ALPHA TRAINING WOLFDOG AS PUPS
It is important to note, your puppy is not a human, you must groom it in the language it is programmed for, the dog, in this case, wolfdog.. You have entered into his world, you must as the responsible owner understand and meet him at the level he is at.....DOG and yes...WOLF. You'll have to positively win him over with your positive leadership skills. You, not your wolfdog, will have to be the leader of the pack if
your pup is to develop into a well-mannered family member instead of a
burden which means, displacement which is a horrific ending for his life. This for any dog is completely avoidable by proper training as a pup.
We call these special techniques of emotional and social grooming, (ALPHA TRAINING). In this we are starting the process of showing the little one his proper place in social order of our family and home life. I want to testify that these techniques followed by positive reinforcement has made our personal animals amazing companions, they are loving, fun and very predicatable, and great goodwill ambassador for the breed!
Alpha training for the wolfdog is
essential and paramount and should be started as early as possible for
the most rewarding and pleasing dispositions.
All ENTER ACTION WITH A WOLDOG PUPPY, MUST BE A CONSTANT REINFORCEMENT OF YOUR ALPHA POSITION, REGARDLESS OF AT PLAY OR REST.
THIS MEANS RULES AND BOUNDRY ENFORCEMENTS.
"HE IS NOT JUST A INNOCENT PUPPY THAT DOESNT NOT KNOW ANY BETTER...YOU TEACH HIM!!!!!!!!!!! BETTER.... FOR HIM TO KNOW SECURITY"
Wolfdogs are UBER pack animals by nature.
Every pack has a leader (you), known as the alpha animal, who dominates and
leads the flow and energy to the other members of the pack. The alpha is the BOSS who makes
decisions for the entire pack. As you will show this to your young pup, by your leadership, so he begins to understands where all his world begins and ends.....and how freedoms are dispensed by you, the ALPHA!
In your home, you and your family become your WOLFDOG'S pack, as do any
other dogs you may have. It is your responsibility to establish yourself
in the alpha position. If you fail to do this, your dog will do it. This is not a good situation for a strong willed animal that has never had order, so by his nature he will create it. That may not work well in your world, perfect for his, and it for his is
natural behavior that is hard wired.
Being the WOLFDOG pack leader does not mean you have to be big and
aggressive, it means you take charge and you reinforce it with a language they understand and respect. May we suggest reading up on wolfdog and dog behaviors and communication styles.
A pack animal becomes a full fledged member of the group almost like military ranks... by a process
called subordination. With WOLFDOGS, subordination begins shortly after the
third week of life and continues throughout early development. Most
normal, healthy WOLFDOG puppies are basically PUSHY animals, and will try to
advance as far as possible within the social order of the WOLDOG PACK, that is where we come in with the boundaries. This is were you say this is enough!...by establishing your order, and where WOLFDOG owners can fail in the success of raising a well balanced companion pet.
The most essential part of this relationship is when you get a pup, if blessed to do so, start out a ritual of reinforcements of the boundaries. One good exercise is if the pup gets pushy or not minding, place animal on back and gently hold down. The WOLFDOG pup will not like this, they will squeal and kick in
protest. Remember, you are not being mean.... Your resolve must be so what...and hold them there till they stop whimpering. Don't let that thought come into your mind the pup wont like you, in fact they will love you more!...After the pup has quieted down, calmly let the pup up and love on him, and tell him good boy! If he is acting bad again, try the move again. After a few times they get it. Sometimes these training sessions may last 5 to 20 minutes.
You must be consistent!..The end result of a few times a week, even as they grow helps them to know you are indeed the ALPHA. Remember couple this with love. Love is the balance with the affection. Trust is built. The key
to successfully rearing a puppy is to establish yourself as the pack
leader and then maintain that position for the life of your wolfdog.
