Hi! I am really new at this. I am a college student and I have a 6 month old female Chessie. I live with my brother in a house, and I am trying my hardest to give my pup Lily the best care that I can. I was hoping to get some tips on how to possibly keep her from chewing up our back porch carpet and why she pees every time my brother or my boyfriend try to put her in her bed room. I am also wondering how soon it will be that she comes into heat. Like I said, I am a college student, so I am very very new at this. My family had one chessie before we got Lily, my puppy, and Luke, my parents new pride and joy. They are brother and sister. But the chessie we had before them was 3 years old when we got her so she was out of the puppy stage. I am also worried about her having false pregnancies because Sam, our first chessie that just passed, had them all the time, so we got her fixed and then she just blew up like a COW! I do not plan on getting Lily fixed because I do not want her to lose her energy and I do not want her to blow up like Sam did. Please help me as much as you can! It would be greatly appreciated! I am also planning on breeding her in a few years, once I am out of college and have my own home. Right now my brother and I share a very beautiful house that he just recently bought, and Lily likes to add her own flare to the back yard when we are not home. Thank you for your time!
The best and easiest way to keep your pup from chewing in to keep her crated. Retrievers are notorious chewers. Also designate things she is ALOUD to chew on, I like the Kong toys you can put treats or peanut butter inside, keeps them busy. It sound like the peeing issue my be a submissive urination, if that be the case you need to IGNORE it and NEVER punish her for doing it, this will make it worse. Try not to make a big issue of putting her away, that is when you said she does it correct? Give her plenty of toys and make it pleasurable. A little more info on the peeing thing would help in helping you deal with it. Whenever peeing is an issue it is always a good idea to have a urine sample checked by your vet to rule out a bladder infection or kidney problem. As for when she will come into heat that varies from dog to dog, I have labs and they come into heat USUALLY between 8 months to a year of age, but it can be as early as 6 months old. You will need to keep her under LOCK AND KEY for a minimum of 21 DAYS!!! She can get pregnant as soon as she comes into heat and you do not this to happen at such a young age. As for not spaying, it is proven to be healthier for female that are spayed and females that gain weight usually is from lack of excersise and not the spaying and it also could of been that the other dog could of had a thyroid problem which cause weight gain, it is not a factor of being spayed that is a myth. If you do decide to breed you shoudl find a mentor in your Breed, and do plenty of research and be sure to chekc out health issue that are common to Chessie which will be Hips, elbows eyes and probably heart as well and you should have these certified at age 2 years old. Hope this helps some. Good luck
I agree with Breezyridge, that the weight gain was probably not due to spaying, but lack of exercise. I own 2 gundogs (brittanys). They were both spayed around 6 months. Maggie, the older of the two at 5 years old, is in perfect shape! But she gets plenty of exercise, and gets measured amounts of food (we don't free feed)
Congratulations on the new pup-I LOVE chessies! Good luck with her. Just remember-with time and patience, the problems will be resolved!