes to making sure that you have been doing the right things in your program.
If you cannot find UKC or AKC breeding standards for your dogs, you might need to look in other areas for the breeding standards. There should be information from the UKC and AKC for those types of dogs. If you are going to be breeding a type of dog that does not have either UKC or AKC standards, you should look for the associations for that breed that you can find in your home country. The associations will help you find the breeding standards.

Once you have the breeding standards, you need to study them carefully. It is going to be important for you to make sure that you know exactly what types of things that you should be looking for when it comes to the dogs that you will be breeding.

The breed standards will talk about physical attributes that you are going to be looking for, and that are important to the breed. This might include a certain color pattern, and a certain idea about the specific markings that the dogs should have. It also should include the ways in which you are going to be looking at things like ear shape, eye shape, and even colors of eyes and coat length.

The breed standards will also contain ideas about gait – which is to say, how dogs that conform correctly to that breed walk and move their body. This is important for you to watch for you in your own dogs.

Breed standards will have both things that you should be looking for when you are breeding the dogs that you want to keep in the breed, and things that you are looking for when you are breeding that you want to keep out of the breed. You should be looking for all of these things when you focus on the breeding standards, because this will help you make sure that you are breeding correctly.

Get a copy of the breed standards and study it, well before you even bring home your breeding stock. This will help you make sure that you know what you are looking for.

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

A Responsible Dog Breeder

A responsible dog breeder will have a questionnaire for potential owners, and will also have a waiting list for them. This helps you to provide yourself with a good idea of what owners will be like and it allows you to approve them even before you have puppies.

If you haven’t already done so ,while you are waiting for your breeding stock to mature and be ready for breeding, it is a good time to develop a web page that you can use to find homes for your puppies. On the page, you should have information about who you are and what you are going to accomplish through breeding. You should also have a questionnaire.

This should be a series of questions that you will ask a potential owner to fill out. This is important to do, because you will want to place your puppies in a good home, not just the home that will pay the most for them. Therefore, something that you need to do is make questions that potential owners will fill out.
Remember if someone doesn’t want to take the time to fill out the questionnaire about what kind of home they would provide, they aren’t going to take the time to provide your puppy with a good home, either. There are some great questions that you should ask on your questionnaire, so that you know for sure what type of home your puppy will have. Here are some sample questions to get you started.

  • What is your personal information?
  • What type of home do you have for your new puppy?
  • What do you want to get from your new puppy?
  • Have you read the breed standards?
  • What types of things are important for your puppy to have?
  • Do you want a male or female?
  • Do you plan on breeding your puppy?
  • Do you plan on showing your puppy?
  • Where will your puppy sleep?
  • What food will your puppy eat?
  • Who will be responsible for taking care of your puppy?
  • What type of life will your new puppy have?
  • Will your puppy have an area in your home that is just for them?
  • Will your puppy get enough exercise?
  • Do you have children or do you intend to have them?
  • Will you teach your children about the responsibilities of having a dog?
  • Will you make sure that your children treat your puppy correctly?
  • What will you do with your puppy while you are at work?
  • Do you have a fenced in yard for your puppy to run in?
  • What type of exercise will your puppy get?
  • What type of training are you going to have for your new puppy?
  • What will happen to your puppy if you are no longer able to take care of him?
  • Would you allow us to come to your home and see where your puppy will be living?
  • Do you plan on sticking to the breed standards for raising your puppy?
  • What dogs have you owned in the past, and have you been happy with the breeds?
  • Which dogs were you not happy with and why?
  • Why do you want to own one of our puppies?
  • What do you expect a puppy to provide you with?
  • What will you give to your new puppy?

Providing a list of questions to your new owners will let them know what type of home you expect the new puppy to have. This is going to be important because it will help you see what type of people are applying to own your puppy. If they fill out the questions and send it back to you, you know that they are going to be responsible because they have taken the time to fill out the answers to the questions. You can also get a good idea of the type of home that they will provide and then you can approve them.

Once you have the questionnaire, you can begin to allow people to fill it out and

place them on waiting lists for your puppies. These should be lists that you will contact every so often. When you have a litter of puppies, you can allow people on the waiting list to have first pick at the puppies.  

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

Is The Golden Retriever The Right Companion Dog?

