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EB - 2011-06-24
Thank you for all of the infomation you gave me about this pet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-24
    You are very welcome - thank you for being with us.
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Anonymous - 2012-08-05
We have a one that is over a year old, and have had him since he could be weened from his mother. He is so sweet, but at the same time, he is a nightmare. He isn't grasping anything we have/are trying to teach him. If he get's past the kitchen door, he is running to rooms to pee and poop on the beds. He won't listen, doesn't sit, and if you tell him to stay, he stops until you turn around, then follows. I don't know what to do. Our other dog, a Shepard, is fine and we taught him the same way. Does anyone else have problems with this breed seeming 'dumb?' It is getting SO frustrating that we have seriously contemplated getting rid of him. Any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-06
    Chugs have a independent nature, although they love their humans, but it canmake training them more difficult.  Shepoherds love to please their humans and are so smart and they listen.  Chugs are the typical two year old human.  I would try and crate train him.  He is right withyou next to you where you can grab him or he is in the crate.  What you would be doing is preventing him from making any errors.  He is next to you and then you pick him up and take him outside and walk him (don't forget heel) and then he goes in his crate.  You take him out of his crate and take him back outside and he goes to the bathroom and then he comes back in - directly again right by you or where you can see him.  Get the housebreaking part down and then worry about stay.  You can use 'Stay'  'Sit' etc but just initially worry about getting him housebroken.  I would wash all the bedding or have it dry cleaned as his scent is on those items and you want to remove that sccent. 
  • Gigi - 2012-08-20
    I have a year and a half year old chug. He is very independent and intelligent. He practically potty trained himself and it could be because he hates dirt, and the smell of pee and poop. When he goes outside to potty, he tells me by barking and stops when I acknowledge that he did his business and follows me to pick it up. Your chug needs to learn that pee or poop on beds is wrong. Because they hate the smell, make sure you make them smell and say NO. Wash out all evidence of their pee and poop and they won't go back. Save a piece of paper towel with a tiny bit of pee and place it where you want your chug to do its business. Sometimes when I command my chug to do simple things like SIT, he conveniently turns DUMB like yours. I have to stand up and be above him and say in a stern voice to SIT then he follows. They are very sensitive to your tone of voice. Be it a stern command or a sweet I love you. My chug learns a trick with just one session. But I have to keep asking to see that trick or command. He really gets it and when he gets a petting, he will use his paw to show me where he wants to be scratched. Sometimes I feel like he will speak in human words one day. Extremely smart and independent dogs can be very difficult but also very rewarding. Chugs need a lot of excercise. Make sure yours gets a lot. You will notice that their chihuahua personality takes over and they are hyper then once the energy is expended, they 'pug out' like a light. Be patient. Your dog loves you and needs a lot of attention. I mean A LOT of attention.
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Jen - 2012-09-22
Vaccinations do not cover Heartworm - they only cover the Parvo virus, Hepititis, Distemper & Kennel Cough (aka Canine Cough). For protection against Heartworm you would have needed a monthly chew eg Interceptor or Sentinel, Topical Treatment eg Advocate or a yearly injection called 'Proheart' your Vet should have explained all this information to you. Sorry for your loss.

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Blair Dixon - 2011-11-26
I had a beagle as a boy (Freckles. RIP) now at 39 my partner and I have adopted a 3 year old beagle and love (Buddy) to death he is our baby boy. He has a very strong peronality that is his alone. He is my everything.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    That is what happens when you have another companion in your life. Love it.
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Anonymous - 2009-11-16
They are loyal and make awesome pets!

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Kelly Coleman - 2013-04-23
Wow, amazing the difference in just one day. Our new puppy Chion came home sweet and fairly docile, and is apparently getting very comfortable in her new home. She was extremely rambunctious but also very aggressive with nipping and biting, almost uncontrollably. Any suggestions on how to discipline aside from a good stern 'NO' each time?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    Sounds like a cute and energetic puppy. I would start with love and consistent gentle discipline. But most of all, she's a puppy, so I would say patience and giving her plenty of time to get used to her new home and to grow up.
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AP - 2013-02-08
I have had two ACD's and they have been such wonderful pets that I don't think that I will ever feel right if my home is without one.  We are a multi-dog household and my Heelers are friendly with the other dogs, children in the house and with us.    One of my heelers was so friendly once that he sat down in the 'Pet me' position in front of a guest at my home, was patient but finally licked  him in a friendly gesture to say, Hey!  Pet ME!  Unfortunatly, the guest was not a dog person so this was a bit disconcerting. However, the Heeler just took this all in stride.



They are very active, highly intelligent, confident dogs. The Frisbee idea is a good one as are nice walks.  This is a friendly, happy fellow.  I am surprised to see the comments about nipping kids or not liking other dogs. That has not been my experience with either of my Blue Heelers.  In fact, when we take our current one out, particularly to the pet store for treats, people ask us if we don't adopt him, can they?  Well.....he still comes home with us.

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Sal - 2012-09-06
The dog in this pic looks EXACTLY like mine must have as a pup, floppy ears and all. Does anyone know if that is a full PowderPuff or not? I rescued my pup at 2.5 yrs old so we don't know if he's pure. Any input is appreciated!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Not sure, the contributor said it was a full Powder Puff.
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Shirley - 2012-11-24
I recently adopted a 1 1/2 year old chug from a rescue shelter. He is the most stubborn dog I know. He knows what you are talking about but will only do it if he wants to. Since he is older can someone give some advise on what to do. He was house trained when I got him. So this was a big plus. It is just like having a stubborn toddler in the house. I know I kinda have him spoiled he only sleeps with me because he likes the electric blanket. I got him his own and he won't sleep in it. He thinks every time I shower he is suppose to jump in. He follows me all around the house and will not go lay down until I sit down. When I do sit down. He makes me hold him in my lap. Any tips on how I can break some of these behaviors.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-24
    Have no fear, you are doing very well.  It sounds like your furry friend is training you quite well and that is all that is needed for a perfect relationship.  Seriously, nature of the pooch - just enjoy it and if a particular behavior bothers you - just say 'NO' and put him in his bed or in a crate.  Sounds like he loves you and all affection on his part though.
  • Shirley - 2012-11-24
    Thank you. I love him so much I just want him to know when I say no I mean no! You are right I feel like he is training me than me training him. :).
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-24
    They are just sooo cute and adorable and lovable and a person has a tendency to laugh or hug when we know we should say 'NO'.  Puppy is very smart and he will understand 'NO'.  Us humans - we are very trainable by the furry things we love.
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traci - 2012-11-20
My Chorkie looks exactly like this one! He even has the same green eyes!

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