Wolves and Wolfdogs bond very strongly with their families. When their lives are disrupted, it
may take a long time and lots of love and patience to form new bonds and rebuild their trust in humans. Please
be aware that your new animal will probably need lots of extra time, strenuous exercise, behavior training,
boundaries and limitations, and patience from you and everyone in your household. By adopting from Lake Tahoe
Wolf Rescue, you are agreeing that you are willing to provide this.
Some or all of these requirements are needed, depending on the animal you
- Stability - Wolfdogs are high maintenance due to their
special needs. We prefer persons who have stability in their jobs and in their place of residence. It is
preferred that you own your own home, and are over 30 years of age and not about to move within the next 6
months. We have found that persons who rent, or are under 30 years of age are more likely to move fairly often
or change jobs. Ideally we look for persons who work at home, retired, or have a spouse who is home to
give the animal the special care and attention that it needs. These are not animals that should be left at
home all day while you go to work. They need daily exercise, and lots of interaction. They can often become
destructive if left home alone for long periods of time.
- Walks and Hiking - Walks need to be
given often and daily. Depending on the age and physical health of the wolfdog, two walks - a
minimum of 45 minutes each - twice daily are recommended. The longer the better, and strenuous hikes are even
better for the young, strong wolfdogs. These animals have a lot of energy and need to get exercise or they will
start having behavior problems. A tired dog is a well behaved dog! Older dogs don't need as much,
but are more relaxed and happy if they can get out for a few short walks a day. Remember not to overwork
your young pup. Pups under one year old are still growing, and too much exertion at one time can cause injury.
Senior dogs should not be overworked either as this can cause inflammation which leads to arthritis. More
frequent and less strenuous walks are more beneficial in these cases.
- Children - Some dogs are exceptional with
children and others are not, and we are always reluctant to place them in homes with small children and
infants. Even some calm wolfdogs do not do good around children, since children have a tenancy to want to climb
on them and give them too much of the wrong [excited] type of attention. Many northern-breed dogs do not like
to have a person's face in their face and may react with a warning growl, nip or snap. This is not
considered aggressive behavior - remember, dogs talk with their teeth! And they are trying to say "back
off!" Each animal is carefully evaluated and placed only in a home suited to its behavior.
- Small Dogs & Cats - The same holds true. Some
wolfdogs are good around small dogs and cats - others are not. Most are very predatorial and chase small
things that squeal! Chickens are out completely.
- Diet - Wolfdogs require a highly-nutritious diet of
mostly raw meat, some veggies, and quality kibble [dry food]. Many High-Content Wolfdogs and pure Wolves will
not eat or tolerate kibble at all. My Turkey
Recipe and Dog Foods links
both contain lots of good information about their special dietary needs.
- Behavior - Some of our adoptable
wolfdogs are well-behaved and trained, and others are not. Wolfdogs that have been abandoned, or abused may be
very fearful or anxious, or have eating disorders. It does not mean they will always be this way, and many
blossom into wonderful companions when placed with patient owners. We evaluate each animal to insure that the
placement is suited to the adoptors' experience level. We need to be certain that wolfdogs with behavior
issues, eating disorders, or other issues will be corrected by placing them with experienced adopters and
a commitment for a trial period should be at least 6 weeks.
- Fencing - Note: All enclosures must provide sufficient
shade, access to water at all times, and protection from the elements. A large dog house is recommended to
protect from the elements as well as a roof or awning. Igloos are not always acceptable depending on the clime
... plastic is cold in the winter and hot in the summer (like a doggie sauna!). Here are the basics:
1. WOLF ESCAPE-PROOF ENCLOSURE means 9-gauge chain-link fencing 8' H, with overhang to prevent
climbing and jumping; and dig guard to prevent tunneling out. With high-escape-risk dogs, high
contents and pure Wolves - a double-gated entry is recommended. If other enclosures are adjacent, double
fencing is needed to prevent "fence fighting."
2. ESCAPE-PROOF ENCLOSURE means 7' fencing, 9-gauge chain-link with overhang, or wall with hot wire
- and dig guard for either. This is fine for the escape artist that is determined.
3. SECURE ENCLOSURE means 6' fencing with no outlets for escaping [i.e. holes in fence, loose boards, too
much space between bottom of fence and ground]. This is sufficient for dogs that are not typically escape
risks, such as too heavy or too old to jump or climb, and most Domestic breeds used to this type of
containment. Dig guards are recommended if the animal is a digger.
To get more detailed information on fencing http://www.inetdesign.com/wolfdunn/containment/
hardware cloth is good to put down as dig guard for those not too determined, and it's not too
expensive. On a 3' roll usually and you can just roll it around the perimeter. Use the tightest
weave ...they can't get through it, they just get a manicure .. make sure it's staked down at both
ends with metal stakes.
here is a link to a product I think works really well to reinforce the bottom of chain-link fence to
protect against digging under, its called dig defence. Its made from 4 gauge steel and is 15” height...
you add to the bottom of the fence and it digs straight into the ground,,. its quite expensive but
often you can find similar stuff at Home Depot. Good for ideas and food for thought! (we've used this
Remember folks! Wolfdogs are not your average canines! and to prevent losing your dog, purchase
a Whistle Tracker!
When you purchases a Whistle Tracker from our
you receive $15 off the purchase
price of $80. Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue also gets a nice donation each time. I bought one for Muraco and I
LOVE it. I always know whee he is no matter where I am. Wish I had one for my husband! Check it