on the use of this Forum page

When we first designed this forum (message board) portion of the site, our intent was to encourage active dialogue. However, we are in the age of web site hackers and robotic software that can use an open forum to propagate unwanted web material. Pretty soon, our forum pages were filling with junk ads and other undesirable content. We tried using symbol recognition software, to keep out automated messages, but that didn't work for long. Every time a fix comes along, someone invents a way around it. We do not ever want to have material unsuitable for children appearing on this web site, because we know that researching livestock protection dogs is a popular topic for science and behavior courses. In the end, we had to restrict the message board. We still use it to post material from within ADI, but this means there is no constant update, live chat or other dynamic aspect. That's why we developed a FaceBook group.

Some part of this site gets changed at least once a month. That's not exactly fast, so social media is the instant alternative. Please use the info and president @akbashdogsinternational.com e-addresses to send messages if you have questions or would like to post a message here. Our main form of communication remains the Akbash Sentinel that is published in both print and electronic format. If you would like to write a letter to the editor or consult with a dog behaviorist, there are ways to get around the restrictions with this message board.