Kangal Dog Puppy

Kangal Dog Puppy

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Kangal Dog Sarah killed a skunk


3 or 4 weeks ago Sarah got sprayed by a skunk. 

Later, I put more sheep in the paddock that she primarily stays in (also where she got scented) and they ate down and trampled some of the tall grass and today we spotted this skunk that had previously been hidden. 

Apparently Sarah killed it, would explain why she got sprayed.

One of her main hobby's is hunting gophers, mice and snakes.   




Monday, October 9, 2017

Lokum update 10-9-17




When we brought Lokum home he was simply wild.  I don’t know how else to describe him.  He was wild and unruly and had hardly any manners.  Very hard to handle!  I had to keep a fairly tight rein on him when I brought him around the family so he didn’t hurt them from jumping on them or bumping into them. 

It’s really only been in recent weeks that there has been a marked change in his wild behavior.  He’s actually settling down and is acquiring some manners.  However the fact that he no longer has any testicles has probably sped up the process somewhat as well I imagine. 

Seeing this change and remembering the “old’ Lokum I am getting a picture in my mind of how he was and how he now is.  He came here basically on his own.  I was little more than an acquaintance who fed him and walked him every day.  But really for some time he was a “free agent” completely on his own in a completely foreign land and running on pure instinct and adrenaline.  Every person and every farm animal I introduced him to were simply acquaintances. 

I think the shift came when he began to bond to me (and is still bonding) and to this place.  He’s no longer ALONE in a foreign land and is finding security in his routine and familiar sights and sounds and smells.  He doesn’t have to run on pure instinct and adrenaline so much anymore.  

Lokum is my 3rd Kangal Dog and it is even more apparent to me now that Kangal Dogs are very smart dogs.  With a millennium or two of selective breeding for this type I see why Lokum was such a handful.  For a dog like this to grow up being left to his own devices was a complete recipe for disaster.  However all those brains and physical capabilities are traits that are vital to how a good LGD responds to a predator threat.  Just trying to stay a step ahead of Lokum shows me that he would probably be very effective against any kind of real threat when all that primitive instinct kicks in. 

Earlier tonight after I got home from working, for the first time I let Lokum be with our main flock of ewes while attached to the 26’ retractable leash.  I was pleased that after the initial greeting he really had no interest in pursuing the sheep.  It was very much like when I first let him be with poultry, he was quite indifferent to them. Didn’t try to chase or fuss with them one bit!  I just had to make sure a couple bossy ewes didn’t try to ram him and turn it into a bad experience. 

Loukm knows these sheep through fences. I’ve had them surrounding him in his high security enclosure that I originally built for him.  The first time I set them up like that he terrorized them through the fence which I suppose is understandable since that was HIS turf.  But in time he stopped that behavior once he got used to their presence.

So I am pleased with tonight’s encounter on the 26’ retractable leash.  I consider it a success.

The top two pictures are of Lokum being nice with my wife Kelli.  And the one with him looking out of the fence was him being on guard after a car drove through the driveway.   


 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Update with Lokum

 

I haven’t had time lately to take pictures, make any videos or write any updates about Lokum, but today it’s raining so I’m inside catching up with some things so here’s the latest. 

 

Last week was interesting, I have not yet had the time or money to create the bigger secured paddock for Lokum that I had hoped to by now (we had a financial set back with unexpected repairs on our work truck). So one day I was working outside and had Lokum in a larger fenced area adjacent to the poultry yard.  It’s fenced with various kinds of fencing, chain link, cattle fence and cattle panels and at this time still no electric.  But when I’m close by and can keep an eye on him I let Lokum have the run of it which he thoroughly enjoys.  Usually after a while he finds a place to curl up and take a nap.  Well as it went Kelli and I had a quick project to take care of a little ways off out of sight of where Lokum was and I actually forgot he was in there.  On our way back I could see him in the distance and saw that he was no longer in the area I had left him in, so I put the peddle down and raced back.  Well it was not too big a deal somehow he got himself into the poultry yard and was sniffing around in there. 

