Guard dogs tend to be more independent-minded as they evolved to provide guarding for flocks or even villages without humans being present at all tunes. Some were expected to be able to make decisions on their own, and while this was obviously a useful trait while guarding a flock of sheep in an isolated situation on the Central Anatolian Plateau, it can cause training difficulties. However, always keep in mind that most problems concerning training can be overcome by using the correct technique and approach.
Training your Caucasian Ovcharka requires patience, technique, and an understanding and acceptance of the characteristics of your dog's breed. Properly training your dog will not only help to establish the dog's position in the family but will help to establish a stronger bond between owner and pet.
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Socializing Your Caucasian Ovcharka
The first dogs your Caucasian Ovcharka should meet should be those of friends or relatives that are calm and friendly animals. Don't hesitate to ask whether the dogs have been vaccinated themselves, as inoculations are not 100% effective. You can even arrange to have your Caucasian Ovcharka puppy meet the other dogs on “neutral ground”, such as during a walk. Stay positive and praise your pup when it responds favorably to the meeting.
Caucasian Ovcharka, like all dogs, has a psychological window during which receptivity to new experiences will be most likely to be positive. When your Caucasian Ovcharka puppy is around 12 to 14 weeks old this is the perfect age to begin socialization. Once again, pay attention to vaccinations before embarking on this. This is also the perfect time for you to begin using very mild forms of discipline with your puppy. By mild forms of discipline, I mean telling the puppy "No" in a fairly stern voice.
It does not mean striking the puppy in any way or confining it to a crate to punish it. Relying mostly on positive reinforcement with occasional verbal reprimands will actually make your pup more confident because it will realize that it can depend on you to take care of it. Even a Caucasian Ovcharka will try to move to the dominant position in a home if there seems to be no leadership available, but dogs seem to understand that they are not really competent to act as the alpha in the household and will actually appreciate it when you show yourself to be the leader. You, your family, and your Caucasian Ovcharka will be all the happier if you attend to this facet of socialization.
Besides allowing your Caucasian Ovcharka to meet other dogs and people, it's a good idea to take it to different situations such as parks, streets 111 towns or cities, other people's homes, stores that may allow dogs inside, etc. This allows your Caucasian Ovcharka puppy to become accustomed to noise and movement, so it will be less likely to be fearful or panic in the future.
Always remember to keep your Caucasian Ovcharka on a leash when outside the home. Some owners choose to use a harness instead of a collar. You may find that a harness is better for control. It will also be more comfortable for your Caucasian Ovcharka since no pressure will be placed on the throat.
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