Activities For The Canaan Dog

Tracking, Agility, Rally-Obedience, Herding, Ranch Stockdog Work, Hiking with the Family, and being a loyal Companion and Watchdog

 

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"Sara" a Macc daughter, working urban tracking with her owner David in BC
"Sara" a Macc daughter, working urban tracking with her owner David in BC

TRACKING

Tracking ( urban and or field) is a great sport to try with this breed in particular since they were utilized in Israel as the first breed ever to be used to detect land mines and work as Red Cross messengers to locate the wounded and dead. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE to learn more about this activity.

Some of My Crew at Herding Lessons
Some of My Crew at Herding Lessons

HERDING

The Canaan does not use "eye" to control the stock but rather he utilizes his natural, erergetic, agile and quick movements to control stock. The Canaan Dog is what is referred to as a A “loose-eyed” working dog - Upright in posture when working stock. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE to learn more about this activity.

"Cybelle" & Larry demonstrating the Rally Advanced Level in Markham, Ontario
"Cybelle" & Larry demonstrating the Rally Advanced Level in Markham, Ontario

RALLY-OBEDIENCE

Rally Obedience was the brainchild of Bud Kramer.  He was the creator of the American Agility programme.  An active participant in formal Obedience, he had seen the drop in the number of participants.  By using the free-flowing nature of agility, mixed with a relative freedom in the selection of exercises and uninterrupted with directions from the judge, he hoped to create a new exciting canine sport.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE to learn more about this activity.

"Macc" enjoying some jumps on the horse field
"Macc" enjoying some jumps on the horse field

AGILITY

Dog agility is an exciting fast-paced sport that focuses on the “team” relationship of dog and handler who negotiate a course of obstacles. The dog is given direction from the handler with voice, body, and hand signals to navigate the course. Sound like something to explore?  CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE to learn more about this activity.

Some of My Canaan Crew at Work
Some of My Canaan Crew at Work

RANCH STOCK DOG WORK

Living the life of a Working Dog - Our Canaan Dogs are part of our family and work as stock and tending dogs on cattle. Our crew has to perform ranch chores on cattle from spring to fall. They assist in moving the herd to the rotational graze zones and watering holes; moving them off the gas compressor station, rounding up strays, and keeping those pesky coyotes off the calves. Please note that this way of life is not for a "pet" that is randomly asked to do chores - working free-range cattle can cause injury to a dog and to the stock if proper training is not practised on a weekly basis. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE to learn more about StockDog Work.

 

A young Macc and Cybelle enjoying hikes back in Ontario
A young Macc and Cybelle enjoying hikes back in Ontario

HIKING WITH THE FAMILY

The Canaan Dog is a very athletic and muscular dog and should be given ample opportunity to challenge and stimulate muscle growth. He must be kept lean in order to maintian optimal health. Our Canaan Dogs love to accompany us on hiking adventures. Our Crew enjoys the freedom of having a 160-acre backyard but also love six-hour hikes in the rocky mountains. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE to view our on-going PHOTO GALLERY OF OUR CANAAN CREW AT WORK & PLAY.

BEING A LOYAL COMPANION & EXCEPTIONAL WATCHDOG

Above all, our Canaan Crew enjoy being loyal companions. They love being apart of our pack and being included in daily activities– car rides, travel, visiting with friends, stockdog chores, tracking lessons, and just hanging out with us for some quiet time at the end of the day. And Yes! They are exceptional watchdogs - especially for those that live more remote and need a reliable "alarm clock" that will watch over their land and territory for predators.


 

Our crew on watchdog duty
Our crew on watchdog duty