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    Lovely dog! We have a very large mutt also - PointerxDanexYeti we think.
    Keep up the loose leash walking - it is important with a big strong dog.
    We have ours on the bed as well, I feel it's a good bonding thing and he
    keeps us warm at night. All the best, you will find lots of good advice on this forum.

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    Thankyou chubb.

    Well this is how the dogs were raised in the tribe time of the Sibes. They also slept with their dogs. Apparently it was 2 dogs, not so cold a night or 3 dogs night for a colder night.
    He is wonderful on the leash. I flat collar him for walking and soon I will introduce a proper harness that he will learn he can pull on command with. I want to train him the mush commands. I will try and find the old commands.

    If you have ever seen The last Trapper shows some commands there. I loved this Documentary/film. Luka watched it too and went nuts when the bear stood up at Norman lol.

    I am getting Luka DNA tested by BITSA. I sent his samples off this this afternoon. Cost me 150 dollars. So will be interesting what this comes back with.

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    That is great that you have done research into historical breed specific training.
    Some people are determined to fight nature but I feel it is better all round to
    work with the traits that your dog was born with.

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    OK..sounds like you are fairly in control LOL...but , kennel cough is like us having a bad cold, not that much of an issue...many more dogs are PTS, because they have not been properly socialized. Pick dogs that you know are vaccinated. there are plenty of groups with that, Eg a Kennel Club. Or friend who you know have "clean" dogs.......

    And another important part is if your dog is half mastiff, go a little slow on the exercise please....the giants are alowwed to exercise only, what i call free choice..what they choose to do. if you start too much too early, you can end up with lots of orthopedic problems...I free walk only in the garden or when i take mine to the river or lake. I do not put them on lead to walk a distance of my choice (does that make sense). but I do teach short periods of short loose lead walking for teaching.

    I also teach our dogs to pull, but again because yours is part giant, you will have to wait till Luka is much older.we wait till 18 months. We do teach with harness on and allow them to pull when the harness is on, but no weights....We do tracking and it teaches pulling in harness too, we start it very early for short runs..katy was 16 weeks old, she loves it.

    I am sorry to be a bit of a spoiler, but please do not forget the giant part of your puppy.......You don't ever want to go the "if only I had done this" way

    Anyway there are lots of things to teach that will all benefit the things you can do later
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    That is great that you have done research into historical breed specific training.
    Some people are determined to fight nature but I feel it is better all round to
    work with the traits that your dog was born with.
    Absolutely could not agree more. Like you could not expect a chihuahua to bring cattle in lol.

    I have done extensive research on Luka's breed. Now I will be studying the mush commands. Hoping to put him on a cart or a special bike to pull once he is 2 years old. Been advised not to until then due to his bones and ligaments. But I can teach him the commands.

    I do know the Sibe is one of the oldest recorded dogs. The Maremma however apparently goes back further they think in dog history. No idea on the mastiff.

    I guess it is interesting to find out and be prepared

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    Are you interested in buying a harness or knowing where to buy one?...I do a lot of carting and I have purchased wonderful harnesses form the USA, they have the proper sled harnesses too..........

    Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses


    I have this one Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses and this one Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses


    You would most likely like this one Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses

    I have a friend who has malamutes and huskies and she goes sledding at Dinner Plain, she uses that type and she buys them there too

    They are quite a good price and postage is not too expensive, remember the $ is good at present, But the sizing will be a problem as you have no idea which breed your dog will follow

    Service and help are awesom too, with these guys
    Pets are forever

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    Are you interested in buying a harness or knowing where to buy one?...I do a lot of carting and I have purchased wonderful harnesses form the USA, they have the proper sled harnesses too..........

    Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses


    I have this one Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses and this one Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses


    You would most likely like this one Nordkyn Outfitters -- Harnesses

    I have a friend who has malamutes and huskies and she goes sledding at Dinner Plain, she uses that type and she buys them there too

    They are quite a good price and postage is not too expensive, remember the $ is good at present, But the sizing will be a problem as you have no idea which breed your dog will follow

    Service and help are awesom too, with these guys
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    OK..sounds like you are fairly in control LOL...but , kennel cough is like us having a bad cold, not that much of an issue...many more dogs are PTS, because they have not been properly socialized. Pick dogs that you know are vaccinated. there are plenty of groups with that, Eg a Kennel Club. Or friend who you know have "clean" dogs.......

    And another important part is if your dog is half mastiff, go a little slow on the exercise please....the giants are alowwed to exercise only, what i call free choice..what they choose to do. if you start too much too early, you can end up with lots of orthopedic problems...I free walk only in the garden or when i take mine to the river or lake. I do not put them on lead to walk a distance of my choice (does that make sense). but I do teach short periods of short loose lead walking for teaching.

    I also teach our dogs to pull, but again because yours is part giant, you will have to wait till Luka is much older.we wait till 18 months. We do teach with harness on and allow them to pull when the harness is on, but no weights....We do tracking and it teaches pulling in harness too, we start it very early for short runs..katy was 16 weeks old, she loves it.

    I am sorry to be a bit of a spoiler, but please do not forget the giant part of your puppy.......You don't ever want to go the "if only I had done this" way

    Anyway there are lots of things to teach that will all benefit the things you can do later
    I worked as a Security Officer 2 years ago. I worked on patrols and also had the privilege of working with the guard dogs. I had a serious inversion sprain occur whilst on patrol and catching a tresspasser. I miss my job very much. My ankle is refusing to heal so all I can mange is a painful limp. So the best Luka and I can manage is a slow walk but he enjoys it. I used to run be very active in life but this had brought so much of my life to a standstill. This was not why I got Luka but after I researched what I could about him, I begun to find out he will love to pull say a special bike as these dogs need this type of exercise.
    But once he hits around 2 years old I can apparently run him like this. I think we both will have loads of fun doing this activity. Will be therapy for me whilst he enjoys the exercise.
    I have Aspergers also. I am normal just see the world differently
    My son is Aspergers with partial Austism and Luka has been great for Sam's anxiety due to his Aspergers.

    Tracking? How is that done?

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    Thanks good harness site and yes you are right, reasonably priced. I don't mind what I spend on a proper harness for him as it must be a good one so as not to cause him any discomfort.

    Think the one I need to buy him is this one.

    Freight/Weight Pull or Wheel Dog Harness

    So it goes over his body in the correct places.

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