Problem behaving of wolfdogs
As each breed, the wolfdog has its negatives. It is good to know them ahead, before you are going take such breed home, then later be disappointed that your beautiful dream dog is in fact a monster : o)
There are several things, that he inherited from the wolf in wolfdogs, which are not as great as his wolf-like appearance. And that is the difference from the "normal" breeds .
Among others, its mainly about his strong pack instinct. Needs its presence and its people need daily, as much as possible and his whole life. This was one of the reasons why his work in the border guard was so not successful. Badly accepted change of handler. Who takes as his master, needs him a lifetime. One of the problems is therefore practicing loneliness and prevent behavior from a sense of loneliness. Wolfdog alone makes it clear, that he does not like it. Howling, destruction. Is it necessary to lead him from puppy age to be independent in this.
About wolfdogs is said to be more aggressive than other dogs. However, we must realize, that for aggression is responsible human and his education of the dog. Properly socialized dog should not have a problem. Certain amount of dominance and temperament is in the nature of them, whether male or bitch, to other dogs and even the same sex. With that should be calculated and should be calmed down. On the contrary, too lethargic, flegmatic wolfdog is more "non-standard". But aggression is not only the fault of education and socialization, but for large dog such as wolfdog, can also be dangerous.
Another feature we so often ascribe to wolfdog is shyness. Of course, if you pay attention to socialization, you will not have such a problem with it. We write often on this sites about socialization and is really very important. You can not separate the dog, close on backyard or in pen the whole day. You must socialize the dog and take to people and noises as much as possible. It is possible, however, that despite the great socialization you have a shy or aggressive dog. It is therefore necessary to be prepared for this possibility. You take to your home half wolf, so be reckoned with all variants than later sorry of choosing the breed. However, let's not do from them monsters and wild animals. It's still a dog that is only a bit more complicated.
Between problem behavior we can also include the howling. Closer I will not write about it because wolfdogs howl out of loneliness, calling the pack back. Wolfdogs howl like wolves, do not like bark, rather observers, do not bark as other breeds, but his territory keep in eye and sometimes barking like eg. shepherd. Howl intensity depends on the individual. There are those who howl at fire engines or ambulances, radio, and some who just howl in response to other dogs, or call their pack, because of loneliness. Training to accept loneliness can suppress howling. Not every neighbor will appreciate these arias, even if its really nice. It often happens, that the dog howls at a certain hour, sometimes at night, sometimes early in the morning. You should have especially good neighbors, who do not take it so tragically .
Finally, one of the problematic type of behavior is hunting and hunting instinct. Wolfdogs have it incredibly developed and should be suppressed and corrected by owner. Do not have the idea that your wolfdog is so good-natured type, he will not hunt. Always have eyes open and step ahead of your free running dog. Think and observe the surroundings, where you are walking him. Prevention prevent many "accidents" and killed animals.
|Usual problems with a puppy - recapitulation|
Each puppy is different and with each you will learn something different. But nevertheless, a few things are common for wolfdogs. Once get used to new home, which for some is usually one day or week for some, become established, they show their true nature. A fading is slow, gradual. Many owners can not handle this, have no patience and puppies or young dogs, unfortunately, let for adoption or most sad - put down.
Common is for puppies and young dogs in particular:
Sleep and activity - a small puppy alternates sleep and activity very often. Puppy mostly asleep, but then it will come a time of increased activity and required your attention. Your puppy needs to use its energy, obtained by sleep. It is clear that most of us go to work and can not be with dog or puppy his whole life. So it must stay itself for a while. Therefore, it is ideal if you are going somewhere, get the dog tired by playing, or use his head. Goes to sleep. Íf you have a second dog, its sure easier, and he will "help" with the puppy. Puppies activity lies in the fact, that after wake up needs to pee, than play, bite, run a bit, practice his skills by some commands, walk a bit and socialize too... then when it's time, to feed and again sleep. Its up on you to create activity for puppy, but remember that the physical work can not be that much. Focus more on the mental - learning through play - exercise. If the puppy sleeps, let it sleep, do not wake him up because someone wants to see him, it need time to sleep as every kid and if you do not let him rest, you can await problems. And how much can a puppy walk? Long walks leave for future, you can not take small puppy hiking. Just a bit and short, but more times a day. The puppy don´t knows how much it can walk, run with others, can over do it and limb. It is up on you to stop him.
Walking a puppy - small puppy has definitely other needs than young or adult dog in walking. Other thing is emptying. Be aware, that your puppy is a baby, that has not fully developed sphincters and is empting after waking up, after game, after feeding,... Warning signal is circling in one place and search for "place" for pee or poop. If the dog lives outside, it more or less does not matter where to do it. It is different in apartment. Take puppy out regularly, even if its not looking, he wants to pee! Ideal if we can capture the moment before emptying. Puppy price if pee outside, and comment bit badly when did inside. We never punish. Puppy can do nothing against it. Some puppies will pee inside even if we were two hours out, straight on the floor of your apartment after arrival. We need have patience, it takes a really long time. But it is worth to praise, motivate and regular frequency of walking, by young puppies definitely regular "Pee" walkings (pee, sniff and home). It's also useful command "Pee-pee" or similar. Your puppy will quickly learn to pee on command. They will learn what is expected.
