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Doggie’s code of conduct. Hierarchy at it’s best.

Doggie hierarchy is a code of conduct which all dogs adhered strictly. This evening while our two dogs were having their meal, our neighbor’s young daughter passed by our main door and called to see the dogs. Teddy the older dog paid no attention to the called, However, Santa the younger of the two rushed to the door and started to bark. The greatest surprised was Teddy after finishing her own bowl started to move over to Santa’s bowl and partake what is left in Santa’s bowl.
When I called to Santa to come back, when he walked back to his bowl and seeing Teddy eating his meal, he just stop in front of this bowl and make no attempt to fight or barged towards his bowl. Poor Santa just stands and watch Teddy finished what is left of his meal.
I make no attempt to replenish Santa’s bowl, as I do not want to interfere with their code of conduct.

Doggie rules and their hidden pecking order

This evening when I transferred the dog  food from the bag to the decanter, I spilled some of the kibbles on the floors. Our 2 dogs was standing between me when  the kibbles started to drop on to the floor. Teddy our  4 years  started to lick up the kibbles. Santa however just stand and watch he made no attempt to approach the  kibbles.Eventually, she just lay down and watch pathetically Teddy enjoying the kribbles . He is obeying cardinal rule of the all mighty pecking order.

Watching Santa with his pathetic look I picked up  some of the kibble and  put it in front of him between his front pawls. He started to lick one  and look at  Teddy, seeing no adverse reaction, he started to lick up the rest.

This invisible doggie rule make  me understand how pack lives together peacefully.  I am wondering, has Human lost this invisible rule, of respecting the elders.

Same breed but totally difference in character and temperament.

P1040019Santa has passed his naughty teen age. He is now a 20 months adult. I have come to a conclusion that my two chow chows is pole apart in character and temperament.

Teddy our 4 years old female has a layback character, highly sensitive to our mood, she can sense when we are happy or angry. Taking her for a walk is like walking with an old lady, very slow pace and she pays no attention to passer-by or dogs. Process the typical chow chow aloft character, does not like to mix with other dogs.

Highly protective of her master, She had exhibits this behaviour twice. Once when a stray runs towards me, I was pleasantly surprised that she cut in path of the oncoming dog and growl and started to attack the stray. Her aggressiveness makes the stray stop immediately and turned back with his tail between the legs. The 2nd incident happened when I got puss off with a salesman who tried to push his ware when I was taking Teddy for a walk. When I raised my voice to say NO means no, this high pitch tone makes her jerk up and tried to pounce on to the sales person, lucky she was on a leash, the sales person had quite a shock without any bodily harm. After this incident I advised my wife to be carefully when walking Teddy.
She has all the patients in the world, she does not bark when she is in need of something. When she licks my legs I know that she needs to goes out to piss. If I cannot attend to it immediately, asking her to wait, she will obey quietly by sitting down, to wait for me to finish what I am going.

Santa’s temperament is total difference to that of Teddy. He will bark when the water is empty or when he cannot reach his favourite toy. He does not know how to relax, he consumed this food at twice Teddy ‘s speed.
A super friendly dogs, the moment he sees a dog pass by, zoom he will runs towards the dog and tried to be friendly and exhibits the doggie pay mode with his body arch low.

Protectiveness: well he has not shown any sense of being a protector, playing and wondering during walk is his favourite. Walking on heel only if there is no dog around. Any sight of a dog he will get all excited.

Playfulness—he far from a layback, observing him chasing the ball and dripping it between his pawls is like watching a football match. He can runs at full speed and comes to a halt instantly. This ability to stop instantly prevented flower pots and other household items being knock over.

Highly impatient – If he needs to go out for a piss, the word wait is not in this vocabulary. He will rush towards the door and turn his head to see if anyone is opening the door for him. If none of us make an attempt to open the door, he will bark until the door is open. The only good point is his quickie piss, out he does lift his legs and in less than a minute he rushes back into the house.

Teddy and Santa have only 3 things in common.

· Love car ride. If the back passenger door is open longer than necessary, they will not hesitate to jump in, once in the car, trying to get them out is a tug of war.

· Chasing after cats, squirrels and birds.—give no quarters.

· Sleeping in my bed room.—this is a must, as far as they are concern.

Conclusion: having them in our house hold is a pleasure. Incident can happen without effort.
Observing them is a like viewing through a magician’s mirror. There is no predictability.

House break- Potty habit.

This breed  sanitary habit is regal, will not spoil their live-in area. Training a chow chow to  potty within the desired area is easy after a few guiding trips. For this breed  guiding  is more appropriate word than training, as my nature they observed a proper sanitary behaviour. My 2 chow chows  have not  potted in our house , it has been accident free all these years. Teddy has been  living with us for 4 years and Santa our new  addition is now 1 year old and we have  not  encounter any accident .

Housebreak:  It is best to bring new acquired puppy on a weekend when we have the time to look after  it the whole day. 

I applied the same method on my 2 chow chows. When I brought Teddy 3 years ago, I did not bring her into the house when we reached home.  My intention was to guide Teddy to pooh on grass surface.  Teddy was allowed to roam freely and oriented herself to the grass area  outside the house. She was given 1/2hr to play and pee. Her first pee on the  grass is important, as she is depositing her marking.
Puppies have a habit of  poohing when they wake up in the morning and  immediately after every meal.

