Time for another friendly reminder that Ivar is not a pet; he is a companion, and is being raised in an experienced home to act as ambassador for Pack West Wolfdog Rescue.
Contrary to what many owners of misrepresented husky/malamute/GSD mixes may say, real wolfdogs are not easy keepers. Even lower-content animals are intense canines, who are incredibly self-motivated. They are tenacious escape artists, have high prey drive, aren’t eager to please, are very skittish around new people and places, have extremely destructive and mouthy tendencies, often suffer from severe separation anxiety, and may even exhibit seasonal aggression in a behavior pattern known as Winter Wolf Syndrome.
In order to keep a higher-content wolfdog like Ivar, I work from home, own my own property, have custom-built containment established in my yard that is made from 8-foot-tall cattle panel with dig guards, and drive a truck that has been turned into an escape-proof mobile kennel.
I don’t take vacations, I train every day, and I even choose my friends and partners based on their willingness to take direction from me in regards to their treatment of my animals. Everything about my life is built around them; I am a guest in their world – they are not an addition to mine.
Again: If someone tries to tell you that “Oh, my wolfdog was a great indoor pet! I could leave him unattended while I was at work, he was the best guard dog ever, and he let my kids climb all over him!” I can guarantee you 100% that the “wolfdog” in question wasn’t a real wolfdog.
Real wolfdogs aren’t dogs. They are a step backward in man’s best friend’s evolutionary timeline. And as a rescuer, it’s both frustrating and concerning to see so many people calling their animals “part wolf” when they not.
Learn more at Pack West’s misrepresentation page, and please, please, please share the crap out of this post. The more people who know about this issue, the less likely they are to misrepresent their animals.