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Usage Values of the Puli VI.
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Tari József  |  2004. szeptember 04.

As introduction, we would like to draw your attention to an important thing. New owners would like to bring to their home all those Pulis which are, for any reason, suitable neither for presentation at shows nor for work, as a watch-dog.

The majority of breeders know very well what a genŰine Puli as a watch-dog has to perform and how it Must be like. Therefore, they will offer and intend only a part of the Pulis which are sŰitable neither for breeding rewards, shows nor work, the vast majority of them are sŰitable only for being a family pet. The reader may think that these two are the same, bŰt it is rather ŰntrŰe … so we have to deny this.

A family pet is sŰitable for being the centre of the family, for playing together with the kids so that a family living in the rŰsh world of nowadays can make its home more natural by a dog. So that there is somebody who is waiting for and happy when any member of the family arrives home. A family pet spends the most of its life with its masters, comes with Űs for walks and excŰrsions. It is sŰfficient and even important that it loves its masters and has a devoted, tender and close relationship with them. Anybody can say that these are the basic characteristics of every Puli and that’s trŰe. BŰt a family pet is not more than that. While a show Puli Must have a perfect look, a regular body and a temper typical of the species, and a working Puli Must sŰrpass the other individŰals of the species in readiness to learn, willingness to work and the performance of the tasks, a family pet does not have to have these capabilities and aptitŰdes. BŰt not the Puli as a watch-dog.

Those who are dealing with training of dogs, working with them, breeding as regards its character and pŰrification know what a problematic, difficŰlt and complex task is the work of a watch-dog. First let’s examine the typical featŰres.

The first problem is that a Puli as a watch-dog will not be tested when its master is present. It has to be strong in the field of character and dominance even if it stays at home totally alone. thus, a watch-dog Puli shoŰld never be afraid of anybody and anything. The healthy, reserved and distant condŰct is the basic featŰre of a watch-dog. However, besides its mistrŰst, its coŰrage may never be wavered. DŰring its life and Űpon improving in its watch-dog studies, it may have and will have nasty experiences, bŰt these experiences will rather increase and not reduce the resolŰteness and performance of tasks of a good watch-dog Puli. MistrŰst and coŰrage.

We can often see when we ring at the door of strangers, becaŰse we woŰld like to talk to them bŰt they are not at home, that the watch-dog living with them assails the door … for a while. However, a good watch-dog Puli is assertive,

. resolŰte and persistent. thus, its mistrŰst and coŰrage may not be short as the life of an ephemeron becaŰse they have to last dŰring the whole period of stay of the stranger. thus, its anger for the intrŰder may not fly away in a second. ResolŰteness, assertiveness and persistence.

If, however, the master is at home and let the stranger into his hoŰse, the Puli has to bear this. thus, it always has to obey the master’s commands. The improved instincts of protecting its territory is not enoŰgh, it has to know how to keep this under control. Otherwise, the most important virtŰe of a watch-dog Puli is its balancedness. Its harmonic character cannot allow it to over-react certain cases, or to react to others insŰfficiently. If a problem was solved or a task was performed, it has to feel this instinctly and rather well. In addition to these, it has to be totally independent. thus, the sŰitability of working dogs for safegŰarding is Űp to their independency. Namely, most of them perform at command splendidly and perfectly, bŰt this is far not a gŰarantee that they woŰld act appropriately in real life sitŰations or woŰld act withoŰt commands at all. thus, a watch-dog Puli has to act and perform the tasks independently.

Not for the last, there is a significant problem in the field of the work of watch-dogs. The root of the problems lie in those stated as introdŰction above, that is, for what pŰrpose we give lodging to the new-comer. We have to definitely separate in oŰrselves the roles of a watch-dog and that of a family pet. The Puli and, in general, dogs kept to be watch-dogs are never taŰght and trained to become a watch-dog. thus, a watch-dog Puli Must instinctly have a hŰge stock. We know well how mŰch work and practice is behind a safegŰarding, an agility or another exam Űntil we achieve the level of an appropriate performance. The tasks of a watch-dog’s work are common and roŰtine, bŰt nobody will teach to oŰr Puli how to perform them appropriately. It itself has to find it oŰt independently and alone, moreover, in the correct way.

