Christmas

December 27, 2008

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Pencil!

Pencil!

Stickers!

Stickers!

Play-Doh!

Play-Doh!

Team Unwrapping

Team Unwrapping

Slightly concerned.

Slightly concerned.

Is it for me?

Is it for me?

Jaw wrestling Azawakh.

Jaw wrestling Azawakh.

Dressing Dolly

Dressing Dolly

All curled up.

All curled up.

Cassandra raids the fridge.

Cassandra raids the fridge.

Sunlight snooze

Sunlight snooze

Hard Life

December 22, 2008

It’s a hard life being a city dog, sometimes.

Azelouan melted into the bed.

Azelouan melted into the bed.

Lazy Morning

December 14, 2008

Good Morning, Tawzalt

Good Morning, Tawzalt

Gnaw on Azelouan

Gnaw on Azelouan

Nuzzle Azelouan

Nuzzle Azelouan

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Hello!

Hello!

Stretch

Stretch.

Good lord, its raining.

Good lord, it's raining.

Good lord, its raining.

High stepping.

Getting a move on

Getting a move on.

Warming up

Warming up.

Chase

Chase.

180

180.

Tag

Tag!

Wet, wet, wet.

Wet, wet, wet.

What is this thing?

What is this thing?

If you spend much time researching Azawakh temperament and behavior you are likely to read that they will not retrieve or “play fetch”. It’s not true. An Azawakh can learn to play the fetch game.

It is true that fetching is not an obsession with Azawakh like it is with many other “sporting” breeds. Azawakh have to learn that “fetch” is a fulfilling form of play and the dog has to be in the mood to play the game.

“Retrieve” is a natural behavior and a standard canid motor pattern. Wild canids “retrieve” game and bring it back to pups in the den, for example. Azawakh have this motor pattern, but it isn’t hypertrophied in the way that it is in modern gun dogs. The behavior is there but it is far from a compulsion. Azawakh can and will retrieve to hand. If the game is fun, the dog will play. It requires the right relationship between dog and handler.

Azawakh retrieving a tennis ball.

Azawakh retrieving a tennis ball.