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January 22, 2009

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

The Kuvasz has a booming bark befitting this large dog. It is an excellent watchdog and will be on watch all night long. This can be great if you live out in the country, but hardly ideal if you live in the city. The Kuvasz is not a dog that does well in urban environments for this reason. Instead of using its great watchdog instincts for protecting your property, in the city you will probably end up with the animal control people being called every time your dog becomes a noise nuisance. Be aware that when walking him on dog leashes, he will have a tendancy to bark at strangers.


January 22, 2009

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is of Hungarian origin where it was often used as a personal bodyguard for nobility. Later, it became a good dog for herding sheep and watching the farmhouses. In World War II, the encroaching German armies practically decimated the species because they had to kill the dogs as they tried to take a farmhouse. The dogs would often warn the owners of potential intruders and also give its life to protect the family. It is a fierce guard dog that takes its role seriously. When walking the Kuvasz, make sure you always use the proper type of dog leashes.


Children And The Kuvasz

Author: gibbywmu
January 22, 2009

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is a guard dog that can work well to protect your own children. Unfortunately, the same is not true of other people’s children who may come over to play. A dog as large as the Kuvasz is a formidable dog that can cause severe injury to people it perceives as threats. For that reason, the dog is not recommended for families with children, even though it does well with children it consider part of its flock.  Always make sure to use the proper dog leashes for this type of guard dog, as it is of utomost importance.


Bloating and the Kuvasz

Author: gibbywmu
January 22, 2009

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

Like all large dogs, the Kuvasz is subject to bloat. Bloat is sometimes caused gastric dilation. Its most prominent symptom is the extension of the dog’s stomach. You may even see the stomach twisting and turning inside, but that’s not always the case. The dog may retch or salivate excessively. Bloat is fatal in a large number of dogs and immediate attention by a veterinarian is warranted if you think your dog is experiencing bloat.  Even if you are walking him on dog leashes, and notice he is gassy, you might want to take him to the vet to get checked out.


January 22, 2009
Kuvasz

It a litigious society, it is obvious that anyone can sue anyone else. However, if you own a big dog, you are more likely to be the defendant than the plaintiff. There are certain responsibilities that come with owning a big dog, like Kuvasz, so that you can keep your dog happy and your neighbors happy as well. Remember that other people who live near you will look on a dog that has a history of being a bodyguard, like the Kuvasz, as a threat. It is up to you to get your dog trained on good dog leashes and socialized so that it will be accepted into the area you choose to live in.


January 22, 2009

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is a dog that was originally used in Hungary as a bodyguard. Eventually, Kuvasz was used to guard livestock. As such, a livestock guardian typically has a protective nature towards its flock, which can become quickly aggressive against perceived threats. Kuvatsz has an independent disposition that allowed Kuvatz to make decisions on its own when Kuvasz was out in the wild with the livestock. The intelligence of most dogs bred for guarding or herding sheep is typically very good, which can lead to some manipulative ploys as the dog tests its owner for dominance.  When leash walking your Kuvasz, make sure you use strong dog leashes to show your dog who’s boss.

The Kuvasz, being a descendant of the wolf, will relate to its role in the human pack. It is very capable of taking advantage of a non-assertive owner. However, dominance does not mean physical dominance. Dominance over a dog is an attitude, a demeanor that says you are in charge.

One of the keys to a successful life with a Kuvasz is socialization. This point cannot be stressed enough. A well-socialized Kuvasz learns that not everything is a threat. This gives the dog more self-confidence and helps KuvasZ to recognize a genuine threat if it occurs. The dog can then act accordingly.


When You Need Help

Author: gibbywmu
January 16, 2009

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When You Need Professional Help

If your dog has already injured you or someone else or if you are afraid of your dog, you should consult with a qualified professional dog trainer or behaviorist before starting Canine Boot Camp. Your dog should also have an exam by your vet to make sure there are no physical causes for his behavior.  This could cause issues in the camp, since you will be training to walk your dog on dog leashes.

To find a qualified trainer or behaviorist near you, contact your veterinarian or the American Kennel Club for a list of obedience training clubs in your area.


Obedience Training

Author: gibbywmu
January 16, 2009

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Obedience Training:

Once your dog has begun to accept this new way of life and his new position in the family, you should take him through an obedience course with a qualified trainer. All dogs need to be trained and alpha dogs need training most of all! You don’t have to wait until he’s through with boot camp to start this training but it’s important that he respects at least one member of the family and is willing to take direction from them.

Obedience class teaches you to train your dog. It teaches you how to be alpha, how to enforce commands and rules, how to get respect and to keep it. All family members who are old enough to understand and control the dog should participate in the class.

Obedience training is a lifelong process. One obedience course does not a trained dog make! Obedience commands need to be practiced and incorporated into your daily life. In a dog pack, the alpha animal uses occasional reminders to reinforce his authority. Certain commands, like DOWN/STAY, are especially effective, nonviolent reminders of a dog’s place in the family pack order and who’s really in charge here.

A well-trained obedient dog is a happy dog and a joy to live with. Dogs want to please and need a job to do. Training gives them the opportunity to do both. A well-trained dog has more freedom. He can go more places and do more things with you because he knows how to behave. A well-trained dog that’s secure in his place within the family pack is comfortable and confident, especially on dog leashes.  He knows what’s expected of him. He knows his limits and who his leaders are. He’s free from the responsibility of running the household and making decisions. He’s free to be your loving companion and not your boss. He’s free to be a dog – what he was born to be and what he always wanted to be in the first place!


January 16, 2009

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Graduating from Boot Camp: What’s next?

Just like in the army, boot camp is really just an introduction to a new career and new way of doing things. A tour through boot camp isn’t going to solve your alpha dog’s problems forever. It’s a way to get basic respect from a dog who’s been bullying you without having to resort to physical force.

How long should boot camp last? That depends on the dog. Some will show an improvement right away, others may take much longer. For really tough cookies, natural leaders that need constant reminders of their place in the pack, Alpha Dog Boot Camp will become a way of life. Social climbers may need periodic trips through boot camp if you get lax and accidentally let them climb back up a notch or two in the family pack order.

How do you know if you’re making a difference? If boot camp has been successful, your dog should start looking to you for directions and permission. He’ll show an eagerness to please. Watch how your dog approaches with dog leashes and greets you. Does he come to you “standing tall”, with his head and ears held high and erect? It may look impressive and proud but it means he’s still alpha and you still have problems! A dog who accepts humans as superiors will approach you with his head slightly lowered and his ears back or off to the sides. He’ll “shrink” his whole body a little in a show of submission. Watch how he greets all the members of the family. If he displays this submissive posture to some of them, but not others, those are the ones who still need to work on their own alpha posture and methods. They should take him back through another tour of boot camp with support from the rest of the family


Crate Training

Author: gibbywmu
January 16, 2009

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Crate-training:
Dog crates and dog leashes have 1,000 uses and working with an alpha dog is one of them. It’s a great place for your dog to sleep at night, to eat in and just to stay in when he needs to chill out and be reminded that he’s a dog. The crate is your dog’s “den”. Start crate training by feeding him his dinner in his crate. Close the door and let him stay there for an hour afterwards. If he throws a tantrum, ignore him. Don’t let your dog out of his crate until he’s quiet and settled. At bedtime, show him an irresistable goodie, tell him to SIT and when he does, throw the goodie into the crate. When he dives in for the treat, tell him what a good boy he is and close the door.