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Wolfdogs and Livestock




If you're a wolfdog owner in a rural area, and some of your neighbors happen to be livestock owners, there's a good chance you've heard whispers and rumors that your wolfdog will escape one day and kill their cattle, sheep, goats, horses or any other farmyard critter that's alive. 


Why do they automatically assume this? 


It's because your animal is part wolf and therefore, they were taught to believe for a fact that wolves kill livestock. 


It's common knowledge, right?


WRONG!!


A wolfdog can learn to share his life with barnyard animals, if he has a good personality to start with, and if he gets plenty of consistent socialization time with various animal species from a young age. A wolfdog, regardless of content, can be a great farm dog. A wolfdog, regardless of content, can also be an unholy terror around the barn. It all depends on the animals' individual personality and also his upbringing. If you want to get a wolfdog and you happen to also have some goats or horses or even a pet pig, it's important to introduce your livestock and your pup at a young age, and teach your pup that these animals are part of the pack; not the food chain.



Always make introductions when your pup is leashed. If your pup tries to act aggressively, tug sharply on the leash and tell him, 'that's a NO! You be nice! You don't bite that pony! No!'


Do this over and over again if you must. Many pups will come to understand that they don't need to kill or chase small animals, and will learn to be friendly with other species. Others (specifically individuals who are crossed with husky, a breed with a very high prey drive) will never accept this kind of inter-species friendship, and must be monitored at all times. 




NEVER BUY YOUR WOLFDOG TOYS IN THE SHAPE OF ANOTHER ANIMAL, especially ones that squeak.


This actually encourages the prey-drive.






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Wolfdogs and Other Dogs



I believe a new pup should be introduced to a household with an already established dog. The current dog or dogs in the household should be well behaved, well trained and well socialized with other canines, especially pups (you don't want your dogs to hurt your new wolfdog pup).


The benefits of having an already trained dog in the house are invaluable to training your wolfdog pup. The pup will look up to and try to emulate the older dog. 



Use the older dog as an example for the pup when training so the pup can see the older dog get praised when he does something right or get disciplined when he does something wrong.



Wolfdog pups learn by example. 


The same is true if you have an unruly dog in the house; your pup will imitate the naughty dog's bad habits. So make sure your already established dog/dogs are well trained and will be an excellent role model for your pup!!!






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Wolfdogs and Kids





Another popular wolfdog myth: 

"Wolfdogs can not be around children. Wolfdogs are unpredictable and perceive children as prey".



Wolfdogs and kids, in the right environment and with the proper training, can be best friends like the pair pictured above. this child has been taught to treat animals with respect, and not pull on ears, lips, tails or punch, kick or hit the puppy. The puppy has been taught to play gently with the child and he knows that the child is a part of the pack.





But things are not going to end well if your child is not taught to treat your wolfdog pup with respect!



Wolfdogs don't respond well to being mistreated. The pups are the same way. I've spoken to a lot of parents who allow their child to be mean and rough with the pets, and then give the animal away when it growls or scratches in self-defense. If some pesky tiny person came over to you and started pulling on you or kicking you, would you not react aggressively?



One customer purchased one of our pups and they had a very unruly child. He was allowed to be mean to the pup, so one day, the pup growled at the child. They deemed the pup 'aggressive' and gave him away (breaking our contract in the process).



I read about a family who owned a wolfdog for 7 years and one day, when he was sleeping, one of the kids walked over to him and body slammed him in the stomach. The wolfdog awoke with a start and a loud bark (of pain). The parents gave the wolfdog to a rescue, saying he was vicious.



Disobedient children and careless parents, in my opinion, are one of the main reasons why wolfdogs have such a bad reputation.





If you have small children and you want to bring a wolfdog pup into the family, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure your child/children know how to respect animals and not be mean with them!





That being said, if you don't have small children, I recommend you introduce your pup to them anyway (only to nice children who know how to respect animals; introducing your pup to an unruly child may very well teach your pup to fear all children).




The pups pictured with the child on this page are well behaved and beautifully trained high-contents out of our breeding program. this is how you want to see your children with wolfdogs!!!



Despite the wolf content in your wolfdog, you MUST teach him to be nice to children. Most victims of wolfdog attacks happen to be small children. 


These attacks can be prevented by better wolfdog ownership AND by being a more attentive parent.



NEVER LET YOUR CHILD APPROACH AN ANIMAL IT DOESN'T KNOW!!!!!!!







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