Although puppies and young Dingoes in particular can respond well to training, which always requires gentleness, patience and firmness, with maturity they become very independent.
Behaviour, which has not been refined by generations of domesticity, is extreme, particularly at the onset of the breeding season. Dingoes form lifetime attachments and because of this and their territoriality, do not cope well with changes of home and owner.
Because of its agility, the breed needs a secure, dog proof enclosure. A secure back garden is ideal where the Dingo can share the home with the family. Fencing requires capping to stop climbing and footings.
This sensitive breed rarely recovers from fearful experiences or rejection. Handling must be positive at all times, with kindness, firmness and predictable behaviour.
Although Dingoes can be delightful companions in the family environment, commitment to a very high standard of care and to a degree of basic training is required. Care is always demanding, requiring specialised handling and treatment.
In our experience, even long-term dog owners underestimate the effort required in rearing a well-socialised, well-behaved, happy Dingo.
This breed requires above average skills in its' owners to help it integrate into human and canine society. For this reason, ANDCS does not promote the keeping of Dingoes as pets generally, nor does it sell or give away livestock.