Kuvaszs can be reactive towards other dogs, which can cause isolation issues not only for the dog but to some extent to the owner as well. It can be very difficult to control a lunging dog, especially when the dog in question weighs seventy to a hundred pounds and has been developed to protect their charges from both man and beast. One way to help counter this behavior when walking is to join a walking group designed for the reactive dog, usually headed by a professional in the dog training world, who can read canine language and behavior. Walking dogs in groups is beneficial to nearly all dogs, and dogs who are reactive or fearful get a much-needed opportunity to socialize with other dogs, without really having to interact with them.
These large, white dogs were developed to guard as livestock as well as people in the high pastures of the Carpathian Basin in Hungry, a job which required the Kuvasz to follow the livestock throughout their territory in all sorts of weather. These strong and stable dogs have a great deal of stamina making them excellent hiking companions, but because of this breed’s protective and somewhat predatory nature, it is safest if they are kept on a lead during their outdoor adventures. Hiking itself is not a particularly costly venture, but the initial cost procuring the correct safety gear can increase the expense.
Dogs have been utilized as drafting animals to carry produce, milk, and even meat to the market for many centuries particularly for those families who couldn’t afford an expensive luxury like a horse; they even pulled carts with the occasional passenger or two. Improper practices, excessively heavy loads, and fears of diseases like rabies caused carting with dogs to be declared illegal in many European countries, but when this activity is properly managed, it can help to improve cardiovascular health as well as maintaining a healthy muscle mass. The Kuvasz breed of dog is sturdy and patient which are good qualities for a dog pulling a cart.