Our New Dog

This month I finally decided that I needed to continue on with what I had planned to do with my dogs. Originally, I had wanted to attend dog shows and trial, do precision obedience and other sports with my dogs because I love doing it and so I could demonstrate that any dog can do well with proper training.

Somehow I got sidetracked.

I let myself be influenced away from what I really wanted to be doing. This was a problem with me in the past, but since I have become conscious of it, I am able to make a change.

This was no one’s fault but my own.

So even though I am still having trouble accepting the loss of two dogs, we have a new puppy. He is Ira, a Kuvasz registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. Ira is not a replacement for our dogs Miranda or Finn who passed away this year. He is joining us as planned and would have been welcomed by the two who left us as if he were a son, because they were such loving dogs.

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You may wonder why I want to buy a dog when there are so many dogs available at shelters and through rescues.  I have adopted/rescued several dogs in the past and have nothing against them whatsoever. The main reason is the following:

A responsible breeder will take back any dog for any reason at any time during the dog’s life. This protects the dog. It does not encourage people to return their dogs and does not promote irresponsible dog ownership. This is not a criticism of shelters at all.

If something happens to me I know my dogs will be returned safely to their breeder. This way one does not have to fill the overfilled shelters or rescues with more dogs. You have a safety net.

Anyway, I had not intended this post to be a lecture on registered dogs. I wanted to talk about how a new dog fits in to our household.

We live in the country and are trying to live as eco-friendly as we can. I feel that the state of our earth is at a turning point and I want to reduce my impact on the earth as much as possible. So as I said before, I am returning to living as I believe – I must do whatever I can to help nature.

Dogs figure into this idea well. They live with us and help us do things. Livestock guardian dogs are very important in this plan. The ranchers in our area do not use these dogs with their livestock. I don’t think it’s because they don’t want to, I think it is simply because they don’t know  about it. And livestock ranchers are not going anywhere for the foreseeable future so promotion of a dog that helps protect wildlife is foremost on my agenda.

It is a common belief that Livestock guardian Dogs especially the Kuvasz are naturally aggressive, hard to train and hard to handle. This is another focus of mine – to help change beliefs about these dogs.

There are so many myths about dogs, so helping to change one or two is a start. You can’t do everything.

Aside from this, when I chose the Kuvasz as my other breed (besides Australian Shepherds), I took over a year of study and consultation to decide. I did not choose lightly. With this much care and thought going into it, I feel that I should continue on with my original interest and not get sidetracked by outside influences anymore. Again, no one’s fault but my own. It’s the way I used to be.

So Ira is currently 13 weeks old and 30.2 lbs.  He is easily trained with food rewards and has already acheived his Novice Trick Dog Title. Don’t worry, some of the “tricks” include “sit”, “down” and “come”. Everything is a trick to a dog.

Look forward to updates on his training and life at home and on the road at dog shows. He will also be looking after a group of ducks at some point.

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5 thoughts on “Our New Dog

  1. “A responsible breeder will take back any dog for any reason at any time during the dog’s life.” – I am finding that a difficult statement to digest because, not only does it take away from shelters (many of which will accept a return with minimum questions asked), but it also sets up the thought process that a dog does not need to be considered a long term responsibility.

    One should NEVER get into dog ownership unless the intent is to give it a long and stable life. A dogs is, like us, very driven by routines and stability and to return it should be an absolute last resort measure i.e. a physical handicap prohibits the ability to look after it. Any breeder that promotes that “return policy” is simply encouraging unfounded returns and with no consideration to the dog.

    Our Ray came from a shelter and we have been in contact with staff there regularly for nearly 4 years now. Their trainers have offered free advice re various behavior issues and have stayed in touch with Ray so much that a highlight of his day is to visit them. There may be a breeder out there who would match that level of service… but I have not heard about one yet.

    Not all shelters will offer that level of service. Not all breeders will have any interest in their dogs once purchased. Given the over capacity state of so many shelters, it would seem the most humane thing to do is to learn about ones local shelter(s) and give a poor dog from there a warm and loving home. Breeders are invaluable for show dogs were breed and temperament are critical, but for you best family buddy????.

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    1. Because Ray came to you from a shelter you have a connection with shelters and that is you opinion and you are absolutely entitled to it.

      Do not take offence to what I am saying about this and try to interpret from a different angle instead of feeling as though I am bashing shelters which couldn’t be further from the truth. I am actually making a statement against BACKYARD BREEDING which is where most shelter dogs come from. These are the breeders who do not care what happens to the dogs they breed and are only in it for the money.

      If you feel that I am “taking away” something from shelters that is based on your own interpretation (and knowledge of breeding) of what I am saying. That is NOT AT ALL what I am getting at. It actually has nothing to do with shelters at all and completely refers to those who backyard breed.

      Backyard bred dogs take up the majority of shelter space. Yes there are some pure bred (which actually requires that they have a registration certificate by law so most perceived purebreds are actually NOT) but most are not.

