The azawakh is a dog originated from Africa, from the breed of Galgo, as we can guess due to its constitution its more taller than large. It is an animal used to high temperatures (its place of origin is near to the Sahara Desert) and it can also run up to 24 miles per hour, for a car is not a big thing, but for a dog… until 1970 this dog did not began to be commercialize. The azawakh was raised by the Tuareg, a nomadic tribe of the south of the Sahara and simply it wasn’t sold. It was used a hunting dog, tracking dog, watchdog and a great companion. Luckily, in that year someone got a couple and began its breeding out of Africa, to be more precise in Yugoslavia .
We are facing a breed that could be hard. It is obedient, but also very independent, and a curiosity if it happens a scolding at home, it will reinforce it; for example, if you reprimand your son, your azawakh will join you with growls and threats. We must keep this in mind when you have one of these dogs, as also due to its size and strength it must be trained against aggressivity and dominance since they are very small. It has problems with other pets because it has hunting instinct very developed so you have to socialise it very well.
The best way to train a azawakh is the firmness and never in a bad way. Do not shout, wild gesticulations and neither with blows. it is a very quick and strong dog and it can be dangerous when it gets mad. Neither we can be soft and let it do whatever it wants. WE are it owners and it is our responsibility that it has been correctly trained, an aim that is not very hard to accomplish: every day during 10 minutes teach it some things you want it to learn, praise it when it does a good job whether with treats, pettings or simply with kind words. The tone of your voice will communicate a lot of things.
The azawakh is a strong and fast dog with an incomparable hunting instinct. Its about an ancient breed but not very spread out, with so few people that know it… but it can be a splendid companion if its known that it is correctly trained.
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