Training a dog is probably the most time consuming yet rewarding thing you will do with your dog. Each dog is different and what works for one dog won't necessarily work for another. Most of the training techniques are similar for all dogs, but there may be some variations depending on the dog. Dogs, like humans, each have their own personality and must be treated as such.
The Chesapeake Bay retriever is a great dog to train. Many owners feel that the Chesapeake is stubborn and difficult to train. They do have their stubborn streak, but with patience and consistency they can learn anything. The important thing is not to give up because this dog that definitely has too much to offer not to be trained to his full potential.
Although the Chesapeake Bay is determined that his life not be changed by "rules", once he sees that you are determined, he will be very eager to do what he knows will please you. The Chessie is very intelligent and learns things very quickly and once learned, it sticks with them. Many Chessie owners say their dog is so set on sticking with their training that they actually try to influence other dogs in the pack to do the same things. They may have fought it in the beginning but wind up being the best-trained dogs of all.
One reason why Chesapeake dogs often struggle against training is that they get bored very quickly, so try to keep them motivated and interested. They do not like repetitive things that will appear boring to them. If you keep this in mind during their training, it will be more fun as well as successful for both of you. If you have your Chesapeake sent to a professional trainer, try to make sure it's a trainer that has worked with the Chesapeake before and not just dogs in general. Some trainers that work with all breeds of dogs may feel that your Chesapeake is too stubborn to be trained. If this is the case, you have the wrong trainer. There are many good trainers that work with the Chesapeake Bay - you just need to find the right one.
You may wish to attempt to train your Chesapeake yourself as many owners do. Many enjoy the bond that they experience with their dog through the entire training period. Unlike some dogs that tend to forget certain commands if they don't hear them for a while, the Chesapeake never forgets what he learns.