Made my choice...A Bulgarian Karakachan

Discussion in 'Guard Animals' started by motdaugrnds, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. aart

    aart HOW do they DO that?

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    Haha!
    Picturing you and your pup carrying that carcass.....priceless.
    Great story!

    More likely deer was hit by car and died in field...probably had been there quite awhile if only bones left.
     
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  2. wiscto

    wiscto Well-Known Member

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    How's it going, Mot?
     

  3. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Thanks for asking Wiscto. All is going well.

    Valentina is still a VERY serious-minded canine and has definitely decided I'm one of her charges. Perfect example of this is the day I let a "friend" come into my house to help me with computer. Now Valentina had let this person on my place several times before; and even though she would follow with growls, she did let him come on into my house...with my standing between him and Valentina. Now this has always puzzled me because this man has ever been kind and respectful; also Valentina has let other strangers on the place, i.e. the oil man to put oil in the tank as well as the electrician to check the box. She would bark once then just watch...no growls. This one particular day this kind friend came into the house and the entire time he was in here (less than half an hour) Valentina continually circled the trailer looking up at the windows and bark/growl...the entire time. Have no idea as to why; but when the kind man was to leave my trailer, Valentina was ready to pounce and would have if I had not made it a point to be between her and this friend. Now it is quite obvious Valentina did not like this man to be inside my trailer, in fact I don't think she likes him at all. I have no idea as he has never hurt her... Anyway, this is an obvious sign Valentina sees me as one she wants to keep safe.

    Other than this one incident, Valentina has continued to keep predators (even flying ones) off the place; and with Cujo's help has even killed several that made it in as far as the yard and/or chicken house.

    Also, Valentina is so obedient...yes obedient...despite her willfulness to do what she thinks best despite what I want at the time, she is quite obedient. Example 1: I wanted to spray a wasp nest that was right on my back porch just above where the dogs enjoy laying at times. Valentina was there at the moment; so I told her to "move". She stood up and looked at me. I said "move" again calling her by name and she walked all the way down stairs. (At that time Cujo was in the way as well so I had to tell him to move too.) With both dogs down stairs I could spray the "Raid" on those wasps killing them all. Example 2: Both dogs had found a copperhead. I told them both to move. Valentina stood there looking at me. I said "move" again holding my shotgun; and she quickly moved back to stand and watch. So Valentina apparently knows when it is time to obey my commands quickly and when it is time to "think" about it. ROFL

    She now weighs 88.9 lbs (Cujo is near this as well.), eats her "dried" food (reluctantly), will take Rx meds orally (reluctantly) and lets me brush her, clip her nails and what ever I want to do with no problems. If what I'm touching is sensitive, she will growl; but I just continue and she lets me. (This reminds me of the way she acted the last time she was in to see the vet. She did not growl once but kept her eyes focused "strongly" on me while the doctor and her assistant maneuvered her body in all kinds of ways so as to check her. She obviously trusts me to not let anyone hurt her; and that was at a time when she had a fever and was in pain which means she knew she was vulnerable.)

    She also still runs so fast almost tripling her speed in a second when Cujo is chasing her. lol I'm still quite fond of this LGD; and though I've not heard of other Karakachans acting toward their owners quite like Valentina does with me, I have no doubt they have the propensities to do so.
     
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  4. wiscto

    wiscto Well-Known Member

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    How'd the dogs handle the sound of the shotgun?
     
  5. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Both dogs ran, then looked back and returned to my side. LOL
     
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    wiscto Well-Known Member

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    LOL well they came back, that's good. I've seen a few have a really hard time with it. I saw a chocolate lab puppy handle it completely unfazed, that was impressive.
     
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    If a lab is bred right, it should be able to handle a shotgun unfazed. Any lab that offers to be gun shy should have never been bred to, at the very least. People responsible for making the lab would probably have a little more hardcore view of that particular dog, and possibly everything it was closely related to, in terms of what steps they would have gone to to ensure that it was never bred.