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Home for Czechoslovakian wolfdog

Whether you take an adult dog or puppy, you must prepare your home for it. To be safe for the dog, to have everything you need for life and you live in happy coexistence, here is a small list.

Remember to secure your home and especially objects that are directly on the floor and the puppy could overturn them, cables from the TV, computer, appliances, outlets, stairs and stairways secure fence, if you have pool or lake, secure it - the puppy could drown. Do not forget the bottles of chemicals and sprays in the garden, make the whole enclosure, places where the puppy can get stuck and not get out as tubes and narrow passages, sharp objects, metal objects, which might have hurt.

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, the first day should be puppy with you as much as possible. Don´t push it out now, alone or in kennel. It is important to establish contact with him. Wolfdogs are addicts, if you learn it to be with you everyday, it will be a problem later learn the loneliness out there.  So think of it also.

Place to relax and sleep

Each dog needs a place where it can rest undisturbed. It should not be placed in a draft, but at the same time not pushed out from happening in the home. Whether you get a cage, fence or basket is just on you. Everything has its pluses and also minuses. Cage or pen prevent injury, if you are not in the room or at home. But this isn´t a place where the dog delayed when you do not feel in mood for him. The location is up to you, but in the first days at home it is recommended that the dog is sleeping near your bed, you can move his bed elsewhere later.

As shelter for the puppy will also serve old box, in which it likes to hide, if want privacy, cart, discarded mattresses, specially raised beds for dogs and also special cages. Invest in more luxurious rest areas when the dog grows a bit, it will quickly rise over lying area and destroy it with biting.

If you live in a family house, its a kennel necessary, because of safety, when you leave the house. The best combination is to have the wolfdog with opportunity of free run, house with garden and a run for the dog. You should never close the wolfdog in a kennel and leave it like that his whole life. Even a wolfdog kept outside needs walks, spent tim with family and something to do during the day. In this meaning have the dogs kept inside in a flat much better options. A dog kept in garden must have own space a pen and a shed, where he can be alone and rest.

Dog pen

Wolfdogs are masters of escapes, so the first step should be to think about security and the amount of pen walls. Pen is a place for year-round location of the dog where the dog is protected against inclement weather, where it can hide in extreme heat and cold - even though dogs are resistant to bad weather. The dog must feel safe, well and happily. Pen should be built on the leeward side walls or at least protected against strong winds, there should also be sunlight. It should be spacious, clean, airy and clean with plenty of summer shade and in winter with plenty of sunshine.

The basis is pen, that can be easily cleaned. Concrete floor must be covered with wood or wooden mats made so the dog do not lie in the cold ground. In both cases, the maintenance is easy cleanliness. Wood, however, soake with feces and dirt and deteriorate over time.

Desinfect the pen with not too strong smell solutions and let the dog inside after perfect drying. Preparations for disinfection are now available in pet markets and read exact how use them. It must be properly diluted and injected. Pen flush with clean water and let dry after disinfection.

Mechanical disinfection of a pen involves the removal of coarse debris using shovels, brooms, brushes and water. Chemical disinfection is done with solutions and physical cleaning such as sunlight - its ultraviolet component, for example, flame.

Pen should be cleaned at least once a day from the thickest dirt and once a week with disinfection (depending on the intensity of soiling and the use of pen).

Pen for the dog should have an area of 6-9 m2 free range for a large breed such as wolfdog, one part has to be covered and part  covered with netting, which has be to the roof. Part of the pen is shed.

Pen-range is not necessary if the dog is allowed free movement around the garden. Should have larger dimensions than pen, which are connected to each other. It is not roofed but secure against escape. The minimum amount of fencing range is about 2m high. The top of the fence turn inward. Surface should be grass or fine gravel, or a place for empting like sand.

It's probably the best solution if you need to ensure the dog, whether by visit, by work, or when we leave for longer time and do not want the dog escape. It should be sufficiently large, the ideal dimensions exist, but should not be less than 2.5 * 3 m - for one dog. The dog should have a shed in the kennel, or place to hide from the sun or strong winds. It should have water bowl. Enclosure must be at least one, two parts because of rain or wind.

Must be secured to the roof. Suitable are lattice walls at a distance of about 5 cm - through more could a puppy climb. Nets are appropriate, but thicker version, smaller eyes. The floor mat of wood. Doors lockable and sealable - wolfdogs can also open a simple lock itself. Other conditions apply as for pen.

Shed

It is a place for year-round housing of the dog and should have two rooms. Hallway and bedroom. Size is derived from the size of the dog as an adult. Bedroom must be so large that the dog has comfort by lying and can turn, but not too large, but not too big, so the dog can worm it in winter. The entrance should be slightly higher than at the withers, the entrance to the bedroom a bit smaller, because of heat. This we achieve by increasing the threshold and not a reduction from the top. If you plan to have pupps, build a shed a third larger than the size specified for the breed. Kennels division into two parts is not necessary.

For a wolfdog - height at withers 60 cm above:

Length of bedroom   115 cm,

Length of vestibule       70cm

Width                                90cm,

Height                               80cm,

Entrance width              60cm.

The bedroom should be warm. Building materials should be wood, polystyrene insulation, insulation cover also inside, as the dog can bite in it. Insulation can be used as straw, sawdust, glass wool, ...

The roof should be flat, the dogs love to lie there. It should be possible to open, because shed needs to be disinfected too. The most common options for these purposes are front side or the roof.

