Yes, there is a reason for my title. I have a puppy, going on 5 months now. He is a sib/wolf mix. Sweet as can be. I know wolf hybrids should be treated with more caution than typical dogs. They are sweet animals but tend to be a bit more rough with people, which leads to people thinking these ‘wolves’ attack children and other people when in fact they are, most of the time, just playing. I don’t want this to happen to my puppy. He is doing great around people, very polite, doesn’t jump up or anything. He is a little food aggressive toward other animals, but I am slowly training this out of him.
Here is my question: I currently live in Southern California but am moving up to Oregon come February. I don’t know how a move like that will affect him. He will also be moving away from his ‘sister’, a collie my aunt got right before I got Keepers. They have lived together for the last few months and I don’t know if I should get another dog or not after I move (he will be lonely).
Basically, does anyone have any input on moving with a puppy that young? I really want to be sure Keepers grows up to be a good boy.
Any other tips on Socialization would be great. ( Besides what all the books say)
I think that I would wait on the new dog and let Keepers bond more with you. Basically just take him EVERYWHERE. Let people pet him, but a good tip is to hand them a treat before they pet him and that way it gives good association with strangers. Also, obedience training is a great and fu thing to do too.
BTW, where are you moving to in Oregon? I want to move there, we have plans to someday. We want to live by the coast, near Cannon Beach would be great!
They are sweet animals but tend to be a bit more rough with people, which leads to people thinking these ‘wolves’ attack children and other people when in fact they are, most of the time, just playing.
I do not think this is the problem with wolf hybreds. the problem as i understand it. is wolves are not as social as dogs. they have not aquired the domestication process that dogs have. this is a reason dogs live with people and not wolves. even after socialization occurs wolves can evert back and become fearful. this does not happen with every hybred. but it does in some. and this cannot be trained out of them, that is the problem with hybreds. they can be wild and not domesticated.
I know at one time they wouldn't vacinate hybreds and I beleive you also had to get a permit to own them.
The permit might have been actually for the people that had pure wolfs, but I know they wouldn't let you get the dogs vacinated.
So I would check out these things before moving up there.
Otherwise I would wait and see how he does without the other dog before getting another one. You may end up having too though. Since Wolfs are more dog pack orintated then a demestic dog which is more human pack orintated. Keepers might just need a doggie friend.
I would see how he does with out one first though.
I didn't say there weren't allowed. They are allowed in Oregon.
I just know they use to not let people that had them vacinate them and then I know for some animals you have to have a permit.
I think it is only for the pure wolfs that they couldn't prove were born in captivity though.
There are a lot of wolf/ shep, husky breeders in Oregon.
If he is regestered at a husky and that is all you tell your vet then they will vacinte him otherwise I don't think they are allowed to.
Which is why I would think you would need the permit. Because your dog won't be protected from rabies.
I am just trying to let you know. So you can keep his wolf half a secret if you have to. I wouldn't think you would want a pet in your home that doesn't have a rabies shot. The others you can live without, but I know I wouldn't want a dog in my house with out its rabies shot. Especally living in Oregon.
Wolves are wild animals and are dangerous. They make poor pets, doesn't matter how nice they are as puppies-they will grow up and mature! My mother had a wolf mix and I was so releived when it got pts. I was extremely scared anytime it came near my daughter. I caught it with it's teeth on her hand when my daughter was 5 months old.
Most wolf hybrids you can tell they are part wolf. My mother's was 1/2 wolf 1/4 husky and 1/4 malamute. This was a nice dog when it was a PUPPY! when it grew up it would act like a wolf, slinking around, never coming out in the open, it would growl at people.
And another tidbit most wolf hybrid owners don't know is that normally a rabies shot given to a wolf hybrid WILL NOT TAKE! And the scary thing is there is NO way to tell.
It's funny (not haha) to see how some people react to wolves...almost like how some people react to pit bulls or rottweilers. Hmmm...
Anyway, I had a wolf (two of them actually) growing up. Both of them were AWESOME pets and stayed that way well into being adults. The only "problem" I ever had with either of them was marking territory and then that howling (which I found to be rather captivating myself). They were not fearful at all and they didn't go slinking around either.
I think that it might be best if you kept the wolf part of Keepers a secret in most instances because, obviously, there are some feelings out there surrounding them. Maybe instead of getting another dog right away, you can take Keepers with you as much as possible. Really bond with him and really socialize him. Have fun!
Would love to hear if you really go to Oregon to work at the Wolf sanctuary!