Most people looking for a new Golden Retriever don’t want a hunting dog or show dog, just a new best friend. The most common places they look are newspaper ads, friends, pet stores, hobby breeders, and rescue organizations. Out of these, the best choices for finding good dogs are hobby breeders and rescue groups.

Hobby breeders are people who have made producing superb Golden Retrievers a main priority in their lives. Their dogs have usually proven themselves in some form of competition and hobby breeders will also have screened their breeding stock for hereditary health problems. In doing so, these breeders have probably spent far more money than they could ever hope to earn, even by charging somewhat more for their pups. Despite their efforts, not every pup will turn out to be competition quality. These “pet-quality” pups still need good homes, and are usually made available for a very reasonable fee. A good breeder will screen prospective owners no less carefully than they would for their other dogs. It’s important to note however, that a dog bred from obedience or field lines may be more energetic than the average family can handle.

Hobby breeders can sometimes be hard to find as most do not advertise in the paper. A good place to start looking is the Golden Retriever Club of America. You can also look in dog magazines or at kennel pages on the Web. Joining a Golden Retriever discussion group on the Internet is a good way to let breeders know you are looking. Try to visit prospective breeders personally to see for yourself how puppies and adults act and look, as well as how puppies are being raised.
When many people set out to look for a dog, they only consider a puppy. Sure puppies are fun and cute, but a puppy is a lot like a baby; you always have to be there to walk, feed, supervise and clean them. If you are usually away from home for several hours at a time, or you desire a competition or breeding quality dog, an older puppy or adult Golden may be a better choice.

Breeders may have adult dogs available that would love the chance to live life as a pampered pet. Breeders may have adults that simply didn’t win as much in the ring as desired. Breeders may also be helping to place a dog for a family that can no longer keep it through no fault of the dog’s. Such dogs are often already housebroken and obedience trained. Goldens are very adaptable and easily fit in with a new family.

Rescued Goldens come in all kinds and have a variety of histories. However, the typical Golden rescue is a young adult whose human family found out they weren’t up to

Before adopting a rescue dog, find out as much as you can about its background, the reason it was given up, how it relates to men, women, children, and other pets, and any temperament or health problems it may have. You may feel badly for looking at a dog in need so critically, but you wouldn’t be doing the dog any favor if you cannot cope with it any better than its previous owners could. Good rescue groups will carefully match potential adoptees with their new homes. 

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

Adopting Your Chow Chow

You’ve asked a few friends and Chow Chow owners about the temperament and ease of looking after a pet of this breed, and you’ve received many encouraging replies.

Now, you feel encouraged to look out only for a Chow Chow. So, where do you go looking for one and how do you go about it? Let’s find out.

First, do not contemplate buying a pet from a pet store or wherever else you cannot easily see the parents of the pup before buying it. It would be in your interests to visit a good kennel where you can request to see the breeds available and then decide.

On this basis, you can make an informed choice of a good pup by just spending a little more on finding out the dog’s background, if he is in conformity with the breed standard and if he is predisposed to any diseases. This information can save you not just a lot of future grief but paying out huge vet bills too.

Characteristics of this breed:

Your pet Chow Chow could be either highly energetic or just plain placid. Chow Chows are also known to be hardheaded, obstinate, serious and introverted as also loving, good-natured and loyal.

In your pet, you could also find these traits:

1. He resembles a teddy bear and therefore comes across as cuddly and cute.

2. Stands proudly with a confident stature.

3. Is a reliable and fearsome watchdog.

4. Is inherently clean and easily housebroken.

5. Is well mannered and quiet.

6. Needs moderate exercise but must be groomed regularly Though these are the general qualities of a Chow Chow, it is equally true that you can never be sure what your pup will grow up to be like. This is because many purebred pups do not grow up conforming to the standard.

7. Why not to buy a Chow Chow: On the flip side, there are certain reasons why you might not want to take in a Chow Chow, such as:

8. He is overly suspicious or openly aggressive when unsocialized.

9. He has an aggressive streak that extends to other pets too.

10. He is very strong-willed and determined and resists being nagged. For this reason, he must be handled by an experienced and confident owner who can be the dominant partner without having to use force

11. He needs regular grooming that includes brushing and combing, particularly if he is the rough coat variety.

12. He sheds a lot.

13. He will suffer from health-related problems.

14. He has such an independent streak in him that it can result stubbornness and disobedience to his master.

15. He could also be very jealous of either your new baby or other pets, whether older than him or younger.

16. They are also known to kill small animals such as cats and rodents, often leaving a dead mouse at your door more for sport than your safety.

