Further Observations on Training with the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

by Siam Crown Kennel Jamuary 13th 2013

// Siam Crown is a K9 working dog kennel specializing in the breeding and training of FCI pedigree working line Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd Dogs. We also have a training and breeding program for Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs. We have been active in the working dog field for over 25 years. We train dogs in Schutzhund, IPO, KNPV, as well as security dogs, guard dogs, protection dogs, SAR dogs and police dogs. Our breeding program produces FCI pedigree puppies with strong working drives and very stable temperaments. //

Further Observations on Training with the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

This is a follow up to our earlier paper on initial observations working with Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs (CSV). The paper is not exhaustive in nature, but is intended to provide a degree of additional elaboration on our experience.

We will not repeat what is contained in the initial paper, but will present this section simply as a set of anecdotal observations.

We are primarily a dog sports competition-training kennel, We train in IPO sports, KNPV and some agility sports. We work primarily with Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds. We undertook an experimental program with the CSV, because of an interest in learning about the breed and its training potential, and because we felt it was an area that had not been explored in a very systematic way. The CSV is a relatively young breed, and information on training, training approaches and the results of such approaches is not very extensive. Unlike many other breeds of working dogs there are also no clearly defined working lines within the breed.

We have now had a period of over two years since we started trying various training protocols with CSV ranging in age from puppies to 4 year old adults. We shall initially address what we have observed with puppies and young dogs.

One of the issues of concern and curiosity for us was the question of whether the shyness we observed with several adult dogs (dogs that arrived here as adults) was to what degree the shyness was genetic as opposed to a lack of socialization.

While we believe that there is some genetic disposition towards shyness, we also conclude that this occurs in the absence of socialization. While it could be said that this is the case with many dog breeds, we believe that it is potentially more extreme with the CSV.

We have worked with 4 puppies born here in Thailand from a very shy mother (who arrived as an unsocialized adult), 3 dogs that arrived at less than 8 weeks of age, and 3 that arrived at less than 6 months of age.

All of these dogs were given a wide range of socialization. This included extensive time in the house, exposure to a wide range of people, exposure to a wide range of places, noises, objects and obstacles such as stairs and elevated walks. With this basis of socialization none of the dogs developed any significant degree of shyness towards people or new situations. Of these 10 dogs, only one demonstrated a slight tendency towards caution with new situations but overcame his initial hesitancy quite quickly. It is important to note that as with any dog, but even more so with the CSV which is quite sensitive, attempting to comfort the dog when it shows fear, (reward) will only reinforce the fear and should be avoided.