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    Quote Originally Posted by makaylaviehweg View Post
    [SIZE=3]Hello!

    I am pretty new to the whole forum concept as well as raising a puppy to be a well mannered dog, but I know you all have been in in my shoes before so I am hoping y'all have tried and true tips to pass along


    I am a new Chesapeake Bay Retriever owner. My little Charlie is 5months old and so brilliant and has so much potential, my issue is that I have never trained a puppy before so I am stumbling my way through this. we have a few things to work on with Charlie such as; Food aggression/Toy aggression, basic obedience training, Car sickness, Cat chasing, and eventually training her to Bird hunt. She is very treat motivated and I've taught her to "sit", "lay down" and were working on "come". I would love any tips you have on ways to combat the aggression, its top priority for me to correct.

    Also im just wondering if anyone else has experienced their pup being "grumpy" and "grumbly" if you kneel or sit down next to the dog while they are laying down? Charlie gets grumbly if you pet here around 7:30pm and I am not sure if its a breed/dog trait or if she is being aggressive with me.


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    Charlie is a love bug and I am not afraid she will ever bite me, but I don't want to get to the point that I am afraid. We purchased her from a breeder and from what I could tell she seemed like a nice decent woman who wouldn't mistreat her dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captainjack View Post
    Collars are not humane or inhumane.
    Of course, you are correct. The humane part comes from the idiot on the other end of the leash.
    The way I look at it, every dog is an opportunity to be a better trainer, and every day is a new day to be a better trainer to the same dog we trained yesterday.

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    Currently have a 5 1/2 month old Chessy female as well. Started increasing OB with a choke chain and switched to a proper fitting pronged collar. Better reaction to the pronged collar, she seems less stressed, and I'm pleased with the results. Not sure it is the right decision, but for now working well.

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    We started OB classes this weekend with a properly fitted prong collar. Charlie did great! The other dogs in the class were around 3 years of age and she was the only puppy and she was just as calm as the older dogs around her. I couldn't be happier with how she did. Charlie is very smart and I've been working diligently with her everyday on the basic commands and she will sit stay and up on command. I started come and stay which have been a harder task then the other commands. Thank you all for your input and help it has been great to get an idea of what I need to do to see what works best for both Charlie and I.

    I still have no idea what to do about her food aggression. This morning my husband was feeding her breakfast and we've been trying the hand feeding to combat the aggression and usually she is fine, an occasional growl, but this morning she barked and tried to bite him. What do you all suggest to correct this? Its not just food its toys and bones as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makaylaviehweg View Post
    I still have no idea what to do about her food aggression. This morning my husband was feeding her breakfast and we've been trying the hand feeding to combat the aggression and usually she is fine, an occasional growl, but this morning she barked and tried to bite him. What do you all suggest to correct this? Its not just food its toys and bones as well.
    I'd start by setting the food down and walking away. Why people think they need to put their hands in food dishes and take kibble out of their dogs' mouths is beyond me, but you should ignore whatever source gave you that recommendation. It's just food. It happens twice a day. Or three times. Feed the dog and don't make a major production out of it. Put her on a sit-stay while you put the food down, or feed her in her crate, but leave the poor creature alone while she eats.

    Next I'd find someone to train with who owns and/or understands Chessies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoLabs View Post
    I'd start by setting the food down and walking away. Why people think they need to put their hands in food dishes and take kibble out of their dogs' mouths is beyond me, but you should ignore whatever source gave you that recommendation. It's just food. It happens twice a day. Or three times. Feed the dog and don't make a major production out of it. Put her on a sit-stay while you put the food down, or feed her in her crate, but leave the poor creature alone while she eats.

    Next I'd find someone to train with who owns and/or understands Chessies.

    What happens when the dog is full grown and the neighbor kid try's to pet the dog when it's chewing on a bone or something.

    I'd take the food bowl away and if she tried to bite me aggressively I'd grab her little snout and say "no bite". She needs to know you are in charge. If I had a pup that was possessive of food or toys I'd be taking them away all the time.
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    I wouldn't know.... out of 6 or 7 Labs, 1 Aussie, and 1 BC/blue heeler cross.... I've never had anything food, toy, or crate aggressive. I would never allow a child around my dogs unsupervised... more for the dog's sake than the kids. Children are unpredictable and scary.

    Don't train your dog for failure by doing foolish things and you'd be surprised how many problems you avoid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradybuck View Post
    What happens when the dog is full grown and the neighbor kid try's to pet the dog when it's chewing...
    wallop the kid up side the head and tell um to get away from the dog!
    whenever I got bit, kicked, stepped on or gored, as a youth I was never asked first where it hurt when I ran into the kitchen for first aid. But "What Did You do?" was gotten to well afore the brown bottle of tincture of iodine was brought fourth.

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