17. They are sometimes difficult to train. They are therefore not recommended if you are a first time pet owner or are not in a position or do not want to show your dog who is the boss.

Where you can safely buy your Chow Chow: Though there are three avenues of buying purebred pups—the pet shop, the casual or backyard breeder and the hobby breeder, perhaps the worst of them all is the pet shop.

Here, dogs are bred unselectively, often sold in wholesale lots to pet stores. They are kept caged until sold, often unsocialized, unloved and unhappy. So, it’s not surprising that they are just not right for homes, since they lack in temperament, socialization and health.

It stands to reason that if a pup has a bad beginning with a commercial breeder of this caliber, he stands a very slim chance of growing into a healthy, well-adjusted and beautiful pet. So, when you go out to select a pup, think with your head rather than your heart.

If you choose to think with the latter, you will end up buying that sad little pup who’s caged up. But for reasons mentioned above, it will be the wrong choice for you. And in any case, a greedy breeder will continue to breed more and more pups to replace him.

1. The backyard breeder: Typically, your backyard breeder buys a female of a particular breed from a pet shop on the proprietor’s assurance that a year down the line, he can safely breed her, sell the resulting pups and make back his investment on her.

A match is then made between her and the male down the street, whose owner has the same attitude to his male as the breeder has to his female—o make back his purchase price. Soon, the female gives birth to a litter of pups and though can be registered by the AKC, are of no greater quality than their parents.

This is because neither party cared to go into the physical and genetic history and makeup of each partner. When the litter was born, no care was given to the new mother and her pups and later the breeder was unmindful of giving any care and attention to socializing, training or Instead, further damage to these pups was done when the breeder weaned them earlier than usual, thereby depriving them of the necessary bonding with their mother, only to be sold as fast as possible so he could make back his investment in the mother.

2. The serious breeder: Instead of buying from an ignorant and heartless buyer, you should really seek out a committed, and serious breeder or exhibitor. Such breeders invest many, many hours studying pedigrees and lineage, evaluating and observing their dogs for faults and virtues, and all the time giving them their love, care and attention.

When you see these breeders with their dogs at dog shows, you can see the fruits of their labor. Breeders work very hard grooming and training their pups before they can be sold to good homes. It would therefore be well worth asking him about practical realities of buying a particular breed that you have in mind. So, ask him if the breed you’re considering is high on vet’s bills, how long it takes to look after newborns, how much time he spends with potential buyers, whether it costs much to groom, train and socialize them before they are quality dogs.

3. The hobby breeder: This breeder breeds dogs as a hobby and not for commercial gain. He is a very responsible breeder whose only interests are to produce the ideal dog of their breed and to show dogs—n fact, his dogs are his pets and show dogs. Often his kennels include the couch or bed. He works hard to breed only the best without any worry about time, research, money and effort spent. You can depend on him to do the genetic screening for any medical problems in their breed, spay or neuter the dog. Such a breeder is committed to every dog he produces. He sells only by referral. conditioning the new pups.

4. Where to avoid buying a pup from: If pups are being sold at flea markets, roadside stands, motel rooms and pet shops, these are the worst places to buy from as unscrupulous breeders who produce pups in large numbers sell their litters here for a quick buck.

To them, the only breeding prerequisite is that the sire and dam have AKC papers. They don’t care about the quality, health or temperament of the pup. Commercial breeders produce in large numbers and sell the weakest of the lot to these roadside sellers at a cheap price.

5. Locating a good breeder: An experienced and reputable breeder is the best person to give you a good quality puppy. He should be able to show you his stock from which you can choose and can also suggest a dog to suit your needs and lifestyle. Breeding quality dogs is a tough job, not possible by just anyone at all. It needs hands-on knowledge gleaned by constant exposure to breeders at dog shows.

You can contact these breeders from a catalog brought out by the AKC. The Chow Chow Club Inc., the national Chow breed club, also brings out a magazine titled “Chow Life” which is an excellent source of reputable breeders.

A good breeder doesn’t produce in large numbers, so you will have to wait for a puppy. He will ask you a lot of questions to make sure you are the right person to take a pup from him. In turn, you too must ask him a lot of questions.

