March 4, 2016

This is a revision of an article I published in the July 2004 issue of UKC Bloodlines magazine

 

 

 

Whether your puppy is going to be a family companion, or a full-time working flock guardian, or a mix of both… training is an absolute must.  A puppy reared in an isolated, dull environment will be seriously stressed by new noises, places, people, and other animals, and is likely to suffer  temperament problems later on. If you got your puppy from a conscientious bree...

March 4, 2016

Let me state from the outset:  You absolutely need to have a Kangal-sized crate, and you need to train your dog to LOVE the crate. Have it ready before you get your puppy or dog, and use it daily until your dog thinks the crate is awesome. I am too lazy to set up my crate right now and bring in my own Kangal, but trust me: She's OK with the crate, as she's been trained to it from puppyhood.

 

I'm using the female pronoun for this article because English forces us t...

February 16, 2016

The Village Diet

 

In Turkey, village dogs are fed a basic diet of ‘yal’ which is a barley mash mixed with water, goat’s milk and/or yogurt. They will also get stale bread, and on good days, perhaps some offal, eggs, or bones with a bit of meat. The magnificent adult male here was much cherished by his sheep-herding family, and so he and his puppy (which, by the way, is my beloved Pasha) were well fed and even allowed in the house. Other dogs are not quite so lucky...

February 14, 2016

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to teach all dogs, but especially BIG dogs, to have good manners around doors, gates and fences! If at all possible, start with your puppy as soon as you get her or him. Not only will this prevent escapist habits, but it allows you to get in and out safely, and without your dog dashing out into danger.

 

Gates and doors are super-exciting places to dogs. People and stuff come in!  There are cool things outside! But dogs...

January 19, 2016

 

With the help of my good friend Lizette, all 10 puppies had the tiny needle-sharp nails on their forefeet trimmed. As the puppies get stronger, they start using their feet to "knead" the breasts, which can cause no small amount of irritation and pain to poor Mama Dog. After all, they're pretty much nursing at intervals all day and night. So I have to do this every couple of days or so, for Banu's comfort.

 

It's the least I can do. Along with cooking up fresh chic...

January 17, 2016

Pretty exciting around here!

 

Ten gorgeous Kangal puppies were born Friday Jan. 15! Banu kept me up all night pacing and asking to go out, come in, go out... but waited until morning to start delivering. Now, I love a daylight whelping, but it would have been nice to have some sleep first! However, she obliged me by popping them out at a good rate, finishing around 1:30 and settling in to feed a suddenly-huge family clustered around her suddenly-deflated belly....

January 2, 2016

Check in soon to read about Banu's progress through pregnancy and birth, and then the training and socialization of the puppies up until they take up a new life with their owners. I will also be answering some of the common questions that owners have about Kangal Dogs and puppy-raising. 

 

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