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Hi, have just joined this forum because I really need some help, advice and support with my monster. I have an Anatolian Shepherd bitch of 2 and a half. Her name is Cara. I have literally spent the last 2 years contemplating having her rehomed, but can't find anyone experienced enough with this breed who could take her and not give up on her!. Love her to bits, but she was definitely the wrong choice for my lifestyle. Long story behind this. Guess I am just reaching out now for some friendly chat and advice.
Hope to speak to some members soon!
 

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Hi there and welcome :)

Sorry to hear you are having a hard time. Big guardian breeds like this can certainly be a handful, well done on not giving up on her. What kind of problems do you experience with her? Maybe we can give you some useful advice.

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Hi, have just joined this forum because I really need some help, advice and support with my monster. I have an Anatolian Shepherd bitch of 2 and a half. Her name is Cara. I have literally spent the last 2 years contemplating having her rehomed, but can't find anyone experienced enough with this breed who could take her and not give up on her!. Love her to bits, but she was definitely the wrong choice for my lifestyle. Long story behind this. Guess I am just reaching out now for some friendly chat and advice.
Hope to speak to some members soon!
The best thing to do is likely speak to anatolian shepherd dog (Karabash) breed rescue. Usually breed rescues will offer advice and support to owners who are having problems as well as assist in rehoming if needed.

If you really cant cope after speaking to them for help and advice, then she will be much better in a specific breed welfare/rehoming scheme where she is with people who love and know the breed and will check and make sure before rehoming she has a good home with instructed new owners on what the breed entails.

They are specialised and she could easily get into the wrong hands otherwise and end up going from pillar to post. Contacts for breed rescue on link

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed Rescue
 

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Hello and Welcome

What sort of problems are you having with her, big breeds can be very testing, if we know more about her some of us may be able to give some advise.
 

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Hallo Marija13 and welcome.

You are not alone in thinking you have a difficult dog and are not the right owner, sometimes it just feels like you are the only one not managing, everyone else has `easy` beautifully trained dogs. I promise you lots of people are having problems you are not alone.

It doesn`t really matter why you have the dog you do, you have her now and are trying to get help, thats what matters now.

As other have said tell us what problems you are having and people will try to help.
 

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Hallo Marija13 and welcome.

You are not alone in thinking you have a difficult dog and are not the right owner, sometimes it just feels like you are the only one not managing, everyone else has `easy` beautifully trained dogs. I promise you lots of people are having problems you are not alone.

It doesn`t really matter why you have the dog you do, you have her now and are trying to get help, thats what matters now.

As other have said tell us what problems you are having and people will try to help.
Very true I nearly asked Dillons breeder to have him back, I just could see him ever been normal dog even training didn't work.

So as I said before let us know your problems one is bound to have been in there as well.
 

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Hi All!

Thank you so much for the responses so far. Didnt write too much at the beginning, cos wasnt sure if I would get any replies.
Used to have a beautiful white alsatian, who lived til 12 years of age, so do have experience of dealing with large dogs. My daughter was desparate for another dog and, as she was going through a very bad time medically, my ex husband agreed to purchase one for her and chose the dog his late mother used to have when she lived in Turkey. As he obviously had some knowledge about this type of dog, my daughter and I trusted him and bought the dog with great joy! Have to say that the breeder was not too honest about some things, i.e, recall is NONE EXISTANT. This is totally true. I had so many people tell me that any dog can be taught recall, but this command is just not understood by this breed. They are guard dogs used in South Africa to protect the cattle. Well, to cut a long story short, I tried self training and I also took Cara to several professional training groups, all to no avail. I have taught her basic commands. She sits, lies and, to some extent, will stop barking when I talk to her sternly. She always waits for her food. She will take my hand, very, very gently, in her mouth and lead me to the door when she knows it is time for her walk! Yet at other times, she will lunge at me or my daughter when we are playing football with her.
However, she hates most other dogs. I socialised her alot as a puppy and she had lots of playmates and we would stay out for 2 hours at a time, but always with a 10 metre lead attached to her, so I could catch her when it was time to go home. Then, at 7 months old, she was bitten by a Jack Russell on her underbelly. She was playing with 2 greyhounds (both of them muzzled) when this JR kept nipping at her. Three times Cara nudged it away. I warned the owner that it probably wasnt a good idea, but he laughed and told me his JR thought it was a lion! Oh boy! Next minute Cara and one of the greyhounds went for the little dog and it was saved purely by the intervention of my ex. Snce then, Cara goes ballistic when she sees small, yapping dogs. We can no longer EVER walk her off lead. She gets two 30 minute walks a day (I cannot cope with longer) and the rest of the time runs about in my ex's garden, which is about half an acre. I also play with her a fair amount too.
The main problem is, that my ex is now working away from home, so I have sole responsibility for Cara. As she pulls every time she sees another dog, (or fox, or car, or suspicious looking person....) which of course she does, because sometimes she genuinely wants to meet them and play, at 51 kilos, she has damaged by neck and strained my back. I am so nervous that I will not be able to control her (again, negative, because she picks up those vibes and is then on guard even more), that I am continuously under stress and try to walk her at night or in the rain when there are not so many people around. This is not an enjoyable experience for either of us. She also barks in the car whenever we see a dog, and scratches wildly at the window to get out. She wont let anyone in the house, although she loves people we meet outside.
I do have some help from a previous breeder who lets me use his 10 acre ground once in a while. But she doesnt run much because I think she gets bored on her own. This gentlemen has 4 of these dogs, but is not very well and hasnt got the strength to let the dogs mix, in case Cara attacks. He understands Cara because he took her once to a dog training session and, although she was well behaved, towards the end when she got tired, she went to attack every dog in the group!
She is a beautiful, gentle and intelligent dog, but I really cannot cope with her and I know I am not giving her a good quality life.

Also, I took her once, on recommendation, to an ex police dog trainer. I know Alsatians are a totally different breed, but thought it might help. It seemed to make her worse. He tried the 'clicking' method, which drove her crazy. The outcome was, that he told me to have her put down!
And lastly, at my ex's house, she hates one set of neighbours. They never liked her and when she would jump at the fence, as a puppy, to greet them, they started hitting her with sticks. Now she attacks the fence every time they are in the garden, so we had to raise it to 7ft! And still they throw water over at her and poke sticks through gaps at her. I have reported this. But now she seems to hate the other side too. They are a youngish family with 2 small children. She has met them all and got on well with them. But one day the husband came into the garden, unannounced, (we forgot to lock the side gate) to borrow some ladders. Cara went to attack him and my ex had to intervene. Now she attacks the fence that side, too, when they are in the garden. We raised that side to 7ft also, but get extremely concerned because of the young children.

Sorry to have gone on so much, but really need help and wanted to get everything straight. :). I have tried many times to find a better home for her, but without luck. The ex breeder has also had no luck. I DO NOT want to give her back to the breeder we bought her from!
 
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Have you had her vet checked to make sure there is no underlying helath issue making matters worse?
 

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I use a Dogmatic head collar on Dillon I use with a training lead with one end on his normal collar the other end on the head collar, no way can I walk him just on a normal collar and lead he his much to strong for me. I have also used a Canny Collar which also stopped him pulling, it's just that for me the is easier to use Dogmatic.

I took a little time for him to get use to it, but now I can take him on lovely long walks and feel confident that I am in control.

Dogmatic Headcollar

The Canny Collar - The Best Collar to Stop Dogs Pulling on the Lead

But as Modwyn has said a check up at the vets might be a good idea.
 
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