6. What to ask the breeder: When you go to look at puppies, ask him the following questions:

1. Does he have a pedigree for the puppy?

2. Have the parents of the pup been X-rayed for Hip Dysplasia?

3. Does the pup suffer from entropion?

4. What guarantees does he offer? What happens if your pup doesn’t turn out according to the guarantee? Can he be replaced or will your money be returned?

5. Are the sire and dam available for you to see?

6. Does he have the AKC registration papers to show you?

7. Do his pups come with AKC registration?

8. Does he own the parents of this pup or at least one of them?

9. Where were the parents or mother bought?

10. Which vaccinations has he been given? Is he checked for worms?

11. What does he eat? What is he allergic to?

12. Since when has he been breeding Chow Chows?

13. How many litters does he produce every year?

14. Does he offer a health guarantee?

15. Is he affiliated to any regional or national dog clubs?

16. How much does he charge for this one?

17. What health tests have been done on BOTH parents of the litter?

18. What temperament testing and socialization have been done?

19. What goals do the breeder have with the breeding program and how does the breeder go about to achieve this?

20. What does the breeder feel are the strengths and weaknesses in the breed and the breeder’s program?

21. What type of contract does the breeder have for pet or show puppies?

22. How many champions has he finished?

23. How many champions has he bred?

24. Is either parent of the puppy a champion? Or his grandparents? If so, are there AKC championship certificates or photographs to prove this?

How to choose your pup: Ensure that you see at least one show quality litter before you buy. Once you have seen a good litter, you will make a better choice, because you will know the difference between these puppies and an ill-bred one.

When you ring to ask about a litter, ask as many questions as you can over the phone. If you find the answers not forthcoming, you know he isn’t knowledgeable and you can reconsider going over to him. Arrange to see about five to 10 litters before buying. First, look at the adults, as well as the puppies.

Reputable breeders do not sell puppies under eight weeks old. They must be free of parasites and should be kept clean and in hygienic surroundings. They should have their first series of shots. Do not pick up a pup from filthy surroundings or it will develop parasite problems.

See if your pup is alert and active but not vicious. He should not have a runny nose nor should his tongue be bluish. Does he have a short wide muzzle, heavy bone and broad chest and big body. Now, set him down and make him walk. If he moves about freely, he’s on.

If you select a quality Chow Chow, it means that he conforms to the standard recognized by the AKC. Ask the breeder to tell you the differences between show puppies and good pet quality puppies.

1 Understanding the breeder’s lingo: If you can’t understand typical jargon, communicating with your breeder will be very difficult. So, get the lowdown on what he means when he says the following:

Show potential: To be of show quality, your pup must pass a basic orthopedic examination at age 10-12 weeks. He should also have excellent breed type and that something extra that sets him off as different from all the other entrants.

Breeding quality: These pups, though essentially the same as the show type, rarely ever have that something extra that judges are looking for.

Pet quality: Healthy and beautiful, these pups may have a small flaw in them which renders them unfit for breeding or showing, for instance, a bad bite, etc.

Finding a new home for your pet: You were starry-eyed about bringing your Chow Chow home and you never thought you’d have to give him up so easily. But even if you can’t keep him, you’d still like to do your best by him. So, how about making the right future choices for him?

Bear in mind that your dog is still your responsibility. Even now he depends on you to look after him. So, even if it takes all your time, effort and patience to find him a good home, you deserve to do your best for him.

2. How to find him a new home: Consider sending your pup to any one of the following:

Animal shelters: Shelters and humane societies are meant to care for unloved and abused animals. They certainly aren’t a place where you can offload your unwanted pets. Though they admit about 100 pets each day, few of them ever leave the shelter to go to a good home. So, where does that leave your pet?

Even if your pet is a purebred, that doesn’t mean he will be the preferred choice of a prospective buyer. Besides, the reputation your Chow Chow enjoys is a deterrent since many people are frightened of Chow Chows. So, some shelters won’t put them up for adoption. Then, if he’s old, he has slimmer chances of being adopted.

3. “No-kill” shelters and breed rescue services: No one ever wants to see their pet being killed, so they don’t admit many pets. But breed rescue services are small, private groups run by volunteers who are dedicated to a particular breed. Their services are expensive and they are so much in demand that they too cannot accept every dog that comes their way.

But it can help by placing your pet by giving you referrals of people interested in your pet’s breed. Follow this advice if you want success. 

