Caring for a chow mix is much like caring for any other dog in terms of feeding, exercise and veterinary care; however, a chow needs more training and socializing than other dogs. It is important to prioritize giving chows extra training, as they are stubborn despite being quite smart.
- Give the dog an appropriate diet
Whether kibble, dehydrated raw, or raw food, determining what food works best for your dog is vital to its health and longevity. Make sure you do not overfeed the dog; overweight dogs are generally unhealthy and do not live as long as other dogs.
- Exercise the dog
Take your chow mix for a walk at least twice a day. Try playing fetch in the yard or at a dog park, as well. If your dog is a puppy, make sure you take her to the park (once she has had her vaccinations) so she can socialize with different people and dogs. A puppy who meets many people and dogs is more likely to be well adapted in adulthood and less likely to have aggression issues.
- Provide the dog with mental stimulation
Take the dog to obedience classes. Alternatively, you can also train the dog at home. Sufficient mental stimulation is important for chows, as they are considered to be a smart breed.
- Visit the vet at least annually
Find a vet you trust and take the dog to the vet at least once per year to test for heartworm, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis. Ensure that your pet is getting her vaccinations on time and within regulation of your local laws.
- Take preventative measures
Buy appropriate heartworm and flea and tick preventative medication from the vet or local pet store. Make sure you give her the doses on the appropriate schedule to ensure she does not become infected with disease.