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.
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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