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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias View Post
    It is time for you to start taking the role of alpha. There are right ways and wrong ways of doing this. My suggestion is you take the time to drive to a professional retriever trainer. The things you need to learn are difficult to express in words. Charlie will soon start making the rules and that is the last thing you want with a chessie.
    Chesapeakes and American Water Spaniels have the same type of disposition and training issues (Hence the AWS nickname, "the townhouse Chessie"). You need to establish your role as alpha early. I do this by making the pup sit before I release him to eat, sit before he goes out of the door, sit before he comes in. I make sure that he realizes that any and everything he wants to do gets done by my graces. Good luck and enjoy your dog. BTW, I had Chessies for years before I switched over to American Water Spaniels.
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    train basic stuff with a pinch collar 4 times a day for 3-5 minutes at a time for 10 days. That always squares them away. then you can go get some fancy books on field trial training and win some ribbons

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    What is everyone's opinion on prong collars? Spaying before she goes into heat vs waiting until after her first heat cycle?

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    wait to spay until 12-18 months
    prong collars are effective and more humane than choke chains.
    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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    just make sure you have one fitted with a person who knows how to size them right. too loose and they're a mess. You should have to disconnect it to put it on if youre using it right.

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    I've heard spaying before a heat cycle can effect the coat and oil production of a Chessie. But I don't want to risk her getting any type of cancers or infections.

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    Would the weight of the prong collar matter? I want to do the lightest weight but if it wont be effective for her ill go higher. Little Charlie went to the vet yesterday for heartworm chewy and a weight checkup. 3 weeks ago she was 34 lbs. and she is now a resounding 43 lbs.!

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    http://m.ebay.com/itm/Herm-Sprenger-...073?nav=SEARCH

    The person taking the photo obviously does not know about prong collars. .lol
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by makaylaviehweg View Post
    I've heard spaying before a heat cycle can effect the coat and oil production of a Chessie. But I don't want to risk her getting any type of cancers or infections.
    Check out caninesports.com on the effects of early spay and neutering. Chris Zink DVM. Very good article on the orthopedic, cancer and behavioral effects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias View Post
    wait to spay until 12-18 months
    prong collars are effective and more humane than choke chains.
    Collars are not humane or inhumane.
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