Biting - is a big issue, because all CsW puppies incredibly bite and somehow it does not stop with them, and takes a long time. What is worse, bite master, visits, legs, arms... The new owners are because of this unhappy and do not know what to do. Therefore, prepare yourself for the fact, that wolfdogs bit a lot also in adult, though a little different way, but it's a term of friendship. Beware - biting and biting can be different! Puppy instead of a hand and touch take everything in mouth. Often it takes our hand into mouth. But then, when they start to grow the teeth, it is rather to release the loose teeth and help with pain, massage. Therefore, the intensity increases. It is ideal to give at this time puppy toys that help to massage the gums. There are rubber toys and the like (mind the ideal size for your puppy). Ideal is apple or carrot or the like food. Biting the hands and feet, and our shoes is uncomfortable and painful, and your legs will resemble hand of workers. In this case, it must be considered in mind, that the puppy naturally manifests itself its own nature. Here you should correct and guide him. If your puppy starts to bite painfully your hand, you must literally give him toy in its mouth and allow biting only "his" and leading it to do it. Do not let a problem with biting grew to such proportions, that the puppy bites you in blood! You can not allow this! If the biting is painful, use voice to tell the pupp it is. The puppy also makes noice, when is something painful... If the game is already so intense, that the puppy can not calm down and goes to extremes, immediately give the command "NO" or "STOP" and end the game with going away and ignore the puppy. "Famous" tumbling, and growling and the like extremes definitely do not belong to puppies. Especially not for biting. Stretched on neck and other punishment puppy support in defending, and this habit - to address acts of violence - will learn to use towards others. To play with bite is not a good game, play with it only with toys and like training. Biting in your hands should be tabu!
Puppy and small kids - i have a lot of mails from parents of small children, that they want a csw puppy for the kids (in different age) or want the csw as a family dog. Yes, a csw is a family dog too, but its not a labrador and never will be!!! The puppy is temperamental, full of energy and not every puppy fits in a family with kids! A good breeder will tell you and will help to choose the right puppy, suitable. If he does not have such puppy, will not sell you one! Prepare, that your kid WILL have some bites, scratches and the like, the puppy will bite him and will not understand, that the kid is not suitable toy. You must explain it more times, how to behave against children. In puberty or adult age, of course, can be a great family dog and member, but in puppy age is critical. So, if you do not take this, that the kids will have small injuries, you can not explain the dog not to do it, have patience, have not so much time to learn it the pupp and the kids how to play with the dog, do not take csw. No, its not suitable to be a mother with a baby and have a puppy, when you are not a family, where the dog is a stabile member of family, not toy.
The howling, yelping and other noises - Wolfdogs are monkeys. These sounds, which can be issued are really funny, but the fun ends at half past four in the morning, when they howl, or in the morning when you leave for work, and they cry to call you back. Barking and howling is often also a problem to re-sell the dog because of the neighbors. Therefore thus wolfdog owners search houses without neighbors :) So the dogs can howl or cry as they wish. This issue is based on loneliness and you can read about it on our pages. In this case, this is the biggest negative to have dog in the apartment.
Escapes - Wolfdogs run away because his master leaves him alone, or boredom, or there is a female in heat. If its any of these and even if few people will say its cruel, I will write this: proper fencing, especially pens, solid and secure is simply necessary. Only a very small percentage of the wolfdogs (I know only two) remain on the yeard, when master goes to work for eight hours. Safe and functional pen is basic. Definitely with solid metal, not wood that can be bitten through. Same for roof - must be fixed. The dog can climb over, burrow almost anything. The proper home for wolfdog is described on our pages too.
Leaving alone - also related to escape, sounding, all this comes with the leaving of the CSW puppy alone. A pen or cage is needed where the puppy will be placed during your absence, so he will not hurt himself or destroy anything valuable. Anyway, each puppy has a problem with loneliness and must lead him to remain alone since puppy. Do not leave it until later when it's older. Believe, it is almost impossible. Prepare for filming, cry, destruction, climbing, biting and protests. The puppy is very bad at beginning. But, you can teach him, that when you go, you will return, it has time to relax and after your return, you will have fun again and will be in your company. We have a separate chapter about this on our pages.
Wild behavior by the game, welcome, ... - puppy is active, temperamental, it is not a moloss. And so its emotions and energy concentrate in the "uncontrolled" missile. As a puppy, you have to teach him how to behave, that the energy and joy may be discharged not to you and members of the household, but to other activities. As a CSW owner you will become accustomed to this behavior, but your visits or passers-by on a trip may not be excited by the fact, that such a big dog jumps into his face, or that he does not know where the limits are and starts to over do it. First of all, teach the puppy to calm and be quiet, especially when welcoming and "have fun" with him - yes, it does take time, wants patience and it will not happen right away. The puppy or the young dog will jump, welcome you, it may not help to set your leg before you as a shield, push him a toy into the mouth, so he bites in it and not you by welcoming... Teach the puppy a peaceful behavior from the young age. Also, the games have their limits and do not allow them to go to extremes. From such a state, the state that he "no longer knows what to do with himself" is then difficult to get calm down. A game or any activity where you can see, that it is already over the border immediately stop. Especially be calm and teach your puppy, be patient. Honestly, the removal of welcome and stormy behavior is not always 100%, but it can be corrected.
