This report is intended to serve a long-term functional purpose on how to raise and train a cukalls to be used for the purpose of finding viable pori eggs. As it may be read without all available prior knowledge on behalf of the reader, an introduction to their existence precedes the aforementioned functional information.
Cukalls are descendants of a now-extinct species that existed over at least thirty-four (34) planet-stars in Parallelium between Egur-Hlasarl and Matriarch Grove. This ancestor species—it was never named, as its discovery and use were entirely in effort of breeding into a new species— was larger in size and possessed a wild temperament. Though they are described in similar ways to what we now know as cukalls, a contemporaneous image was never recorded or captured. A smaller head with functioning eyes are the most notable visual differences in the ancestor species.
Per the research and writings from the late 300s and early 400s A.T. such as Report 388-32: Breeding Analysis, and Survey 401-7: A New Species, it is known that the institutions and departments tasked with solving the issues of population decline since the move across Parallelium from volcanoes to plains were selecting for two major traits: the ability to detect pori eggs to a greater degree than the pori (or in a sense entirely unavailable to us if possible), and the potential of domestication.
It is beyond our current ability to be certain exactly how the cukalls can be taught to detect the eggs, though most credible theories examine the relatively large olfactory glands and organs of the species that were specifically bred for size from the ancestor species. Other theories include some magnetic sensation capabilities of the animal, as the eggs would be as dense as any pori walking around, but significantly smaller in volume and thus be sensed as an anomaly.
- Take extreme caution to ensure the cukalls only touches hardened skin
- Make sure their heads lift off the ground by two weeks
- Visit a specialist if this is not the case
- Take them daily to a swath of natural land to relieve themselves
- For the first few days to a week, they must be carried
- Processed food can be purchased, but newborns are recommended small quantities of fresh meat
- There are some reports that newborn cukalls enjoy airlrhil legs—one set can last for days
- Make sure to never in any circumstance touch their nose
- Many breeders and trainers find that after the first few generations the cukalls exist in a pseudo-trained state
- Obstacle courses of various design have been shown to have high effectiveness
- Though you will be unable to verify, objects with strong smells and/or warm objects help hone the sense(s) used by cukalls
- While training and in their work, rewarding with unscented treats for finding an egg has also shown high effectiveness
- Do not pull, tug, or otherwise generally touch their tails
- Do not stand or walk behind a cukalls
- Though it is unclear how they use their sense of hearing, avoid making loud noises in their immediate vicinity
- As pori are not naturally inclined and cukalls have thus grown accustomed, be wary of showing affection to a cukalls