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited. 

Socializing Your Chow Chow


Socializing your pup isn’t something you do one fine day and then not again till you get the urge. It is an on-going process that begins when you bring your pup home and ends with his death.

To begin the process, right from the time you take him home, encourage visitors to come over and visit you and your new Chow Chow. Ideally, these people must belong to different races and cultures, be in different age groups and to both sexes. Let him go forward and be friendly, and respond to your friends’ toys, treats and gestures.

Once the vet certifies he is well and healthy, take him out with you on errands. When you meet a friend, let the person hold him or give him his time, attention and a treat. Your “dog friendly” friends could be good for such occasions. Socializing him means taking him out to as many places as possible so that his breadth of experience is wider and he mixes with people better.

So, take him to the convenience store, park, supermarket, mall or playground, hang around for a while till he soaks in the environment.

If, however, you don’t socialize your Chow Chow for some time, he will go back into his earlier unsocialized state and turn his earlier shy self. Immediately resume the socialization process with him. You’d know he’s regressing if he tucks his tail behind him when he sees a stranger or barks while backing off.

Socializing your pup:

Pups need a lot of positive experiences to become confident and well adjusted adults. This is why they need to be exposed to a variety of people, dogs, children and people and to sights, sounds and smells.

Adjusting to people:

Your dog is a part of your family comprising human beings, so it is necessary he get along with people. He needs to be in the company of a lot of people and earn praise or rewards for good behavior from them in order to be well behaved.

To do this:

1. Ask your friends over to meet and play with your Chow Chow. Make them crouch down and meet him at eye level.

2. Ask your kids or the neighbor’s kids to come in and play with him, if they know how to be gentle with him. If a pup doesn’t know what it means to be with a kid, he can be aggressive towards them when they’re older.

3. If kids run around squealing and shouting, it sets off prey instincts in dogs if they are not familiar with them.

4. Gently but firmly correct bad behavior right from the start.

5. Gelling with other dogs: If dogs cannot speak the way we do, they have their own means of communication—hrough body posture, facial expressions and vocalization, they get across their message of fear, anger, aggression, submission or playfulness.

If he learns canine language, he will be able to put his feelings across effectively but if raised in isolation, he may misinterpret cues from other dogs or send wrong signals that will result in anger in other animals.

Like us, they too must learn acceptable norms of behavior such as when not to nip a friend or when to jump on Mom and when not to. So, from play behavior too, they learn to live by the code of their society. How is your Chow Chow with other pets?

For many dogs, getting along with other house pets is more of a problem than dealing with other dogs. So, if you have small animals beware, since hamsters or rabbits elicit prey instincts in dogs. Fortunately, cats and larger pets aren’t at that much of risk.

If you have a multi-pet home, introduce your pets to your pup at an early age. Supervise them when they are together, and reward them with praise or treats when they behave well with your pup. When dogs and cats are raised together, the former usually accept cats.

But considering your Chow Chow has strong hunting instincts, any cats in the house are in danger.

Why is your Chow Chow shy?

Your Chow Chow may be shy if:

1. One of his parents is shy: Shyness in dogs is a dominant genetic trait. So, if one parent is shy, half the litter will also be so.

2. He’s badly socialized: Your pup should ideally be socialized between the ages of five and 12 weeks of age. If they are left unsocialized, they are probably timid and need a lot more effort to be well adjusted.

How to deal with shy dogs:

Two winning techniques to deal with such dogs are: the flooding technique and desensitization and counter-conditioning.

Flooding involves exposing the dog to a frightening situation until he is no longer scared of it.

Desensitization and counter-conditioning refers to gradually exposing the dog to the stimulus that brings on fear in a low-intensity form so that he doesn’t get frightened. By counter-conditioning, we mean that you add a reward when he proves he’s no longer scared. As he shows his confidence, gradually increase the intensity of the stimulus without bringing on fearful behavior.

3 Socializing shy dogs:

1. Ensure he’s healthy since shyness can also be due to poor eyesight or hypothyroidism.

2. List all the things that your pet is scared of before you begin training and rank them.

3. Teach him to stay in a relaxed posture, perhaps the sit-stay.

4. Next, introduce him to the situation he’s least scared of and gradually go high up in the list you made in Step 2 till you reach the highest. Ask a friend to train your dog. Put him in a sit-stay position and ask your friend to stand at some distance from him. If his presence affects your pet, the latter will begin to show signs of concern such as sneezing, hyperventilating, shaking, panting, etc. But if he isn’t concerned, he will sit in a relaxed posture. Repeat this till you’re sure he isn’t frightened of anyone.