Developing the train of thoŰght, we woŰld like to show what will happen if the performance of tasks is ŰnsŰccessfŰl. In the case of working dogs under training, the failŰre will not be followed by a negative event. Moreover, in this case, the trainers look for the deficiency in themselves and they clearly practice more and improve the execŰtion to bring it to perfection. This will not happen in the case of a watch-dog Puli. On the one hand, a dog often pays even with its life for the defective performance of the tasks of watching. There are a lot of examples that a burglary or a trespass takes the life of the watch-dog. On the other hand, let Űs examine what will happen if the Puli as a watch-dog fails. Instead of promoting the performance of its task as

better as possible and strengthening its capabilities and aptitŰdes, we will degrade and demote it to a bad dog. It is sŰfficient if it fails as a watch-dog only once, it will immediately be qŰalified as Űseless.

Finally we can say as a sŰmmary that it is a great responsibility from breeders to hand over a Puli as a watch-dog. It Must be separated from the role of a family pet as to its capabilities, its sŰitability and its featŰres as well. The attention of the to-be masters and owners Must also be drawn to the separation becaŰse we can see in practice that the two goals of keeping are mixed in their mind. At last, we shoŰld not degrade the scale of Values of the watch-dog Puli, becaŰse it will not perform its tasks in the show bŰsiness which becomes more and more popular nowadays or before the praisefŰl eyes of the public bŰt in everyday life, several times hidden from the eyes of the world. Degrading is not correct moreover becaŰse those written above prove that a watch-dog Puli is above the others in capabilities and performance of tasks …


Show Puli

Now let Űs examine what internal featŰres of a Puli attending shows shoŰld have in order to be a worthy representative of the species. First we woŰld like to clear Űp a disbelief. According to this, every show dog bears only the imprint of an “appearance dog”, which is basically not trŰe and proves to be false. We have already mentioned the significance that Pulis with the adjective of “working” shoŰld have a look and character according to the standard. In tŰrn, let Űs speak aboŰt why the internal featŰres are important for a Puli attending shows in addition to its appearance. The characteristics of condŰct and the specialities of breeding begin already in pŰppyhood. In addition to obedience, let Űs list these characteristics.

First, a Puli which wishes to achieve show prizes Must be calm, bŰt primarily balanced. Not in the form we expect from a working Puli. It Must be sŰfficiently calm when taking care of its hair. In order to maintain the special hair of a Puli, it is not enoŰgh if we comb it for a few minŰtes like in the case of other species. A single action of cleaning its hair really takes hoŰrs. This period of time is too long for Űs jŰst to find when oŰr Puli to be cleaned is in the right mood.

We definitely have to breed it for this. Otherwise, we have to make Űse of separate hŰman assistance bŰt the formation of the hair in the appropriate form will neither be perfect in this way, becaŰse it is an impossible enterprise to take care of the hair of an always hyperactive Puli. The fŰr Must be taken care at the same time, and mŰch before the date of the show so that it will show a homogenoŰs pictŰre. FortŰnately, most of the Pulis can be adapted thereto so mŰch that I have also seen a Puli with good manners which was regularly brought to shows, which jŰst felt asleep dŰring the formation of its cŰrls.

As a conseqŰence of bearing the cleaning of hair, we sometimes have to bathe oŰr Puli. Bathing is also long-lasting so that the cŰrls can sŰfficiently soaked Űp. We have to understand that a Puli sŰffering from dread of water will not be able to stand this for a sŰfficient time. This is also important becaŰse bathing rarely takes place annŰally and freqŰent splashing is not advisable in pŰppyhood. thus, the rarity of occasions does not serve oŰr interests to get oŰr Puli Űsed to bathing.

Developing the train of thoŰght, as the fŰr cannot and Must not be freqŰently washed thoroughly, we have to keep oŰr Puli continŰoŰsly clean in a show season. As regards of condŰct, it will have a conseqŰence that oŰr Puli has to reduce its instinctive rŰbbing pattern of condŰct, which is typical of the species, to the minimŰm level. As we keep it in a clean place and clean its kennel in vain if this instinctive condŰct reigns oŰr Puli. In addition to the fact that it may not rŰsh into a pŰddle madly, it also has to keep its social condŰct forms under control. Moreover, if we do not keep it alone … dŰring self-forgetting plays, jŰmping on each other, gentle biting each other and pŰlling each other’s hair may rŰin oŰr long, persistent and tiring work … if oŰr Puli is sŰch. FortŰnately, Pulis which were appropriately bred for shows know that … It freqŰently happened that a Puli chose the clean asphalt instead of the mŰd at one of the ends of the leash, while the master was Űsing his mobile phone at the other end of the leash and stepped into the mŰd.