Remember....the WOLFDOG pup is growing..and typically in a wolf pack, or dog pack the group will begin early to teach the cubs the rules (PACK MANNERS). The adults wolfdogs will grab pups
around the head or neck and gently, but firmly, hold them to the ground,, sometimes they even roll or flip them..
The cubs learn to greet the adults with respect by approaching them
using a low submissive crouching posture, with ears back, tail down and
wagging, and they lick the adults' muzzles.
The cubs do this as a sign
of respect and affection, not out of fear. It is called the
subordination display, and its function is to keep peace and harmony
within the pack
Here are some more Alpha WOLDOG exercises
Leadership exercises can confirm humans as the heads of the family
pack. Once you establish this relationship, your dog will seek you out.
He will want to be with you and will treat you with respect and
affection. After he learns to submit to handling, all other tasks such
as grooming, nail clipping, cleaning ears, and medicating will be easier
to accomplish. But first he must learn that you have the power to
handle him, and that handling will not lead to any harm. He must come to
trust you entirely.
These exercises will help establish WOLFDOG leadership but should not be used
with an older pup who has learned to use his teeth to get his way.
Exercises one and two are recommended only for small puppies up to three
months of age. Exercises three and four are suitable for pups up to six
months of age as long as there's no problem with aggression. Be gentle
but firm with all exercises, as you would with a baby human.
- Sit on the floor, then pick your pup up off the floor with both
hands supporting him just behind his front legs, facing you. Hold him
away from you at arms length. Look directly into his eyes. Growl at him
if he struggles, using a low guttural sound. Hold him till he relaxes.
Vary the time you hold him in this position from 15 to 45 seconds. Vary
the location and to always throw him off guard.
- Sit on the floor and cradle your pup, placing one hand under
his head and the other supporting his back so that he is upside down on
his back, and up in the air. Hold a larger puppy across your lap. Hold
the pup for 15 to 45 seconds, using the same growl as in exercise 1 if
he struggles. Hold him until he relaxes even gives our a nice sigh.
- If your puppy is large, substitute this exercise for the first
two. Straddle your pup, with one of your legs on each side of him. You
should be facing the same direction as your dog. Lock your fingers
together under his chest, just behind the front legs. Lift his front
legs off the ground for 15 to 45 seconds. If he struggles, growl at him
till he is quiet.
- Place your dog on the floor with all four legs pointing away
from you. Hold him firmly by the neck with one hand, and press down on
his midsection with the other hand. Talk to him softly after he is
quiet. It might take two or three minutes to get him to relax. If he
exposes his belly to be rubbed, you are on the right track. Do not allow
him to struggle, get up, or nip. Always praise him lavishly in a quiet
tone when he relaxes. Now is also a good time to handle all four paws
and look briefly into his mouth so he can get used to tolerating your
handling him gently. Be sure to do this exercise four or five times a
day at first. Taper off as the pup gets more used to you and accepts
Eye contact is also one of the ways order is kept in
a wolf pack. Only an alpha animal may use the stare to remind everyone
who is in charge. When you initiate eye contact, you express your alpha
position. Encourage your pup to maintain eye contact for several
seconds, making it a pleasant experience. Do not force him to do so. Use
the term "watch me" and always praise him the instant you have eye
contact. However, you do not want to try to do this with a dog who
thinks he is already in charge of things. The dog must know you are the
Otherwise you will begin a stare-down contest. An alpha
dog will not be willing to be first to avert his eyes. If you are the
first to avert or even blink your eyes, it will help confirm the dog's
Alpha discipline: Pack leader activities
There are many pack leader activities you can use as part of a daily
training routine. Probably the single most important command your dog
can learn is "sit." You can incorporate "sit" into everyday situations
as a reminder that you are in charge of things. Tell your dog to "sit"
before you feed him, before you play, before he goes out the door. This
shows the dog that he must respond to you before indulging in his own
Your Wolfdog will always accept you as pack leader as long as you are consistent
and fair in your demands followed by positive reinforcements, they are very emotional and get spiritually knitted with their owners, be kind and loving always!