5. Spaying and neutering your pup: If you don’t intend breeding your pup, it’s best you spay or alter him. Ask your vet the best age at which he can be spayed or altered, but usually it’s after he reaches sexual maturity.

There are many reasons why spaying or altering is considered a good idea. First, an accidental pregnancy could lead to unwanted litters that endanger the mother’s health. It also prevents the outbreak of female diseases such as pyometra. Besides, male dogs are easier to manage if neutered.

By selectively breeding the Chow Chow breed and producing only the best and the healthiest alone can you do a great service to this wonderful breed. 

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited.

Should You Adopt This Personal Protection Dog?

Mackie writes: “My good friend who is a dog trainer offered me his 5 year old Belgian Malinois for adoption. He is trained as a protection dog so he can guard his master, bite on command, release the bite on command, stay until released and others. He has a trophy as third placer in Level 1 protection in a protection dog competition. I have two dogs at present: A one year-old and a nine month-old Labrador… both are females, obedience trained and not neutered.

I would like to adopt him and I know I can take care of him. Will he accept me after being my friend’s favorite dog for 5 years? My friend assured me that he can transfer the loyalty of the dog to me. He is a fierce dog when in competition but a very quiet dog when outside the training ring. In fact my friend brings the dog with him all the time and I know of several occasions that the dog is off leash. He is giving him up because he wants to replace him with a younger dog.

Should I take him up on his offer? ”

Dear Mackie:

Yes… the dog will transfer his loyalty to you.

Here are two major issues you should consider before adopting this dog:

1.)      The Belgian Malinois (especially one that is bred and trained for bite work and protection dog sports) will require a lot of work ON YOUR PART to learn how to handle this dog. You’re going to need a lot of training… one-on-one style… to successfully integrate this dog into your life. It’s like driving a Ferrari or a race car. The car already runs great, but if you don’t learn the right way to drive it, you’ll end up killing yourself. And just because you already know how to drive a Subaru doesn’t cut it… we’re talking Ferrari, here. And the Belgian Malinois is a Ferrari with the tricked out Turbo engine.

2.)       The breed is an extremely HIGH DRIVE breed. This dog needs TONS of exercise and mental stimulation. TONS. Please take the time to recognize that adopting this dog will be a major responsibility.

If you decide to do it, and you are successful, you’ll have an amazing companion. The breed is quite healthy and you can be content in knowing that you own a KING OF KINGS as far as working dogs are concerned.

Part of me has always wanted what you’re thinking about getting. But my lifestyle and dedication to the exercise and training requirements are something I do not have at this current point in my life.

Can You Really Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

I received a surprise Christmas present last year in the form
of a 4 year old female shepherd mix that my wife and daughter
decided I needed to replace my long time pet who had to be put
down last summer.

She really is a beautiful dog, but the shelter
fibbed to us when they said she was good with other dogs and
cats. She has been rather aggressive with them. We are 6 months
into this relationship now and she is much better. I guess she is
more secure now.

The one problem I have not solved is her desire to run out the door
and ignore our “come” commands. All this is to ask you: Will the
techniques in your book and video series work on an older dog? I’d
rather not invest the money in a lost cause. We live in the Arizona
desert and she won’t last long this summer if she gets out and runs
off again. I’ve looked through many of your newsletters, but didn’t
find any mention of age.

Thanks for your help.


Dear Larry:

Thank you for the e-mail.

Yes, the dog training techniques work on all dogs, as long as they
are healthy and do not have any mobility problems.

In many cases, training an older dog is easier than training a younger
dog, despite the saying that “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,”
there is definitely something to be said about maturity.

Adopting A Curly-Coated Retriever

History and origin: The Curly-Coated Retriever is considered to be the oldest of the retrievers,  tracing his origins back to 16th century England, perhaps a result of the mixing of Irish Water Spaniel, Poodle, and setter bloodlines.  The outcome was a breed that would eagerly retrieve waterfowl from lakes or bays without being affected by the cold, thanks to his water-resistant coat.