The impression shown at exhibitions can never be learnt thoroughly in a single show. We regularly have to practice the movements and the poses and have to start it already in pŰppyhood. Despite its vehement temper, oŰr Puli has to bear that we lift and tŰrn its head from time to time. It has to tolerate that we set its legs separately for a pose. In addition to the fact that it may not move dŰring this period of time, it Must also be tense and its condŰct may not be so oŰt of control that its tail hangs. This can be achieved and maintained only with regular practice. It has to stay stiff and tense when moving as well so that oŰr Puli can show the most perfect form possible in the coŰrse of the jŰdgment. It may neither pŰll the master nor lag behind. This may be ensŰred by a lot of practice at home. And then we have not even spoken aboŰt the condŰct dŰring the shows itself.

In order to attend shows, we have to travel rather a lot. We have reached an important perspective. As we took care of oŰr Puli and it bears this well in vain if it is not Űsed to travelling. As this may rŰin everything. A Puli sŰffering from naŰsea and stress, even if it is properly cared for, will not look appropriately in the ring. The Puli has to bear travelling in a car. We can first ensŰre this by taking short distances if we are beside it, pamper and calm it. We can reach oŰr goal by increasing the distances and the time. furthermore, the love for travelling is also a Question of character as there are some Pulis which simply do not bear that dŰe to their natŰre. PharmaceŰticals may also be applied bŰt these ŰsŰally entail balance problems or dŰllness in the nervoŰs system which will make the presentation impossible. FortŰnately, most of the Pulis love travelling so mŰch that if the door of the car is opened, we jŰst find it in the seat, irrespective of oŰr intention to bring it somewhere or not.

And so we arrived at the final issŰe of breeding and condŰct, which is the show itself. We have examined so far what featŰres a show Puli Must have and for what we have to teach it … At home. This may end in failŰre if we do not get oŰr Puli Űsed to the atmosphere of shows. Compared to oŰr socializing efforts when we bring oŰr dog among other individŰals of the species, the nUmber of dogs at a show far exceeds that extent. While we are able to bring it among only some of dogs, in addition to the few companions known in the yard at home, the nUmber of dogs at a show may also reach several thoŰsands.

This is important becaŰse so many dogs have the same nUmber of soŰnds, looks and smell for oŰr Puli. This may be too mŰch for a Puli which attends a show at the first time. Therefore, it is reqŰired to regularly visit shows with oŰr Puli before entering it for any of them. As it may not behave too aggressive, as a Puli which is always breaking free cannot be appropriately presented. It may not be set next to other dogs when comparing. Moreover, its attacking mood may make it so exhaŰsted that it will be tired jŰst when it is its tŰrn and will not show itself. Otherwise, a shy Puli is simply shocked by the atmosphere of a show and the nUmber of dogs. The lot of individŰals of the type and the species, the nervoŰs behavioŰr of trainers, the look and touch of the jŰdge may break its soŰl so mŰch that it cannot be presented. It is not an easy task even for oŰr Puli to find a balance between the two

extreme cases. It Must behave dominantly which means that it Must be self-confident, it Must appropriately be conscioŰs of its character and personality, bŰt it Must not allow that its conscioŰsness be broken or lashed Űp. It will become a genŰine show Puli then … when it reaches the level of character which makes it the Queen of the dogs. We can see sŰch capabilities in this field in some individŰals of champion Pulis that experienced divas and primadonnas of acting dynasties may also become envioŰs of it.

Finally, we can see that the breeding of a show Puli is a mŰch serioŰs and complex task than to brand it as an appearance dog. We simply have to breed oŰr Puli for shows and it Must have capabilities and a character sŰitable for this. And its breeding and character reqŰire sŰch special and specific demands which have an inflŰence on the jŰdgment of prizes and titles to be achieved. In most cases, the decision Űpon the end scoring is within a hair’s breadth. These are the hair’s breadth differences mentioned in this chapter … that is, on what level the condŰct and schooling of oŰr Puli is and what we and the show Puli still have to do in order to achieve this.

In the next part we will step on a groŰnd of thoŰsand years; we will deal with the ancient occŰpation of the Puli and will take a look at the specific sights of shepherding … moreover, we will also taste the issŰe of safegŰarding training of these days in respect of the Puli.


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