I have a 12 week old chow/shepard mix puppy and I can't seem to train her.She is very shy and skiddish.Until I got the dog she had never had a bath and never known what it was like to do as she was asked or been able to run and play in a large open space.i can't get her to come whaen she is called for and i can't get her to stop nipping peoples faces and hands.If someone can help please all advice is appriciated.
I agree with Eskie--don't fret--this is normal! Definetly do a puppy class--that really helps. Also, buy some books on training etc--I am a big fan of the Dummies series. The nipping/mouthing is normal too. Just try to always have things for her to chew on. My pups LOVED those bones that you put int he freezer. You wet them and put them in the freezer and then they chew on them and it helps with their teething.
What a lot of trainers will tell you is to get a light wieght leash and always leave it on her. That way when you call her and she doesn't come just give a slight tug on it. Then she will have to come. A lot of trainers now days think you should leave them on leashes until they learn the rules of the house or some even go as far as until the dog is a year old.
The main thing is don't tell or ask her to do something unless you can make her do it. Otherwise she will learn she doesn't have to do what you say. Which is where the leash also comes in. If she is chewing on something then you have the leash to give her a small correction.
You don't have to be ruff about it. Just small yanks on the leash and get her attintion then tell her NO I use Don't I think it works better. Anyway once you tell her to stop chewing on something she isn't suppost to then give her something she can chew on.
Have you tried the food rewards. They never worked for me, but a lot of people swear by them.
Chows can be very hard to train from what I have heard. Just have patience and get her into some classes.
Also another thing that works for me with puppies is natural training. Everytime she does something you want her to do then tell her she is a good dog and give the trick a name.
Like if she sits. Tell her good sit that is a good puppy. Good sit. After a while they learn what you want and just do it. Also make her sit before you feed her. You can do this epesally if she is food motivated at feeding time.
Just hold the bowl over her head and push it back towards her back, she should sit. Then tell her good sit and put the food down for her. If you have to press her hips down with your hands just becareful you can hurt their hips if they fight you. Thats why I like to do it hands off if I can. So far I have been able to even with the most domianet puppies, but I am a dominate person.
I don't know guys i have to disagree being shy and skitish is not normal puppy behaviour. But it can be corrected. You pup definatly will benifit from puppy classes and lots and lots of love and reassurance. Pup needs to know that she is safe with you and that you are going to give her all good things when she comes to you. The nipping of the face I can understand you being concerned with. Keep a hand on her collar for quick correction and a firm NO BITE! Be consistant that is the key. The same correction for the same bad behaviour every single time.
A puppy preschool class is a great way to get your puppy socialized with other people and other pets. Being part chow could be a problem. When chows are not socialized really well, they are none to be suspicious or strangers. If you let this go, this timid puppy could turn into a fearful biter. Some vet clinics do hold these preschool classes.Some trainers do as well. I would fine a dog trainer who specializes in puppys.