Description: The Curly-Coated Retriever stands approximately 22 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 55 and 75 pounds.  He has a strong medium-size body.  The weather-resistant shedding coat is tightly curled.  Do not comb or brush the coat.  Just damp it down and massage with circular movements.  Trimming is also necessary.  The coat may be black or liver-colored.

About the breed: This breed is beautiful, hardy, active, intelligent, a good swimmer, and an excellent guarddog.  He is a great worker both on land and in water and will retrieve any game.  He is affectionate to his owners but less eager to please than the Labrador Retriever.  Curly-Coated Retrievers are also slightly less active, more independent, more stubborn, and not as likely to welcome strangers.  They can make good family pets, but they need more socialization than a Lab, and they will not tolerate roughhousing from children the way a Lab would.  They need plenty of vigorous exercise.  Curly-Coated Retrievers need obedience training early on, but they require a more patient training technique than a Lab.  They are more sensitive and will shut down on you if you are not slow and consistent with your technique.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for this breed is 1 ½ — 2 ½ cans (13.3oz) of high-quality meaty product with biscuit added in equal part or 5 cupfuls of a complete, dry dog food.

Ideal home: The Curly-Coated Retriever needs a house with a fenced yard.  Children are okay, but no roughhousing should be tolerated.  Socialization with people and dogs should begin early, as should obedience training.   A firm yet patient leader is called for with this breed.  The elderly and the disabled may have a hard time keeping up with this active dog. Cautious or nervous persons should not consider the Curly-Coated Retriever, nor should those who do not have time to work the dog.  A hunter would find this breed to be an excellent water retriever.

Adopting the Right Dog Breed – A Step By Step Guide

Did you know that there are several hundred dog breeds? With that large number of breeds to choose from, how do people manage to decide which breed is right for them? Luckily, you can narrow down the choices and find the right dog breed by following a few simple steps.

First, consider your available space. Do you live in an apartment? If so, you will want to rule out large dogs. Look for dogs in the Toy group, such as Yorkshire Terriers, or some of the smaller dogs in the Terrier group, like the Miniature Schnauzer. If you have children, you will want to consider the size of your dog, as well.

Very small dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Maltese, can be very delicate and are often accidentally injured by young children. On the other hand, very large dogs, such as Boxers or Saint Bernards, can be overly boisterous as puppies and can accidentally turn your child into a human bowling pin. Consider medium sized breeds, such as Fox Terriers or Lhasa Apsos, instead. Next, consider how much exercise you can give your dog.

If you have a home with a fenced yard, your dog will be able to get some exercise on his own. However, dog breeds in the Sporting, Hound, and Herding groups are very high energy animals and you will need to have enough time to provide them with more intensive exercise. Plan to take a lot of long walks with your dog or go for a daily romp in the park. After all, these dog breeds were bred to work hard and don’t do well unless they have a job to do or a way to burn off excess energy.

Finally, don’t forget to consider grooming needs. Some dog breeds only need a half hour or so of grooming a week, while others need to be groomed for an hour a day. If you are short on time, don’t buy a Standard Poodle or a Maltese, unless, of course, you plan to take your dog to a groom. Breeds like Boston Terriers or Whippets are good choices for people who don’t have time to do a lot of grooming.

Once you decide which breed of dog you want, you will need to consider the age of the dog. Many people opt to buy a cuddly little puppy instead of an older dog. While puppies have not developed any bad habits, it will be up to the new owner to be sure that the puppy becomes housebroken and obedience trained. Older dogs are frequently already housebroken and usually have some obedience training. They are also more likely to be less hyper and less destructive.

However, they can have behavioral problems or health problems that prompted the former owner to find them a new home. Do you want to buy a puppy? If so, you will need to find a reputable dog breeder who has a litter of the breed you are interested in.

Often, a good breeder will have a waiting list for puppies. If you aren’t the patient sort, you may be tempted to buy a puppy from a pet store. However, many pet store puppies come from puppy mills and have genetic health defects, bad temperaments, or other problems. It is usually safest to buy a puppy directly from the breeder.

If you are interested in an older dog, you may want to visit your local animal shelter or call a breed rescue. These groups evaluate the dogs’ health and temperament before adopting them out. Once you’ve narrowed down the breed choices and have decided which dog is right for you, don’t get too relaxed. After all, you still have one more important decision to make, what to name your new companion!