Der Silverdale-Blog

Der Silverdale-Blog wird im Lauf der Zeit neuere und ältere kynologische Beiträge über unsere Rasse anbieten oder auf Veröffentlichungen dieser Art aufmerksam machen. Wir muten unseren Besuchern also das Lesen und die interaktive Diskussion zu und wollen auch insofern unserem Anspruch, „elitär“ zu sein, gerecht werden

Montag, Juli 30, 2012

Wie lernt ein Azawakh die Hundesprache?

my serious question is:
How does it work? Most of the Azawakh-owner say that the Azawakh can´t learn those things.

This needs a longer explanation: The ability to learn depends upon an early promotion from the side of the breeder. In accordance  with the different stages of development, you have to provide the  whelps with  the opportunities and encouragements to practice their natural perceptional and automotive dispositions. As a reference to these stages, see my ethological field study at http:// 
 Audio commands: Connect the feeding of the litter from the beginning with the same short address or a whistling. Next step: Have the pups wait for a while before  presenting their food. Furtheron, let them sit down during the waiting period, then place the bowls, but allow them access only upon a sound signal. This has to be trained over again with each feeding, four times a day during the first five weeks.  By the way: Original Azawakhs in the Tamashek- („Tuareg“-)  camps have to observe very strict feeding rituals from  their earliest age, related to the general scarcity of food for owners and dogs alike. The fixation on food as the basic means of  survival might have become a genetic part of their instincts. So, edible rewards are helpful in all training procedures until their final behavioural implantation.
An Azawakh is unable to learn? This is a general and in the end fatal misunderstanding of the breed. The Azawakh is a multi-talented working dog for the territorial protection of his camp, its family members and cattle, and  for hunting. This is accompanied by  the possibility of spacial self-determination within the African savannahs.  Many Azawakh owners in Western cultures don’t know enough about this inherited background. The existence of these sighthounds is historically founded upon the close co-operation with their  masters and feeders and the ability for team work as hunters. Azawakhs  need the individual commitment of their owners.  So they are  dispositioned to learn together with them and to enjoy  the positive results of new experiences within this co-operation.  An Azawakh owner lacking this basic communication with his dog will hardly be able, for instance, to re-call his dog by a  whistle blow. An Azawakh who is limited to boring walks on the leash and his presentation in exhibition rings will try to find his very own psychic alleviation: To achieve his instinctive desires elsewhere, by running away, being untouchable for strangers, even for family people, and hostile or panicky towards other dogs and surroundings. 
The rewarding socialisation of an Azawakh starts at an early age within a sound breeding environment. It can  be completed or spoiled by the following owners.  They need  cynological competence, understanding, discipline and a lot of continued working. So, the future of original Azawakhs outside the Sahel needs more people of Helene’s standing.
Elisabeth Naumann, Azawakhs of  Silverdale

Donnerstag, Juli 26, 2012

Rennen und Spielen: Para Bellum und Noah

Laut Richteraussage von Herrn Thiery auf derAzawakh- Jahresaustellung in Hünstetten sind unsere Welpen zu lebhaft.

Samstag, Juli 14, 2012

Es gibt ihn noch.......

den Sommer in Europa!
Kommt der Regen oder kommt er nicht?
Sogar im Jahre 2012 war er schon da! Auf der Betrugsveranstaltung in Ungarn!

Mittwoch, Juli 11, 2012

Der nächste Winter kommt bestimmt..........

............................und hoffentlich auch wieder Schnee in den Bergen......
.............aber ich möchte noch den Sommer erleben!

Montag, Juli 02, 2012

Coursing aus der Sichtweise von Azenfouk

Mit einer Helmkamera befestigt am Maulkorb von Azenfouk ein Coursingdurchgang!
Sensationelle Bilder und Geräusche!