Shed should not stand directly on the ground, should be elevated on wooden blocks, about 10 cm above the ground. If placed in pens with a suitable floor elevation is not necessary.

Give the dog to lie old carpet or mattress in the shed (we give discarded coats, straw,...). In winter you can fill bag of heavier material, straw or sawdust. Replace the cartridge regularly. For cold winters cover the entrance you can use a blanket or cloth.

Water and feeding bowls
The dog needs two bowls, individually and separately for water and for food. The water bowls must have the puppy at any time without access restrictions. The dishes must have a reasonable size. Puppy can make a mess when eating, so it is recommended to place them in an easily cleanable surface.
Today is offer very wide and you can choose between:

plastic,

ceramic,

stainless steel bowl.

The most expensive is stainless steel, plastic cheapest. On the plastic is very quickly see the wear and in ceramic is easily captured food. It is therefore necessary to periodically clean the dishes, whether any material. Puppy needs smaller bowl as he will grow you need bigger ones.

Leash, collars, harnesses

They must be size appropriate to the age and size. Since the first days you must get the puppy a light collar and leash. Check collar size especially in periods of growth.

Wolfdog is a bigger size dog, an adult male weighing 40 kg or more and a height at the withers has about 65 to 70 cm, by the selection of leash you should know this. For the puppy is OK a thinner leash, but as he will grow will also need new collars and leashes.

For first weeks you prepare:

For puppy light collar in a reasonable size

 Leash, best long tracking, 5m or 10m

Short leash, if you go with the dog to noisy places

 Collar for having only with you. If the old is lost by walk,... not necessarily the most expensive dog collar, backup will always be good

 Alternatively, the harness, which does not concentrate the whole power of the dog's neck, but the chest and back

 By activity, we want to do with dog harnesses, that are specially designed for bike rides, sleigh, special training, ...

Many of the trainer uses for young and adult dogs collars from chain. They have proven especially in training. But it rips dog hair, which may not be a big plus for example, at a show. But it is all about your taste and level of training a dog. Today the market is full of collars. But in any case so I do not recommend collars with thorns. They are totally inappropriate and do not save insufficient upbringing. If the dog is well behaved it obeys on normal collar, for barbed is no need! Whether your dog will need tightening collar is on your education. I personally have seen better handling and comfort on rough leather dog collar.

Leashes - whether you have one universal or more, more or less is it up to you, but look for what they  serve.

We have leashes of different materials - woven leather, nylon, round or flat, chain, reel, tracking, ... In markets are different lengths, varying from short to 10 meter tracking.

If you are going to a busy place, it is necessary to have a shorter leash, about 120 cm long, which can a dog in the crowd easily control.

On the walks are suitable tracking 5 or 10 meters, which gives the dog freedom but still have it under control. Tracking leash can you do also yourself, long as you want and need, to hard fabric or rope attach the hook and make a few knots. Knots are used on the rope to jump on it, when the dog is running somewhere and the tracking leash is on the floor. You jump on it and the dog will stop.

If you are going to show, you do not need special guidance, but the best is thinner and shorter (about 120cm) leash. Show leashes, however, look better than plain collar and leash. If you want to be active in dogshows, is a good idea to obtain this one - you can buy it at the show.

For training, the trainer will say exactly what kind of leash you should bring. Each focus of training is required harness and other equipment.

Chain-leashes are suitable for dogs who love chew it. Chain doesn´t really "taste" it is suitable for the unlearn the habit. Puppy will quickly learn that the leash does not taste and do not bite it.

Retractable leashes are suitable for walking, on the busier places, because they allow the setting of reasonable length without having to hold in one hand a large knot of rope. They must, however, be stronger structure, where the dog will grow up and having more power.

Toys

Are important for the distraction from furniture and shoes, the dog is engaged with them and will not be bored. Must be of suitable material, the dog may not easily chew and swallow the parts. Do not give a puppy lot of toys at once, it would be nothing special for him and get bored fast. Just a couple of toys at time.

The market is full of toys for dogs and it is up to you, what you prefer. On a couple of things you should think about:

size proportionate to the size of the dog - not to swallow

material may not be very soft, when chewed no toxic substances can get into body

should be in one piece, so the dog can not accidentally swallow a part

not have sharp edges or ends, which could stack between the teeth

absolutely no for old shoes or discarded clothing - dog do not understand that it is a mark shoe for 1000€ - or shoes into the garden, so toys should not resemble the things that a dog may bite and play with them.

Suitable are squeaky toys, knots of rope, chewing items made from buffalo skin, ... Puppy play with toys but more often with your shoes, cord from an electrical appliance, garden hose, blankets, wallpaper, flowers... Think of a secure environment from injury and destruction of your things - the wolfdog is a destructor :o)

Food
Whether at home made food or granules, for the first day you get from breeder a sample of  food, which was fed the puppy during the time by breeder. If you do not prefer this kind, slowly and gradually add to the original feed your brand of granules or give raw food. No matter how you choose, have so much at home, you can feed it a week or two.
Sanitary equipment - combs, towels on the feet, ...
Obtain a dog in a specialized trade combs, brushes and other tools for grooming. Do not forget to prepare a couple of old rags or towels, which you clean with dog, if wet or dirty. The dog must have its own sanitary equipment, separate them from those of your.
Others
Prepare a kit for dog, preparations against ticks and fleas, disinfection, insect repellent, the tag identification number of the dog (many cities are exposed to it after a few months of ownership of a dog ),... many things come continuously. Other equipment needs dog bred in the home, the other dog pens outside.