Hi! My name's Danielle. Our family has raised one family dog Lab, and two seeing eye dogs - a lab, and a German Shepherd. After our first pet lab passed, it took us three years to be ready for a new one. In the meantime, we busied ourselves puppysitting the amazing husky team next door.
Jan 6th, we brought home a precious little mix from a local shelter. His momma is a Shepherd/Mastiff, his dad is unknown, but my neighbors think possibly Chow. He was in foster care, so he has only had good human interactions.
I want to do well by this puppy. He is an amazing dog, extremely loving and smart. We are using positive training methods to train him. So far he is paper trained, knows "sit", "down", "leave it", and "drop". Fast learner, this guy. We also are having a lot of people over, and we are introducing him to animals. He ran and barked at one pair of visitors two days ago (we didn't coddle him, were just chill about it, and eventually he calmed down and we gave him a treat when he calmed). Today, we had another visitor, and he greeted her with a wagging tail, and got a treat for that.
Anyway, I joined because I'm sure there are users on here who have experience with his breeds. Have any of you owned Mastiffs and Chows? Any training advice?
I'm so looking forward to reading everything I can on here. Thanks for having me!
~Danielle, and Chase.