Maybe Jeep rides aren’t so bad…


This is the same dog that a month ago would lay down and pee himself rather than get in the Jeep. I refrained from forcing him to anything to do with the Jeep for over a week, then kept the atmosphere light and only forced him inside when trips would be short and go to pleasant places. Wasn’t long before he stopped protesting – now he’s insisting on coming along.

Took Laddie most of a year, but he was already seven years old when he came here and had a much longer record of associating rides with bad things.

Tobie is noticeably more leggy than five weeks ago but isn’t filling out at all yet. His teeth are more nearly fully developed and there are fewer spots on his belly. He’s a very friendly and well-behaved dog but so very willful when he’s not under direct control. Maybe I’m being too much of a control freak but we’re going to have to come to some understandings before I’m going to trust him too far off the leash. Still, it’s only been a little over a month and we’re getting to know what to expect from one another.

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5 Responses to Maybe Jeep rides aren’t so bad…

  1. Jim Price says:

    At this rate he’ll be driving soon.

  2. Mike says:

    “Maybe I’m being too much of a control freak”

    Remember what Heinlein wrote about stupidity being the only capital crime? Well, being a control freak is just your way of trying to stop Tobie from violating that law.

  3. DaveS says:

    You might want to spend some time reading up on the behavior patterns inherent to Livestock Guardian Dogs. (LGD’s) He certainly looks like he may have a wee bit of Anatolian Shepherd somewhere in his lineage. LGD’s can be incredible companions, but they process the world around them in entirely different ways than most dogs. They have centuries of breeding that ingrained in them the trait to make decisions and take action without human direction. And once they start, most aren’t very interested in what you want until they’re done. The secret is to “Stay ahead” of the dog’s behaviour, to read the environment and head off things BEFORE the dog decides to do something. 15 years with Kuvaszok has taught me a lot, but I’m still learning every day.

    Then again, maybe there’s not a drop of Anatolian in him and he’s just being a normal, headstrong young dog. Good looking fella either way.

  4. winston smith says:

    Jim Price for the win!

    He’s still a puppy. You continue to do your part and he’ll get to where you want him to be as he matures.

  5. Ruth says:

    If he is part Anatolian, and he is less than a year old, you’ve still got at least a couple years of maturing on him still to go before I’d be willing to consider him at his adult temperament. ANd he may never be 100% off leash reliable. He’ll SEEM to be, then something will trigger him and he’ll have to chase it off. The LGD breeds aren’t quite like other breeds when it comes to thought processes. I love mine, but yah.

To the stake with the heretic!