I have a Chesepeake Bay Retriever pup about 8 months old. In the same house with me and the dog are my daughter and grand daughter. In the back yard we have a deck to goes to an above the ground swimming pool. The pool is 4 feet deep and has a 2 foot wide aluminum deck that surrounds the pool. Of course the dog loves the water and also seems to like the grand daughter. While she is in the pool, if I'm not in there, he will swim towards here and with his paws, non-intentionally claw her.

He also goes kinda nuts and will run the circle around the deck of the pool as if he is trying to save her. I have had her try not to run away or climb the ladder to get away from him just to see what he would do if he catches her and he does nothing when he gets to her. Now, we can't keep him out of the water and he uses the ladder to get out. We can't go swimming in piece without him in the pool and can't keep him in the house, in a cage, without yelping at the top of his lungs.
On a normal day, he seems to want to be around her no matter where she goes. This is understandable since he is a pup and she is a kid and active. But on other occasions, if she were to walk by him while he is eating, or similar circumstances, he will snarl at her and even one time snarled and jumped towards her. We put him in the cage when he does this but just wandering why he does this. I'm sure the above story may have some holes in it and you may have questions, if so just ask.
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I have a Chesepeake Bay Retriever pup about 8 months old. In the same house with me and the dog ... I'm sure the above story may have some holes in it and you may have questions, if so just ask.

Because you're posting from Google, and Googloids seldom respond to any advice that's given them, please answer a few questions for me and then I'll help you out.
1. Did you research the Chessapeake Retriever breed before you gother?
2. If not, have you researched the breed since then?
3. Why did you choose the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed?
4. Have you given her any OBEDIENCE TRAINING?
5. Did you get your dog from a breeder?
6. If not, where did you get her?
7. How old was she when you got her?

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I have a Chesepeake Bay Retriever pup about 8 months old. In the same house with me and the dog are my daughter and grand daughter.

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On a normal day, he seems to want to be around her no matter where she goes. This is understandable ... I'm sure the above story may have some holes in it and you may have questions, if so just ask.

This breed is known for possessiveness with food. There is potential for someone to get bitten if they get too close to his food dish, or if some item of food is dropped near him and a person is also nearby.

My top recommendation would be to hire a behavioral specialist who deals with "resource-guarding" behavior, especially one who is familiar with the Chesapeake breed. They can teach you protocols for diminishing the behavior and keeping everyone as safe as possible.

A low-budget solution would be to always feed the dog privately, and be rigidly careful about where food is and how it is handled, any time he is at large in the house. My behaviorist friend says, however, that "management always fails."
What I would not recommend is to punish the dog, snatch his food away, or anything of that sort.
Obedience training always helps. This is a breed that really needs to be trained. Defending food against a child, however, is a behavioral issue that is not really between the (adult) trainer and the dog,
so special attention to the issue is desirable.
On the business with the pool, these tend to be high-drive, persistent, obsessive dogs. I have heard of some learning not to scratch family members with the claws while swimming, but have never taught that. Probably your best bet is to start crating him now, before the behavior gets any further established.

If you don't mind saying, where do you live? Is your dog's breeder local, and is he/she available to give you advice, recommend training classes, and so forth?
Amy Dahl
I have a Chesepeake Bay Retriever pup about 8 months ... it and you may have questions, if so just ask.

4. Have you given her any OBEDIENCE TRAINING?

Besides Jack's obviously good questions, I didn't catch how old this granddaughter is, as a matter of affording more advice.

I left #4 above, and snipped the OP to leave pertinent info. You have an above ground pool, you can block the ladder access and TEACH the dog to stay out of the pool. Before "but we can't - he loves the water", I have THREE retriever dogs here - 1, 6 and 9.5 years old. All of them LOVE water. Can't get enough of it. I also have an inground pool, with no barriers whatsoever between the dogs and the pool. They are not allowed in and don't go in. Not even when in the yard on their own (I don't leave them out when I'm not home, just FYI).

Like Jack, I wonder why you chose a CBR, but if you're determined to keep him, TRAINING is not optional - you MUST train this dog, and do a serious job of it. To do less will get very ugly.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I left #4 above, and snipped the OP to leave pertinent info. You have an above ground pool, you can ... Not even when in the yard on their own (I don't leave them out when I'm not home, just FYI).

I'm going to respectfully repeat my preference for using the crate in the house. I wholeheartedly endorse training obedience training preferably followed by Agility or retriever training or something to occupy the dog's active mind. But getting a Chesapeake to refrain from something it is obsessed with is not a beginner task. Attempting it, IMO, is more likely to weaken the owner's credibility than anything else. Better to crate the dog and prevent further development of the obsession while he/she learns to train it.
Like Jack, I wonder why you chose a CBR, but if you're determined to keep him, TRAINING is not optional - you MUST train this dog, and do a serious job of it. To do less will get very ugly.

It's true. These are dogs with great desire for mental challenge as well as
physical. They are also very people-oriented and interested in relationships. This frequently leads them to discover that there is a lot of entertainment in pushing the owner's buttons. Better to start early with the training and channel all of that motivation to constructive endeavors.
A lot of them end up in rescue around 1-1.5 years of age.

I love the breed, but they are dogs to take seriously.

Amy Dahl
I'm going to respectfully repeat my preference for using the crate in the house. (re: obedience alone): Attempting it, IMO, ... anything else. Better to crate the dog and prevent further development of the obsession while he/she learns to train it.

You're right Amy.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com