Articles About Life With Primitive Dogs
Tissue warning! Be present for them as they were present for you.
Here’s my problem, I have a Shiba Inu. Have you seen Shiba swag? It’s all cute and a whole bunch of no for my design aesthetic…
Stubborn, hard to train, dominant, and hard headed. These labels tend to make everyone around you question why you would ever get a dog like this. “Get a lab, they want to work," they say. Owning a primitive dog is one of the most rewarding experiences, with a teammate not a follower.
Primitive dogs tend to attract some of the best dog owners (yes, I know that I’m biased!), and I think that there are five personality traits necessary for owners of these awesome breeds.
The time has come to play with our food!
So… it happened – I got the job opportunity of a lifetime, training search and rescue dogs full time at the most amazing facility in the country! Now I have to move…
When dogs are bored, they try to find their own fun. The dog’s undesirable behaviors can help you choose which type enrichment your dog needs. Many of the enrichment products and techniques are catered towards kibble fed dogs, so I will be giving tips for how to swap out kibble and processed foods and treats for more natural options.
We learn about dogs with jobs starting at a young age. But where are our primitive dogs?
He doesn’t know he doesn’t get as many birthdays, but he gets way more presence. And the present he would ask for is yours.
Many populations of primitive dogs across the globe straddle the line of wild, feral, or semi-feral classifications. This wreaks havoc on the way we observe these dogs, house them, treat them, make excuses for them, and even create laws around them.
When people ask me what kind of dog I have, the next question is usually “what were they bred for”? My answer - “To Be Dogs!”
What’s in your First Aid Kit?
Do you have a plan in place in case the unthinkable happens?
What is a “primitive dog”?
Both “cultured” and “uncultured” breeds that still maintain ancient genes, primitive appearance and retention of wild traits. Previous exclusive literature has not benefited primitive breeds and their enthusiasts in the past. Therefore we choose to be inclusive about who fits under this umbrella and we offer a long and exhaustive list of what dog breeds fit. However, if your dog is not included and still shows many of the traits of other primitive dogs, in our opinion you are just as welcome.
Sometimes dog greetings and meetings can become a little complicated! Much like the blog about Katie’s dogs Jari and Sonya, here is a story about a few of Katie and Molly’s dogs, and how they learned to coexist in Katie’s house fairly easily, as told by Katie.
Catch that Prey!
For far too long, academia ignored our canine companions and humanity was basically encouraged to leave our relationships with animals in the stone age. But in the last 50 years there has been groundbreaking change in the way academia and the world looks at animals, including dogs. Advances in cognition, ethology, animal welfare, and so many more fields, has opened up the world of animal awareness and intelligence to all. But like all science, it is slow to become part of our everyday lives. So today we are going to look at how we can be better informed participant’s in our dogs’ world.
As you walk down the aisles of a pet store, it is very easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices. How do you choose when there are so many different proteins, food for small dogs, big dogs, puppies, overweight dogs, grain-free, natural… what does it all mean?
From time to time the Couch Wolves Staff share personal stories of challenges of triumphs they have personally experienced with their primitive dogs. This is a story of two of Katie's dogs, Sonya and Jari.
Forget about “packs”, “alpha”, “hierarchy”, “dominant”, “wolf, wild, or ancestor” nutrition, or any of the other wolf labels we stick on our dogs. They didn’t earn that scarlet letter. They are dogs. Strong, resilient, adaptable, intelligent, and independent dogs, that we invited into our living rooms and on to our couches. Let’s introduce ourselves to them and leave the wolf outside in the forest where it belongs.
Communication is key in any healthy relationship. The traditional model for dog ownership has been that we are a dog’s master and should tell them what to do at all times. Your primitive dog didn’t get this memo and calls “BS” on this human exceptionalist view of the relationship. They didn’t sign up for a destiny of servitude and are relieved that if you’re reading this, you probably didn’t either.
A lot of my colleagues think I was dropped on my head around the time a graduated from college...
Finding good help is hard no matter what the field. Primarily this is because we are not experts in what we need assistance with, so it can be very challenging to weed out what isn’t going to help us. The unfortunate truth is that many times we don’t find out until after we have made a financial investment and possibly done damage to the thing we are looking for help with. Help for our primitive dogs is no different.