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Old 01-10-2014, 09:54 PM
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Smile Hi! New puppy, here to learn. :)

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.
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Sorry, correction, he ran AWAY from and barked at one pair of strangers. Didn't run at them.
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Welcome! It sounds like you and Chase are doing great
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Thanks, Rileysaur! You think I'm doing the right thing, giving him a treat when he's calm around guests?

Is the dog in your avatar yours? It's stunning!
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Yupp, that sounds perfect! I sometimes have visitors give my dog a treat to win him over too (but that's because he's a scaredy cat ). I don't have any experience with Mastiffs/Chows but I'm sure others have. If you'd like training advice it might help posting in the "Dog Training and Behaviour" section since sometimes people tend to miss questions in the Intros.

And yes, that's my dog Riley. Thanks!

Would love to see pics of Chase!
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Thank you! Chase is a "soft" dog, so I'm assuming that if he gets a treat every time he greets someone new, he'll learn that visitors = good things. He is very food motivated, haha!!

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Awww look at that face! Soo adorable
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Thank you! Right now he's right in the thick of my sister's birthday party. He barked a little at first, but after a few treats were handed out, he decided he was okay with everyone, haha! Right now he's getting cuddled and squealed over.
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Awww! He's sooo cute!
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What an adorable pup! Glad everything is going well
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