Anatolian Behavioral Conformations
||Lucky Hit's Autumn Shade and Lucky Hit's Autumn Tawny, pictured here at four months, are sitting among their goats and llamas in the big pasture. Observing pups in working situations over time allows on owner to correctly evaluate pups for working behaviors, demeanor, and ability.|
|Lucky Hit's Shadow Kasif (Case) standing in a working pose that exhibits a
working expression and demeanor. Note the serious look of concern on his face. ||Lucky Hit's Tawny Shadow standing with her goats in an alert guardian
Note that a head that is level with the back can indicate either a relaxed state or wary watchfulness. However, a raised head indicates an alert state of watchfulness and will be seen prior to initiation of an escalated level of aggression.
Lucky Hit's Shadow Samson (below left) and Lucky Hit's Shadow Kasif (Case)
(below right), like all my pups, were raised with goats from birth.
In these pictures both Sam
and Case signaling their submission. Note that when Case lay completely down
on the ground, the a goat became completely relaxed. This type of early and
frequent flock interaction allows a guardian pup's brain to develop to it's
maximum flock guardian potential. It also enhances the development of flock
guardian behavioral shapes in a maturing Anatolian.
Lucky Hit's Tawny Shadow (at right) moves with the herd accompanied by a kid
who feels safe at her side. Note Shadow's lowered head and relaxed tail.
Shadow's body language signals her herd that all is well. Her proper demeanor
engenders feelings of safety and comfort in her flock. |
Anatolians properly bonded enjoy spending time with their goats and can frequently be found wandering the pasture with their charges, as seen in the Lucky Hit Anatolians below. An Anatolian's owner is responsible for providing an environment that enhances innate bonding behaviors in their young pup.
positive behavioral conformation to have the greatest likelihood of being
expressed in Anatolians, the pup must be properly bonded during the important
first 16 weeks of its life. After that critical time has passed, the bonding
has less likelihood of being as close. When an Anatolian pup is fully and
correctly bonded, the pup's behavioral conformation causes the pup to feel
pleasure in accompanying its flock.
Lucky Hit Autumn Shade, pictured here at eight months, enjoys spending time
with his goats, frequently following them around the pasture.
|Lucky Hit's Shadow Sahara, shown here at 1 1/2 years, leads her goats
when entering new pasture each day. Note how serious and watchful she is,
since there are many predators in the area. Bonding like this is most successful
when a pup is kept with flock animals that are neither too aggressive nor too
||If the animals are too aggressive, they may damage a pup physically. Or
the animals may be so aggressive that the pup feels abused and learns to avoid
the flock. However, if a pup's "training" animals are weak and skittish, the
pup may learn to play roughly with its charges or even injure them, requiring
work and time to correct. The owner is responsible for placing the pup with
animals of the correct level for that pup's stage of development. If the owner
fails to maintain "training" animals of the correct level with the pup during
the pup's development, the owner is responsible for enhancing bad behavioral
conformations seen in the pup.
Older Lucky Hit Anatolian pups eating in a circle with goats eating in the background. My Anatolians are taught that they can only eat from the bowl I give them and that they are not allowed to move a less dominant dog from their bowl. They are also taught to accept my little West Highland White, Sugar.
Lucky Hit's Seven of Nine
and Lucky Hit's Shadow Kasif (Case)
interacting frequently with their goats.
Maintaining Anatolians with a large number of flock animals in a small space results in a greater frequency of Anatolian/flock animal interactions. This increase in the frequency of interactions is beneficial for enhancing working behavioral conformations in a pup's developing brain, especially during the first crucial 16 weeks of the pup's life. It is also useful in obtaining detailed information regarding an adult Anatolian's true behavioral conformations.
Young goats trust guardian dogs with highly developed behavioral conformations required in flock guardians. This type of trust is seen in the kid (below) crossing the spring with Lucky Hit's Tawny Shadow. Note that this kid leans against Shadow for safety as if Shadow were her own mother.
Early interactions between Anatolian pups and their future charges increase
the closeness of bonding. Lucky Hit's Seven of Nine enjoys
the company of two of her training goats.