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Q - Is it best for one of these dogs to live indoors or outdoors?

A – It is much healthier for these dogs if they live completely outdoors, at the very least mostly outdoors.

 

Q – Is it ok to keep one of these dogs in a crate?

A – No. Prolonged confinement will lead to extreme anxiety, which in turn will lead to destructive behaviour.

 

Q – Is it OK for one of these dogs to sleep in a crate indoors?

A – This is possible. However, you would have to condition the dog from the very beginning that this is his sleeping quarters. In addition to this, the dog should be outside for the vast majority of the day, and vigorously exercised before being confined to the crate for the night.

 

Q – Should these dogs be exercised on the lead?

A – No. These dogs need lots of vigorous exercise – off lead.

 

Q – What type of exercise do you recommend?

A – I use a Frisbee with my dogs; this allows me to throw long distances with minimum physical effort, resulting in maximum physical exertion on their behalf.

 

Q – Should I take my pup to puppy classes?

A – Yes. The more general socialisation you do with your dog, the better.

 

Q – Will my pup get car sick?

A – Initially, almost certainly yes. To combat this, never feed your pup even hours before travelling, and persevere over a period of time, with short and fun-filled journeys.

 

Q – I want my dog to ultimately protect me. Should I keep him away from people to build suspicion?

A – No, this is the worst thing you could do. You will only make the dog fearful of people. The very best K9 protectors are confident dogs who are friendly around people.

 

Q – How important is socialisation?

A – Absolutely imperative. Without socialisation, you will have ruined a well-bred dog.

 

Q – When is the best time to start the socialisation process?

A – Socialisation is an ongoing process, you cannot start too soon. The critical window of opportunity is in the pups first eighteen weeks. The more environments/people and animals you expose your pup to at this stage, the more environmentally well adjusted your dog will be. (Please note, this process should continue into adulthood)