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10/24/13 11:59 A

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When people talk about a feral-type dog sometimes they just mean the appearance. Canaan dogs are often described as a feral-type dog, so are Basenjis. After about 3 generations of domestic breeding any feral characteristics are usually minimal anyhow.
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10/24/13 10:21 A

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That was taken when she was declared to be at a healthy weight and around 6 months old. My vet has told me to expect some stunted growth and she'll likely never grow into her paws. But, she's grown like a weed the past two months, I'll upload a new picture soon.

The white markings are a reminder to me that she was meant to be, but I'm relieved to hear it also means she likely isn't a feral dog. When I left the hotel I'd jokingly said I was going to find my new dog and I was told that was fine, as long as it was a puppy with white paws. My best friend and I walked a half block when she grabbed my arm and said, "Katie, there's your dog." And, there was my little girl, wandering down the street looking for food.

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10/21/13 5:42 P

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She's very cute, for sure.
I assume the picture was taken when she was around 3 months or less? If that's the case some of her personality traits may not be visible until she is emotionally mature, around 1 1/2 to 2 years of age.
Based on her looks she could have some coyote in her but could also be a mix of a number of herding dogs or even some non-herding dogs. I have seen pure Border Collies with this coloring and this is the most typical color for Canaan dogs, another herding breed. The white markings make it unlikely that she is mostly feral.

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10/21/13 12:20 P

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Thank you for your ideas. I uploaded a picture of her to sparkpeople. She's my first image on my page now.

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10/20/13 1:49 A

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I wanted to add: her behaviors that you describe remind me more of a Heeler (also called Australian Cattle Dog) but could also be seen in other herding breeds. You might want to consider talking to people who specialize in herding breeds and actually use them for herding or herding trials.
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10/20/13 1:46 A

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She has a great owner, just one that needs a little more experience. emoticon

I would love to see a picture to get a better idea of what breed she might be. Do you have one on your spark page?
I would check out this website: www.dogstardaily.com for info on all things biting and bite inhibition, also any of the books by the owner of the site, Ian Dunbar.
If your vet thinks your dog may be part feral dog he/she may have thought this because of behavior that is quite normal for any herding breed like Heelers, Border Collies, Aussies etc. or you may have a coyote/herding dog hybrid, which are quite common in many rural areas where coyotes move close to human dwellings.
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10/19/13 8:07 P

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She is a high energy breed if she has Border Collie in her, but to me it sounds like she is so joyful you are her owner. The life she left behind, and the life she has now is like night and day. My Hound, Henley, is 7 yrs. old. He steals my notes that I keep by the computer,and eats them. He has always been this way. He only does this to me, not my Hubby. I think most of it is teasing, but some of it is because he is bonded to me more then my Hubby, therefore trying to get attention. My little dog is mouthy, but never bites down. He has always been this way (we got him around 6 months). Since it isn't aggressive, I simply don't worry about it. I would talk to a dog trainer and see if they have any suggestions. Or maybe hire a dog walker while you are at work. It will take time, but she sounds like a sweetheart.

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Thank you, Gina, it's reassuring to hear someone say that. I really could use some help, she doesn't always respond to traditional training methods and i know some of her habits are characteristic of a dog who had lived so long in survival mode.

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Wow, you are a wonderful owner. I have no idea what would help you but I am writing this in the hopes that when you get some good answers, and you will, I get the alert to read them. Very interesting!!!!

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This summer I came home with a far larger souvenir from my vacation than I could have possible imagined. A town I visited has a huge problem with wild dogs, they catch them and take them to local shelters as much as possible. My friend and I found a puppy, matted fur, emaciated, mange and bite marks from other dogs. At 6 months old she was the last of her litter left; the others had met a variety of fates. The only thing we really know about her is that at some point she has a herding breed in her, probably border collie. The next day we took her to a vet, three days later she was on the 2,500 mile drive home. She's better now; at a healthy weight, all of her fur came back, she's become socialized with other dogs. My vet refers to her as feral, something I disagree with; but maybe she fits the textbook definition?

She's challenging and some days I worry she would've been better off with another owner. Her separation anxiety, sometimes it turns destructive during the day. Mostly she tries to prevent me from leaving in the morning. Running around me in circles, nipping my heels to herd me away from the door. If I lay my clothes out I want to wear for work, she's bound to grab something and run.

She's high energy. We run two miles in the morning, play fetch for an hour when I get home and still walk a mile after dinner. Yet her energy reserves remain endless. When she gets bored she mouthes at me, never biting down but it's a behavior I'm trying to stop. Any ideas with that would be helpful. This gets worse and worse the more she wants to go outside.

I've read that working breeds need mental and physical exercise. She has a few puzzle toys she plays with and I've started making her go through some of her commands on walks, but how else do you bring mental exercise into a dogs routine?

I love her, she's the highlight of my day and I've never regretted the decision to bring her back with me. I just want to be the best owner i can be for her.

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