Chow Chow dogs are known for their unbearable cuteness. But looks could really mask one’s personality and temperament, including these cuddly creatures. These dogs can be very aggressive and hostile to strangers and other animals because of their fiercely protective and territorial disposition.
In fact, according to a study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), out of 238 dog bite-related deaths from 1979 to 1998, eight of them were caused by Chow Chows.
Despite the territorial and protective nature of Chow Chows, they should not be treated inhumanely; instead, owners of such dogs should be committed in putting up the ante in raising and training their pets to avoid dog bites or attacks.
If you are a Los Angeles homeowner who has a Chow Chow or any other dog as a pet, it is advised for you to do the following:
- Spay or neuter your pet – Spaying or neutering is proven to be effective in lessening a dog’s sex drive that usually causes it to become aggressive.
- Train your pet – Training your dog as early as its puppyhood is best in curbing tendencies of it becoming aggressive or stubborn when it grows up. Teaching your dog basic tricks like sit, roll over, heel, and others would not only discipline it but also challenge it mentally.
- Socialize your pet – A well-socialized dog is unlikely to develop aggressiveness towards strangers and other animals. You may socialize your dog by introducing it to other dogs and by correcting it whenever it shows aggressive behavior.
- Do not maltreat your pet – According to studies, dogs that experienced maltreatment or abuse are likely to develop aggressive behavior. Hence, you should practice responsible dog ownership not only to create a monster out of your dog but also to save yourself from animal cruelty case.