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Boarding - Being able to take a vacation or travel may not always be possible when you own a wolfdog. They often don't do well with change, and putting them in a kennel or boarding situation often creates more anxiety and fear. It might set them back from all the good progress you've already done, and it often compromises their immune system, making them more susceptible to disease. It also means you will be expected to give them a cocktail of vaccinations that may also lower their immune system. If it's absolutely necessary to put them in a boarding kennel, be sure the kennel affords daily exercise for at least one hour, two or three times a day in a large exercise yard. Make sure they have escape-proof fencing. Having other canine companionship is important, especially if your wolfdog is social with other dogs. Personally, I hire someone to come and dogsit my wolfdogs in their own home environment.

 

 

Adopting a rescued animal should always be a priority before buying one from a breeder. You will not only be giving the wolfdog a chance at a new life, but you will help stop the market of breeding which over populates our shelters with unwanted pets. Many people are told that if you buy a wolfdog puppy, bottle feed it, socialize it - it will be just like a regular domestic dog. Then months later, the new owner finds that he has a special-needs animal in his hands, does not have the lifestyle, patience or time to spend with the animal, and the wolfdog winds up at the shelter or being passed onto someone else [who also may have inadequate skills]. Often they are just left in the backyard, or tied to a tree. Remember, always give a lot of thought to bringing any new pet into your home, but especially a special-needs animal.

 

Contact your local Wolfdog Rescue organization. Sometimes it’s possible to volunteer and learn firsthand how rewarding working with a wolfdog can be, and you can gain the experience you will need if you are considering bringing a wolfdog home. Consider that it will be for the life of the animal [which could be a commitment of 14 or more years] and that some sacrifices may have to be made as your life changes. Keep in mind job changes, moving, marriage, divorce, children, health, travel, and many other situations that might arise and make it difficult for you to keep your pets. Hopefully you can make the commitment to give your animals a healthy, happy and safe Forever Home.

 

 

Many thanks to Full Moon Farm for their input.

Visit websites: www.FloridaLupine.org  www.wolfPark.orgwww.Geocities.com/wolfdogproject/

www.inetdesign.com/wolfdunn  and www.WolfDogBasics.com

 

Buy the DVDs of The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan

to learn the true Wolf psychology of all canines.

Books like Living with Wolfdogs and Wolfdogs A to Z

[both by Nicole Wilde] are also excellent places to begin!

 

All are available at our on-line store

Shopping Wolf Things

  

 

For our own LTWR personalized garments and items visit our two other Shopping stores

 

Remember all purchases help us save more animals!

 

When you purchase a Whistle Tracker from our link  http://ltwr.whistleshelters.com/ 

you receive $15 off the purchase price of $80. Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue also gets a nice donation. Browse through for special deals and big savings! I bought one for my dog and I LOVE it. I always know where he is no matter where I am. Check it out! Wish I had one for my husband!

 

 

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