Aggressive and dominant behavior by puppies - is definitely something different when is dominant, aggressive male weighing 40 kg, than a cute 2-month old puppy. Aggression and dominance in adulthood have their own chapters on our pages. Now let's talk about the natural dominance in puppies, finding a position within the family and the various manifestations, especially in a game or while eating. Example - puppy has dinner - meat, bones, vegetables. Give him bowl and it begins to eat. But you noticed you must move the bowl or that in the bowl is something that does not belong there. But puppy defends his chow and is growling at you, showing teeth, or even would bite you. In the first place - from the early days teach your puppy, that you give food and has no reason to defend it. This appeal goes to anyone with a "normal" thinking, not practice "preventive" removing of food, as some owners do. The dog will be stressed that he will not get the food and the more it will guard it. Give your puppy a bowl of food and before finishing eating add to it a bit more. Casually, calm without emotions. Feed him out of hand. Alternatively, you sit down, side by side to the bowl and thus wait until the dog finishes eating. Many do not really have a problem, but a couple of puppies are "machos", who want to defend food. You need to show them, that you let him eat and even when you touch the food, you want to add more. If really the puppy will be aggressive while eating, say NO and take the food away. Start feeding him from hand and slowly teach him that as soon as he growls, he will not get the food. With young dogs before eating you can perform commands, that he knows and you reward him for that with food. Never, however, do not give the dog chow, if while you holding the bowl growls, is wild, jumping on you,... Wait until calm down and give it to him. Even if it takes hour. Regularly walk around him when he eats, talk to him, what a great food he has and leave calm. Puppy learns, that he has no reason to protect food from others.
Resist - the puppy will test you, sooner or later, when he sets up at home, he starts to have bigger ambitions and will try if you really hold your borders. Growling by closing in the pen, not coming at recall and stay few maters before you. Growling or bite during handling, as bringing in sit or take on hands. Protests. It will come sooner or later. You have to prepare for the test. Dominate behavior comment with "NO" and train with your puppy daily manipulation, touching,... The puppy must obey! Every day, in any circumstances, it does not matter if your grandmother wants he can stay on the couch, if you do not want it, that's not going to happen. Boundaries must be given from the first day to the last. Manipulate with the dog calm, not with pressure, always with the command first - eg. balls, teeth, sit down, and then go on to act. The dog will know what to do. After handling, a reward always comes. Always! It is not just a treat, the reward is also a pet time, and especially a nice word - "soooo its goood boyyyyy". Enforcing something is difficult by a puppy, especially if it is, for example, to stop howling, or to stop destroy. It wants to stop the negative action as soon as it stops rewarding and tells how smart it is. The period of resist comes somewhere in puberty, around the 7th month, but it will come, sooner or later. Whether in a larger or smaller scale, it depends on the owner, how is he educating the puppy, how he lead him to held the rules and how much he worked with the puppy.
Destruction - yes, puppies destroy things. Dot. BUT! It depends mostly on you, what they ruin - on your wits, patience. The puppy will bite, scratch, digg, spread things. It is necessary to prepare in advance and have safe the shoes, cables, prepared yard. Puppy has to have his own toys, with which to play and which can be destroyed. As soon it begins to destroy something that can not, come with command NO and take the thing away. Give in your puppy's mouth his toy, with which can play. Prepare an enormous amount of patience and nerves. Even if you have not planned a new hole in a beautiful grass, it is possible that will appear. You have nice flowers, but can be destroyed in a moment. Puppy is looking for fun and getting to know surroundings. It is up to you to play with him, otherwise will find itself a game. To ensure that during your absence, or time, it can not be under the supervision, is great a fence, cage or pen that is mainly for puppy a shelter a safe area where can not hurt himself.
Hunting - hunting of adult dog is another story and we have a separate chapter on our pages. Hunting attempts of puppies are often seen as "innocent" and not "bad". This is because it is still not fast enough to catch up with their prey. But they grow... Hens, rabbits, cats, pheasants,... and not only yours, but also the neighbors. Already the first impulses to hunt must be stopped and corrected, otherwise it may turn into a real problem. Puppy become familiar with cat may not be a problem if you have a good foundation from breeder, but the breeder can not have a farm complete with all the wildlife animals and some of the animals you'll just have to accustom to the puppy by yourself. This means a gradual socializing and correcting and a total NO for hunting. Command NO pronounce clear, understandable and with a bad facial expression. For every good behavior praise and use treats. From my own experience: I pushed Akia into accepting cats at home from the first day, but once she was enough fast, she hunted them. And is hunting until today. Some people use electric collars. Gunner unlike Akia I can re-call from the hunt, even if he already runs away, but he also had to "mature" this stage.