Do Wolf Dogs Make Good Pets?
Wolf dogs make very good companions and will bond very closely with their new owners . They have a very high intelligence, strong endurance and have a high resistance to diseases. As with any large animal they should be supervised when around small children. Small children sometimes run around screaming and yelling and to a wolfdog that could sound like prey. Wolfdogs need room to run and play so a secure backyard is a must! Although required, rabies vaccines have not been proven to work on wolfdogs, so they need to be on a leash in public. Wolfdogs, being wolfdogs, are going to run after anything that might catch their eye and usually won’t listen when called. Because of their curious nature, and safety it is imperative to keep them on a leash.
Please do extensive research before you decide to bring a wolfdog into your den, as you will be taking on a life long commitment to love and care for it Wolfdogs are not an animal that you can just put in the backyard and forget about!!
Will a Wolfdog Get Along With My Dog(s)?
Wolfdogs do need to have a companion animal (such as another wolfdog or dog) as they are a pack animal and DO NOT like being alone. When a pup is brought into a new “den” it will start his/her bonding process with his/her new family and doggie playmate. Sometimes the wolfdog pup even has a kitten or cat for a playmate. The new pup should be introduced into the family at an early age.
Can My Wolfdog Be Trained?
These tips will help you teach your wolf dog puppy to become a well mannered, obedient, and enjoyable companion and family member. All wolf dogs are trainable given time and encouragement. Firm and consistent training is necessary. Raise your wolfdog as you would your children - as part of the family. Your wolfdog should understand from the beginning what is expected of him and what is not. The wolfdog has a higher intelligence level than that of the average dog. He is very eager to learn and please. Obedience training should begin at an early age with the wolfdog because their attention span starts at an earlier age than the average dog. As the wolfdog grows, it should be taken around other people and animals to ensure socialization.
Disciplining Your Puppy ..... The way to have a well-mannered adult wolfdog is to give him firm basic training while he is still a puppy. When you say "NO" you must mean NO, not "maybe." The first time you see your puppy doing something he shouldn't (chewing on the furniture, wandering in a forbidden area, etc.) shout "NO!" Puppies do not like loud noises and your naughty pet will readily connect the word with something unpleasant. When he stops misbehaving, praise him for being a good puppy. A firm "no" in a disapproving tone is sufficient. If your puppy requires a firmer hand, grab him by the scruff of the neck and give a gentle shake and say "NO!" NEVER, EVER strike your wolfdog for ANY reason---it will cause him to cower and fear and therefore lose respect for you. Praise should always be lavished on puppies (older dogs, too) for good behavior (positive reinforcement). Never punish your puppy by chasing him around. Punish him only when you have a firm hand on him. Above all, never punish your puppy after you have called him to you. He must learn to associate coming to you with something pleasant. Remember, your dog will respect you only if you are firm and consistent. He will not understand "No" for misbehaving today and "praise" for the same behavior tomorrow. Always correct your puppy immediately, if possible, stop him in the act of misbehaving. If you wait to discipline your puppy, he will not understand how or why he has displeased you. It is also important to remember that if you play rough with your puppy, he will play rough with you and everyone else. He will assume this is acceptable behavior. If you do not let your puppy know that puppy teeth are sharp and can hurt as he affectionately mouths your hand, as an adult he will assume that biting is acceptable behavior so do not allow this.
Do Wolfdogs Make Good Guard Dogs?
Due to their shy nature, wolfdogs do not make good guard dogs. However, due to their wolfy looks, sometimes people are very frightened by them. But don’t count on them to be a good protection animal.
There is no absolute way in knowing if a wolfdog has more wolf genes than dog genes or vice versa. There isn’t a test or any way to determine for sure how much wolf or how much dog is in your wolfdog. Some wolfdogs may show more wolfy behaviors and some may show more dog like behaviors. You could take two pups from the same litter and they may be total opposites of each other. One behaving very wolfy and the other behaving more like a dog, while both look to be very wolfy.
Any tips for new owner?
If and when you decide on bringing a new wolfdog pup into your den, be aware that he/she could be very shy, as it will have only known it’s littermates and caretaker. But soon he/she will bond very closely with it’s new family.
It will be like a new baby, requiring quite a bit of attention, just like new dog puppies.
You need to realize that your new pup will be counting on you to help it along with the right training.
Because wolfdogs tend to be shy, you will need to introduce it to as many people as possible and as often as possible. You will also need to get your pup used to a lot of different new noises.
In some cases your pup might try to challenge you for dominance (growling and biting you). If so, put your pup on it’s back and hold him/her there for a minute or two, then let him/her up. Then your pup will know that you are the boss (alpha) of this little pack.
Some wolfdogs can be quite passive and some can show more dominant behavior.
* These tips are meant to serve as guidelines, each animal is unique in personality and may require different methods.
“The Wolf Hybrid” and “Above Reproach” by Dorothy Prendagast make excellent reading for new wolfdog owners.
On-line sources ...
The Wolf Dunn - A+ resource of information on hybrid wolves/wolf dogs. Very comprehensive site, be sure to check out thier page of links.
Meet some wolf dog owners lots of photos and insight about families raising wolf dogs provided by The Wolf Dunn.
The National Wolfdog Alliance provides information on all aspects of responsible wolfdog ownership.
US American Wolfdog Assocation offers insight into what it takes to be a responsible wolfdog owner.
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