The Big Bad Wolf.

Remember the childhood story of Little Red Riding Hood? In this story, the big bad wolf is getting a revamp.

I own a hybrid. A Red Wolf/ German Shepherd mix. She’s now 9 months old and has grown to look like a complete wolf! Hybrid’s many times get a bad rap for owners that do not care for them PROPERLY. If you do not do your research and just want a Wolfdog for it’s popularity, then you should indeed reconsider. They are not half as obedient as domestic dogs as they have a mind of their own (it’s truly like owning a five year old who already can open doors!) and will learn obedience training and tricks remarkably quickly, though will not always do them right on command as they have a “on my time” attitude.

That said, not all breeders are legitimate, so that you have to know if the breeder is selling actual Wolfdog/hybrid puppies and not just a Husky/Malamute, or is claiming that they are greater than 70% wolf. First time owners should never buy a dog from a breeder who sells puppies as “High Content.” When buying a hybrid (meaning half wolf half dog for both parents,) it’s like mixing a bag of marbles and picking two. You might end up with a dog that is mostly wolf, mostly dog, or something anywhere in between the continuum.  Luna? Well, she’s more on the wolf side..

My Wolfdog, Luna, is the sweetest girl. She has completed her Petsmart training and is incredibly affectionate and responsive. She does however have quite the mind of her own, and continually tries to assert herself as the alpha on a daily basis  Owning a wolf hybrid is not to be taken lightly, but with the right knowledge, love for the animal, and compassionate training and proper care, they can truly become a best friend.

One thing I’ve learned? DON’T Google search hybrid without knowing what you may find. The horrific stories of wolf hybrids attacking children, are just that, horrific events stemming from either, A. The owners neglect and lack of knowledge on how to properly care for and train a hybrid, or B. A mentally off-centered dog. There’s been news stories of even golden retrievers having attacked children too. Wolf hybrid rescues are created for that specific reason. Many people deem hybrid’s to be “confused, not knowing if they’re a wolf or dog.” It’s like saying a person is transgendered when they simply have two parents with different racial backgrounds. Make more sense? In that, they are used to different “cultural habits” lets say, in the case of hybrids, dominance is one distinct habit.

Wolves do not have a single behavior not found in dogs as a whole. Don’t believe that? Try to find one. 😉

  • If you lean over a shy or dominant hybrid (any variety), he feels threatened.
  • If you avert your eyes or make yourself smaller and slower, it has a calming effect.
  • If something runs by quickly, it catches their attention. Anyone have cats in the house??
  • If you reward them with high value treats for acting on command, they will do it reliably. Petsmart training is highly recommended!
  • If you condition them to enjoy being leash walked as a runt, they’ll look forward to it eagerly.

*One note is that it took WEEKS to completely leash train Luna. She now jogs on the right side of me on command, knowing when to stop, wait, increase/decrease speed, etc. She wouldn’t move at first, it was like dragging her on ski’s. But with patience and persistence, they CAN and WILL learn, it just takes a little time and effort.

  • If your hybrid has gotten a “big head”, a No Free Lunch rank reduction program (SIT!– then the reward) will return them to the guidance of your leadership. And on, and on…regardless of the shape, size or color, it’s all a matter of proper ownership.

100% Leash Trained.

It’s instinct for them to have a hierarchy, and fight their way to the top. Therefore, one must know the signals and physical behavior of dominance, making sure to differentiate dominance from plain aggression, as they are quite different.Food aggression is a result of your dog’s individual temperament, plus how much effort you put into training him otherwise. We’ve trained Luna quite repetitively using the dominance theory and making it known that we can touch her mouth, her food, and her toys at any time, even if she’s in the middle of eating or playing, without her acting on it. Plenty of Wolfdogs are fine about food/possessions. Plenty of dogs are not. If you have a food-aggressive hybrid, then somewhere along the way, there was human error involved.  As a wolf dog owner, you simply have to be knowledgeable on the different instinctual behaviors that Wolfdogs have from domestic dogs, and train accordingly. Wolfdogs just aren’t going to head or comply to your every command as a domestic dog might, and that is  quite alright.

When it comes down to it, you, as the owner, need to know what you can handle. There are no such things as “bad dogs,” but there ARE bad owners. If you do your research and dedicate time to your new family member, you’ll have wonderful memories to last a lifetime. If you want to know how to successfully raise, handle, and manage Wolfdogs, talk to those who have done it—and have great animals to show for it.

If you want to fly, study those who are doing it—not those who say it can’t be done.

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