Mate-pair them at an early age. Wolves or high percentage hybrids do
not readjust t' new mates well after 6 t' 12 months o' age. Shiver me timbers, and dinna spare the whip! Do not
attempt t' run them as more than pairs. One can do this in a non-
breedin' environment, but ne'er in close confinement where th'
submissive cannot escape from th' dominant and feedin' correctly is
impossible where more than two are confined together.
[Ed.: This is not entirely true, but it is EXCELLENT advice.]
Self feed yer dry chow so that if one o' th' pair is less dominant than
th' other, it can eat when its turn comes. Feed yer canned (or
otherwise) meat from a garden trowel, cut off squarely at th' end. This
allows one t' get th' last bit o' meat from a can, and it is large
enough that one’s fingers dern't inadvertently get mistaken fer meat.
When a wolf or high percentage hybrid bites meat, one surely doesn’t
want a finger in there as it is snatch and grab and get it quick before
th' other lubber does.
They quickly learn t' stand and wait at their appointed meat hole in th'
mesh fence fer their turn at a spoonful. If one tries t' take its bite
then grab th' other lubber’s, a quick slap o' th' flat side o' th' ladle,
across th' tender snout, soon discourages th' robbin' instinct.
Now th' Wolf, and in all cases I refer t' me high percentage hybrid
also, is not just fer everyone, but t' th' sensitive, emotionally
controlled, firm, lovin' people, it surely isn’t a tough assignment. My
hybrid is nothin' in God’s Green Earth except a wolf that has been
mellowed a bit, and with less fear status, thus more stable and
predictable. If ye want less, I suggest ye shop aroun' and settle fer
less. If one wants an animal that truly represents th' ancestral tree,
I’ve got it and it doesn’t bite th' hand that feeds it either.
BUT, get it into yer head and get it in there good, this creature
CANNOT RUN FREE, and a bucket o' chum. If ye have any ideas o' ANYTHING less than a big,
maximum security pen, with adequate primary housin', forget it; I won’t
sell t' ye, and a bucket o' chum. Sure, one can take them out on leash and lead them, or be
led aroun', but after 9 or 10 months, just make damned sure that ye
have a good heavy choke chain on it with a non-bitable leash looped
aroun' yer wrist and are in full control at all times.
[Ed.: READ THIS, LEARN IT, LIVE IT!]
Not that it is so dangerous, but because it might see, meet and love
1,000 animals, 1,000 people and then that ONE, either human or animal
that fer some deep seated instinctive reaction, IT DOES NOT LIKE, and
ye’ve got a lawsuit on yer hands. Nor should they be raised in th'
house, I'll warrant ye. After sexual maturity, that house is theirs, and if that person
comes in that they instinctively DON’T LIKE, again th' aforementioned
net results, with a chest full of booty. Besides, they are destructive and must be chewin' on
somethin' when relaxin' and don’t ordinarily housebreak worth a damn.
Avast now, I’m writin' about not only me stock but also about th'
thousands o' me genetics out o'er th' USA, where th' genetics have been
held reasonably close t' me percentage. Also, o' th' pure bred Wolf.
I, though not deplorin', am a bit discouraged by those who purchase me
genetics and then breed down t' dog. It seems that we lose so much o'
what I have worked so hard fer, in so doin'. Not that th' results need
be defective. Walk the plank! And hoist the mainsail! Bred t' th' right dog, our genetics hold t' what I have
bred fer, but one loses so much in conformation and in genuine Wolf
behavioral traits. However, they do make a very mellow and sometimes
superior family animal.
One should also avoid breedin' t' a wild or intractable animal, either
Wolf or hybrid. Do ye know that a bad fright or traumatic experience
fer a mother wolf or hybrid after 1/2 way through gestation can cause
th' cubs t' be born wild and be very difficult t' socialize? Better
believe it. My research has proven this beyond doubt. Selectivity,
selectivity, then more SELECTIVITY. It’s th' only way.