 

I stopped taking Lokum into the poultry yard a month or so ago because we have some broody female ducks and they totally freak out when he’s by them they race around quaking up a storm which is just too much to ask out of the dog not to take chase.  So with the broody birds being in there I simply keep Lokum away from them.  But there he was inside the yard with all those spastic females.  I fully expected to find a few dead birds, but to my surprise all was well.  Lokum was happy to see me as he was casually sniffing around looking for any leftover food scraps that we feed the birds. 

 

I really couldn’t tell exactly how Lokum got past the 4 foot chain link that separates the poultry, did he go under or over?  He could have easily done either. 

 

Days went by and I had taken Lokum for a good run so he and I wandered around that fenced area adjacent to the poultry I was just describing above.  I was walking around with him as kind of a cool down before I put him away.  I quickly saw for myself how he got into the chicken yard as he did it right in front of me.  He was sniffing rather intently along the fence line and he must have found his spot because in just a few seconds he scooted under the chain link and there he was inside the chicken yard again.  As I saw what he was about to do I began to call him, but he did not heed my protest and went on under anyway.  After all the work I have put into him I was a little disappointed that he did not listen to me.  He knew I was calling him, but like a naughty child just did what he wanted anyway. 

 

I learned a couple things through that, first not to trust a non-electrified fence for even a few seconds and to not put too much trust in my work with Lokum.  He came to me somewhat wild and strong willed and he still has a big streak of that even after all these months.  However I was very pleased that he did not go after the poultry even those freaky and spastic broody ducks. 

 

Lokum is actually better with the birds than he is the sheep, but that's another story that I will write about at another time. 

 

 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lokum being my farm buddy as I work



I put Lokum in what's going to be a portable sheep pen that I'm working on. My first portable sheep pen is shot after years of use, so I am dismantling it and using the hardware for the new one.

I give Lokum as much experience around here as I can, routinely taking him around as I do all kinds of chores.

Also in the video are some scenes of Sarah being a great Livestock Guardian Dog while she lounges about with the sheep.

 Sarah is a very good dog and I hope that Lokum will be like this one day too, content to just hang out with the animals even with not much of a fence. The electric fence that Sarah and the sheep are shown here in is not even energized. I only use this set up when I'm around otherwise they are in a more secure paddock.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Brushing Kangal Dog Lokum / shedding 5-6-17





Kangal Dogs shed off their thick winter coats in the spring. Interesting note, Lokum is shedding before Sarah. Sarah really hasn't even started yet, Lokum began shedding a couple weeks ago. We got him from southern IL and I wonder if that has something to do with it, or is there some other reason? It seems to me that his internal clock is still set to southern time. Night times are still pretty chilly here currently so I have a hunch that's why Sarah has not begun to shed yet.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

kangal sarah with sheep 5-5-17





Sarah with sheep May 5, 2017. 

In my opinion Sarah is a perfect Livestock Guardian Dog.  She never wants to leave and doesn't try to escape from enclosures. The electric fence shown here is not even electrified at this point and still Sarah does not even try it.



Another way I think Sarah is a perfect LGD is that she is mellow and will lay around and nap near the sheep, but when something comes up that she perceives as a threat she's all "on".  I've seen lots of pictures and video's of LGD's lazily lounging about by livestock which can make a person not in the "know" wonder how in the world these dogs can be very good at protection, but they become a different animal when fully aroused and Sarah does that perfectly giving a measured response every time. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Using the 26' retractable leash





After seeing myself on video practicing a sit stay with Lokum after he gets tangled up I realize I am rusty at dog training and need more practice my self in consistency and to not repeat commands to the dog.  I need to say it firmly and clearly "one" time and then if he breaks the stay put him back into the sit and keep him there until I release him from it. 



He usually holds his sit stays better than that when we are working on obedience, but here he was being allowed to roam freely and wasn't expecting to have to work for it.