I grew up with dogs as well as many other pets. I have always loved animals and many times I have preferred them over people (lets be honest who hasn't?)
I live and work in a Big5 game reserve and have done so fr the past 11 years, so, unfortunately, I have not been able to have a dog of my own since leaving home. I have been at my current lodge for the past 2 years and recently I made the decision to adopt a dog (my lodge allows pets)
I adopted Luna from a lovely shelter in Johannesburg called Kitty and Puppy Haven, having a mixed breed dog has never been an issue, she is the sweetest little thing and has so much love to give. Having her has changed my life completely, everything that I do I have to take her into consideration, where I go, how long I go for if she can come, will she be safe, etc. Waking up to her sweet little face in the mornings has most certainly helped with my anxiety as well as the feeling of loneliness that you do get when you are working out here in the bush.
Recently I have had a few issues with her wanting to chase after certain animals which of course can NOT happen. I have had a consultation and now Luna is currently being trained by a lovely and very experienced trainer named Nina. However, I have been advised that if we know exactly what breeds are in Luna, then it would assist greatly with the training.
A dog’s breed will determine what their drive is going to be. Now, every dog is different, but certain breeds were developed for certain tasks, and sometimes those tasks can come out in ways that you weren’t expecting. Without proper outlets, dogs can become a nuisance, and so knowing what your dog wants to do will make it easier to give her a task she will enjoy.
For instance, herding dogs have a tendency to nip at heels and try to control the movements of those in the household. Hunting retrievers commonly go searching for items and either bringing them back or hiding them away. Knowing the purpose of your dog can help in the training.
I don't want to get to the point where I have to leave her at home every day as she would be lonely and I would be worried about her being bored or being eaten by a leopard or hyena and I did not adopt her just to leave her and lock her up every day, that is not fair on her.
I have found a website that sells the doggy DNA tests, hopefully, you can help me to help my sweet Luna bear.