DOGS ARE FAMILY
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As I stated in part one, we breed Anatolian Shepherds, it was fun to watch the puppies as they grew. Almost every night we had coyotes would come running through the property looking for food. Standard procedure of the dogs would be like this. The puppies would run over to the fence and line up along the fence in the same place barking their little heads off. Mom would be walking back and forth about three feet behind them making sure everyone stood their ground while the coyotes came running along the fence. Dad would sit about ten feet behind them just watching what was going on. The other female would gather up the goats and stand guard by them. When the coyotes came running back on the other side of the property, all the dogs would run to the other side line up in the same order and make their presence known. After the coyotes disappeared, the male would walk the perimeter to verify that the danger was gone.
One time a bobcat jumped into the corral; the adults had the bobcat cornered within a couple of minutes. They did not attack the cat, but they blocked the cat from making any further advancements into the corral. Finally, the bobcat decided it was in its best interest to hop over the fence and depart.
If we had a client come to our home to look at the pups. We would watch the male in how he reacted to our guest. There were a couple of times we decided not to sell because of his response to their visit.
We sold dogs all over the US. We met people have way. They came and picked at our home, these were my favorites, no traveling. Took dogs to the airport and flew them across the country. Also, did not know until we got into the business, That there are people who drive all over the country picking up and delivered dogs.
Years ago, my wife and I were breeders of Anatolian Shepherds. These dogs are amazing. They are considered a working-class dog. Originally, they came from Turkey where they would work with shepherds protecting their livestock. We did sell a couple of dogs who were going to be house dogs, but this was not a good fit. These dogs get bored easily.
Anatolians want and need a job to do. It`s funny to say this, but they get bored and moody when they don`t have a job to do. We had some goats to use for training and keep the adult dogs something to take care of.
When we first got to our country home, I took the male on a leash and walked the perimeter of the area he was to oversee. After a week of this exercise, he knew exactly the boundaries of his territory. He never got any ambitions of straying outside of his work area. Furthermore, when a predator would enter the property, he would chase it off and stop at the property line.
Living in a high desert region, we had many different visitors. Our visitors included javalina, bears, coyotes, skunks, bobcats and even for a few months we had a mountain lion in the area. They would protect their charges without ever giving an inch.
Once we started having litters the corrals and outbuildings broken into specific areas. The nursery for the newly born. Then they moved to the next area to get a bigger area to start learning their jobs. Finally, they would be put in the general population. We did not to have to do any training. All the training was done by the adults.
To be continued