Thursday, August 7, 2014

'Coulter' the Karelian Bear dog helps capture 200-pound Bear!
Coulter is one of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's specially trained Karelian Bear Dogs. Coulter was with Officer Bruce Richards ...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Because of our economy, rare breeds like the Karelian Bear Dogs are becoming harder to find.
If there is any breeders of Karelians out there we would appreciate if you would contact us. We are
not only interested in the dogs, but also the stories about the Karelian Bear Dog.  There is a lot of
interest in this wonderful breed that will protect the ones he loves. Please, we would love to hear
from you.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Socialization of Your Puppy

You will want to be able to take your puppy for walks and for rides. You need to get him used to meeting people and other animals. There are many ways to acclimate him to the new surroundings. You must take your time and not push the pup into a situation where he is uncomfortable. Puppies don't come into the world knowing all the right things to do, so be patient and have fun with him.
The first few months of the puppy's life is the best time to introduce him to all the wonders in the world. Expose the pups to everyday chores in the household. The mother will also teach them some social skills.
As soon as you bring the new pup home, introduce him to the family in a quiet setting. This gives him time to get to know the person without the noise of many people in the background. That can cause undue stress on the new puppy.
As soon as the puppy is vaccinated and the vet says it is alright, start taking the puppy on walks and outings so he can begin to get used to his surroundings.
Make sure your puppy meets people of every age. He might become frightened later if you only introduce him to elderly people and he runs into some children. This can also lead to aggressive behaviors in some dogs.
Give the person you are introducing a small treat to give to the puppy. This will help build trust between the two. They can even get down on the dog's level and play on the floor with him after a couple of meetings.
If you don't have time to invest in the adventure of raising a puppy, please don't bring one home. They do need lots of patience and caring their first months with you. They need to follow a schedule to learn what is expected and what is wrong behavior.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Karelian Bear Dog Film on Animal Planet

I watched a film on Animal Planet about Karelian Bear Dogs, but this is my experience with the dogs and in these points I disagree.

Karelian Bear Dogs have always been wonderful with kids and that is why
we had them for our children especially when we were hiking in the mountains of Montana where there is a lot of mountain lions and bears.

One of our dogs (named Twinkles) also was a wonderful search dog in that the kids could never lose her no matter how hard they tried. She just smelled their trail and found them right off, every single time.

Also the film said Karelian Bear Dogs are like slimmer Akitas, not so, as Akitas are 80 to 120 lbs, while KBDs are 40 to 65 lbs.

They said Karelians are hard to train, but I found the exact opposite to be true. KBDs have a strong will power, but they
can learn obedience training so much faster then most all the other breeds.

A trainer friend of mine said he could teach the Karelian Bear Dog in one hour what it took a week to teach most the other breeds. They are very smart and also trainable.