For the whole day, The only word that I speak to her is her name, clap the hand to catch her attention and call her name.   Every hour : clap the hand, Open the door can called “Teddy pee pee”.
Initially she did not  have a clue as to what I was conveying to her,  have to guide her out of the door. By evening on the 5th pee pee call she started to understand. However  this is an important call as she had jus finished her meal. Leashed  her up and guide her to the area  I hope she will do her work.  A few minutes later when she started to go in circle,  I know time for the pooh. After she had done her job  pat her on the head and give her a small biscuit.

The  next day  out, the  first  thing in the morning, and again after breakfast. She is  fed 3 times a day. – The   whole weekend was spend making sure that  she is out every hour. Even with this routine, there were a few accident,  when  her bladder  just let loose. However glad that as far as  poohing is concern, there was no accident. Day time during the week day was my other half responsibility. Evening time , taking teddy to do her job and bring her for a walk  falls on my shoulder.

Teddy’s bladder started to strengthen after the 3rd month which  by this time she is 4 plus months old. The house is than free from loose bladder incident. The few pee  incidents from memory was  four to 5 times, and occurred  during the night when we were asleep,( forgot to let her out before bedtime ).

Conclusion:  Housebreak a  Chow chow  is not a hassle.
Remark: Teddy was allow to  move around freely in the house, as I do not like to cage  Teddy up. My philosophy- why prisoned up your companion. Dog if properly trained and given love need not be caged up.

Word of caution: As we bring our dogs to our office ( they spend half a day in our office ) We have to re-train them – every new environment  needs a new training session. When we first brought Teddy to the office, on her first day she had to spend out side the office, – need to  have her do her marking on the grass area outside our  office.

YouTube – Dogs 101: Chow Chow

A good video introduction  to he understand of this breed

YouTube – Dogs 101: Chow Chow

via YouTube – Dogs 101: Chow Chow.


This breed has been portrait as an aloof and unfriendly to strangers. In the USA it is classified as  fierce breed and this is true only if it is being kept  in a cage and  insolation.
I have come to a conclusion that this breed in an urbanised  area with high human traffic  are a friendly dog and does not display any apprehension to human, dogs or vehicles .Very lay back when the ambient temperature  is relatively high. 

Socializing :  Interaction with strangers and mixing around from puppy hood stage is Vital.

My job brings  me to many  countries which gave me the opportunity to observe this Chow Chow  breed in the various places that I had visited.  The chow chows that I encountered in Thailand around the service hotel that I stayed whenever I am in Bangkok are all allowed to roam  freely, Thais seem to like this breed. I have yet to see a chow chow on leash.  The few chow chows that lived around the service hotel, is very approachable, they do not bark at any of the passer by. As I love fishing very of often, my Thai friends will bring me to the various fishing ponds located on  the out skirt of Bangkok proper. At two fishing ponds the owners have chow chow as pet.I was surprised that  the dogs in these recreational are also allowed to roam freely, the chow chow leaves pass-by alone, the dogs does not even approach the visiting anglers.  

In Hong Kong, there  is a street  around the Mongkok area with rows and rows of  pet shops, groomers and Vets. Some of the chows chows ( on leash) that accompanied their master to these shops exhibits the same independent altitude oblivion to the crowds along the  pavement.

Surprisingly, these breed is not  so popular in  my home country(Singapore). When I moved our operations to china, I have all the opportunity to observe the chow chow. This is a very popular breed and is highly valued, and command a very high prize.  I am greatly surprised by the chow chow  friendliness in the city that I lived in. In  the city that I lived in, there is a law that forbids walking the dogs after 7am in the morning.
Chow chow is consider a large breed, and is supposedly not allowed with the inner city can only be kept in the suburb.  When walking the dogs, most dog owners do not leash their dog.  Being  a popular breed, I have all the opportunity to observed the chow chow with their owners every evening. Leash free and tagging along with the owner,  or sniffing around  the various bushes while the owners either chats or perform their evening exercise.Chinese  Nationals are very health conscious and very proud of their dogs, so when I ask questions, reply was very forth coming. To summarised, listed are their reply

  • The dogs have been given free rein since puppy days.
  • We do not keep them in a cage.
  • Since the day they acquired the puppy,they had been bringing the dogs to the park every morning and evening. ( the park is crowded every morning with nearby residents doing their tai-se exercise. 
  • Does your chow chow chase after cats—yes, it ok, there are trees around, so the cats will be up on the tree in no time, no harm done.
  • Do you beat your dog: NO,—it is not necessary a very loud  command will bring them around.
  • Train the chow chow yourself or at the training school: about 15% do send their dogs to the school, for the rest—self trained through reading dog training books.
  • House breaking: ALL  chow chow owners are proud that their dogs are have yet to “pot” in the house other then urinating during the puppy stage. Chow Chow are very particular in their potty habit.
  • Is chow chow friendly to other dogs:  Our chows does not like to play with other dogs, prefer to be alone,  if a friendly dog comes along, just a sniff ( to acknowledge)  and that is all. But will put up fight if the new comer is aggressive.

Bottom line:  Socializing your chow chow from day one is Vital.