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.
What is a “primitive dog”?
Choosing an activity for our primitive dogs takes a lot of consideration. Here are some awesome reasons why Nose Work might be the perfect activity for your primitive dog.Read More
It is true that the ideal training scenario is to have a biddable food driven dog who will do anything for a morsel of kibble. But not every dog is going to fit that mold and in fact, most probably won't at some point or another. Don’t let trainers or owners shame you into thinking something is wrong with you, your training, or your dog. There are many reasons why your dog may not be motivated by food. There are also many solutions.Read More
You’ve had a bad day at work. You come home to a super excited and energetic dog. Or maybe you just had a negative experience at a dog sports competition. You wake up the next morning and your dog is ready to go, go, go. Your motivation for training is at a low, as is your desire to go for a walk around the neighborhood. Bully sticks and other chews are great, food puzzles are also super fun. But your dog needs more than that, and you don’t want the guilt from not properly exercising your dog to add on to your unhappiness. What do you do?Read More
There is a war going on... a war against the use of food in how we interact with our dogs. To be honest it's ridiculous and founded on dying ideals of power and obligation.Read More
So let's clear the air on this catch-all behavior modification term and get you started on a protocol that will actually help your primitive dog feel better around things they react to!Read More
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.Read More
Some are destructive, vocalize loudly or constantly, become hypervigilant of where their humans are at all times, while others do all of these signs and more. Many pet owners are unaware that the behaviors their dog is exhibiting are separation distress because there is such a wide range of behaviors associated with it.Read More
When thinking of fun dog training opportunities for our dogs, one sport in particular has become extremely popular – the sport of dog agility. I like this activity for primitive dogs especially because it involves both mental and physical exercise, of which my dogs have plenty to burn! You do not need a ton of space to get some good work done, and best of all, you don’t have to compete to have a blast with your dog and develop teamwork.Read More
Catch that Prey!Read More
A marker is a word that you say to your dog the second that they complete the correct behavior in a training exercise.This technique is a powerful part of a trainer’s toolbelt and is a favorite method for teaching dogs new behaviors and reinforcing old ones.Read More
It starts out cute. That sad pleading face. Maybe add a few cute behaviors and inevitably, we give them what they want. We have also taught our primitive dogs a way to access food.Read More
Exercising your primitive dog is easier than you may think. Many owners feel frustrated when they don’t have access to large off-leash areas where their dogs can run safely. But you don’t need an off-leash area to run your dogs. Canicross - the sport of dog powered running - gets you and your dog out enjoying the outdoor and burning a ton of energy in the process.Read More
Stations are powerful because they can be used to help dogs get out of stressful situations by sending them to their station aka safe place. They can also be used to help keep a dog away from an open door, waiting to greet a guest, or simply be safe instead of being underfoot. Regardless of the exact reason, station training is well worth the effort.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
Aggression towards puppies is terrifying for puppy and owner alike. We make the assumption that adding a puppy to a household should be easy. Who doesn’t love a puppy? But there are dogs who don’t like puppies or confuse them for prey and the puppy pays ultimate the price in many causes injured and possibly fearful of other dogs.Read More
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.Read More
Even the most diligent primitive puppy raiser can do everything right and still end up with a shy or fearful puppy. Today most advice regarding puppy raising is socialize, socialize, socialize, but that doesn’t work for every puppy. Some puppies respond the direct opposite of all the manuals. They flee from strangers, growl at other dogs, and duck being touched. This doesn’t mean you have a messed up puppy or will have a broken dog. There are still lots of ways to help your puppy become accustomed to the world.Read More
Out of sight, out of mind, or at least we think that till all hell breaks loose. It is a myth that problems your primitive dog is exhibiting will work themselves out. No behavior problem magically goes away. It takes time, effort, patience, and methods that are designed to help while not causing further harm.Read More