Show Name: Sierra Kaweah RI TDI TRN TTDN CRN
Call Name: Wylie
Gender: Male (neutered)
TDR Registration: TDR 00411G2/2013
Tamaskan Database listing: Link
OFA listing: Link
CKC CCN Number: CCN10000302
CARO Number: D16-5267
Date of Birth: November 29, 2012
Place of Birth: California, USA
Dam: Blufawn Rogue at Sierra (Leilah)
Sire: J&J Devil of Piru at Hawthorne (Darwin)
Litter: 3 Rivers Litter
Height : 26" at the shoulder
Wylie has been....a challenge to train. I would say he is very much like training a husky. He is very stubborn and has very little food drive inside, and zero food drive outside. He doesn't like fetching toys or balls outside unless it's a stick he really likes.
I've seen many Tamaskan owners say their tams are easy to train, and many more say they are incredibly difficult. I agree with the latter. It very much depends on the lines you are getting from, as well as the temperament of the puppy. Wylie is very smart when he wants to be, and we are getting ready to compete in Rally Obedience.
Again, some tams are not picky eaters, and some can send you into bankruptcy with their lack of interest in food....Wylie is the latter. I have tried dozens of brands and flavours. And he's not just picky, he will starve himself if he doesn't like the food. Nightmare. But we've settled down on medium bags of varying flavours of Acana. He seems to like the Pork one quite a bit.
Nope. In a word. At least not alone at home. We tried it until he hit about four months. We went through several poopocalypses, multiple shredded kennel bottoms, several ruined blankets, and two destroyed cell phones (I still have no idea how!!). After he ripped out two nails and several puppy teeth I gave up. He was much to stressed to leave alone in a kennel. We tried everything. He slept soundly in the kennel overnight so long as he could hear me in my bed, but I was never able to safely leave him alone in the kennel. We eventually puppy-proofed my room, where he still does very well. He doesn't ruin anything, sleeps on my pillows, and enjoys watching my neighbours out the window. He doesn't make a peep. It worked for us to have this arrangement, but several tam owners are easily able to kennel train their dogs.
That being said Wylie kennels very well in the car and at shows for benching.