      Breeders that promote a return policy ARE NOT encouraging unfounded returns. They are trying to prevent people from abandoning their dogs or sending them to shelter. They CARE about the dogs they breed. They care about the breed of dog they deal with. These are reputable breeders not backyard breeders. You must understand the difference. In fact reputable breeders will REQUIRE you to return a dog to them if anything should happen to you. You sign a contract.
      If there is a behaviour issue that occurs due to a person’s not training properly, or an illness that of the dog, or anything else, the breeder wants to be responsible for the dog that they brought into this world.
      ALL reputable CKC registered breeders offer training advice, want pictures sent to them of how the dog is doing, and will give advice on the dog and behaviour at ANY TIME (sometimes in the middle of the night) in the dog’s life.

      I have been in contact with my dog’s breeders (four different ones) for years – more than 15 to be more accurate.
      ALL reputable breeders will have interest in their dog once purchased. Trust me. They do.
      Reputable breeding is for creating PETS, as dogs for show are few and far between in a litter. Most dogs in a litter are for working or pets. Showing dogs is NOT the reason most breeders breed. They breed because they are passionate about the breed they work with.

      You are mistaking backyard breeders for reputable breeders which is a mistake lots of people make.

      In fact, having worked with a couple of different rescues in my area for YEARS – fostering, helping to train, clean kennels etc, I have found that most people will return animals for behaviour issues that they can’ be bothered to fix to the shelter.
      Funds For Furry Friends – a rescue in Brandon, MB that I worked with for years, first as a foster person and then as a trainer, has in a contract that any dog that is adopted from them MUST be returned to them if for any reason the family/person can no longer keep the dog. And believe me there are some doozy excuses. Does this “encourage unfounded returns with no consideration to the dog”? NO It protects the dog.

      Lots of people who buy from BACKYARD BREEDERS/PUPPY MILLS end up giving their dog to a rescue because of behaviour or health problems. These dog make up most of the dogs that are found in shelters. In fact I would say from my own experience with people who adopt or shop at stores or the neighbour down the street who has a litter of puppies there are more who are not serious about dog ownership than those who buy from a reputable breeder. When you pay a large amount of money for a dog, you generally are taking dog ownership more seriously.

      Now, if this statement bothers you and you take offence to it, try not to take it personally. This is not a personal attack. I am not saying that YOU don’t take dog parent-ship seriously. I know YOU do. But statistically, many do not. And from my experience working in the pet services field now for 14 year, that is what I have found to be true. And from my experience as someone who has trained shelter dogs for a rescue, I have found that most people who adopt don’t want help with behaviour issues. Many just return the dog.
      I know this answer will probably not help your opinion and may make you unsubscribe to my blog. Unfortunately, everything here is accurate. Maybe just do a little research about this subject before getting too upset.
      I value your comments and your follow to my blog. Thanks.

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      1. Absolutely no problems with your clarification. Many thanks for taking the time. My concern was simply that if I can draw those conclusions from your Post, then so can others. I think that there is now a more balanced viewpoint so, again, many thanks.

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  2. colinandray I LOVE breeders who say they will always take a dog back, for any reason and at any stage in a dog’s life. That, to me, is a huge part of what makes a responsible dog breeder. As a mouse breeder I am very clearly stating the same thing to everybody who inquires about my mice.

    It’s a wonderful thing to do because as well as a breeder tries to match puppies up with suitable owners, and as much as you grill the owners to make sure they are the sort of people you want your dog going to, people can lie and circumstances can change. I have seen SO MANY adverts in my local area where puppies from back-yard-breeders end up on local rehoming sites, being bounced from pillar to post – just yesterday I saw a 13 week old puppy that had already had two homes since leaving the breeder, and was looking for a third!!! This is absolutely inexcusable, and if the breeder had told the buyers to always return to them and even included it in a contract, it would not have happened and would have been far less stressful for such a young puppy.

    Just recently I saw a 3 year old ESS that a breeder was selling as, after almost 3 years with his family, a family member had died unexpectedly and they could no longer keep the dog. Not the family’s fault, but how wonderful that this dog was able to go back to his great breeder, live in a home environment (which 95% of rescues can’t do and are in a kennel situation) and be truly loved.

    I also don’t think it’s fair to say everybody simply wanting a family dog should get a rescue dog – why? Using a responsible breeder is just as good an option, and not everybody wants a dog that a) could have issues, b) they don’t know the breed of, c) hasn’t had health testing. If you feel you can cope with a rescue dog and that’s the route you wish to go, absolutely fantastic, but buying from a good breeder is wonderful too.

    Finally finally, Raiden’s breeder would love to keep in touch with us. She sent gifts for his first birthday, she would love to email us daily and hear about him and get daily photos, and she constantly wanted to come go for a walk with him…but me personally I didn’t really appreciate this, however there are definitely breeders who love updates, meeting the dogs they bred etc.

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